Stephanie Bruce is a talented and dedicated athlete who has put up some insanely inspiring performances mere months after not only having a baby, but her second baby in 15 months and overcoming a nasty case of diastasis recti. Even for a professional athlete, Steph’s comeback is incredible. When she announced her surprise second pregnancy, the general consensus in the pro-runner world was, if she’s serious about making an Olympic team, what is she thinking?! Even Steph herself seemed to feel that way, but she sought help and support and made a back-up plan. And it’s panning out. That is inspiring and it will be a gazillion times more inspiring if she defies the odds and makes the team. Imagine!
But is all the talk about her imperfect, post-pregnancy belly overshadowing her athletic achievements? Are we really celebrating her achievements when all the talk is about how she looks? When a professional athlete is portrayed as “brave” simply for wearing her running clothes in public, is this ignoring or exacerbating a larger issue? If a man were publicizing his body issues, how would we treat him differently? Even if it’s true, does any of that matter?