American Olympic Uniform, 1936...apparently jockstraps werent part of the uniform

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    Jul 22, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    In 1936, A.G. Spalding became the first official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic team, designing the uniforms for the Summer Olympics in Berlin.

    olympicuniforms.png ...maybe he was on the pole vaulting team. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 22, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    I think it's crazy how athlete's bodies have changed over the last 70 years. These guys would probably get laughed right out of the Olympics today. Most basketball players, track and field athletes, swimmers, and boxers' biceps these days are bigger than these guys' calves. I guess a lot of this can be credited to the shift away from amateurism and allowing professional athletes to participate, but a lot of amateur athletes on this site look like they'd put these guys to shame...

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    Jul 22, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    ^^^

    And yet they were the best of the best from around the world. Despite how they looked. Thin and slender can be fit too.

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    Jul 22, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI think it's crazy how athlete's bodies have changed over the last 70 years. These guys would probably get laughed right out of the Olympics today. Most basketball players, track and field athletes, swimmers, and boxers' biceps these days are bigger than these guys' calves. I guess a lot of this can be credited to the shift away from amateurism and allowing professional athletes to participate, but a lot of amateur athletes on this site look like they'd put these guys to shame...

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    It's amazing to see how far nutrition and training have come over the years. These guys were not huge physical specimens but I imagine their cardio vascular endurance would have been great.
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    Jul 22, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    smthjock said I imagine their cardio vascular endurance would have been great.

    Definitely.

    n8698u saidThin and slender can be fit too.

    I did not mean to insinuate that one can't be fit without being super buff; I was merely pointing out the physical differences of athletes then and now, and how stunning the difference is.
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    Jul 22, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    Hm, here's a thought...

    Post-depression rations...but these are premier athletes representing their country, surely they would have been given more. Hmmmm...

    The greeks didn't wear jock straps either.
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    Jul 22, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI think it's crazy how athlete's bodies have changed over the last 70 years. These guys would probably get laughed right out of the Olympics today. Most basketball players, track and field athletes, swimmers, and boxers' biceps these days are bigger than these guys' calves. I guess a lot of this can be credited to the shift away from amateurism and allowing professional athletes to participate, but a lot of amateur athletes on this site look like they'd put these guys to shame...

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    I think what's more interesting is - while many professional athletes do have these bigger, better bodies - there are still plenty that look almost average to the outside observer. They are some of the most physically fit people in the world, and yet since they dedicate their training to performance rather than aesthetic, there's no real visual manifestation to their fitness. We might just view them as just another moderately in-shape person...until we saw them perform.

    Just another reminder that looking physically fit and being physically fit are two very different things.
    Edit: Not to say that achieving the look of physical fitness does not require significant work in itself, because it most certainly does.
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    Jul 22, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI think it's crazy how athlete's bodies have changed over the last 70 years. These guys would probably get laughed right out of the Olympics today. Most basketball players, track and field athletes, swimmers, and boxers' biceps these days are bigger than these guys' calves. I guess a lot of this can be credited to the shift away from amateurism and allowing professional athletes to participate, but a lot of amateur athletes on this site look like they'd put these guys to shame...

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    TIL that Eli Manning played 70 years ago.
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    n8698u said
    The greeks didn't wear jock straps either.

    The Greeks didn't wear anything...
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    n8698u saidHm, here's a thought...

    Post-depression rations...but these are premier athletes representing their country, surely they would have been given more. Hmmmm...

    The greeks didn't wear jock straps either.


    Hate to say it, but rations were probably less of a factor than steroids.
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    n8698u said
    The greeks didn't wear jock straps either.

    The Greeks didn't wear anything...
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    That's why I had quadrennial tickets to all the games. icon_wink.gif



    Yes, I am that old. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:39 PM GMT
    I wonder if these were even Olympic athletes, or just models that Spaulding used to feature the uniforms, perhaps during the design & selection process. These may merely be Spaulding employees. Certainly the setting isn't very sporty, nor attractive, looks more like an industrial area, maybe at the Spaulding plant.
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    Jul 22, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI wonder if these were even Olympic athletes, or just models that Spaulding used to feature the uniforms, perhaps during the design & selection process. These may merely be Spaulding employees. Certainly the setting isn't very sporty, nor attractive, looks more like an industrial area, maybe at the Spaulding plant.

    This, and I have to think that we had a difficult time finding four white Italian guys in those sports from the competitors. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 06, 2012 9:24 AM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    smthjock said I imagine their cardio vascular endurance would have been great.

    Definitely.

    n8698u saidThin and slender can be fit too.

    I did not mean to insinuate that one can't be fit without being super buff; I was merely pointing out the physical differences of athletes then and now, and how stunning the difference is.


    I found a really well-done video from the NY Times that illustrates exactly what I originally meant about the performance of today's athletes versus the performances of the gold medalists and world record holders of yore. Check it out:

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/05/sports/olympics/the-100-meter-dash-one-race-every-medalist-ever.html?hp