8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

Learn the scientific reason behind the success of Olympic athletes.

8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

By Toni Gasparis

Do you know why Olympic athletes eat 8,000 calories a day? Do you know the gene that could determine an athlete's ability? Find out these facts and more about the Olympics, here.


Genes may determine an athlete’s sport.

A gene called ACTN3 is a protein molecule that is found in fast twitch fibers in the body. This gene stabilizes the filaments that make up muscles. Mutations in this gene can mean athletes will not perform well in events that require fast twitch fibers like sprinting and power lifting. Athletes who have the mutation usually train, qualify, and compete in endurance-based events instead.

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