Physical variations in female athletes

Check out these photos of elite female athletes, ranging from a 95-pound gymnast lady to a 6’5″ basketball player lady to a 297-pound weightlifter lady. It’s kind of neat, all the phenotypes of humanity, like looking at a lineup of jack russell terriers and rottweilers.

The gymnast could wear the weightlifter as a suit.

The gymnast could wear the weightlifter as a suit.

Couple things stand out to me: first, almost every woman in the lot, regardless of her size and proportion of body fat, has tight knees (ie, her knees are smaller than her calves). In the general population, soft knees (legs taper smoothly from thigh to ankle, or inner sides of knees pop towards each other) are really common- apparently not so much in the sports world, at least in this admittedly small sample size. The other thing I notice is that among this group, most of the women whose sports have a performance component (gymnasts, aerobics, etc) have pointed their toes for these photos, striking a definite pose. You can really tell the ones whose sports incorporate dance- they’re making pretty feet.

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6 Responses to Physical variations in female athletes

  1. My eyes work, do yours says:

    You obviously did not actually look at the picture close up before writing this blog.
    The “95-pound gymnast” is Olympic Figure Skater Tara Lipinski.
    The “297-pound weightlifter lady” is list ed on the photo as 135lbs.
    Try researching (look at photo) before writing next time.

    • Jingle says:

      You obviously did not actually look at the picture up close before writing this post.
      The “297 pound weightlifter lady” is the 297 pound weightlifter lady. The 135 pound bodybuilder is the woman to which you are referring.
      Why don’t you try researching (looking at photo) before writing next time?

  2. Anonymous says:

    umm, read the actual link. dink.

  3. R says:

    This is photo shopped or the info is wrong.

    The figurescater is (5’1″) and looks 4 or 5 inches shorter then the long distance runner that is listed as 4’11.
    The 5’5” female and the 5’8” female are the same height.
    The scale has been altered by photoshop which changes all proportions, This is a poor photo to study.

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