It appears that our elite athletes are getting stronger, faster, and better with every passing decade, but are they really?

With the Olympics coming to an end this weekend, we have seen world records broken and feats of athleticism that have made history. Let’s see where the progress comes from!

Image: Usain Bolt running on the left, and Jesse Owens running on the right. With every new generation of athletes it seems like we're getting better, faster, and stronger.

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We’re going to celebrate the Olympics a little differently. Let’s look at the science and the fascinating history of how athletes, advanced technology, and records have changed over the years.

Here’s an absolutely mind-boggling TED Talk from David Epstein on how the world’s most elite athletes are pushing the limits of possibility and astounding us year after year…

Via: TED 1

Do you know about the TED stage? is one of the most interesting corners of the web. EWC features the best of their talks a couple times each month. If I do say so myself, EWC and TED are the only places I have found where smart people, curious and hopeful, can always come away transformed. If you want to see more thought-provoking TED Talks, check out some of our favorites here! But back to this one…

It makes me wonder, how will advanced technology continue to push athletics?

The Olympics are a magnificent celebration of the limits of our human strength and determination. And keep in mind that regardless of whether or not they become Olympians, great athletes teach us something about our own potential for grit and determination while they are becoming household names and inspiring generations of kids.

As we continue to break records and push the limits of the human body, it is worth remembering where we came from, to fully understand how incredible our accomplishments are!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. Epstein, David. “Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?” TED, Mar. 2014. Web. 16 Aug. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV