Why do female olympic swimmers have the body type they do?
July 4, 2008 7:00 PM Subscribe
Why do even olympic level swimmers (especially women) appear to have a "thin layer of fat over muscle" look rather than having the extreme muscle definition of say, sprinters?
posted by true to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mrs. True and I are watching the US Olympic Trials and it seems to a consistent body type. Clearly they are in peak physical condition but even the short distance sprint swimmers seem to be be a little 'thicker' than other athletes at that level (especially in the torso and arms). Is there something about swimming that makes this the ideal body type for women, or is it a side effect of swimming itself?