Thompson caused a stir when she posed for Sports Illustrated with just her hands over her naked breasts in a USA-themed bottom.
The photo showed off her physique and was widely criticized by both feminists and men who thought she looked too manly.
It was a representation of pride for representing the US and strength in my athletic body. There was no 'come hither' look on my face; it was more "'look out, here I come!'," Thompson told WineX Magazine.
"I think that women have made great strides in the world of athletics and showing bodies -- the essential element in athletics -- is part of that. It's not about sex, it's about strength."