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Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Aly-Raisman flaunts flexible physique poses naked stunning ESPN shoot
Gymnast Aly Raisman bares all as the cover girl for ESPN’s “Body Issue.” The Olympic gold medalist appears fully nude in an ESPN video, discussing her passion for gymnastics, her intense regimen and the sport that inspires and challenges her.
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‘I’ve learned to love my muscles’: Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman flaunts her flexible physique as she poses naked in stunning ESPN shoot
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, 21, who won three medals for Team USA at the 2012 Games, has once again solidified her title as one of the country’s top athletes, as she joins a host of sportsmen and women in posing nude for ESPN’s famous Body issue, showing off her incredibly muscular form while taking on tough gymanstic poses – all while in the buff.
‘Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them,’ Aly told the magazine. ‘I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am.’
‘You can always spot the gymnast,’ Aly, who competed in the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars after she returned from London, added. ‘They are so ripped and so strong. Even if I was just wearing a T-shirt, my arms would just be more muscular than other girls’. If we were playing sports, I would just crush them.’
ESPN’s The Body Issue, which debuted in 2009, features interviews alongside stunning nude photography and has since become one of the most prestigious media events for world-class athletes.
Previous issues have featured swimming champions Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, tennis stars Venus Williams and Serena Williams, and soccer player Hope Solo.
Now Aly, who won the gold for Floor Exercise and the London 2012 Olympics, is joining the list of high-achievers by losing her ever-present leotard and posing on a balance beam – which is actually a bugbear piece of equipment for Aly.
Although she won the bronze in the individual event at the Games, a mistake on her Beam routine during the All-Around competition cost Aly, then 18, a medal.
Speaking to the magazine, Aly revealed that this fact has somewhat taken away from her other Olympic triumphs thanks to her perfectionist nature.
‘That kind of pisses me off — I always think that it’s never good enough. I almost fell and put my hand down; it was stupid, I never make that mistake on the beam,’ she said.
‘I’ll have a second chance at it, but I think about it all the time. I wish I didn’t have to learn that valuable lesson at the Olympics.’
Elsewhere in the interview Aly also reveals how she once ‘pulled a Jennifer Lawrence’ by taking a tumble down the stairs at the Golden Globes.
‘I’m really clumsy,’ she said. ‘I can do anything on a 4-inch-wide beam, but when I walk down the street in sneakers, I’ll trip and fall on my face.’
Aly also took home the Team gold along with teammates – the other members of the team, christened the ‘Fierce Five’ – Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.
Unfortunately the Fierce Five will not be reuniting, as Jordyn decided to retire in 2016 after withdrawing from competition following the 2012 Games. Even though she gained the Team gold, Jordyn suffered a grave disappointment at the Games when she failed to make the All-Around final after being beaten by two of her teammates, despite going into the competition as World Champion.
Coming back to competition after the Games did not come easy to Aly either, as she explained to the magazine.
‘After 2012, I took a full year off. Gabby and I did. We needed a break,’ she said. ‘It’s just repetitions after repetitions. There’s no offseason. But at the same time, you always have to keep your goals in the back of your mind.’
During that year off, Aly enjoyed her fame and endorsements, and even competed on the 2013 season of Dancing With the Stars, coming fourth overall.