When Michael Phelps appeared at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he immediately had everyone talking, but it was more than just about his amazing swimming speed. People were concerned that his back, legs and arms were covered with bruises. Rumors such as being a victim of domestic violence, his wife was marking his body with hickey’s, unpaid gambling debts or even possible rough trade with Ryan Lochte (yes, some gay sites jumped on that one!).
It turns out the truth was much more mundane than what people were coming up with.
Anyone who’s had the process of cupping done knew exactly what was all over his body, and it was great to see something so ancient and drug-free being used by a superior athlete like Phelps.
Olympians at Rio have taken to cupping — an ancient therapy that has mostly been used in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, especially China.