25 year-old Natasha Hastings is the stunning American sprinter who is among the 20 naked athletes in this yearâs ESPN Body issue, but did you know that Natasha nearly turned ESPN down? She has two important reasons for that decision. After a lot of thought she decided it would be a great opportunity and an honor to be selected by the famous magazine, but allow us to tell you the rest of this story.
Born in Brooklyn, New York this beautiful, charismatic and talented athlete comes from Jamaican and Trinidadian descent, her interest in track and field began during her time at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School. She continued and this time competitively at the University of South Carolina. Three years ago she gained her spot on the USA Olympic Track and Field team and joined the rest of her fellow athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympics where she obtained her first gold medal when she competed in the 4Ă400m relay. She won another gold medal in South Korea where the 2011 World Championships in Athletics were held, Natasha was part of the USA Women’s 4x400m relay race team. And these days you can find her training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
With such an outstanding resume and splendid physique, ESPN was looking forward to have her in their 2011 Body issue so they popped the question, but Natasha wasnât so sure about what her family would think or her boyfriend or what about her boyfriendâs teammates?? I should tell you that Natasha comes from a very conservative family and the last thing she wanted to do was to put shame on her familyâs name and about her boyfriend well she is dating 26 year-old William Gay, the young cornerback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Natasha was wondering what he would think, or if his teammates would bother him, but letâs hear it from Ms. Hastings herself…
âThe first reaction was, Absolutely not. Heâs on a football team, and ESPN the Magazine is delivered to the stadium.â And certainly to the rest of his teammates, Natasha said. No boyfriend, like no mother, would say, âYeah, go right ahead. But he came back and thought it was a good opportunity.â
And what about posing naked?? I donât know if youâre ever totally comfortable in the nude in front of strangers. I was as comfortable as I could be, but 100-percent? No. ESPN did as well as they could to make sure I was as comfortable as possible though.â
Thanks William, we own you one, because it is great to have Natasha in this yearâs issue, don’t you agree?
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