Saturday, August 23, 2008

Olympic training methods revealed: North Korean volleyball team used bowling ball

For some sports, four years of training may be barley enough time to prepare a team or individual for an Olympics. Training methods are tested and retested and then tested again. Teams search for that slight advantage that could mean the difference between a gold and silver medal. Here is a look at some countries', in some cases extreme, training methods:

North Korea: The men's volleyball team was forced to play with a bowling ball to fine tune their serves.

Russia: The men's and women's pole vault teams practiced twice a week without a mat.

England: The track team ran on the opposite side of the track.

Australia: Worked very hard.

Japan: Tried to prepare everyday.

Jamaica: Also tried to prepare everyday.

France: Practiced everyday and trained hard.

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