Katarina Witt, one of the greatest Olympic figure skaters, was the first female athlete to pose naked for Playboy. The December issue featuring her nude photographs was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. Some do it for the money and fame, some do it for a good cause, while other athletes do it because they are simply proud of showing their perfectly sculpted bodies.
Sex helps sell sports. But when the topic of sex leaves the world of racy beer commercials and sideline cheerleaders, to touch the lives of individual women pursuing their sporting dreams, things get a little more personal and the debate gets a good deal more fierce. Enter the Canadian women's rugby team, one of the world's very best.
The matter of athletes posing nude has always been a polarizing subject. Some are of the opinion that this only serves to sexualize them thus taking away from their talents and achievements in their respective sports. However, some believe that this is a way to empower others to be comfortable in their own skin and let go of their insecurities by appreciating themselves as they are.
By Bianca London for MailOnline. Usain Bolt's ex-girlfriend has got hearts racing as she poses naked alongside her fellow athletes ahead of the start of the Rio Olympics. Jamaican junior athlete, Megan Edwards, who called time on her relationship with the world's fastest runner inhas posed naked for a series of photographs to show an athlete's true form. Photographer Stephen Douglas Rasmussen, from Canada, decided to combine his two lifelong passions - sport and photography - for a photoshoot series.
As you probably saw, the organisers of the Sydney Olympics suffered the latest in a series of embarrassments this week when the medals for the games were unveiled and found to depict a Roman-style colosseum. The feeling was that the medals should have featured a building more in keeping with the spirit of the modern Olympic movement, such as a pharmaceutical plant. Or failing that, something in keeping with the old Olympic movement, such as a Greek temple.
It is truly amazing what hard work and discipline can do to the body, so let us all take a moment to marvel at these very fine specimens. The muscles these athletes develop blow my mind! What a beautiful group of portraits in the nude, for the most part.
O ne day in JuneDutee Chand was cooling down after a set of meter sprints when she received a call from the director of the Athletics Federation of India, asking her to meet him in Delhi. Earlier that month, Chand won gold in both the meter sprint and the 4-bymeter relay at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Taipei, Taiwan, so her hopes for Scotland were high. Chand was raised in Gopalpur, a rural village in eastern India with only intermittent electricity.
However, as the deluge of sexist coverage of women's events attests to, near-equal representation in numbers has not resulted in even near-equal quality of representation for male and female athletes. When a recent study by Cambridge University Press found that language around women in sport focuses disproportionately on their appearance, clothes and personal lives, I wasn't surprised. The sexualisation of female athletes and their bodies within the male-dominated institution of sports media is just one way in which gender inequality persists despite women's increasing participation in sports. But feminism has fought back, and it has been encouraging to hear powerful, articulate, feminist voices both female and male denounce uninvited sexualisation like when Fox News called a man-council to discuss athletes' make-up wearing habits and call out sexist commentary like how triple world record holder, gold medallist m freestyle swimmer Katie Ledecky has been referred to as " the female Michael Phelps ", and fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Connor Jaeger have been quoted saying "This girl is doing respectable times for guys" and "Her stroke is like a man's stroke.
Five stars of Team GB's women's rugby team have posed naked in celebration of the bodies that help them achieve their goals. In Women's Health 's September issuethe five Olympians talk openly about their relationships with their bodies, and how their body shapes enable them to play rugby. Five of Team GB's rugby sevens athletes talked frankly about their relationships with their bodies.