Olympic Athletes: Mutated Superfreaks

By Michael Baker

It turns out that we’ve been lying to our children for decades.  No matter how hard you work, no matter how much you practice, you’ll probably never become an Olympic gold medalist unless you’re a mutant.

This LA Times article discusses the fact that many Olympic superstars are subject to genetic or biological irregularities that allow them to compete at a level that a normal person is simply incapable of.  In particular, most Olympic runners carry a gene that enhances running ability, and many others may have genes that increase the blood’s oxygen-carrying ability.

So superheroes are real, and they use their powers to get Wheaties endorsements.