In 2012, a then-19-year-old Michelle Jenneke became an Internet sensation when a video of her performing a pre-race dance routine went viral, collecting millions of views in a matter of days. Dubbed the “sexy Australian hurdler,” she would go on to be featured on shows such as Top Gear and The Tonight Show. Because of her stunning good looks, she would also pose for major magazines, most notably the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, wherein she recreated her sexy pre-race dance—only this time in a bikini.
Jenneke made her Olympic debut this past summer, and while it turned out to be a disappoint, as she failed to make it out of her heat, her appearance at the Games served as a reminder of why we fell in love with her in the first place—she’s one of the most beautiful female athletes in the world.
Here are the top 15 hottest pictures (in no particular order, because they're all equally hot) of Michelle Jenneke you need to see.
15 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
Jenneke’s a track star, but judging by how often she’s in a bikini, you’d think she’s a swimmer. We can’t decide what’s sexier: the barely-there bikini or the barely-there spandex? Either way, this woman is rarely seen in an outfit that doesn’t show off her athletic body—and we’re more than okay with that.
Michelle’s 5’7.75” figure is a work of art, and the kind of thing that could only be achieved through years of intense training. It should come as no surprise then that she has been an athlete her whole life, taking up hurdling at the age of 10 and breaking records by the age of 17. When she’s not training or competing, she likes to unwind with even more sports, citing Australian rules football, biking, and climbing as her hobbies.
14 QUITE A VIEW
The downside of racing against Michelle Jenneke is that chances are you’re going to lose. The upside is that you have a great view while losing.
Having strong legs (and a strong posterior) is a necessity in Jenneke’s sport. In order to strengthen her lower body, she does leg presses—and a lot of them. Back in April 2016, she shared a picture on Instagram of her performing a 500 kg (roughly 1,100 lb.) leg press. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she had her strength and conditioning coach stand on the machine to add more weight. Somehow, Jenneke still managed to look beautiful while lifting the heavy weights, smiling as if she were only lifting 5 kg.
13 WHITE DRESS
Believe it or not, Michelle’s wardrobe doesn’t consist solely of bikinis, sports bras, and spandex. Unfortunately, society frowns upon such clothing when it comes to everyday attire (thanks for nothing, society!).
The odd time that Jenneke’s actually fully clothed, she still looks pretty amazing, as evidenced by this picture of her in a modest white dress, which she wore to the farewell dinner for the Australian Olympic team. Unfortunately, she failed to medal at the Rio Games, but we’d say she took home the gold that night. Not to worry, though, because at just 23 years old, there’s still plenty of Olympic hurdling left in this young Aussie’s future. Look for her to improve upon her Rio performance at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
12 THE CHEERLEADER EFFECT
When you’re as hot as Michelle is, you don’t hang around with ordinary looking folks. Instead, you surround yourself with other hot people (I’m referring to the two other women in the picture, in case that’s not clear; not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Jerry and George would say).
Believe it or not, there’s a scientific explanation for why hot women always come in bunches. It’s because hanging out in groups can actually make an individual look more attractive. It’s called the “cheerleader effect,” and “the basic idea,” as James Hamblin explains in The Atlantic, “is that our asymmetries and disproportionalities tend to ‘average out’ amid a group of faces, and our weird little faces are perceived as slightly less weird.”
Not that Jenneke needs the “cheerleader effect” to look good. She’s hot with or without friends by her side.
11 WARM SUMMER DAY
There’s something about the sight of a sandy beach on a warm summer day, with the water gently lapping against the shore and the birds echoing through the cloudless blue sky, that makes you feel happy. Scientists believe that the sound of water can actually have therapeutic effects. “Flowing water's soothing sounds have long been associated with meditation,” writes Laura Schiff and Hollis Kline in Psychology Today, “a well-known relaxation method.” Herman Hesse referred to the sound of a river in Siddhartha as a “many-voiced song,” perhaps alluding to the God-like omnipresence of nature. And for some, water is the source of all life.
Maybe that’s why this picture, which forces us to imagine what the ocean must have sounded like on that sunny day, makes us so happy to look at—or maybe it’s the cleavage. Yeah, on second thought, it’s the cleavage.
10 THE DANCE
In this picture, Michelle demonstrates the pre-race dance warm-up that made her famous in the first place (and she’s doing it in a bikini, of course).
Back in 2012, a video of Jenneke smiling while doing a sexy dance at the start of a race at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona went viral, receiving close to 20 million views in a week. Jenneke parlayed her newfound attention into fame, as she would go on to feature in a video called “Forever Alone Meets Michelle Jenneke,” which has received over 10 million views to date.
Thanks to the viral video, Jenneke now has a substantial fanbase, with over 400,000 followers on Instagram and endorsement deals with major brands such as Coca-Cola, Nutrigrain, and Puma. Not bad, considering she failed to make it out of the initial heats at the 2016 Olympics.
9 GOLD MEDAL BODY
Yes, this body belongs to Michelle Jenneke. And no, she was not decapitated.
This picture was taken while Michelle was enjoying a bit of well-deserved relaxation after a hard week of training in Florida in preparation for the Olympics, and what better way to unwind than by laying down in the shade snapping pictures of your barely covered body?
