Over at NPR, there’s an infographic on the ways in which our Olympians have changed over time. In 1929, the 100m dash winner was 5’7″ and weighed 145 pounds. Usain Bolt? He’s 6’5″ and 189. Women’s marathon runners, on the other hand, haven’t changed much at all.
There are a lot of graphics like this one out there, comparing today’s Olympians with those of the past. The New York Times has a series on Olympic history here and here. At The Guardian, you can see which Olympian you’re most like, physically. ABC has a video of Olympic bodies for each sport. And, here, athletes of all different sports stand next to each other for comparison. Basically, we like to look at Olympians bodies.
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