Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Obsessed with the Olympics

I'm so tired this week! And it's all the fault of the Olympics. I'm obsessed!
Olympic coverage on the East Coast lasts until midnight, so I've been staying up late every night, glued to the TV, in awe of the amazing athletic feats the Olympians are performing. I find myself cheering for people I'd never heard of until five minutes before their event. And the stories! It seems like so many of them have stories of overcoming obstacles of one kind or another. It's inspiring, humbling, and motivating all at the same time.

The one common thread throughout all events and athletes is the shared sense of pride in their accomplishments while remaining humble. So many of them have dedicated their performance to friends, family members, or their religion. It's moving to watch the raw emotions on their faces ... the nervousness, the ear-splitting grins, the heart-breaking tears, the disappointment, the pride, and the relief. There's nothing rehearsed; it's true reality TV at its most basic core.

Being a Figure competitor, I'm always noticing different body shapes and levels of conditioning. It's intriguing for me to see the different physiques of the athletes; their bodies are perfectly developed to excel at their chosen sport. It's fascinating to see the impact that particular sports have on the development of physiques, and the types of genetics that are inherent in each different sport.

Gymnasts are usually compact with thick shoulders, necks, and traps. Some have a longer, more sleek physique, but all are fairly lean.

Gabby Douglas

Swimmers all have very broad shoulders, narrow waists, and thick, high lats. They aren't extremely lean; they have a layer of fat over their muscles, which most likely keeps them insulated in the cool pool water.

Ryan Lochte
Sprinters have very thick, muscular, lean physiques, and most seem to have very well-developed abs.

Sanya Richards-Ross
Long distance runners are tall and very lean.

Mo Farah
Volleyball players are mostly tall and fairly lean.

Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Treanor
The human body is capable of so much! I love watching these world-class athletes show off their skills, talents, and abilities.

Another common theme I've heard over the past week is the responses of the Olympians to the question of "now what?" The answer? "Enjoy life!" I draw parallels between the training of bodybuilding competitors and elite athletes. We all train hard, live a disciplined lifestyle, and give 100% for our moment in the sun. When the competition is over, it's time to relax a bit and enjoy life before jumping back into training again.

I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the Olympic Games this week. I have a feeling I may go through withdrawal when they're over!

Are you watching the Olympics? What are your favorite events to watch? Did you notice some of the same things I did about the athletes? What else have you noticed and find interesting?

4 comments:

  1. My husband and I have also been glued to the tv every night watching. It does make for some late nights! lol. I also noticed the different body types in the different sports. My favorite events are the diving, swimming, weight lifting, athletics and gymnastics.

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  2. I was noticing those exact things about the athlete's bodies! I think it is so neat that you could line up all the different types of runners and they would all look different! The sprinters are my favorite to watch. So much POWER!

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  3. I always look at the physiques of the athletes as well. I love how certain body types tend to show up in certain sports. I love the Olympics as well. Athletes who come from small countries without thousands upon thousands of dollars to do what they do at such a high level is amazing. I love the stories and how they share their lives with the world. Inspiration and goosebumps all the way!

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  4. As someone who was a swimmer, the layer of fat is also for buoyancy. :)

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