Friday, August 3, 2012

The Olympic Pool is Filled with Pee!

I kind of thought this, but now former USA Olympic swimmer Carly Geehr has confirmed it.  Olympic Swimmers pee in the pool.  According to her, nearly 100% of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does.

Carly filled us in on the Pee Filled Pools at the Olympics:

Before a race is an interesting time. It depends on the meet and to some extent the color of the pool deck. I kid you not. You always try to pee before you swim, but sometimes your body defies logic and finds a way to refill your bladder just to spite you. Adrenaline and nerves wreak havoc on your system, and I knew tons of other swimmers that always, regardless of prior planning, had to pee right before a race. What to do if you're desperate? Well, it's not uncommon to splash yourself before you climb up on the blocks, so that extra liquid on yourself and the pool deck affords you an interesting opportunity. (I'll let you finish the rest of that thought.)

Warmup/practice - totally free reign. As a swimmer, you just have to accept that you're swimming in pee. I had a teammate that would sit on the wall and announce "I'm peeing!" which was... disgusting... but at least she warned us. I'm sure I've swum directly behind people who were just letting it all out.
The things people do for a Gold Medal!!!

2 comments:

  1. Whoever says they don't pee in the pool are liars.

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    1. I pee in it all the time. Screw going to the bathrooms at pools. I even tell my kids to pee in it. The chlorine is going to get rid of most of it. Besides, no one ever died from drinking pee!

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