Q: What was it like to grace the pages of ESPN’s Body Issue? What message do you hope it sends?
A: Throughout my pregnancy, I was mortified by the changes that occurred to my body. Nine months of cravings, weight gain, and mood swings produced a beautiful daughter, but it definitely took a toll on my body. As an athlete, I was used to my body looking and working a certain way. When given the doctor’s clearance two weeks post, I immediately went to work to reconstruct my body to be better than it was before. Doing the ESPN the Magazine cover was to prove that this feat can be done and is attainable with hard work and dedication.
Q: What would you tell women who have difficulty bouncing back after having a baby?
A: Motherhood is the most rewarding and the hardest job I have ever done in my life. I love my daughter and, as of right now, am content with just watching her grow and cherishing every moment.
Q: Out of all of your accolades, which is the most special?
A: My gold medals are my most special accolades because representing my country and winning was something I dreamed about ever since I was 10 years-old.
Q: I see you have a huge Facebook and Twitter following! How have you used social media to promote yourself and/or stay in touch with fans?
A: I really enjoy interacting with people on Twitter and Facebook. Social media gives me the avenue to share my everyday life and the things that are important to me to friends, family, and fans all at the same time. My newest adventure has been Instagram, and I enjoy posting pictures and adding the funny things that my daughter says on a daily basis.