With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics well underway despite the year-long delay due to Covid, the internet is abuzz with news about sports. The world of high-level sports is far more bizarre than you might imagine, however, and we’ve got the photos to prove it. Bored Panda has collected some utterly weird pics of Olympic athletes from over the years that will make you see them and the human body in an entirely different light.

As you’re scrolling down, upvote the photos that you found the most interesting. My personal favorites (and don’t let this affect you in any way) are the x-ray of the gymnast and the artistic photo of Usain Bolt with bits of the running track stuck to his back.

Whether you’re exercising to be a future Olympian or simply want to improve your health (heck, I personally want to lose some of the pounds I packed on during the last lockdown), one of the core things that you need to keep in mind is honesty.

Being honest about your goals, why you’re exercising, what you hope you achieve, and what your current fitness level is currently like is essential for anyone. Whether they're a professional athlete or someone who's putting on their first pair of running shoes. It’s from this realistic evaluation of our own abilities that we can move forward and achieve great things.

I reached out to fitness expert Jack Bly for a chat about the importance of having a proper diet and the chronic issues that some athletes face. Check out his interview with Bored Panda below.

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Dead Last Of Her Heat In 800 Meters, But Yet We Are All Proud Of You: Sarah Attar, First Saudi Woman To Compete In Athletics At The Olympics

Dead Last Of Her Heat In 800 Meters, But Yet We Are All Proud Of You: Sarah Attar, First Saudi Woman To Compete In Athletics At The Olympics

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GoldfishCrackers
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2 months ago

Paving the way!!! 😀💪

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Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz Became The First Olympic Gold Medallist For The Philippines

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz Became The First Olympic Gold Medallist For The Philippines

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kasa alex
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2 months ago

So proud of her <3

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Size Difference Between Simone Biles And A US Volleyball Player David Lee

Size Difference Between Simone Biles And A US Volleyball Player David Lee

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Francis
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2 months ago

for metric people he is around 2.03m and simone is about 1.43m "tall" ...

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I was interested to find out just how important a person's diet is to their overall fitness. I'd often heard that you can't out-train a bad diet and Jack confirmed that this is the case for the vast majority of us. It's not just a soundbite, it's the truth except for a handful of elite athletes and Olympians who have been dedicated to their sport from a young age.

"Diet is of the UPMOST importance," Jack told Bored Panda. "For 99% of people, you cannot out-train a bad diet. Only high-level athletes are able to somewhat do so due to their extremely high activity level. But even then, their performance will be negatively affected."

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I Was Born With A Condition: Pectus Excavatum. Which I Know Sounds Like A Harry Potter Spell. My Deformity Began Appearing Around Age 10

I Was Born With A Condition: Pectus Excavatum. Which I Know Sounds Like A Harry Potter Spell. My Deformity Began Appearing Around Age 10

My name is Cody Miller. I am not a typical Olympic swimmer. Like most sports the taller you are the better... Most swimmers are incredibly tall, well above 6ft... I'm 5'11 and only weigh 170lbs. More often than not, I'm the smallest person in the pool. My condition puts stress on my respiratory system. Tests have shown that my sunken sternum and odd placement of other bones has caused a reduced lung capacity... To what extent is unknown. Doctors have said my maximum breathing capacity is likely reduced by 12-20%. Also... I'm diagnosed asthmatic... Which I leaned, from studies run on me in college, has nothing to do with my pectus condition. I live with difficult circumstances for a swimmer. Despite my disadvantages, I've dedicated my life to swimming... And I've never gave up. Like a lot of you, I have struggled with body image problems through out my life. I struggled with my appearance from a young age. I was a kid who was afraid to take off his shirt in gym class... people thought I was weird. At swim meets, I walked around the pool deck awkwardly while people stared and pointed at me. I was weird and abnormal... However, I've realized this: No one is 100% satisfied with the way they look. Everyone has some thing about themselves they dislike. And that's OK! Professional athletes, models... everyone has their own insecurities! I've embraced the fact that I have a giant hole in my chest! It's OK! Monday night. June 27th, 2016 in Omaha Nebraska. USA Swimming Olympic Trials took place at the CenturyLink Center live on NBC, in front of a crowd of 17,500 people, I swam in lane 5 of the Finals of the men's 100 meter breast stroke. Only 2 athletes per event qualify for the Olympic Games. 2 swimmers to represent the U.S.A in the 100 meter breast stroke... I'd been dreaming about this moment my entire life. One wrong move and it's over... The pressure of a life long dream... Years and years of training. Thousands and thousands of hours of preparation for a race that lasts 59 seconds... 2 lengths of the pool... 1 start... 1 turn... 1 finish... 1 moment... 1 opportunity... I did it... The feeling is still indescribable... I qualified for the Rio Olympics. My new Olympic team mate and I hug.Seeing the Olympic rings next to my name... I try not to cry... I did... like a baby...

