Going for the Gaunt: How Low Can an Athlete’s Body Fat Go?

Having won six medals in his career, Seattle-based speed skater Apolo Ohno stands to make U.S. Winter Olympic history if he wins another one in upcoming short-track competition–the 1,000-meter race this weekend or the 5,000-meter relay on February 26. In various reports, Ohno has said that he’s in the best physical shape of his life, weighing five kilograms less than he did for the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy, and nine kilograms less than he did for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Ohno is now 65 kilograms of almost pure muscle : only 2.8 percent of his body consists of fat. [More]

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