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Olympic male gymnasts say they'd be better off competing shirtless

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“We have great physiques. Incredible physiques.”

U.S. male gymnasts
U.S. male gymnasts
Photo by Richard Phibbs from his Instagram account

The U.S. men's gymnastics team plays a second fiddle to the women's team, which gets the lion's share of media attention and endorsements. The women become household names; not so the men. U.S. gymnast Sam Mikulak has a possible solution to get more attention:

"Maybe compete with our shirts off," Mikulak, the four-time, reigning all-around national champion, told the Wall Street Journal. "People make fun of us for wearing tights. But if they saw how yoked we are maybe that would make a difference."

It's a great idea. Look at all the attention the shirtless Tonga flag bearer got at the Opening Ceremony. There is no reason to wear a uniform in male gymnastics; you often see guys training in nothing but shorts. They put in a lot of hard work and know they look good and don't mind that people see it. "We have great physiques," American gymnast Jake Dalton says. "Incredible physiques."

It is a change of pace to see men wanting to be objectified, since they have long done the objectifying of women. In the age of selfies and Instagram, however, a buff dude showing showing off his body is all the rage. Why else was CrossFit invented? Besides, watching a great body move with the grace and power of a gymnast is beautiful to watch.

Dalton and Mikulak, just to name two examples, have no problem posting numerous shirtless photos on their Instagram accounts. It's easy to see why they'd enjoy competing shirtless. I know I'd watch and you would too, gay straight, bi, questioning, etc.

Jake Dalton looking ripped:

Another awesome shot by @richardphibbs Thank you for the great work! #RoadToRio #People

A photo posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

Video of Sam Mikulak twerking shirtless:

Answering questions you sent in to matebros.com/asksam on snapchat samuelmikulak #OTClife #freetime @donothanbailey

A video posted by Samuel Mikulak (@samuelmikulak) on

More of the gymnasts:

So pumped for our team. Back to work. #RoadToRio

A photo posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

Got a good training in here at the warm up hall! #RioReady #TEAMUSA

A photo posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

Another day down. Feeling good and excited! #TEAMUSA

A photo posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on