The Olympic Games are time for countries from around the world to compete against each other in a wide variety of sports competitions to see who has the best athletes. Every four years (two, including the Winter Games), the best athletes from over 200 countries gather to battle it out in what’s considered to be the ultimate international sporting event.
But athletic ability isn’t the only thing that’s put on display during the Games. Olympians are some of the fittest people in the world, and, as such, the Olympics are also a time to see who has the hottest athletes in the world.
With the 2016 Olympics coming up, we thought we’d put together a list of the hottest athletes headed to Rio. During the Ancient Olympic Games, which were believed to have started way back in 776 BC, athletes competed wearing nothing more than loin cloths, and then eventually nothing at all. Too bad we’re no longer in ancient times. Just imagine how much more exciting these games would be, and how many more viewers would tune in, if these athletes competed in the buff. Just a thought.
25 25. Alex Morgan
24 24. Aly Raisman
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If American gymnast Aly Raisman were to qualify for the Olympics in 2016, she would be the first gymnast from her country to appear in consecutive Olympics since 2000, when Dominique Dawes competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Like Dawes, Raisman helped her team win the overall gold medal. In individual competition, she won the gold medal in the floor exercise and the bronze medal in the balance beam. At just 22 years old, Raisman is one of the most decorated female gymnasts in American history.
23 23. Simone Biles
While Aly Raisman might be the hottest female gymnast in the world at the moment (especially so since McKayla Maroney announced her retirement from the sport earlier this year), 19 year-old Simone Biles of Columbus, Ohio, is undoubtedly the best. In fact, some are already calling her one of the greatest female gymnasts of all time. She holds the record for most World Championship gold medals with 10, and she has three overall World Championship wins to go along with her five overall United States national wins. Not too shabby considering she hasn’t even made an appearance at an Olympic Games, yet. But you can bet that she’ll dominate the competition in Rio.
22 22. Ali Krieger
Alex Morgan isn’t the only hot one from that gold medal winning 2012 US women’s soccer team. In fact, the team was filled with beautiful women (there are four members from that team on this list), including defender Ali Krieger, who was born in Alexandria, Virginia. Krieger played in Germany for FFC Frankfurt for five years before coming back to her home country to play for the Washington Spirit. At 31 years of age, she is a veteran of the national team and played a vital role in their 2015 FIFA World Cup championship. She also helped Washington Spirit set a record for most minutes (540) without letting up a goal.
Although she competed during the 2012 qualifiers, due to a serious knee injury Krieger was unable to participate in the London Olympics, so Rio will be her first time at the Games.
21 21. Sally Pearson
For this spot on the list, we debated between two Australian track stars: 29 –year-old hurdler Sally Pearson and 22-year-old long jumper Brooke Stratton. They’re both beautiful, so you can’t go wrong with either one, but ultimately we decided to give the nod to Pearson because she's already had success at the Olympic level. Stratton, a relative newcomer, has yet to win a major event, whereas Pearson won the silver medal and the gold medal for the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, respectively.
20 20. Ashlyn Harris
It’s long been rumored that Ali Krieger and US National Women’s Team backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris are a romantic couple. That’s right. Let that sink in for a minute. Dubbed “Krashlyn,” these two, who are often photographed together off the pitch, have led many to draw the conclusion that they are more than just soccer teammates (although you could still say that they play for the same team).
19 19. Aliya Mustafina
At just 21 years of age, Russian artistic gymnast Aliya Mustafina is already considered a veteran of her sport. She’s competed on the national stage for her country since 2007, taking home the gold on the uneven bars, the bronze for floor exercise and all-around, and the silver for team at the 2012 London Olympics. Her four medals made her the most decorated Olympian, not including swimmers, of either gender at the Games that year. Any medals that she might win in Rio would simply be icing on the cake of an already impressive career.
18 18. Christen Press
Yet another member of that gold medal winning US Women’s National Soccer Team. This time we thought we’d take it in a different direction and go with someone who is perhaps more cute than sexy or hot (semantics, we know). Christen Press, who is 27 years old and hails from Los Angeles, California, is probably one of the more recognizable faces from that successful US women’s team—and the reason her face is so recognizable is because it happens to be pretty attractive. Her unique combination of talent and beauty has led to several lucrative brand endorsements, including Nike and Coppertone. Press, along with Alex Morgan and US team captain Abby Wambach, appeared as herself on an episode of The Simpsons (that’s how you really know you’ve made it).
17 17. Serena Williams
As an athlete, American tennis player Serena Williams transcends gender. It’s not just that she’s the most dominant female tennis player of all time and one of the best overall female athletes ever; it’s that she’s one of the greatest athletes ever, regardless of gender. And like her athletic abilities, her physique seems to transcend gender in a way. She’s undeniably feminine in all the right places, but she’s also strong in a way that defies the supposed limitations of the female form.
16 16. Ana Ivanovic
15 15. Ellen Hoog
Comedian Norm MacDonald once joked that the only time North Americans care about sports like gymnastics and track and field is during the Olympics. Women’s field hockey isn’t exactly a major sport in North America, either, but if anyone has a chance of making it one, it’s Ellen Hoog of the Netherlands. 30-year-old Hoog is a two-time gold medal winner at the Olympics, and she’ll look to become a three-time winner in Rio. In 127 international matches for Netherlands she has scored 32 goals, and we have absolutely no idea if that’s good or not. Even though it’s called “hockey,” apparently the sport has more in common with football (or soccer, to us North Americans) than it does to ice hockey, as Hoog is listed as a midfielder.
