ROAD TO RIO: Athletes talk style, challenge finding clothes

Whether a weightlifter, gymnast, basketball player or cyclist, Olympians know that medals are one size fits all. They have also long since learned that the clothes available for their bulging biceps, massive thighs and thick necks, are not. That’s why Olympic style is all about their comfort.

NBC Olympics talked with athletes about their struggles finding clothes. Watch the video to see what they had to say.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: The Road to Rio — 2016 Summer Olympics

Here is information on the athletes from this video:

  • Michelle Carter: Carter won the women’s shot put qualifying contest and is headed to Rio.
  • Steven Lopez: Lopez is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in taekwondo. He’s going back to Rio with Team USA.
  • Haley Anderson: Anderson is competing in the 10,000-meter open water event in Rio.
  • Taylor Phinney: Phinney will compete in Road Cycling in Rio, which will be his third Olympic games.
  • Simone Biles: Biles won the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Trials to earn an automatic spot on the team. She’s widely considered the best gymnast in the world.
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings: Rio will be Walsh Jennings’ fifth Olympics – although her first with a new partner. She won gold in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games can be seen August 5 on NBC4 WCMH-TV. NBC4’s Jerod Smalley will be in Rio with live reports during the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5 – 21.

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