Olympic swimmer Alicia Coutts has detailed her crippling struggle with her weight and revealed how she has gained more than 30kg after retiring from professional sports.
The 35-year-old five-time Olympic medalist and mother of three, who retired in 2016, hit her heaviest weight of 102.5kg last year after struggling with depression and her dizzying body image.
Worst of all, the three-time Olympian said she “hated looking at herself in the mirror” and “didn’t know who she was anymore.”
Olympic swimmer Alicia Coutts detailed her crippling struggle with the weight and revealed how she gained more than 30kg after retiring from professional sports (pictured October 2022).
The 35-year-old five-time Olympic gold medalist and mother of three, who retired in 2016, hit her heaviest weight last year at 102.5kg (pictured in 2013 as a professional swimmer).
“As a full-time athlete, life was all about being fit and healthy and in good shape, having kids and gaining that weight and not looking like you used to look – it became a real negative for me. ‘ Alicia told the Sunday Mail.
“I found it really hard to get out of that hole, which obviously made me gain a lot of weight.”
Alicia claims that during her days as a professional swimmer, she received additional training sessions, including boot camps, when she failed skinfold tests or was deemed “overweight.”
Skinfold measurement is a technique to estimate how much fat is on the body.
It uses a device called a caliper to gently pinch the skin and underlying fat in multiple places.
During her swimming career, Alicia weighed around 70 kg.
Alicia claims that during her days as a swimmer, she received additional training including boot camps when she failed skinfold tests or was considered “overweight” (pictured LR: Alicia Coutts, Melanie Schlanger, Brittany Elmsie and Cate Campbell).
A 2021 internal review of how girls and women are treated when swimming recommended, among other things, that skinfold tests be avoided.
Alicia said that the review, published last year, “brought to light many things” about the testing she faced while swimming:
“I had to do a lot of extra things — like running and boot camps because I was considered overweight or my skin folds weren’t good enough,” she told the publication.
She said she was weighed “all the time” to make sure she was a certain weight and admitted the treatment given to male swimmers was vastly different from that of females.
Since Christmas, Alicia has lost 10 pounds, signed up to be an IsoWhey ambassador and is on a mission to change the way she thinks about her body (now pictured after losing 10 pounds).
Alicia said she was weighed “all the time” to make sure she was maintaining a certain weight and admitted the treatment given to the male swimmers was completely different (pictured in 2014).
Since Christmas, Alicia has lost 10lbs, signed up as an IsoWhey Ambassador and is on a mission to change the way she thinks about her body.
She shared a “before” picture of herself on Instagram to inspire and motivate others.
She wrote: “This first picture was taken on October 15, 2022. I was the heaviest and felt depressed, disgusting and lacking in confidence.
“Fast forward to today, January 6th, 2023 and you can see how far I’ve come with IsoWhey.”
Alicia added: “Looking back at this photo when it was taken and looking at it on Facebook, I felt embarrassed and embarrassed. I don’t know who this woman is. I can’t wait to see what I can achieve.
A spokesman for Swimming Australia said the organization apologizes unreservedly for the system that has failed Alicia in the past and they are committed to changing the system.
The spokesman said Swimming Australia was “incredibly proud of Alicia’s immense contribution to the sport”.
Alicia’s five medal wins at the London 2012 Olympics puts her in the company of fellow Australians Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould in a single Olympiad (pictured with bronze at the London 2012 Olympics).
Alicia Coutts is one of Australia’s great swimmers.
Her five medal wins at the London 2012 Olympics put her in the company of fellow Australians Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould at a single Olympiad. This is only behind Emma McKeon’s seven.
Alicia holds 11 gold medals in the Olympic, Commonwealth, and Pan-Pacific Swimming Championships.
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