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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:

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.
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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.

Michael Phelps now, at 31, at the 2016 Rio Olympics:

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Ryan Lochte at 20, during the 2004 Athens Olympics:

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Ryan Lochte now, at 32, at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Carmelo Anthony at 20, during the 2004 Athens Olympics:

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Carmelo Anthony at 32, during the 2016 Rio Olympics:

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Kerri Walsh-Jennings at 21, during the 2000 Sydney Olympics:

She played indoor volleyball back then.
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She played indoor volleyball back then.

Kerri Walsh-Jennings at 37, during the 2016 Rio Olympics:

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Katie Ledecky at 15, during the 2012 London Olympics:

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Katie Ledecky now, at 19, during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Allyson Felix at 18 during the 2004 Athens Olympics:

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Allyson Felix now, at 30, during the 2016 Rio Olympics:

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Hope Solo at 27, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

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

Hope Solo at 35, just before the 2016 Rio Olympics:

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Justin Gatlin at 22, during the 2004 Athens Olympics:

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Justin Gatlin now, at 34, just before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Nathan Adrian at 19 during the 2008 Beijing Olympics:

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Nathan Adrian now, at 27, during the 2016 Rio Olympics:

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

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