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London 2012 Olympics: Great Britain’s heptathlete hope Jessica Ennis overweight? There’s a fat chance of that


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We girls were getting Air Jordan 11 Concord feisty on Twitter the other day. ‘Words only used about women’ was the theme, and feisty was one of them. Along with bossy, bubbly, and kooky. Not to mention, bolshie, hysterical, emotional, irrational, ballsy and bitchy.” /> We no longer check to see whether Telegraph.co.uk displays properly in Internet Explorer version 6 or earlier. To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Accessibility links Skip to articleSkip to navigationAdvertisement Telegraph.co.uk Wednesday 30 May 2012 London 2012 Olympics OlympicsTeam Wholesale Jordan Shoes

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overweight? There’s a fat chance of that We girls were getting feisty on Twitter the other day. ‘Words only used about women’ was the theme, and feisty was one of them. Along with bossy, bubbly, and kooky. Not to mention, bolshie, hysterical, emotional, irrational, ballsy and bitchy. Fit to rule: No one in their right cheap Jordan 13

mind could describe Jessica Ennis as “fat”Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Sarah Crompton 12:42AM BST 30 May 2012 Comments Now to that list we can add the word ‘fat’ – or at least fat not as applied to sad, abandoned 19 year-olds who have to be winched out of their home because they weigh 63 stone, but ‘fat’ when attached to super-skinny athletes such as Jessica Ennis. Clearly, the “senior figure” in UK athletics, who supposedly labelled Ennis in this way, was suffering from some kind of body dysmorphia all of his – it has to be a he, I think – own. When you are looking at one of the world’s best heptathletes, the word ‘fat’ is simply not one that springs to mind. Ballsy, maybe, feisty even, but not large. You can see her ribs, for goodness sake. She has a muscle board stomach. Her coach Toni Minichiello was quick to describe the comment as just another unwanted distraction in Olympic year, when British hopes are riding very heavily on his charge’s slim shoulders. Ennis herself answered the criticism in the best way possible, by setting jordan retro shoes

a new British record at the weekend. But to realise just how bizarre the comment was you only have to imagine a similarly high-ranking official describing Daley Thompson as chunky or calling Sebastian Coe skinny. They would not do it. In insults, if in nothing else, female athletes have an additional weight to bear.

 

 

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