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Posted: 7/30/2012 4:33:01 PM EST
they all get up to the pool , preparing to swim, and they damn near bathe themselves in the pool water. Some of them actually put the water in their mouth. Are they just getting their body acclimated to the pool water temp ? The divers even have a hot tub to get in before and after their dive. One chick would take a little towel with her everywhere and use it to squeeze out water over herself then drop the towel on the floor only to pick it up a bit later and squeeze out more water on herself and even in her mouth.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:35:45 PM EST
All product athletes do stupid shit. If you put 3 tees in one golfers pocket he'll fuck up all day long, he wants 2 tees in there. If doing some routine before I compete in the Olympics is what has been working, I'd keep doing it as long as I needed.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:38:27 PM EST
Athletes of any sport have weird routines and superstitions.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:39:03 PM EST
i noticed this also. You think they put new water in the pool just because it's the big O?
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:40:07 PM EST
You have to 'become' the pool, Grasshopper.








Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:41:33 PM EST
In to read about other strange things pro athletes do.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:45:33 PM EST
My guess is it would be to let your swim wear get wet so it does not catch, pinch, bind on your skin during entry.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:45:48 PM EST
think any of em pee in the pool ?
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:48:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2012 4:49:44 PM EST by MonkTx]
Most people don't realize that swimmers have more highly developed olfactory and taste organs than humans do. They are able to sense the different levels of estrogen and testosterone left in the water by their competitors and can work out a social order among themselves without having to fight for it.

Or,

They just like to taste each others piss.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:48:43 PM EST
Getting Wet
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:48:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By 07Commander:
think any of em pee in the pool ?


I saw one of the divers hock a loogie into the hot tub. It wasn't just spitting out some water.

Kharn
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:51:26 PM EST
It's called gettin' fired up!
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:52:40 PM EST
Just before an IDPA match, I always pick my nose to get my booger hook prepped and ready
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:54:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2012 4:56:44 PM EST by DasRonin]
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.

I understand many of the high tech swim suits must be wet when they put them on to get a tight/smooth fit.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:56:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?



Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:56:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:58:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





I do believe that bare breasts in women and dangling male genitalia would actually cause drag!
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:58:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





No. The suits minimize drag and friction that would otherwise be affected by the skin. Ian Thorpe wore a full-body suit and won many of his medals because of this. They banned full-body suits and he tried getting back into the swing of things and really hasn't done shit since.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 4:59:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





No.

Those suits are more water-dynamic. If that's even a word. Many many hours of engineering go into the development of those suits to shave a thousandths of a second of a time. Every bit saved counts.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:01:08 PM EST
Is this your first time watching the Olympics, Sparky?
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:02:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By rwalters17:
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





No.

Those suits are more water-dynamic. If that's even a word. Many many hours of engineering go into the development of those suits to shave a thousandths of a second of a time. Every bit saved counts.


Hydrodynamic.

You guys are no fun. I was just being a pervert and you have to respond with science.



Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:03:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2012 5:04:03 PM EST by hawaiinate]
Originally Posted By rwalters17:
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





No.

Those suits are more water-dynamic hydrodynamic. If that's even a word. Many many hours of engineering go into the development of those suits to shave a thousandths of a second of a time. Every bit saved counts.


fify. edit: damn, beat

I didn't know that the full body suits had been banned, was wondering why I haven't seen any of the swimmers wearing them
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:03:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By Billy-the-Man:
Is this your first time watching the Olympics, Sparky?


Who the fuck is Sparky?


Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:05:05 PM EST
They're just psyching the water out.

When I played college football, I used to punch myself in the balls in view of the opposing bench. I figured if they thought I'd do that to my own balls, imagine what I'd do to someone I didn't even like.

Now, of course this wasn't 100% effective and my first born had some genetic problems but it was sound logic at the time.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:05:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By Billy-the-Man:
Is this your first time watching the Olympics, Sparky?


Who the fuck is Sparky?





Duh.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:13:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:19:52 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:23:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





My crotch fro would be like me dragging a trawling net.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:27:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By DigDug:
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





My crotch fro would be like me dragging a trawling net.


Thanks for the visual.


Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:30:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By 07Commander:
think any of em pee in the pool ?


We use to lean over and tell the other guy "I peed in your lane" Right before the race.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:36:39 PM EST
Since we're discussing Olympic swimmer/diver weirdness, what's up with the big band-aid looking things?

I've seen them on backs, arms, and legs, and they aren't placed in any way that suggests, to me anyway, that they're supporting a joint like you'd wrap a knee in an ace bandage.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:39:03 PM EST
you'd do weird shit too if you had stared at that black line for 20,000 yds a day, six days a week, for going on a decade. You almost have to have a screw loose somewhere to swim at that level.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:39:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Since we're discussing Olympic swimmer/diver weirdness, what's up with the big band-aid looking things?

I've seen them on backs, arms, and legs, and they aren't placed in any way that suggests, to me anyway, that they're supporting a joint like you'd wrap a knee in an ace bandage.


Ballast.



Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:39:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By rwalters17:
Athletes of any sport have weird routines and superstitions.


