Posted by: Tobias | August 16, 2008

Olympians

Statistics galore: the NYT brings us profiles of seven Olympic athletes, packed full of statistics: what they weigh, how much body fat they have, how much they bench press, their resting heart rate and how many calories worth of food they consume each day.

The line up does not, however, include Michael Phelps who is clearly in a league of his own, not only with respect to the number of gold medals won, but also in caloric uptake. The man’s diet when in training consists of 12,000 calories each and every day. Yes, you read that right! You can try to get an idea of what masses of food this amounts to in a Fox News article cleverly entitled Michael Phelps’ 12,000 Calorie-a-Day Diet Not for Everyone (thus proving once again that either Fox News or its viewers/readers might just be the stupidest people alive).

I’m almost more impressed with the performance of the man’s digestive tract than with his swimming. If I ate that much food, I can tell you I wouldn’t get any more movement done for the rest of the week, let alone swim world records.

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  1. It is an amazing quantity!! However I have to say that at the spareribs festival in Cambridge I had the feeling I ate something close to 12000 calories. The process of burning those I still going on and will take probably another couple of months; don’t expect medals to be won in this process however.

    About Phelps, you probably heard about,it yesterday I visited a site ‘was this a conspiracy of Olympic proportions? where they seriously doubt whether he won the 7th gold medal. Although the author goes way to far and almost completely nullifies his initial point, it seems to me that there is something fishy with that 7th medal.
    I know it is the difference between a new record or not but to me after the first few medals the other ones are just extra ones; 5,6,7,8,9,10 who keeps track, it is just amazing.


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