Hostesses Wow after Grueling Preparation

Stand-and-smile boot camp preceded duty at medal ceremonies
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 3:50 PM CDT
Young women who were candidates to be Olympic hostesses received etiquette training at a Beijing vocational school in January.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The hostesses helping to hand out medals at the Beijing Olympics are earning high praise for their glamor and grace. But while they make their jobs look simple, a whopping amount of training and a meticulous selection process brought the women to the world stage. Candidates were chosen using precise physical measurements and had to endure a "charm boot camp," reports Reuters.

"In the standing sessions, we have to stand still and smile for half an hour or more. We also run about a 1,000 meters every day for physical conditioning," one hostess said of her Olympic training.