PROFILE: Natasha Hastings, Comfortable in Her Skin

*Courtesy USA Today*

The sport of track & field receives most of its attention during the summer olympics. Thus unless it is on this grand stage [world championships, olympics, etc] it gets bypassed as just that, one of those olympic sports we only pay attention to or care about every 4 years. Yet just because they aren’t making headlines on SportCenter as the leading highlights every night doesn’t mean that we should forget these athletes.

Natasha Hastings is another one of the “world-class” athletes we follow here at The Giving Athlete. She is a woman of many accomplishments. Hastings won an a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games in the 4X400 Meter Relay. Recently this past month Hastings took on maybe the biggest challenge of her life.

 Hastings posed nude for this month’s ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue.” Posing nude is no longer considered to be as taboo as it once was maybe a decade or so ago, however, making the decision to pose nude is still something that takes courage beyond anything as it exhibits the confidence of one being able to be comfortable “within their own skin.”  This among other reasons is why Hastings chose to pose for the magazine feature. I had an opportunity to interview Ms. Natasha Hastings. It wasn’t easy discussing the decision with her family and friends.  Take a listen.

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Hastings is very involved within the community. She works hard to continue to serve as an inspiration to many young athletes, especially young girls today.  Society in general has come a long way in the acceptance and understanding of the female athlete, yet there are still some “hurdles” young women face along the way.

For more on Natasha Hastings you  can visit her website http://natashahastings.net/, or check out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/NatashaHastingsFanPage?sk=info. You can also follow her on twitter @natashahastings.

 

 

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