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Jihana
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2 months ago

Cody, you rock!

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Leg Muscles Of The First Perfect 10 In Olympic History, At Age 14. Nadia Comaneci

Leg Muscles Of The First Perfect 10 In Olympic History, At Age 14. Nadia Comaneci

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Zak Rasten
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2 months ago

I watched that - it was astounding

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An X-Ray Of A Gymnast Performing An Exercise

An X-Ray Of A Gymnast Performing An Exercise

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Loock out, there is a Goa'uld inside you

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According to fitness expert Jack, some of the issues that professional bodybuilders face aren't the ones that you'd immediately think of. "In terms of bodybuilding, flexibility and stretching are a very minor issue. The actual issue it tends to come back to when bodybuilders face chronic injuries is overuse and inflammation," he explained to me.

"This is why I highly recommend a lower volume, high-intensity approach along with sufficient deloads and exercise variation to avoid such injuries," Jack said.

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It May Look Easy On TV, But Just A Reminder Of What The Ski Jumpers Are Staring At. View From The Top Of The Olympic Ski Jump In Sochi, Russia

It May Look Easy On TV, But Just A Reminder Of What The Ski Jumpers Are Staring At. View From The Top Of The Olympic Ski Jump In Sochi, Russia

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Carman Davis
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2 months ago

No thanks.

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#8

It's All About The Olympics

It's All About The Olympics

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JustAPanda
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2 months ago

That is some skill there

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Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

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Riddhi⭐
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2 months ago

😲😲😲😱

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According to Dr. Shane Murphy, talent, determination, and a love for what you do are all part of what makes someone an elite athlete.

"Definitely, talent is key. You need to have physical abilities to excel in a sport and speed, strength, endurance and coordination are vital. But determination is also a huge component of success. You have to love what you do in order to put in the roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice that Anders Ericsson’s famous research indicates is needed to become an expert. But I think many different types of personalities can become successful Olympians. Certainly, we see a wide variety of personality types on the USA Olympic team," he told the American Psychological Association.

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Throwing Out The First Pitch For The Houston Astro's

Throwing Out The First Pitch For The Houston Astro's

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Mazer
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2 months ago

Whoa!!

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Feet From Dutch Olympic Swimming Champion Maarten Van Der Weijden After Swimming 163 Km/101 Mi In 55 Hours To Raise Money For Cancer Research

Feet From Dutch Olympic Swimming Champion Maarten Van Der Weijden After Swimming 163 Km/101 Mi In 55 Hours To Raise Money For Cancer Research

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Unnamed Hooman
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2 months ago

OH GOSH AGAIN BRO-

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4'8" Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles Standing Next To 7'1" Shaq

4'8" Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles Standing Next To 7'1" Shaq

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Zaza
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2 months ago

And she's wearing heels too

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The Olympics isn’t just about competing to see who’s best. Earlier this week, Bored Panda wrote about how the women of the German national gymnastics team chose to wear full-body suits instead of leotards at the Olympics to take a stand against the sexualization of young women in the sport. You can read our article about it right over here.

