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Lean Machines - The Five Best Bodies in the Olympics

Hard work has paid off handsomely for these elite athletes.


Olympic athletes don’t view their bodies the same way you and I do. We marvel at chiseled abs, biceps, and shoulders. They focus on power, speed, and stamina. Over the past few months we’ve interviewed dozens of Olympic athletes from almost every sport, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned about how they view their physiques, it’s that function always trumps form. Of course, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Here, we break down the five best bodies at the London 2012 games.


Arms - James Magnussen, Swimmer (AUS)

Allow us to present The Missile— Australia’s secret weapon. Everyone wants to know how Magnussen, an athlete no one outside of Australia had heard of just over a year ago, has ascended to become a favorite to take gold in the 100m freestyle event in London. At last year’s FINA World Championships, Magnussen took first in the men’s 100m freestyle, while Team USA’s Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte won the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle.
“His arms act as a big lever he can use to carve through the water,” says Kevin Netto, Ph.D., a biomechanics lecturer at Australia’s Deakin University. “In biomechanical terms, his body is about as perfect as you could get.”

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