The Body Shapes Of The World's Best Athletes Compared Side By Side
November 12, 2013 1:32 PM   Subscribe

We've been fascinated with the ideal human form since ancient Greece and before, although that ideal form has been constantly changing. And perhaps this multitude of body shapes in their peak form - and utterly different - should tell us something about the futility of looking for ideal forms.
posted by Pyrogenesis (7 comments total)

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Well, they all have ONE thing in common. They're all in a lot better shape than ME!
posted by TDavis at 1:36 PM on November 12, 2013

I love how David Zhuang (table tennis) is rocking that "Ladies..." look.
posted by Etrigan at 1:37 PM on November 12, 2013 [2 favorites]

This is a few years old - Alonzo Mourning???
posted by Mister_A at 1:40 PM on November 12, 2013

It's eleven years old.
posted by mr_roboto at 1:46 PM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

Interestingly enough, not one of the women matches the fashion-model 'beautiful woman' trope: a few of the guys do, but none of the women have that giraffe-tall + starving look we're all supposed to wish for.
posted by easily confused at 1:53 PM on November 12, 2013

I forget the SF story, set in an elaborate society established in free-fall orbit, one of the subcultures thought the perfect form would be the closest to a perfect sphere. A truly "Noooo" moment reading that.
posted by sammyo at 1:56 PM on November 12, 2013

We saw this before, and it wasn't hosted on a terrible aggregator site.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:56 PM on November 12, 2013

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