Meanwhile, let’s talk about health, fitness, and how we can motivate ourselves to become the best we can be. Previously, I spoke about fitness with experts Jack Bly and Paulius Lipskis. In my earlier chat with Jack, he pointed out that having the support of a professional by your side will give you better results. What’s more, it’ll help keep you honest.

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Olympians Alexander Volkov (Volleyball) And Seda Tutkhalyan (Gymnast). Team Russia

Olympians Alexander Volkov (Volleyball) And Seda Tutkhalyan (Gymnast). Team Russia

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

things are looking up for her

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After Blazing Up The Track I Take It With Me

After Blazing Up The Track I Take It With Me

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Carman Davis
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2 months ago

Whoa!! This I did not know. Wow.

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After Sixteen Stages In Tour De France I Think My Legs Look Little Tired

After Sixteen Stages In Tour De France I Think My Legs Look Little Tired

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Vero
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2 months ago

poor legs, they must hurt a lot

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“If you’re someone who is SERIOUS about making a permanent body transformation but feels like you’ve tried everything before, don’t want to do another miserable diet, or don’t have much time to commit… you need to invest in a coach,” he told Bored Panda earlier.

“Countless studies show the power of accountability when it comes to achieving any goal. And we know that where we invest our time & money reveal our true priorities. If you want an area to improve you MUST invest your resources there. And, just know that EVERYONE is capable of achieving the body they can be proud of. You can do this!!!”

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Verified On The Eve Of US Nationals

Verified On The Eve Of US Nationals

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Lance d'Boyle
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2 months ago

We did this for state championships in high school. Carl was shaving his legs in the bath tub when someone asked him a question. He turned and answered and then looked at his razor noticed the long piece of skin that the just removed from his shin. Moral of the story: pay attention to what you're doing when shaving.

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In 2009 J.R. Celski Sliced Through His Entire Left Quadriceps With His Right Skate Blade At The U.S. Olympic Trials

In 2009 J.R. Celski Sliced Through His Entire Left Quadriceps With His Right Skate Blade At The U.S. Olympic Trials

My first major sports injury happened at the 2010 U.S. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials. It was the competition I had to do well at in order to secure a spot on my first Olympic team. The fall happened in one of the last races of the competition, the 500 meters, known for absolute top speed. I fell in the corner and put the front six inches of my blade straight into my quad. I bounced off the pads with the blade still in my leg, looked down and had to pull it out myself because of the awkward position that I was in. I completely severed the VMO “tear drop muscle” and luckily barely missed the femoral artery which might’ve been the end. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever gone through, especially because in the moments after, I started realizing that I might not be able to achieve the goal I set out for in the first place. If not for the people around me including my family, friends, and medical staff, I wouldn’t have been able to get back on my feet, especially in time to go to the Olympics and win two medals.

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SomeCrazyDogLover
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2 months ago

Owchhhh

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Olympic Rower's Hands

Olympic Rower's Hands

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Unnamed Hooman
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2 months ago

OH GOSH

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Meanwhile, personal trainer Paulius shared with me that we should strive to be as honest about our bodies, health, and fitness levels as we can be. Only then can we focus on what matters. Paulius suggested that we accept and embrace ourselves as we are, but avoid looking for excuses for our unhealthy habits.

“It’s also a problem if you view healthy living as something that you’re forced to do. If you’re constantly angry, tired, and you’re low on energy—it’s an issue,” Paulius told Bored Panda in an interview for a previous article.

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Olympic Abs

Olympic Abs

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

can i have some please ?? lost mine 15 years ago

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When You Spend Every Day On A Bike vs. When You Retire And Ride Casually

When You Spend Every Day On A Bike vs. When You Retire And Ride Casually

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

casually is still more than most

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Dutch Track Cyclist Laurine Van Riessen Riding The Wall Of The Track At The Rio Olympics

Dutch Track Cyclist Laurine Van Riessen Riding The Wall Of The Track At The Rio Olympics

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Natalie Bohrteller
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2 months ago

Her face.

