The most important muscles for different Winter Olympic sports
- The athletes in Pyeongchang rely on different muscle groups.
- Curlers depend on strong upper body muscles.
- Alpine skiers require strong hip muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps, and feet muscles.
- Snowboarders use arm and shoulder strength.
- Cross-country skiing requires leg strength as well as arm, shoulder, and core muscles.
- Bobsledding is mostly legwork.
- Luge requires a strong neck.
- Figure skaters need strong abdomen muscles.
- Seed skaters are known for their bulging glutes and quads.
- Ice hockey is a full-body sport.
While everyone can see which muscles Olympic weightlifters and sprinters are using, the winter sports are a bit more mysterious.
How exactly do luge athletes propel themselves forward? Which muscle groups do curlers train to keep themselves in tip-top shape during the off-season? And what are snowboarders flexing when they spin themselves around mid-air?
Here's a primer on which muscles all types of Pyeongchang athletes are relying on in their quest for the gold:
Lauren Friedman contributed to this article.
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