The Aly Raisman ESPN Body Issue reveals a very impressive interview as the Olympian shows off her 115 pound frame. The gymnast is now on the sport channel’s front cover with a detailed interview about her training with photos, according to New York Daily News.
Raisman, 21, is one of several athletes going nude for ESPN for its annual Body Issue. Aly, who made it to the finals of Dancing with the Stars in season 16, admits she took a year-long break from her sport following the games.
“After one Olympics, most people are just burnt out,” she explains, but she hasn’t ruled out competing in Rio next summer. “Every day is a challenge,” she says. “Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don’t understand that; people don’t see that side of the sport – the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well.”
Aly Raisman photos in ESPN Body is one she also cherishes because she’s proud of the way her body looks. She describes how she takes care of her body and works hard, while eating healthy and understanding the recovery process that goes into the sport.
“I’ll be 22 in the Olympics year. If I make the team, I’ll be the oldest U.S. gymnast,” Aly Raisman says. “My body is a little bit more achy than it was before, but at the same time I feel like I’m smarter now and able to understand the recovery process. I always joke that I’m 21 going on 50.”
Raisman has a lot to be thankful for, and one of them is not having an eating disorder to stay thin. Aly also said that instead of being insecure about her muscles, she learned to love them.
“I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am. I think imperfection is beauty,” Raisman said. She also discussed her intense training regimen and the challenges of being an Olympic-level athlete.
“I’m not sure training seven hours a day is completely healthy. That’s why gymnastics is a young girl’s sport. But I should be fine. It’s not like I’m going to be doing this until I’m 30 or 40. I’ll let you know in 10 years if I have arthritis and everything [laughs],” Aly added.
Still, there are times when she has to remind herself to have confidence.
“My coaches always tell me I’m chicken,” she reveals. “I’m really afraid to do a lot of stuff in gymnastics. It looks easy or fun, but when you’re trying to learn all these crazy skills, it can be a little terrifying. When I actually think about how narrow the beam is or how high the bars are or how much it hurts to fall, that’s what freaks me out.”
Aly Raisman feature in ESPN Body interview will be on newsstands next Friday, July 10. The athlete has no problem baring it all when it comes to sports.