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The personal trainer reiterated that you can’t force a person to change. They’ll change only if that desire for a different lifestyle comes from within.

“Usually, our unhealthy habits are a result of constant stress and our behavior that’s meant to protect us from it. If we would have an honest chat with ourselves, we’d clearly see that we’re dissatisfied with ourselves only when we feel that we’re using our bad habits to cover our emotions,” he said.

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The Difference Between An Olympic Swimmer And An Olympic Gymnast

The Difference Between An Olympic Swimmer And An Olympic Gymnast

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Bobert Robertson
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2 months ago

They would make a cute couple

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George Hincapie's Legs After The Tour De France Race

George Hincapie's Legs After The Tour De France Race

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Riddhi⭐
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2 months ago

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!🤯😬

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British Synchronized Swimmer Olivia Federici Stretching

British Synchronized Swimmer Olivia Federici Stretching

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Monty Is Fiennes
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2 months ago

that looks like it feels reeeeal good tho....

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“However, if we accept that we’re not perfect, we’re not pressured to change. That’s when you start developing a natural desire and curiosity to find out what the best possible version of you is,” Paulius noted.

This is a point that I believe is crucial. Realistically speaking, even if only a select few can become Olympic athletes, at the end of the day, what truly matters is us striving to be the best that we can be. Perhaps not Olympians. Perhaps not perfect. But powerful, healthy, full of grit, drive, and energy.

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Anything Possible Right?

Anything Possible Right?

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

*Spiderman theme music*

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Size Difference Between Basketball Players And Gymnasts

Size Difference Between Basketball Players And Gymnasts

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

I wonder how they design rooms in the Olympic Village. Some folks would need extra long beds, and for others, a twin sized bed would be plenty.

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Hungarian Weightlifter Janos Baranyai's Right Arm Gave, Ripping Apart Ligaments And Muscle Under The Weight

Hungarian Weightlifter Janos Baranyai's Right Arm Gave, Ripping Apart Ligaments And Muscle Under The Weight

He pushed himself to lift 148 kilograms (326.3 pounds) during the men’s 77kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

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Riddhi⭐
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2 months ago

I can't even imagine how much pain that caused!😨😧

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The Hands Of Olympic Swimming Champion Van Der Weijden After A 163km Swim

The Hands Of Olympic Swimming Champion Van Der Weijden After A 163km Swim

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Francis
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2 months ago

i wonder how long it takes for his fingers to look normal again

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Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite And Level 10 Training Camp At Karolyis Olympic Training Site

Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite And Level 10 Training Camp At Karolyis Olympic Training Site

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Unnamed Hooman
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2 months ago

The girls in the red on the left- wow! And all of them in general!

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Simone Biles With Lebron James

Simone Biles With Lebron James

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kybourbonpearls
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2 months ago

Dude behind Simone is super sassy!

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Wild Spring Break Night, Recovery Compression For Soreness And Movies

Wild Spring Break Night, Recovery Compression For Soreness And Movies

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

That looks amazing. I'd love to try that treatment -- though I'm definitely not skilled enough to be an Olympic level athlete who NEEDS that treatment.

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I Know I Am Not The Only Gymnast Who Sometimes Watches TV Like This

I Know I Am Not The Only Gymnast Who Sometimes Watches TV Like This

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NeonDisco
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2 months ago

That squint picture is really getting my OCD going.

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How Huge US Fencer Miles Chamley-Watson's Hand Is

How Huge US Fencer Miles Chamley-Watson's Hand Is

All Smiles from Miles when I'm back again with my man, a legend Pele. Thank you always and special thank you for welcoming me to your beautiful country of Brazil. I can listen to this legend talk all day. Really humbling.

