Amanda beard on dating michael phelps
or that another compatriot, the speed skating gold medallist Joey Cheek had had his visa withdrawn after announcing his plans to attack China's policy in Darfur. All Michael Phelps knows, he made clear in a series of laconic statements about an ambition that is as unadorned as Amanda Beard's protest techniques, is his ability to smash fellow American Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals achieved in the Munich pool 36 years ago.He didn't know a team of Anglo-American protesters had been rounded up after raising a banner on behalf of Tibet in the shadow of the Birds' Nest stadium which tomorrow will draw a television audience of more than a billion for an opening ceremony that is tipped to be the most extravagant, and breathtaking, statement of national pride ever seen. His hometown newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, describe him as "rigidly focused".Most evidence to date suggests that using it as a stopgap before returning to activity could potentially do more harm than good.There’s more, to be sure, including Olympic endorsements of vitamins, which nutritionists generally contend are unnecessary for most Americans--and which decades of mortality rate tracking for at least 429,000 individuals has demonstrated are actually more likely to be counterproductive to health. Through the last few games, more so than ever before, records have fallen thanks to small-scale engineering, from silica nanoparticle-loaded racquets to carbon nanofiber golf clubs, and Big Data analytics that digitize athletes, model their movements, catalog performances, and help formulate strategies."I've had several trips here and each time I've been so impressed.I imagine the stands filled with people and I can't wait to compete.The high jump, alone, went through seven popular techniques before settling on the whimsically named Fosbury Flop in 1968, as the most efficient. Running outfits evolved from three-quarter length combos to form-fitting duds.Carbon fiber bikes began popping up in the ‘80s, alongside mens’ speedos--a far cry from the old baggy two-piece suits.
Then there's the paleo diet, acclaimed by swimmer Amanda Beard, which comes with a good principle: “eat what we’re made to eat, and we’ll be healthier.” Except, hunter-gatherer diets came in lots of different types, with the general macronutrient split ranging from 19-35 percent for protein, 22–40 percent for carbohydrate, and 28–58 percent for fat.Not to mention things like widespread lactose tolerance show that our digestive systems have evolved alongside our diets.Even icing sore muscles, a widely accepted practice, is often abused as an unscientific recovery panacea before going back into the game--though the Olympics are hardly the only culprit.As human physiology has raced closer to its limits, advances in engineering and technology around the athletes have played a more dominant role in keeping the plateauing rates of broken records trudging forward.So, it’s not surprising that athletes will look anywhere, including pseudoscience, for that personal edge.
Cupping may be making headlines, but by no means is it the extent of modern Olympic pseudoscience.