The Olympic games have changed over the years, but so have the athletes themselves. The average participant in the games now looks strikingly different than when the Olympics began. So why is that?
The Sochi Winter Olympics kicked off today with some snowboarding, figure skating and freestyle skiing. It’s amazing how much the Olympics have evolved over the years. The envelope continues to be pushed with newer sports like snowboarding — which wasn’t introduced until 1998 — while old staples such as curling have made a bit of a resurgence in popularity.
Along with the sports, the participants themselves have changed as well. If you look at the athletes over the 90 years the Winter Olympics have been around, they appear to be quite different in physical appearance. For instance, the average height of a gymnast was once 5′ 3″, but is now 4′ 9″. So what happened? why is it that these standards have changed rather dramatically? Well, AsapSCIENCE tackles that question in their latest video, How Olympians Have Changed (1924 – 2014).
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