There, I got your attention with the one word that seems to stop most people in their tracks. Now that I opened the can of worms, (sorry worms …not sexy) lets discuss the subject. Most of us living and breathing sports fans watched a portion of the Olympics with lots of young and amazing athletes performing on the world’s biggest stage. The athletic bodies where in full display for us to marvel at and only wish we had a set of abdominals and biceps to match.
Maybe it was only me but I suspect that I was not alone in noticing the track and field runners seem to be wearing less than usual. As a man I am not so prudent to complain but I have to wonder why a track runner is competing in basically a swimsuit along with jewelry and lipstick. Maybe these athletes that are dolled are presenting themselves to potential suiters when the Olympics are done. As for woman’s beach volleyball, the two piece athletic gear is a bikini. I am not sure why they are playing in a bikini but maybe it is keep the spirit of the beach intact.
Not to be lost in the shuffle are the all the men parading around in all there athletic glory. My wife enjoyed the swimming and couldn’t help herself to remark about a swimmers physic. The usual comment after that was how that I should ramp up my workouts to incorporate more upper body weightlifting and perhaps some added core work. I can take those comments two ways, I can either be insulted and not understand why she can’t accept the way I look or I can think that she couldn’t take her hands off of me if I had a swimmers body. Honestly, I don’t swim much but enjoy the challenge she has presented to me.
I enjoy the Olympics but I enjoy the Summer Olympics even more. There is a wider range of events and I feel that can relate to athletes because of the same sports that I once competed in. The summer Olympics seems to be more compelling and offers bigger stories and world records and milestones are constantly being set. Take for instance, the young man from South Africa, Wayde van Niekerk who won the 400m in track and field, he broke the world record. He ran in the far outside lane and broke the world record with a time of 43.03, a record that stood for seventeen years.
Now what does Wayde van Niekerk have to do with sex appeal? Probably nothing but it goes to show you that the Olympics are no different than a Hollywood movie, give me drama, give me some conflict and give me some sex appeal. As pure as we want the Olympics to be, they are packaged and presented to us with the things that all of us humans desire. I personally don’t what all of the showing of skin to drift off in some weird tangent like women’s judo in two piece outfits. There must be some restraint on this trend unless there are scientific studies that prove athletes perform better in less clothing. I am just not sure, I guess we will see in Tokyo in 2020 if anybody competes in clothes.
Photo – Beach Volleyball (www.upi.com) Phelps (www.nytimes.com)