Nearly per cent of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does it. The more interesting question is, when does said peeing happen? Just about the only time you can get away with peeing in a race is during a breaststroke pull-out. You spend enough time gliding that if you've really got to go, you probably could. Otherwise, you're too tense and too, well, busy to even think about peeing.
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In Defense of Peeing in the Pool
About one in five American adults admitted in a survey to having peed in the pool. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps even confessed back in that peeing in the pool is an acceptable thing to do. When we're in the pool for two hours, we don't really get out to pee. We just go whenever we are on the wall. The study used acesulfame potassium ACE , an artificial sweetener found in many processed foods, as a marker for urine in the water. ACE passes through the body unaltered and is excreted in the urine. An analysis of 31 pools and hot tubs found the sweetener — or evidence of urine — in every single one.
Science confirms people pee in the pool and it can be more than just gross
Olympic swimmers admit to it and it seems many of the rest us are peeing in the water too, with a new scientific test finding up to 75 litres of urine in public pools. It is an antisocial act that normally goes under the radar, but many swimmers have long suspected the truth: people are peeing in the pool. Now scientists have been able to confirm the full extent of offending for the first time, after developing a test designed to estimate how much urine has been covertly added to a large volume of water.
It is a swimming pool, not a toilet. Photo: Getty Images. Yes, there is a "p" in the word pool. But that doesn't mean there should be pee in the pool.