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.