Feast your eyes on these fit, fierce, and foxy Olympians
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Australia, Pole Vault
Born in Melbourne, this blonde beauty (pictured right) picked up pole-vaulting at the young age of 11. Since then, she’s won two national under-21 titles.
While there’s no denying her athletic abilities, the pole vaulting goddess is flying high in front of the camera as well! Heating up the blogosphere with some pretty scorching swimsuit pics, the model/athlete has said she hopes to one day compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
Adam van Koeverden
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Canada, Sprint Kayaker
Tanned skin, shaggy brown hair, and that amazing chiseled jaw make Adam van Koeverden one gorgeous Olympian! With a resume that already includes one gold, one silver, and one bronze Olympic medal from the last two Summer Games, he’s a major force when it comes to handling any kayak.
A graduate of McMaster University, the 30-year-old hottie was a class valedictorian and also just so happens to play the guitar. Adam, you can serenade us anytime!
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This sultry soccer star knows how to heat things up, on and off the field! The 28-year-old has already proven she is one of the best players in the world, helping Sweden take home the bronze metal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She even made a fan’s dream come true—and Internet history—when she took off her jersey and swapped it for a fan’s t-shirt in the stands.
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This incredible Italian stallion is not only a world champion in fencing, he models for body wash and underwear ads too. Clearly it’s no surprise why this hunk is a favorite of European paparazzi! Oh, and about that amazing athleticism and skill—it clearly runs in the family; both his father and grandfather also competed in the Olympics for Italy in fencing, and all three generations medaled during their Olympic careers.
With one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal under his belt, the 33-year-old has said, “fencing is a sexy sport”. Aldo, we just might have to believe you!
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Russia, Long Jump
With such a stellar combo of athletic strength and delicate beauty, this 21-year-old Russian stunner is on her way to become one of the most talked-about female athletes of her time.
Although this will be her first Olympic games, her reputation as a Junior Athletic Champion precedes her; her 7.03 meters jump was the second best all-time in the history of Junior Athletics. When she’s not out making huge leaps on the track, she keeps busy with modeling assignments and photo shoots.
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USA, Track and Field
With a megawatt smile, movie star good looks, and muscles galore, David Oliver is really fun to watch. Even though he won’t be making it to the Olympics this summer (he recently lost out in the trials), we just had to include this smokin’ hot athlete on our list.
After winning a bronze medal from the Beijing Summer Games in 2008 and running the fastest time in the world last year, the 30-year-old hurdling hunk will always be an inspiration to us.
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Paraguay, Javelin Throw
As a runner-up for Miss Universe Paraguay 2006, this brunette beauty was an Internet sensation by 2008. And not only is the Paraguayan superstar absolutely gorgeous (she posed for the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2011), she’s also one of the world’s most accomplished javelin throwers to boot.
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As a tennis genius who also happens to be super handsome, the 30-year-old has a record 16 Grand Slam titles and is the defending gold-medal champ after winning the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing in 2008.
Numerous endorsement deals with brands like Nike, Gillette, Jura, Rolex, Lindt Chocolates, and Mercedes-Benz help to clock him in at No. 4 on Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in 2011. But what we love most? He’s a proud, married dad with the most adorable twin toddlers!
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This smokin’ hot athlete won a silver medal with the United States women’s national volleyball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The 6’ 3” powerhouse (who tried out for America’s Next Top Model five times while in college) also just so happens to be a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.
But make no mistake—those long, muscular legs and rock hard abs take a TON of hard work. The 27-year-old hits the court five days a week for three hours at a time, and often follows it up with afternoon agility and strength sessions.
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We have to give a medal to this 23-year-old just for his adorable smile! Growing up, Boudia reportedly had to overcome a fear of heights before becoming an internationally renowned diver, as well as the first American to break 600 points in six dives. Did we mention he’ll only be wearing a speedo?
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This Norwegian hottie is a decorated athlete with medals at many European competitions. In both 2011 and 2010, she set a national record for Norway and will definitely be trying to give Lolo Jones a run for her money. After all, she comes from good genes; her father Petar Vukicevic was in the 1980 Olympics representing Yugoslavia.
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USA, Track & Field
Despite being nicknamed “Chicken Legs” by her teammates in high school, it’s safe to say the all-American track and field sprinter has some major go-to-gams now!
She’s a two-time Olympic silver medalist at 200 meters, as well as the only woman ever to be a three-time Athletics World Championship gold medalist. She can also deadlift more than 250 pounds and just so happens to love the gym. Need we say more? This 26-year-old is sure to be sizzling in London!
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This gorgeous Aussie is nicknamed “The Missile” and we’re not surprised! As the 100-meter freestyle world champion (with the fourth fastest swim in history), he has amazing good looks and even more perfect pecs. The 21-year-old hunk will definitely be swimming his way into our hearts in the Summer Games this year!
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As one of the most celebrated goalkeepers in international soccer, this 5’ 9” powerhouse player will surely be heating up London this summer! The 30-year-old soccer stunner helped lead the team to a gold in the 2008 Olympics, and once went about 12 games without allowing a single goal. But if you think her soccer skills are impressive, so is that rock hard bod! One look at her nude cover for ESPN’s 2011 Body Issue and you’ll see why she continues to be the talk of the town… on the field and off.
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29-year-old Clemente Russo has knockout looks and packs a big punch! The Italian boxer won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, but has also shined on the big screen, starring in an Italian movie called Tatanka which was based on his own life as an aspiring boxer.
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This stunning swimming icon has clocked in a whopping three golds, four silvers, and four bronze medals. But being one of the most decorated female athletes of all time comes as no surprise—the 29-year-old veteran swimmer trains intensively every single day with grueling workouts both in and out of the water.
Aside from being such an impressive athlete, she’s also an avid home cook, urban farmer, amateur photographer, sports fan, food lover, and who could forget her stint on season 9 of DWTS?
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Washboard abs. Bulging biceps. Great smile. We know, we know… we haven’t even gotten to his crazy swimming skills yet! As one of the best athletes in the world, the 27-year-old has six Olympic medals—three gold, two silver, and one bronze. He also just so happens to hold the world record in the 200-meter medley and the 400-meter individual medley. And oh yeah, in June 2012, the sexy swimmer even made the cover of Vogue. With a long-running ‘Duel in the Pool’ with Michael Phelps, he will definitely be heating up the Games in London this year.
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As you cheer on the U.S. national women’s soccer team in London, you won’t want to miss the amazing Alex Morgan! Stealing the hearts of men all around the world, this gorgeous girl-next-door donned nothing but body paint for the 2012 SI Swimsuit Edition and even made Maxim’s Hot 100 List (coming in at No. 66). But don’t think she doesn’t work hard for that fit and fabulous bod; the 23-year-old runs up to 60 miles a week, squats 195 pounds, and can hold a plank for 4 minutes—yowza!
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Born in Peru, Giuseppe Lanzone’s brooding good looks and serious skills on the water make him a perfect fit for not only women around the world, but for Ralph Lauren too! He was hand-picked by the iconic fashion brand to model both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic collections. When the sexy Wilhelmina model isn’t rockin’ a pose or rowin’ up a storm, the 29-year-old likes to surf, sail, and cook in his spare time.
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Melting hearts of women all over the world, Michael Phelps is one of the most successful Olympians ever. The 27-year-old has an incredible 16 Olympic medals—six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at Beijing in 2008.
The best part? This hottie also has a heart of gold! After the 2008 Olympics, Phelps used his $1 million Speedo bonus to set up the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. Gotta love an amazing, dedicated athlete who gives back too.