The air was thick with steam. Clouds of hot air floated by the ceiling in the windowless room. All twelve showers ran with boiling water keeping the room warm and our toes from freezing. This team shower was more than just a rinse off after practice. Each shower pressure was adjusted to a point just strong enough to clear each razor of its shaving cream, but not so strong that it sprayed everywhere.
On Beards, Mustaches, and Hairy Swimmers - Hot Flashes Blog by Arlene Nisson Lassin
Instead, these habits simply reflect the distinct, eccentric lifestyle that only those who swim competitively can truly understand. One noticeable habit of Olympic swimmers is the amount of daily food consumption. While the average adult should consume around 2, calories daily, professional athletes — and swimmers in particular — need significantly more than that. Olympic swimmers have more practices than there are days in the week, typically logging at least 10 workouts throughout seven days. Many of these practices are held in the wee hours of the morning.
Isaac Wert October 11, It makes you feel the water a little more. Sophomore Sara Anderson said she enjoys not having to worry about shaving her legs during the season. Senior Captain Katie Orton referred to leg hair as drag, meaning it slows the swimmers down.
Britain's swimmers have been warned they will have to do it the hard way in this weekend's New York leg of the Fina World Cup. National performance director Bill Sweetenham has told the team they must remain in training throughout the event to help toughen themselves up physically and mentally. They will also be refused rest and massages and not allowed to shave down body hair or wear the 'go faster' body suit to improve aerodynamics.