Athletic Diversity (Photo Series)

  • neosyllogy

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    Mar 02, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    "This is a photoshoot of various Olympic athletes by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein titled “The Athlete""
    A series of photographs of men and women athletes, partly designed to showcase the exceptional diversity of "the" athletic body.
    Def. worth taking a gander.

    a few thumbnails:


    Thoughts on the subject welcome. (If nothing else, commentless threads are lost to the ether and from attention. icon_smile.gif )
    I know that as I've gotten more and more involved with sports and gotten to know and train with serious national and internationally competitive athletes I've gained much more appreciation for how much different the athlete's body is from the almost cartoonish model bodies that are often associated with them. One sees that diversity everywhere looking at pro sports, but it was something I never appreciated (never even really thought about) until I started training somewhat seriously. A particular impression was made on me by a slightly "chubby" guy (baby fat look) with beastly cardio, grace, and a national title. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Thank you for sharing this. I think when us gays hear the term "athletic body", we most often think of the generic fitness model build. Indeed "athletic bodies" (ie - the bodies of athletes) vary greatly depending on the sport, and too often a slim marathon runner or heavier weightlifter builds are glossed over as "unathletic" to the typical gym rat. Its cool that a photographer was able to put some perspective on this.
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    fascinating pics , thanks.

    there is so much more that makes an athlete a high performance machine than exterior appearance :

    cardio power
    mental focus
    innate sense of coordination and space
    age ( x country skiers peak in their late 20's, early 30's.)

    and then some muscle groups will become overdeveloped : road cyclists , tennis players,

    side note/
    having also been in contact with world level athletes i often noticed a certain aura about those guys . Probably coming from an extremely strict discipline, being used to get media attention, having a personal assurance, confidence and so on.
    I experience the same thing with professional performers.