A survey conducted by BT Sport has delivered stark confirmation that body image issues are a worrying problem within women’s sport.
Of the athletes that responded, 80% stated that they felt pressure to conform to a certain look and body type.
Further to that, 89% said that they empathised with the feelings of insecurity expressed by the former swimmer and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington in her emotional outburst on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here’ late last year.
An overwhelming number felt these issues were not just confined to sport, with 97% saying the problem stretched to women in wider society.
— BT Sport survey: Body image insecurities rife in women’s sport - BT
Its not that often that DH Mountain biking gets attention from the mainstream media… you know… let alone on prime time BBC radio… you know. But it happened just yesterday.
World Champion Rachel Atherton has ‘the most world cup wins of any mountain biker in the UK‘ and was featured on BBC 2s drive time show yesterday afternoon (from 1:44:44). She talks about her successes, the Olympics and not knowing how many world cups she’s actually won.
Well done Rach!
Rachel Atherton on BBC Radio 2 | Dirt
Click through here to listen and if you’re not in the UK and it’s geo-restricted, try something like Hola or Tunnelbear to help you
"When I started working with Rachel I needed to learn about her and what I was working with. I had previous test results, and took her to a lab for assessment myself. I looked at her movements in the gym, read pages and pages of previous training, weights, exercises, sessions. This started to build up a picture of what I had in front of me, how she had come to be this way, and how best to move forward. I also spoke to people who had worked with her – what was she like to work with – what motivated her, what did she like or not like to do? After hearing what others had to say about working with her, I cried for 2 days and then reluctantly made a start…(I’m kidding Rach)."
Rachel Atherton’s Assault on 2013 - Photo | Red Bull Bike
Interview with the Atherton’s coach, Alan Milway
"This weekend it wasn’t just the start of the Road World Championships, it was also the end of the MTB season, with the 2013 Four Cross World Championships and the final round in the 2013 Downhill World Cup, at the Leogang bikepark. Both were completely spectacular to watch, and as you might imagine, being the extreme end of MTB, they have a LOT of brilliant media."
MTB Videos and photos from Leogang – 4X and DH | Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Blog
All the videos and photos I’ve found from the 2013 Four Cross World Champs, and the 2013 Leogang downhil World Cup