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In Photos: 12 Utterly Weird Pics Of Olympic Athletes

 The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is currently underway where we are getting to witness some of the finest athletes in action from all over the world. Being an Olympian is no mean feat. Apart from talent, it also requires sweat, blood, and an incredible amount of fitness just to compete at the Games. 

Now, you might have admired the heroics of many Olympic champions, but today, we have featured some never-seen-before photos of athletes that will shock you. They give us a glimpse of what the bodies of these sportspersons have to often endure and how twisted that might appear to normal eyes. From the unbelievable elasticity of gymnasts to the shocking accidents some players have lived through, these surreal pictures of Olympians will make you see athletes in a different light. 

Related: 10 Bizarre Olympics Stories That Are Hard to Believe

1. Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci performing the first perfect 10 in Olympic history at the age of 14. Look at her leg muscles! 

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, Nadia Comaneci
Image credit: Reddit

2. An x-ray of a gymnast performing an exercise

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, x-ray of a gymnast
Image credit: Reddit

3. This is what ski jumpers stare at before taking the plunge. View from the top of the Olympic ski jump in Sochi, Russia

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, ski jumpers
Image credit: Reddit

4. That is some skill there

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, swimmer
Image credit: Reddit

5. Shocking photo of ex-world champion cyclist Janez Brajkovic’s leg after a race

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, cyclist Janez Brajkovic
Image credit: Instagram

6. Size doesn't matter at the Olympics. Here are Olympians Alexander Volkov (Volleyball) and Seda Tutkhalyan (Gymnast) from Russia

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, Olympians Alexander Volkov (Volleyball) and Seda Tutkhalyan (Gymnast)
Image credit: Instagram 

7. During the final day of Olympic trials in 2009, American short track speed skater J.R. Celski fell suddenly and his own skate blade sliced through his left quadriceps, severing his entire muscle. Thankfully, after six months of intense rehab, the racer was back on the ice.

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, track speed skater J.R. Celski
Image credit: J.R. Celski

8. Stunning shot of Dutch track cyclist Laurine Van Riessen riding the wall of the track at the Rio Olympics

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, Stunning shot of Dutch track cyclist Laurine Van Riessen riding the wall of the track at the Rio Olympics
Image credit: Reddit

9. Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite and Level 10 Training Camp at Karolyis Olympic Training Site

Surreal Pictures of Olympians, Gymnastics Elite and Level 10 Training Camp
Image credit: Reddit

10. Olympic Cyclist Robert Forstemann (right) shows off his freakish 29 inches (74 Cm) thighs

Surreal Pictures of Olympians,
Image credit: Instagram

11. These Dutch gymnasts are connecting vertically foot to foot so easily 

Dutch Gymnasts

Image credit: Instagram

12. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai suffered a horrific injury when he dislocated his elbow while attempting to snatch 148 kilograms (326.3 pounds) in the men's 77-kilogram (169.76 pounds) division. Fortunately, his elbow was reset by doctors in China without the need for surgery and after some months in rehabilitation, he made a full recovery. 

Hungarian Weightlifter Janos Baranyai
Image credit: Bored Panda
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