Very true statement. I have a good many friends that played serious college sports and others that are involved in professional baseball. I have heard and seen all sorts of odd stories about baseball players and their odd tendencies.

Mark Fidrych used to do all sorts of odd things. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Fidrych

Wade Boggs had a few odd things too.

Boggs was known for his superstitions. He ate chicken before every game (Jim Rice once called Boggs "chicken man"), woke up at the same time every day, took exactly 117 ground balls in practice, took batting practice at 5:17, and ran sprints at 7:17.[4] His route to and from his position in the field beat a path to the home dugout. He drew the Hebrew word "Chai", meaning "life", in the batter's box before each at-bat, though he is not Jewish.[11] He asked Fenway Park public address announcer Sherm Feller not to say his uniform number when he introduced him because Boggs once broke out of a slump on a day when Feller forgot to announce his number.[12]

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Boggs


Bottom line, all top athletes have some odd thing that they "have" to do before a competition.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:41:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Since we're discussing Olympic swimmer/diver weirdness, what's up with the big band-aid looking things?

I've seen them on backs, arms, and legs, and they aren't placed in any way that suggests, to me anyway, that they're supporting a joint like you'd wrap a knee in an ace bandage.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastic_therapeutic_tape
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:43:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By TZLVredmist:
My guess is it would be to let your swim wear get wet so it does not catch, pinch, bind on your skin during entry.

That was my guess too.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:44:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2012 5:45:12 PM EST by Bed_Head]




Which one of you guys is in the background there?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bsorChpb8
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:44:39 PM EST
If you think it makes a difference, it does.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:46:30 PM EST
[/quote]

My crotch fro would be like me dragging a trawling net.[/quote]



Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:47:59 PM EST
"I've got a linebacker who hasn't washed his jock strap in two years because he thinks flies are lucky"
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:50:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/30/2012 5:51:59 PM EST by DigDug]
Originally Posted By tn_popo:


My crotch fro would be like me dragging a trawling net.






Think Link from the Mod Squad.

Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:51:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By archer23:
Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Since we're discussing Olympic swimmer/diver weirdness, what's up with the big band-aid looking things?

I've seen them on backs, arms, and legs, and they aren't placed in any way that suggests, to me anyway, that they're supporting a joint like you'd wrap a knee in an ace bandage.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastic_therapeutic_tape


Aha! Thank you.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:51:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Since we're discussing Olympic swimmer/diver weirdness, what's up with the big band-aid looking things?

I've seen them on backs, arms, and legs, and they aren't placed in any way that suggests, to me anyway, that they're supporting a joint like you'd wrap a knee in an ace bandage.


Kensieo tape

Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:52:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mike_48:
If you think it makes a difference, it does.

I think I'm Peter North.
Link Posted: 7/30/2012 5:56:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By hawaiinate:
Originally Posted By rwalters17:
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





No.

Those suits are more water-dynamic hydrodynamic. If that's even a word. Many many hours of engineering go into the development of those suits to shave a thousandths of a second of a time. Every bit saved counts.


fify. edit: damn, beat

I didn't know that the full body suits had been banned, was wondering why I haven't seen any of the swimmers wearing them


Link Posted: 7/30/2012 6:03:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By DigDug:
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





My crotch fro would be like me dragging a trawling net.


Link Posted: 7/30/2012 6:09:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?





How many times do you think you could stand to hear the exchange:

"Damn, this water's cold"
"Yeah, deep too"

While waiting on the starting block?
Link Posted: 7/31/2012 3:33:00 PM EST
I just read that most divers will dry themselves off to make sure they can grip their legs when twisting and flipping. Some divers actually believe that diving wet makes for a cleaner splash. You see them with their little chamois towels.
Link Posted: 7/31/2012 3:36:35 PM EST
Yes, splashing water on yourself does help you to acclimatize...even if only just a little bit.

I remember being on the swim team in high school. One team kept their pool cold and it would shock the shit out of visiting teams when they dove in. That "WHOA!" moment as you hit the cold water made a difference.

Link Posted: 7/31/2012 3:38:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By Smashy:
Originally Posted By DasRonin:
Many of the swimmers have swim suits are scientifically designed to reduce drag (you will notice the men have no body hair to reduce drag). I was told by a competitive swimmer that the suits must be wet to reduce drag when entering the water (diving in). Not doing so, we are talking small fragments of a second, will take time for the suits to saturate. And yes this is a fraction of a second, but every 100th of a second saved might make a difference in a winning time.



Wouldn't they be faster if they just dive in nekkid?



Cock and balls = high drag

As would a vagina, ass and tits.

Compression suits work great at streamlining the female body.

Link Posted: 7/31/2012 3:44:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By 07Commander:
they all get up to the pool , preparing to swim, and they damn near bathe themselves in the pool water. Some of them actually put the water in their mouth. Are they just getting their body acclimated to the pool water temp ? The divers even have a hot tub to get in before and after their dive. One chick would take a little towel with her everywhere and use it to squeeze out water over herself then drop the towel on the floor only to pick it up a bit later and squeeze out more water on herself and even in her mouth.

How about the backstroke swimmer who splashed water on herself, then on her head, before jumping in the pool?
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