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Do Olympic Swimmers Pee in the Pool?

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So do swimmers they soil the place which they do their best work?


I saw this mentioned on Conan O”brien the other night and thought I would look it up. It seems as thought, nearly 100 percent of the Olypmic swimmers pee in the poo on a regular basis.

The funny part is that, you and I would deny it, but most of the atheletes proudly proclaim that they are doing it.

So *when* does said peeing happen?

Just about the only time you can get away with peeing during a race is during a breaststroke pullout. According to the information that SLATE was able to glean, “you spend enough time gliding that if you really gotta go, you probably could. Otherwise, you’re too tense and too, well, busy to even think about peeing.”

You would think you would want to empty your bladder before a race, but this gets dicey. When I say empty your bladder, I am not talking about in a toilet, I am talking right there on the deck, like pissing in your pants.

But wait, there is a protocol for this. It all depends on what color the pool deck is and where the meet is being held. (You know, for good manners. Some people might frown on that. And I am guessing that others think it is a great idea and a free-for-all.)

Keep in mind, adrenaline and nerves play a big role in when to pee before a race. When the urge hits you, you gotta go right now. So what to do?

If you happen to see a swimmer splash themselves before they climb up on the blocks, chances are that someone did the deed. And that extra liquid on the swimmer and the pool deck affords them the chance to add flavoring to the deck.

There is the warmup/practice pee: If you are a swimmer, you just have to accept that you’re swimming in pee. And you even have the polite (?) swimming partner that will announce “I’m peeing!” Keep in mind, you could be in a pool directly behind someone just let loose in front of you.

So next time you watch the Olympic swimming events, watch the camera the underwater cameras closely. You may think you see they hanging one as they are swimming, but that silent Pee in swimming is rarely, if ever caught by the lens. Honestly, the only way you can really tell if someone’s peeing in the pool is if they announce it to you or they’re really dehydrated/sitting in one spot while they go. It diffuses pretty quickly, and if you’re moving, it diffuses even faster.

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