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Men of the mat: 2015 Pan Am gymnastics

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The guys show their stuff in Toronto.

When people talk about what athletes have the best bodies, it's always a matter of taste. Some like lean swimmers or triathletes, others burly wrestlers or offensive lineman, still others the athletic but more "regular" bodies of a baseball player. But almost all are in agreement that male gymnasts are right up there.

Sure, they're kind of short for some, but their sport builds their bodies through what amounts to progressive resistance on a daily basis. There is no such thing as an unfit competitive gymnast. This fact was on display at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto. It was a great event for the Team USA men, who won their first team gold in 20 years. In addition, Sam Mikulak won the all-around gold and two bronzes; Donnell Whittenburg won three silvers and Paul Ruggeri won a bronze.

Here are some of the guys from Toronto:

Sam Mikulak

Sam Mikulak (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Paul Ruggeri

(Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Donnell Whittenburg

Donnell Whittenburg (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Steven Legendre
Steven Legendre (Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Manrique Larduet

Manrique Larduet (Photo by Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)

Alexis Torres

Alexis Torres (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Hugh Smith

Hugh Smith (Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Rene Cournoyer
Rene Cournoyer (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Lytwyn

Kevin Lytwyn (Photo by Matt Detrich-USA TODAY Sports)