Lancashire’s Olympic silver medal winner Samantha Murray has bared all for a glamorous magazine shoot.
The Clitheroe-born pentathlete stripped off for Women’s Health ‘Naked Issue’ and spoke about how looking after her body was crucial to her success.
I’ll always stay in good shape, but this is probably the best my body will ever look – and I couldn’t respect it more.Samantha Murray
The world champion and former Bowland High School said: “It would be an insult to my body to say there are parts I’m not keen on – it’s served me so well and I couldn’t have won an Olympic medal without it. People say pentathletes have sport’s most beautiful bodies because of their diverse training plan – I’ve got the tone of a swimmer, the leanness of a runner, strong thighs from riding and good glutes from fencing.
“I’ll always stay in good shape, but this is probably the best my body will ever look – and I couldn’t respect it more.”
The 25-year-old, who studied A-Levels at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, added that training was a full-time job.
“I see training as my nine-to-five job – I spend mornings doing aerobic cardio, like running and swimming; after lunch, I focus on the technical activities, such as shooting or fencing.
“I try to divide my time equally between the five disciplines because I need to be a pro in every one.”
Samantha appeared in the magazine alongside another Lancashire athlete, Burnley’s hammer record holder Sophie Hitchon.
The 24-year-old, currently in training for the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, was captured swinging the hammer with the London skyline in the background.
She revealed how she was proud of her large frame, and how it has played a role in her Olympic ambitions.