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Michelle M
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2 months ago

I have a small head so his hand will probably cover it completely

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Dutch Gymnasts

Dutch Gymnasts

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Riddhi⭐
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2 months ago

That's a really high high-five!

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#35

Annemiek Van Vleuten Crashes While Leading Rio 2016 Road Race

Annemiek Van Vleuten Crashes While Leading Rio 2016 Road Race

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Vuun
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2 months ago

And this time she didn't know someone was ahead of her and thought she won at the finish line. Poor woman.

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#36

Now This Is An Ice Bath. 30lbs Block Of Ice

Now This Is An Ice Bath. 30lbs Block Of Ice

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Jihana
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2 months ago

No, just no!

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Keeping It Real. Wild Friday Night

Keeping It Real. Wild Friday Night

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Uber Mensch
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2 months ago

What s party animal!

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German Cyclist Robert Forstemann And New Zealand Cyclist Greg Henderson

German Cyclist Robert Forstemann And New Zealand Cyclist Greg Henderson

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Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

next up, the pants-off-dance-off?

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Michael Phelps After Cupping Therapy

Michael Phelps After Cupping Therapy

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Legendary swimmer Phelps encounters shark but escapes unharmed.

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Olympic Cyclist Robert Forstemann (Right) Shows Off Freakish 74 Cm Thighs

Olympic Cyclist Robert Forstemann (Right) Shows Off Freakish 74 Cm Thighs

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

Poor fellow. I bet he can get literally nothing in his trouser pockets.

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Relaxing & Recovering. Grateful To Have Access To Such Incredible Technology To Help Heal Aches And Pains

Relaxing & Recovering. Grateful To Have Access To Such Incredible Technology To Help Heal Aches And Pains

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Dodo
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2 months ago

I'm curious whether the Olympic committee gives all athletes these treatments or if the athletes bring their own. If it's the latter, that's a clear advantage for wealthier nations.

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#42

Anyone Want To Hold My Hand

Anyone Want To Hold My Hand

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Hilary Mol
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2 months ago

Gymnast?

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#43

I Have Trained Well. Hopefully I'll Have A Chance To Prove It Soon

I Have Trained Well. Hopefully I'll Have A Chance To Prove It Soon

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JustAPanda
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2 months ago

That is SOME training

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The Leg Of An Olympic Runner

The Leg Of An Olympic Runner

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Softsquatch
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2 months ago

gahhh! some of these veiny leg photos are so gnarly i feel like they should come with a graphic image warning

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10000-Calorie Meal

10000-Calorie Meal

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Judi Michelle
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2 months ago

Was this before or after he falsely accused someone of armed robbery to hide the fact they he vandalized a gas station

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3 Weeks Ago I Finally Got My Knee Cleaned Up After Skiing In Pain For Years

3 Weeks Ago I Finally Got My Knee Cleaned Up After Skiing In Pain For Years

Trying to compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle, I would just try and ignore what my body was telling me. This should have happened years ago but happy the knee is starting to feel/look like the other again(not twice the size). Excited to be back skiing like my old self again!

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Do I want to know why she had not done it sooner?

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#47

Not A Bad View From 10m

Not A Bad View From 10m

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Florian Tauber
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2 months ago

That picture was taken in Bozen/Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

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#48

I Think I'm Doing It Wrong

I Think I'm Doing It Wrong

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Vero
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2 months ago (edited)

well depend of what are you doing...if you´re recreating Robin Williams in mrs doubtfire, its on point

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Olympic Bronze Medalist Julia Mancuso Skiing With A Swimsuit And A Sideways Cap

Olympic Bronze Medalist Julia Mancuso Skiing With A Swimsuit And A Sideways Cap

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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Why?

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#50

Still Plenty Of Juice Left After 7mj Of Work

Still Plenty Of Juice Left After 7mj Of Work

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Minty 831
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2 months ago

Looks like a horse leg instead of a humans

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