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This Is What US Olympic Athletes Looked Like At Their First Olympics Vs. Now

They've come a long way.

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Michael Phelps at 16, one year after the 2000 Sydney Olympics:

Mark Baker / Reuters

Sorry, I know, it's not from the *actual* first Olympics, but there were no pics of him at the Sydney Games, probably because he was legit a 15-year-old "nobody" so the press didn't care that much.


Hope Solo at 27, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

Simon Bruty / Getty Images

Solo was an alternate at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but officially made the team for the 2008 Olympics.

In conclusion: Olympians now = older, stronger, faster and hotter.


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