14 14. Paige Selenski
Another field hockey player! That settles it: we’re definitely going to have to check out this sport during the 2016 Games. Paige Selenski is an American field hockey player. All we can say about Selenski, who went to school and played at University of Virginia, the athlete is that she plays forward, but there’s a lot that we can say about her looks. This 25-year-old, who was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, is an absolute knockout. Her nearly nude photo shoot for ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue, which shows off her incredibly toned physique, are some of the sexiest pictures of a female athlete you’ll ever see. Hoog might have the gold medal, but Selenski takes the top prize when it comes to looks.
13 13. Darya Klishina
This one’s more of a bonus entry, since Russian long jumper Darya Klishina, who lives and trains out of Florida, has virtually no chance of making the Olympics in 2016. But if ever there were an Olympic event for beauty, Klishina would be a lock for the gold medal. 25-year-old Klishina, who’s also listed as a model, has yet to qualify for the Russian Olympic team, but she has represented her country at several international competitions, including most recently at the World Championships in Beijing, where she finished 10th with a jump of 6.65m (her personal best is 7.05m, which she did in 2011 at the European U23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, good enough for first place).
12 12. Natasha Hastings
American sprinter Natasha Hastings is one of the fastest women in the world. Born in Brooklyn but residing in and training out of Locust Grove, Georgia, Hastings won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics for the 4x400 Women’s Relay. She’ll look to make a name for herself as an individual competitor at the 2016 Olympics. She has said of her intensive training that she works out on the track five days a week and hits the gym for weight training three days a week. It’s that routine that clearly gave her that amazing body.
11 11. Jessica Ennis-Hill
Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, Jessica Ennis-Hill is one of the best overall athletes in Britain. She competes in the heptathlon, which is made up of seven separate events. So if you’re into superfit, multi-talented women, Jessica Ennis-Hill is the woman for you.
10 10. Shelina Zadorsky
9 9. Genevieve LaCaze
8 8. Morgan Mitchell
21-year-old Australian sprinter Morgan Mitchell is one of the many women on this list making their first Olympic appearance in Rio. She specializes in the 400m race, with her best finish to date coming at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, where she finished first in the 4x400m relay race. Motivated by the 2000 Olympics, which took place in her home country of Australia, Mitchell began her career in athletics at the age of 6. Although she’s young and inexperienced compared to others in her class, Mitchell set her personal best time in the 400m race earlier this year, so she’s going into Rio at her fastest.
7 7. Maggie Vessey
Like fellow American runner Natasha Hastings, Maggie Vessey of California doesn’t use the fact that she’s an athlete as an excuse to not look her best at all times. Vessey, who competes in the 800m and 4x800m relay events, is famous for her bold and stylish track outfits, which look more like something you’d see at a formal dinner party than a track meet, and show off her amazing toned figure without sacrificing any of her feminine grace.
6 6. Allison Stokke
5 5. Amber Hill
18-year-old Amber Hill, who was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England, has the distinction of being an athlete (that term’s used pretty liberally in this case) in the most obscure sport on this list. She’s a sport shooter, specializing in the skeet, which are those round clay targets that look like Frisbees being flung through the air. Hill, who took up shooting at the age of 10 thanks to her grandfather, is considered a phenom in the shooting world. By 12 years old she was already chosen for England’s national women’s team, and by 15 she was setting records. 2016 will be her first time in Olympic competition, and despite being much younger than most of her competitors, she’s expected to do quite well.
4 4. Zsuzsanna Jakabos
3 3. Jaqueline Carvalho
Jaqueline Carvalho is a Brazilian volleyball player. Say no more, right? She already has all the ingredients necessary to be one of the hottest female athletes in the world. In 2016, 6’1” Carvalho will be making her third Olympic appearance, and it’s a special one since it takes place in her home country. She played a big role in her team winning the gold both in 2008 and 2012, and at 32 years old she’ll be looked upon as a veteran leader this summer as they look to defend their title.
2 2. Antonija Sandrić
Antonija Sandrić, formerly Antonija Mišura, is certainly not the most accomplished female athlete on this list, but, at least according to several magazines and polls, she might just be the most attractive female athlete in the world. NBA player Nate Robinson certainly thinks so, as he once tweeted, after watching a game in which she was playing against Czech Republic, that she “might be the most beautiful woman basketball player ever to lace up some sneakers.” And we would have to agree, although, to be fair, we don’t really know all that many female basketball players to begin with. The 5’11” Sandrić, by the way, is two inches taller than Robinson.
1 1. Michelle Jenneke
Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke will be making her first Olympic appearance in 2016, but that doesn’t mean that she’s not already achieved a high level of fame. You might remember her from a viral video a few years back in which she can be seen dancing and bouncing around with a big smile on her face before a race at the 2012 IAAF World Championships. The video, which displayed not only Jenneke’s great beauty but also her athletic ability (she won the race, after all), received over 19 million views in roughly a week and was even shown on The Tonight Show, making the Australian something of an overnight celebrity. Jenneke parlayed her sudden fame into a successful modeling career picked up several sponsors.
She is not to be taken lightly as an athlete, however. This 5’8” dark haired, long-legged beauty won the silver medal for the 100 m hurdles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, and she might just take home the gold in Rio this summer.
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