Olympic Bodies
Phelan Hill, 32: Cox, 2011 world cup series silver medallist, 172cm, 55kg. “I keep my weight down at 55kg, the official minimum weight for a cox. While the rowers eat 6,000 calories a day, I’m on 1,000-1,500. I live in a world where everyone is over 6ft – including the girls – so I spend my life looking up. It’s like Land Of The Giants. When I move back into the real world, I’m like, ‘Oh, wow – I’m not the smallest person.’ ” 
Mohamed Sbihi, 24: Rows at No 5 in men’s eight, 2012 world cup series silver medallist, 203cm, 104kg. “What happened to Fabrice Muamba reminded me that while what we’re doing is special, it comes with risks. My training partner died three years ago in a similar incident. Rowing is self-sacrificing. The coaches say, ‘You’re going to pass out before you die’ and we’re always striving to push to that limit where we don’t know if it’ll go all dark.”

Olympic Bodies

Phelan Hill, 32: Cox, 2011 world cup series silver medallist, 172cm, 55kg. “I keep my weight down at 55kg, the official minimum weight for a cox. While the rowers eat 6,000 calories a day, I’m on 1,000-1,500. I live in a world where everyone is over 6ft – including the girls – so I spend my life looking up. It’s like Land Of The Giants. When I move back into the real world, I’m like, ‘Oh, wow – I’m not the smallest person.’ ” 

Mohamed Sbihi, 24: Rows at No 5 in men’s eight, 2012 world cup series silver medallist, 203cm, 104kg. “What happened to Fabrice Muamba reminded me that while what we’re doing is special, it comes with risks. My training partner died three years ago in a similar incident. Rowing is self-sacrificing. The coaches say, ‘You’re going to pass out before you die’ and we’re always striving to push to that limit where we don’t know if it’ll go all dark.”

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