Olympic Gold Medalist Apologizes For ‘Body Shaming’

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy has apologized for making a “tongue-in-cheek” comment regarding Lycra. 

Hoy, who has won six Olympic gold medals, took to Twitter to apologize for saying anyone weighing more than 8st (49kg) looks “awful” in Lycra.

Hoy made the “tongue-in-cheek” comment in a GQ article when he said amateur cyclists do not need to wear Lycra to look good.

“Lycra isn’t the most elegant material you can wear and professional cycling gear generally looks awful on pretty much anyone heavier than 8st,” he said in the Article.

The comment led to criticism that he was ‘body shaming’ fat cyclists.

He also criticized so-called “Mamil’s,” middle aged men in Lycra, saying he felt sorry for them.

“Personally, I feel sorry for mamils,” he wrote. “When they walk into a cafe dressed head-to-toe in Lycra, you always spot people sniggering at them,” he said.

Hoy then suddenly changed his mind on the subject as he tweeted his apology.

“As a 14+stone MAMIL myself, this was a tongue-in-cheek article that wasn’t meant to offend,” he said in a tweet. “I’m really sorry; reading it back it looks harsh & that wasn’t my intention. Whatever ur age/build, if ur on a bike u have my respect.”

Karen Wheeler claims Lycra makes her feel good about herself.
Via BBC/Karen Wheeler

Whether he apologized or not, his original comment was not wrong.

Featured Image Via Cycling Weekly





  1. HT

    August 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Why oh why would anyone apologize for that? Have all of these apologists been recently castrated or lobotomized? It’s insane that someone would actually apologize for that instead of telling whoever was offended to F-off.

  2. trixie1223

    August 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    The problem is, whenever someone has to apologize, it makes them look worse than the original comment. They look pathetic.

    • SterlingMaloryArcher

      September 4, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      I just think of DJT saying “Sad!” when a moron apologizes out of PC pressures.

  3. DaisyToo

    August 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    He shouldn’t have apologized. But truthfully, everyone looks awful in lycra biking stuff.

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    • bobruark

      September 3, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      especially obese assholes

      • DaisyToo

        September 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

        I think even slender people look weird in latex. The bike riders often look insectoid, like wasps or black ants.

  4. Michael Allen

    August 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    How does this qualify as news?

  5. Freedom?

    August 30, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Apologize for what? Being disgusted at looking at sea cows dressed inappropriately?

  6. A V_8000

    August 31, 2017 at 5:11 am


  7. ssgtnelson

    August 31, 2017 at 10:51 am

    What?! He pretty much admitted the material doesn’t look good on anyone… it just looks worse on fat people.

  8. Pat Patrix

    September 2, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Fat people suck.

  9. Steve O

    September 5, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I would have loved his apology even more if he’d have ended it with, “But I’m not wrong.”

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