Big-Butted Olympians Have Problems With Denim

Bulgaria's Nikola Chongarov competes during the Men's Alpine Skiing Downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. Photo: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Times reports on a recent problem plaguing Olympic downhill skiers, hockey players, and speedskaters: They have big butts and can’t buy pants.

“Yes, I have an enormous butt,” a Canadian downhill skier said. A British skier, Chemmy Alcott, echoed the sentiment: “Yes, we have derrieres. We’ve got booties.”

Figure skaters might have wispy waists and willowy Gumby gams, but skiers and power-skaters need muscular legs to sustain prolonged squat positions and catapult into crazy-fast speeds. But all that bootylicious body power translates into a tough time at the pants store. These athletes face tears to the crotches, frequent trips to the tailors, and sometimes just a total abandonment of hope in exchange for sweat pants 24/7. 

Though there may be limited space for all "dat ass" in a pair of skinnies, there is absolutely no space for body-shaming when it comes to these athletes' attitudes.

“I’ve spent 28 years squatting in that squat position, and I’m really proud of it. It would be a lot easier for me to be a skinny, normal person. I have to work really hard to get this muscle," said Alcott. A Slovakian competitor actually enjoys the experience of trying to find jeans: “I come to the shop and they tell me, Your muscles are very nice. You are like a model, and you can buy anything you want.”

Maybe it's time to revive that Apple Bottom Jeans brand, huh, Nelly?