Any beach goer knows that time spent in the sand means infinitely more time trying to scrub that sand off your body. It makes its way into your car, your house – everywhere. Sand sticks to everything it seems, except the Olympic athletes in London.
It turns out the Olympics use a special, highly regulated sand. According to Reuters the sand has no stones or shells, and is not too coarse nor too compact. The secret to not sticking is ensuring the sand isn't too fine. In the Beijing Olympics the sand was brought in from Hainan, China's Hawaii and hosed and raked regularly to keep it from getting packed to densely. It's some of the worlds most amazing sand.