- There is enough water in Olympic-sized pools to take 9400 baths.
Olympic pools hold 660,000 gallons of water, where bathtubs can only hold 70 gallons. That’s a lot of baths.
- The odds of swimming in the Olympics are very slim.
On average nearly 2000 swimmers make it to the Olympic trials. Out of that number, only 50 of them will actually make the Olympic swim team.
- The oldest stroke is the breaststroke.
Swimming dates back to 2500BCE and can be seen in ancient Egyptian drawings. The breaststroke goes back to the Stone Ages, but it wasn’t until 1904 when it was swam competitively at the Olympics.
- Swimmers sweat in the pool.
Based on an Australian study, it was found that on average swimmers lost about 125ml of sweat for every kilometer ran. However, you more than likely won’t be aware of it because you’re in the water.
- Shaving isn’t just for removing hair.
Shaving is a common theme among swimmers, as it helps increase performance. Studies suggest that shaving makes the skin more sensitive in the water. This allows swimmers to “feel the water” better so they can make adjustments to their technique.
- Children can take swim lessons as early as two months.
Parents begin swim lessons with kids as early as two months. In 2009, drowning risks reduced by 88% when children between the ages of one and four participated in formal swimming lessons.
- Swimmers use every major muscle in their bodies.
Some people question whether swimming is a real sport; but did you know it’s one of the most intense sports out there? The reason is because swimming is a full body exercise. You name the muscle, swimming probably uses it.