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U.S. Male Gymnasts Want to Be Objectified
Even when they medal, they stand in the shadow of female gymnasts. Might the answer be disrobing?

When the United States men’s gymnastics team came to the site of the Olympics earlier this year for a reconnaissance training camp, the American athletes did what anyone in Brazil with a carefully sculpted body would do. They went to the beach, stripped to their Speedos and whipped out a selfie stick. The soaring peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain in the background have never looked so meek.

What happened next was exactly the reaction the U.S. team imagined. The Internet went gaga for the ensuing Instagrams. That wasn’t an accident. It’s one of the ways they think they can get attention in a country that showers glory upon gold-medal-winning women gymnasts while ignoring America’s less-successful men’s team. So the men’s team has been brainstorming ways to market their sport better. They would like to be objectified.

“Maybe compete with our shirts off,” said U.S. star Sam Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion. “People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference.”
Frankly, whenever I watch the Olympics, I am reminded that aesthetically, I find the male gymnast's bodies to match my personal ideal of the male form - more than any of the other athletes (swimmers, runners, etc).

Okay, slice of peanut butter cake for breakfast - check.
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