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.
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.
|Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Treanor|
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!