It’s kind of hard to blame her for wanting to flaunt her figure so much. First of all, it’s a great figure. And second of all, it’s a major part of her success, not just in athletics but in her life in general. Not to take anything away from her on-track accomplishments, but there’s no denying that her looks are a big reason why she is so popular.
8 BEACH BABE
Based on the amount of time she spends on the beach, you’ve probably guessed by now that Michelle comes from a beach town. Jenneke was born in Kenthurst, New South Wales, Australia, a suburb of Sydney.
On top of the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney is home to some of the best beaches in the world, including Bondi Beach, one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Australia. According to atbondi.com, the beach can receive up to 40,000 visitors in a single day, and if you look closely, you might be able to spot Michelle.
Bondi also holds the world record for largest bikini photo shoot, with over 1,000 bikini-clad women. This begs the question that has plagued mankind for ages: What’s better, 1,000 women in bikinis, or one Michelle Jenneke in a bikini? How about 1,000 Michelle Jennekes in bikinis? One can dream.
7 PINK BIKINI
In this picture, Michelle took a much-deserved break from her job as a professional bikini wearer (I mean hurdler) to relax in a bikini by the pool.
Clearly she’s not afraid to show off her amazing body, as she’s fully embraced her status as a sex symbol. She told Ten Minute Interviews in 2015 that her newfound fame has allowed her “to do some pretty cool stuff,” like posing for Sports Illustrated and appearing on TV shows, and it has also given her “the opportunities to help others through work with charities.”
In fact, some have argued that she’s embraced her celebrity a bit too much. Following Jenneke’s disappointing performance at the Olympics, her own coach, Craig Hilliard, said that she had been distracted by the fame and attention and lost site of her priorities.
6 WORLD STAR
This picture comes from a video that she did for World Star Hip Hop. Reminiscent of the famous pool scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the video shows Jenneke, wearing a tiny black bikini, getting out of a pool in slow motion (if only this video ended the way the scene from Ridgemont High did).
Proving that she’s the queen of viral videos, the short film—which features plenty of slow motion close-ups on Michelle’s, well, let’s just call them assets—has received nearly 3 million views on YouTube and another 2.3 million on World Star Hip Hop.
5 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN AUSTRALIA
Jenneke posted this picture of herself tanning in the sun in a bikini just a couple days ago, and no it’s not a #flashbackfriday or a #throwbackthursday photo—it’s really that sunny in Australia right now.
Here’s a little geography lesson, in case you didn’t already know: The seasons in Australia are opposite to those of ours in the Northern Hemisphere. For example, December to February is the hottest time of year Down Under.
What else is December to February in Australia? Peak bikini selfie season, of course, and when it comes to bikini pics, no one is better than Michelle, whose Instagram lately feels like that of a swimsuit model instead of a track star.
4 YOGA BY THE POOL
It’s important that high-level athletes stretch in order to prevent injuries and increase flexibility. Jenneke therefore likes to mix in some yoga to balance out her weight lifting sessions.
Here’s an interesting fact about stretching: A recent Canadian study found that stretching might not actually prevent injuries, as previously suspected.
Fitness website Fit in 60 Seconds summed up the findings of the study: “Runners who always stretched before running had more or less the same injury rate as runners who never stretched before running. The most interesting discovery was that runners who infrequently stretched had much higher injury rates than both of the other groups.”
So there you have it. A bit of fitness info while you check out hot pictures of Michelle Jenneke.
3 GAME FACE
You won’t find too many pictures of Michelle without a big smile on her face. That’s because she has a lot to smile about. Not only is she a world-class athlete, but she’s also a world-class beauty. Not to mention the fact that she has an estimated net worth of at least $3 million thanks to lucrative endorsement deals.
Jenneke’s bubbly, always happy personality is a refreshing change of pace in the world of sports, where athletes can often come across as ultra-serious and downright cocky, to the point of almost looking perpetually angry. Not Michelle, though. She’s always smiling and having a good time on the track, and that, in turn, makes us happy.
2 NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE
We don’t want to leave you with the impression that Jenneke is famous solely for being attractive. It certainly doesn’t hurt, but Michelle’s track accomplishments are not to be overlooked.
In 2010, she took home the silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the Summer Youth Olympics. At the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, where the famous pre-race dance routine video was shot, she finished in fifth place, earning her a trip to the Commonwealth Games a couple years later. Prior to the 2016 Olympics, she won first place at the Australian Championships. Her personal best for the 100 m hurdles is 12.82, just 0.62 seconds off the world record.
In other words, she’s not just a pretty face.
1 AUSSIE BEAUTY
Another bikini shot—surprise surprise. Here she is lounging on the beach in Gold Coast, Queensland. Michelle might be the best thing to happen to Australian tourism since Crocodile Dundee. Pictures like this make us want to book a one-way ticket Down Under, not just for the beautiful beaches, but also for the chance to bump into a woman as beautiful as Michelle.
Australian women are some of the most gorgeous in the world. According to MissTravel.com, a travel dating website, Aussie women are the sixth most desirable.
Jenneke’s not the only hot Australian female Olympian, either. Joining her in Rio were fellow countrywomen hotties Sally Pearson, Genevieve LaCaze, and Morgan Mitchell. But I think we can all agree that Michelle took home the gold.