So I was watching coverage of the USA Olympic Women’s Gymnastics team the other day and I just happened to glance at Alicia Sacramone’s mons pubis area. It’s ok she is 20, so if you’ve been averting your eyes up until now, fearing she might be under 18, you’re fine, drool away. Anyway, it was rather large and this was strange as I hadn’t noticed it with her on previous occasions when I also happened to focus my attention in that area.
Alicia Sacramone camel toe (with Sisterhood)
After doing some extensive research, I have discovered that the phenomenon of The Sisterhood of The Traveling Olympic Camel Toe Pad goes back at least as far as Carly Patterson in the Athens 2004 Olympics.
Carly Patterson camel toe (Founder of the Sisterhood)
What exactly is this padding and why do they do it?:
-It’s an athletic cup like football players etc wear to protect the jewels/labia.
Well, possible but Gymnastics is not exactly a contact sport and it’s not worn all the time (hence the “traveling” part of the mystery) so no, not likely the reason.
-It’s worn to prevent accidents like this one
French Gymnast who wishes she’d joined the Sisterhood earlier
Notice the relatively flat mons pubis sans Sisterhood. Again yes it’s possible but I would assume teenage girls are not the prime demographic for depend absorbent underwear so given the again assumed reliability of most gymnasts bladder control, I will have to wipe (from the front to the rear) this as an option as well.
-There’s no pad, they are just excited.
Although I am sure the level of stress is very high in Olympic competition, if that causes the labia/pubic region to swell to that extent, then there would be no oxygen carrying blood left anywhere else in the body to enable them to do all those flips n stuff so I say no on this one.
-There’s no pad they just have an overgrowth of pubic hair.
Well whilst this might be a valid reason for the German team today or other countries in the seventies or even eighties, it is highly unlikely for the majority of teenage girls today.
That leads us back to the only possible solution… “The toe” …We should have started here as most things in life can be solved by pondering the nature of “The Toe” so here therefore is the answer…
It’s an anti camel toe device!
Though not technically illegal, (I am getting a petition together to make it so) I conclude that the Traveling Olympic Camel Toe Pad is a contraption similar to a sanitary pad. However it is worn not during the menstrual period but during times when a gymnast might feel her toe factor could be higher than a two out of ten and therefore noticeable due to the particular style or color of her leotard. There are some gymnasts who must wear this at all times due to genetic conditions such as excess fat in the mons pubis or protruding labia (aka roast beef) but those are the exception.
So you can now enjoy the Olympic Women’s Gymnastics All Round Individual competition (which is coming up real soon) even more now with a clear mind, free of that nagging “what IS that bump anyway?” thought that had previously been driving you nuts.
Shawn Johnson sans Sisterhood
Shawn Johnson newest member of the Sisterhood
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