Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beauty in the Water Cube

I love the Olympics and I can't help myself. This is beautiful.

Photo credit: Al Bello-Getty Images

Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

And if you were curious as to why the swimmers go shower off immediately after emerging from the pool, here's an answer.

Theories have ranged from 'to get the chlorine off' to 'they want to have fun' -- seriously, that last one is a direct quote from NBC's diving analyst, Cynthia Potter. Neither are the reason.

Divers shower in between each dive to keep their muscles warm after getting out of the pool. The temperature of the pool water and the air are usually different (the pool is usually around 80 degrees, with the air temperature between 68 and 72 degrees). This difference can cause muscle tightness. To combat this, divers warm up in either the showers or a hot tub.

And while we're on the subject of hot water action, Angelos has one to upstage Janet Jackson.

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