Initially this guy kind of pissed me off, for no reason in particular. I just watched this TIME video, that takes you through the ins and outs of his training, and have to say that I now have some serious respect for him and the rest of the competitors in this sport.
I think this serves as a great example of the true magnitude of the Olympic Games.
Most of the sports are ones that we probably are not familiar with, but the ideas of dedication, perseverance, and consistency are all ones that bodybuilders/powerlifters/athletes know quite well, thus we can all find respect, honor, and intrigue in such pursuits.
Enjoy the video:
Along the lines you were taking this it seems, I have the most ridiculous amounts of respect for some of the athletes in the “other” sports, who put in ridiculous hours every day for a decade+ to run a few 10 second races, and that’s it, that’s their olympics. In fact even that might be a bad example because sprinters are idolized, but you get the picture. The hockey players will skip some NHL games to go play for their country, and I’m not saying they don’t give a shit about that honor because they do, but they already have mass exposure, whereas some of these other athletes are going to have the big stage for the first(and maybe only) time in their lives. Big ups to those people.
Agreed. It’s amazing how many US Olympians are in debt, because they have to pay their way to compete. I saw that the head of the US bobsled team (which is ranked #1 in the world) is $40K in debt due to his Olympic pursuits.
You’d think that he [and the other winning competitors] would be able to erase their debts with the money accrued through sponsors, guest appearances, speaking angagements and the like, right? That’s more of a question than a statement.