Sophie Andrews of U of O and I talk about collegiate racing, moving up to the 1/2s, the female athlete triad, and eating disorders.
A few weeks ago I was on Instagram taking a look at those Insta stories, when I came across Sophie’s story. Over the course of a few posts, Sophie shared with the world her relationship with food and how disorder eating impacted her as an athlete. I immediately messaged her to thank her for sharing her story and ask if she would be willing to talk about it more in an interview. I am so happy she said yes! And that I can bring you this episode of Women of the NWCCC. There is a lot of stigma around disorder eating and the the relationship between female athletes and food. There are also a lot of misunderstandings out there about what it means to be healthy as an athlete. In this episode, Sophie, and myself, share our stories with disorder eating and how our relationship with food impacted us as athletes.
We both want to encourage others to keep this conversation going. We want other women to know that they are not alone. We want to be here for you if you want to talk with us because we both feel that stories like ours are not shared or talked about enough. And we want to let the world know that while eating disorders were a part of our lives, they do not define who we are women or who we are as athletes.
In the light of sharing experiences, I also wanted share the stories of two female athletes who experienced eating disorders that inspired me: Dotsie Bausch and Jessie Diggins. Dotsie Bausch is well known in the cycling world for winning silver at the 2012 London Olympics in the team pursuit. Jessie Diggins just won gold in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the cross country team sprint. You can hear Dotsie’s interview with Rich Roll here. You can read Jessie’s essay here.
Sophie and I wanted to let you all know that if any of you ever wanted to talk to either of us about your journey with disorder eating, we are here to listen and provide what we can. *Please remember we are not licensed medical professionals*
I hope you enjoy the episode!