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50 Strange Photos Of Olympians And Other Athletes To Change Your Mind About The Human Body

Despite the year-long delay caused by Covid, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are well underway, and the internet is buzzing with sports news. The world of high-level sports, on the other hand, is far more bizarre than you might think, and we have the photos to prove it. Bored Panda has compiled a collection of bizarre photos of Olympic athletes from the past that will change the way you think about them and the human body.

Upvote the photos that you find the most interesting as you scroll down. The gymnast’s x-ray and the artistic photo of Usain Bolt with bits of the running track stuck to his back are two of my personal favorites (and please don’t let this affect you in any way).

Whether you’re working out to become an Olympian or simply want to improve your health (heck, I’d like to lose some of the weight I gained during the last lockdown), one of the most important things to remember is honesty.

Anyone can benefit from being honest about their goals, why they’re exercising, what they hope to achieve, and their current fitness level. Whether they’re a professional athlete or just getting their first pair of running shoes, everyone can benefit from these tips. We can move forward and achieve great things if we have a realistic assessment of our own abilities.

I spoke with Jack Bly, a fitness expert, about the importance of eating well and the chronic issues that some athletes face. Below is a link to his interview with Bored Panda.

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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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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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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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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

Cody Miller is my name. I’m not your average Olympic swimmer. The taller you are in most sports, the better… The majority of swimmers are extremely tall, standing well over 6 feet… I’m 5’11” and weigh 170 pounds. I’m almost always the smallest person in the pool. My respiratory system is under strain as a result of my condition. My sunken sternum and unusual placement of other bones have resulted in a reduction in lung capacity, according to tests… The extent of the problem is unknown. My maximum breathing capacity has likely been reduced by 12-20%, according to doctors. Also, I’ve been diagnosed with asthma… Which, according to studies conducted on me in college, has nothing to do with my pectus problem. For a swimmer, I live in difficult circumstances. I’ve dedicated my life to swimming, despite my disadvantages… And I’ve never surrendered. I, like many of you, have struggled with body image issues my entire life. From a young age, I was self-conscious about my appearance. People thought I was weird when I was a kid who was afraid to take off his shirt in gym class. I walked around the pool deck awkwardly while people stared and pointed at me at swim meets. I was strange and unusual… However, I’ve come to realize that no one is completely satisfied with their appearance. Everyone has a flaw they don’t like about themselves. And that’s perfectly fine! Everyone, including professional athletes and models, has insecurities! I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have a huge hole in my chest! It’s all right! Monday evening. Omaha, Nebraska, June 27th, 2016. I swam in lane 5 of the men’s 100 meter breast stroke Finals at the CenturyLink Center, which was broadcast live on NBC in front of a crowd of 17,500 people. Only two athletes per event are eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. In the 100 meter breast stroke, the United States will be represented by two swimmers… This was the moment I’d been waiting for my entire life. It’s all over if you make one wrong move… The pressure of realizing a lifelong ambition… Years and years of preparation have gone into this. Thousands of hours of training for a 59-second race… two lengths of the pool… one start… one turn… one finish… one moment… one opportunity… I completed the task… The sensation remains indescribable… I qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I hugged my new Olympic teammate. When I saw the Olympic rings next to my name, I was a little taken aback. I make an effort not to cry… That’s exactly what I did… like a baby…

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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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An X-Ray Of A Gymnast Performing An Exercise

An X-Ray Of A Gymnast Performing An Exercise

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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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It’s All About The Olympics

It's All About The Olympics

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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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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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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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Verified On The Eve Of US Nationals

Verified On The Eve Of US Nationals

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The Olympics are about more than just competing to see who is the best. Bored Panda reported earlier this week on the German national gymnastics team’s decision to wear full-body suits rather than leotards at the Olympics to protest the sexualization of young women in the sport. You can read more about it in our article here.

Let’s talk about health and fitness in the meantime, and how we can motivate ourselves to be the best we can be. I previously spoke with fitness experts Jack Bly and Paulius Lipskis about their experiences. In a previous conversation with Jack, he mentioned that having the assistance of a professional will help you achieve better results. Furthermore, it will assist you in remaining honest.

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

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

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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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“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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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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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

At the 2010 U.S. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials, I suffered my first major sports injury. It was the competition that I needed to win in order to make my first Olympic team. The fall occurred in one of the competition’s final races, the 500 meters, which is known for its absolute top speed. I landed in the corner and slammed the front six inches of my blade into my quadriceps. Because of the awkward position I was in, I bounced off the pads with the blade still in my leg, looked down, and had to pull it out myself. I completely severed the VMO “tear drop muscle” and narrowly avoided severing the femoral artery, which would have been fatal. It was one of the most difficult experiences I’ve ever had, especially because I realized soon after that I might not be able to achieve the goal I set out for in the first place. I would not have been able to get back on my feet without the help of my family, friends, and medical staff, especially in time to compete in the Olympics and win two medals.

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Olympic Rower’s Hands

Olympic Rower's Hands

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Meanwhile, personal trainer Paulius advised me to be as open and honest as possible about our bodies, health, and fitness levels. Only then will we be able to concentrate on what really matters. Paulius advised us to accept and embrace ourselves as we are, rather than looking for justifications for our bad habits.

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

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Olympic Abs

Olympic Abs

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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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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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The Difference Between An Olympic Swimmer And An Olympic Gymnast

The Difference Between An Olympic Swimmer And An Olympic Gymnast

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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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Anything Possible Right?

Anything Possible Right?

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British Synchronized Swimmer Olivia Federici Stretching

British Synchronized Swimmer Olivia Federici Stretching

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Size Difference Between Basketball Players And Gymnasts

Size Difference Between Basketball Players And Gymnasts

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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

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

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

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

Miles is all smiles now that I’m back with my man, Pele, the legend. Thank you for always being so gracious, and especially for welcoming me to your lovely country of Brazil. I could spend the entire day listening to this legend speak. It’s humbling.

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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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Wild Spring Break Night, Recovery Compression For Soreness And Movies

Wild Spring Break Night, Recovery Compression For Soreness And Movies

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Simone Biles With Lebron James

Simone Biles With Lebron James

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Dutch Gymnasts

Dutch Gymnasts

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

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

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Keeping It Real. Wild Friday Night

Keeping It Real. Wild Friday Night

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Annemiek Van Vleuten Crashes While Leading Rio 2016 Road Race

Annemiek Van Vleuten Crashes While Leading Rio 2016 Road Race

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Michael Phelps After Cupping Therapy

Michael Phelps After Cupping Therapy

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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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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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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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Anyone Want To Hold My Hand

Anyone Want To Hold My Hand

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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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10000-Calorie Meal

10000-Calorie Meal

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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

I would try to ignore what my body was telling me while competing in both halfpipe and slopestyle. This should have happened years ago, but I’m relieved that the knee is beginning to feel and look like the other (not twice the size). I’m looking forward to getting back to skiing like I used to!

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The Leg Of An Olympic Runner

The Leg Of An Olympic Runner

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I Think I’m Doing It Wrong

I Think I'm Doing It Wrong

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Not A Bad View From 10m

Not A Bad View From 10m

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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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Still Plenty Of Juice Left After 7mj Of Work

Still Plenty Of Juice Left After 7mj Of Work

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