U.S. men’s gymnastics team hatches plan to get more attention & we 100% support it

U.S. Men's Gymnastic Team 2016 Olympics

It’s sad but true that men tend to get more glory than women when it comes to most sports. Heck, members of the U.S. women’s soccer team were paid 25 percent less than their male counterparts — despite being with reigning World Champions and earning an estimated $20 million more in revenue than the guys. And that’s not to mention all the other ways sexism is still prevalent in many sports…

But, there is one exception that is quite apparent whenever the Summer Olympics roll around: The women’s gymnastics competition always overshadows the men’s showdown. Ready for some well-deserved attention (isn’t there enough to go around?), members of this year’s U.S. men’s Olympic gymnastics team devised a simple plan to get more eyes on them.

“Maybe compete with our shirts off,” national champion Sam Mikulak 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.”

Turns out that isn’t just some random hypothesis, either. After the guys stormed the beaches of Rio while training last summer, people suddenly started swooning over them on social media.

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And just to get a closer inspection of what team member Jake Dalton referred to as their “incredible physiques”…

It's official! Sam, Jake, Alex, Chris and John are going to Rio! ?: @timber.no (Jason Lavengood)

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Now let’s compare stats on the latter photo to standard stats when they are fully clothed: When shirtless, they got 22,200 likes and nearly 800 comments, which were mostly along the lines of “dibs on the far right” or “looks like I’m watching gymnastics.” When clothed in another picture, they still got an admirable 20,000 likes — but only 78 comments. Whomp-whomp.

So who else wants to sign the petition for the men to ditch those leotards?!

P.S. Catch the men in action today as they vie for gold in the all-around competition.

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