Being an Olympic athlete is a full-time job. There isn’t time for much else. Thus money can be a problem. Depending on the athlete’s sport and country, sometimes there will be a full sponsorship. Generally this is not the case, however. Instead, the typical Olympian is left to figure out on her own how to subsist and pay for training expenses. In particular, women who compete in strength-related sports quite often need financial assistance.
It is important that we support female strength athletes. They must be free to devote themselves, without distraction, to developing their bodies and advancing their sport; that is, if we really do want a future where women are regarded for their physical strength on a par with men.
Olympic hammer-thrower Loree Smith, for example. Loree works hard year-round to make herself a better, stronger thrower. Just as important, she doesn’t allow oversimplified, restrictive feminine ideals to influence her training: “I love being strong and athletic, and I absolutely love being a woman and don’t believe the two are exclusive!” says Loree. With her talent, determination, and hard work, she is paving the way to that aforementioned future.
P.S. – Here is Loree in action: