So apparently the US Men’s Gymnastics Team wants to be objectified in hopes that they’ll get some respect for their sport as well as some sponsors.
23-year-old gymnast Sam Mikulak was the sole man responsible for the idea of the men’s gymnastics team competing shirtless so as to draw eyes and maybe even potential sponsors to the sport.
“People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference,” Mikulak told the New York Times, where the article originally appeared.
Well as we all know, sex sells and boy oh boy do these boys have the sex(iness) to sell. So I feel like it’s my duty as an American citizen to ensure I help #TeamUSA as much as I can so that they’re not only recognized, but get sponsors. So without further ado, here are the hotties of the USA Olympics Men’s Gymnastic Team:
Sam Mikulak, 23
Mikulak is a seven-time NCAA champion in gymnastics, winning the all-around title in 2011, 2013 and 2014. His stint in Rio is his second time competing in the Olympics, as he was also part of the team during the 2012 London Olympics. The team placed fifth during their finals in 2012 and Mikulak also placed fifth during his vault final.
Alexander Naddour, 25
This is his first Olympics, although he has been a part of the United States’ men’s national team for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Championships. His forte is the pommel horse, where he’s a four-time national champion in pommel horse and a two-time World finalist.
Jake Dalton, 24
Dalton was the United States National Vault champion in 2009 and 2011, as well as the Floor Champion in 2011 and the All-Around Gold medalist of the Winter Cup Challenge, also in 2011. Dalton also signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Adidas Gymnastics in 2013.
Danell Leyva, 24
This Cuban-American was added to the team after Joh Orozco had to bow out due to an ACL injury. Like his teammate Jake Dalton, Leyva also has a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Adidas Gymnastics. He was also part of the 2012 Olympic team and managed to net a bronze medal in the individual all-around at the Olympics.
Chris Brooks, 29
Brooks is experiencing his first Olympics in Rio as well, although he has been a decorated veteran in many other competitions. He’s won a total of seven gold medals in various competitions over the years, and is currently the captain of the men’s team.