No pain, no gold! Images show the incredible toll competition takes on the bodies of Olympic athletes – from the ultra-wrinkled feet of a swimmer to the bleeding hands of a weightlifter
- Athletes from all over the world trained hard for the Olympics
- They shared the toll their hard work of passion has taken on their bodies online
- Some show legs deformed by veins, while others have blisters and callused hands
Everyone knows that taking part in the Olympics requires tremendous physical stamina, but now the incredible toll on athletes’ bodies has been revealed in fascinating images.
Collected in a gallery for trivia website Bored Panda, incredible images show a proliferation of bulging veins on American cyclist George Hincapie’s leg, photographed by a fan after the Tour de France, and the bloodied and callused hands of weightlifters.
Another image reveals the ultra-wrinkled feet of Dutch Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van Der Weijden after swimming 163 km for charity.
Meanwhile, cyclists end up with hugely overdeveloped thighs, including Olympic cyclist Robert Forstemann of Germany, who has 74cm thighs that appear even bigger compared to his ultra-toned calves.
Bored Panda has revealed the toll that intense training takes on Olympic athletes from around the world. Pictured: Dutch Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van Der Weijden’s feet after swimming 163 km/101 miles in 55 hours to raise money for cancer research
A proliferation of bulging veins on the leg of American cyclist George Hincapie photographed by a fan after the Tour de France
The bloodied hand of Canadian gymnast Ellie Black, who was the world’s second-largest gymnast between 2014 and 2015.
New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson compared the legs of two German cyclists during an international race
Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, from the Netherlands, pictured, showed the injuries she sustained in a fall while leading a race during the Rio 2016 Olympics
New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson showed what his legs look like during training, with prominent veins and muscles
A Reddit user claimed this is what an X-ray of a gymnast’s spine looks like when they perform a maneuver
Polish cyclist Paweł Poljański shared a photo of the veins on his legs after the 2017 Tour de France
The calloused hands of Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines’ first-ever gold winner, who hit gold at the Tokyo Olympics this week
U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte revealed that he sometimes takes a bath with 30-pound ice cubes to relieve the pain of his overworked muscles
British three-time Olympic champion rowing hands Alex Gregory after leaving them in wet gloves for too long
Jamaica’s sprint sensation Usain Bolt revealed the stones on the tracks landed on his back as he ran
Olympic cyclist Robert Forstemann (right), from Germany, has 74cm thighs thanks to the impact of his intense training