Sports are a "Go!'
In Southern California all sports are a "GO"! Just take your pick and you can easily attend any type of professional sporting event. If you really want to you can choose to attend several in one day. Being a mother of two USA swimmers, anything that has swim in the word or sentence catches my eye. So while reading the online news sites this morning I came across an article on Amanda Beard.
Amanda first came to attention at the 1996 Games, where as a scrawny 14-year-old she toted her teddy bear to the starting blocks and won two silver medals. She medaled at the 2000 Games, too. Now at 25 years old (I can tell you she is no longer scrawny after seeing her last year on the pool deck)she has elected to pose nude in this month's issue of Playboy magazine. And yes, it is causing a bit of a stir!
"There's a lot of debate about whether it demeans women and female athletes," said Dave Salo, Beard's coach at Trojan Swim Club. "If nothing else, it celebrates the athleticism and takes away from the model-type women."
Beard is aware of the criticism she could get from the mothers of young swimmers and girls. But she points out those are some of the same people who had her autograph FHM when she was in that magazine. Interesting point?
You have to remember, I'm still just a swimmer," she said. "I am living a great lifestyle and I'm making good money, but I'm not a basketball player. These deals are not $40 million deals."
Amanda is aiming to qualify for her fourth Olympics next year in Beijing, and is the Olympic champion and former world-record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. So what do you think? Let's Blog!