Good-looking athletes seem to have it all — fame, money and often plenty of admiring women.
And there may be a good reason for it, a new study finds. It seems better-looking men also perform better athletically.
His somewhat casual survey finds women and men alike attractiv to agree on which men are the most attractive — and this tends to correlate with their athletic performance, at least when it comes to cycling. Postma, himself a keen cyclist, ran an online survey using competitors from the Tour de France.
He ended up surveying people, chosen using the un-scientific method of emailing the survey link to everyone he knew, with a request to forward it to more people. But he got a few hundred to try.Housewives Looking Real Sex Delano Tennessee 37325
For the survey, Postma chose 80 photographs of Tour de France participants, cropped to show their faces. If people recognized any of the athletes, their answers were thrown.
That way, Postma said, people would choose men they truly found attractive and not just go for the known winners. Postma used photographs taken the day before the competition, but Wiggin and his teammates almost all wore sunglasses, so he tossed them.
But the correlation was clear. The top 10 percent of cyclists in terms of performance in the race were rated at 25 percent more attractive than the bottom 10 percent, Postma reports in the journal Biology Letters.
This seems logical to Postma. And studies show these attractive mates father fitter offspring. A better provider, if the Tour de France is anything to go by.
Postma felt the Tour de France — a grueling, month-long event covering 2, miles or more — was a good way to measure strength and endurance. Alternatively, facial attractiveness may signal endurance performance in particular. Who was that No.