Walter Dix takes off the spandex

Sprinter, USA Track & Field

Updated: July 11, 2012, 9:53 AM ET
By Morty Ain | Photographs: Olugbenro Ogunsemore

Why did you decide to pose in the Body Issue? WD: I wanted to show a different description of a track and field athlete. I have a differently sculpted body than most sprinters. I'm built more like a football player. I can squat 400 pounds; I can bench more than 315 pounds. But I can still run a 9.88 in the 100-meter dash.

If you could write your own description of your body next to your photo, how would it read? WD: Built tough and built to last -- like those car ...

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