Samantha Lee/Business Insider

These are the body types that will get you into the Olympics

We don't like our odds.

SAMANTHA LEE, BUSINESS INSIDER
8 AUG 2016
 

The Rio Summer Olympics are finally here, and it’s once again time to watch your favourite top athletes compete at the international level.

Olympic athletes are some of the best in the world, and the road to becoming one of these athletes is incredibly difficult. For example, men have only a 1 in 19,552 chance of becoming an Olympic wrestler, and women have a 1 in 45,487 chance of playing basketball in the Olympics.

 

Years of hard work and training go into becoming an Olympic athlete. But is there any ideal body type that helps give these athletes that special edge?

We’ve compiled a list of the nation’s top athletes who are competing in Rio or have dominated their sports at the Olympic Games in the past.

While some wingspans for older athletes are not readily available, we estimated that they were 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimetres) greater than height.

Here are the ideal body types that allow athletes in a variety of sports to compete at the world level:

OlympicBodiesGif

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

More from Business Insider:

More From ScienceAlert

Pay what you want for this White Hat Hacker 2017 Bundle

Become an ethical hacker this holidays. 

1 day ago
The total mass of Earth's 'Technosphere' is 30 trillion tonnes
1 day ago
Tornado outbreaks in the US are getting worse, and no one knows why

Twister chains are twice as big as they used to be.

1 day ago