Greasing up is the action of putting Vaseline, lanolin, sunscreen or other types of skin lubrication or skin protection on the body, arms, legs and face in preparation for an open water swim or triathlon. Greasing up can be done by the athlete himself or with the help of a coach, friend or competitor.

Greasing up is sometimes done with rubber gloves or a plastic baggie in order to avoid getting sticky or greasy ointment on your hands, swimsuit or goggles.

Chad Ho is showing greasing up Olympic champion Ous Mellouli at the King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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