Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles' body-positive message is so correct and awesome
We don’t mean to brag, but female Olympians have been absolutely killing it in Rio. Seriously, this year’s #GirlPower slayage has been nothing short of amazing. From Etenesh Diro finishing her race after losing a shoe, to the human swimming machine Katie Ledecky destroying Olympic records with astonishing ease, these ladies have been the source of so many inspiring moments that we can hardly keep track.
Adding to the list of badass Olympics accomplishments is Sarah Robles, who won the bronze medal in women’s weightlifting, a competition the U.S. hasn’t medaled in since 2000.
While we’re in complete awe over Robles’ astounding strength, the 28-year-old had an equally strong message about what her historic win represents and we couldn’t agree more.
“This means a lot, to be on the podium and give exposure to our sport at a time when it’s already growing. It’s good not just for me, but for women of size, for women who want to get up off the couch and do something different,” Robles told Reuters.
Robles’ message is particularly inspiring because her win comes in the wake of a positive drug test, which her team attributed to treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome. We wholeheartedly applaud her for fighting back against stereotypes that say the appearance of a physically fit woman is one-note. Her message also helps remind us that no one should be deemed less capable because of unrealistic body standards. She’s proof that all bodies are beautiful and we couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments.