It’s already tough for us women leading “normal” lives to function during that time of month, but taking time to think about how women Olympians cope puts things into a little more perspective.
After Chinese Olympic swimmer, Fu Yuanhui experienced a cramp-attack following her 4th place finish in the 4×100 meter relay, she was asked about what caused her to not compete to her fullest potential. She said,
“My period came last night and I’m really tired right now,” Fu answered honestly. “But this isn’t an excuse, I still did not swim as well as I should have.”
And we totally get it! Women are expected to not allow “Aunt Flo” to interfere with our day-to-day when, in actuality, it does.
Meanwhile, Britain’s greatest female cyclist, Laura Trott, shared some refreshing deets about how her period impacts her career. According to her interview with Cosmopolitan UK, menstruating “doesn’t actually play a huge part, I mean I do have one or two days where I am a little bit off, but it doesn’t take such a huge hit that I wouldn’t be able to compete.”
As for how she “prepared” just in case her period happened to pay a visit in the middle of the competition, Laura explained,
“It’s more luck for me than anything else; it was almost a relief, actually, because I came on my period today and I was relieved that that didn’t happen yesterday [the day of her omnium race final].”
And although most of us aren’t Olympians, we can still relate. Because we’ve all prayed to the period gods a time or two to ask that our cycles don’t interrupt upcoming plans, right?