7/9/2012 1:36:36 PM
Talk about choosing a tattoo that really says something about who you are and what you do...Many Olympic Athletes sport tattoos that represent The Olympics themselves or the sport in which the athlete competes.
Olympians sporting the Olympic Rings:
Australian Swimmer, Stephanie Rice has the Olympic Rings with Beijing 2008 written below them on the underside of her right upper arm.
United States Swimmer, Ryan Lochte sports the Olympic Rings on his right bicep.
Kathleen Hersey, U.S. Swimmer, shows off the Olympic Rings on her left thigh.
Bryan Clay, U.S. Decathlete, got a bit more creative with his Olympic Rings. He has the rings surrounded by an olive wreath and underneath, the Olympic motto: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" which means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger."
Khatuna Lorig of the United States placed the Olympic Rings on her right forearm.
David Oliver also of the United States, has several tattoos on his right arm, including the Olympic Rings.
Another creative take on the Olympic Rings is Karine Sergerie's "Lord of the Rings" quote, "All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given to us." written above the Olympic Rings. Below it are the dates she competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Freestyle wrestler, Jordan Burroughs has, among other tattoos, an American-themed Olympic Rings tattoo on his left arm.
Canadian Swimmer, Brent Hayden shows his Olympic pride with a red maple leaf above the Olympic Rings on his upper back.
British Diver, Nicholas Robinson-Baker sports a large Olympic Rings tattoo on the right side of his chest.
Javelin thrower, Asdis Hjalmsdothir of Iceland, has the Olympic Rings and Beijing 2008 on her lower back.
There's no doubt diver Hugo Parisi hails from Brazil when you see his Olympic Rings under the outline of Brazil on his upper back.
Olympic Rings surrounded by splashing waves, graces the right upper back of Brazilian Diver, Cassius Duran.
Britain's Taekwondo Olympian has the Olympic Rings tattooed above her left ankle.
Watership Down, the horse of Irish Rider Louise Lyons, is tattooed with an Irish Shamrock and the Olympic Rings on his hindquarters.
Olympic Athletes with tattoos representing their sports:
Brazilian Pole Vaulter, Fabiana Murer has a stick figure pole vaulter on her back.
Natalia Valeeva of Italy sports an archer on her right lower leg.
Belarus' Decathelet, Andrei Krauchanka has tattoos of all 10 disciplines of The Decathlon on his legs (5 on each).
Other Olympians and their tattoos:
Colombian Diver, Juan Guillermo Uran has two birds on his lower back.
Russian Sprinter, Yulian Gushchina has a butterfly on her back.
The back of Brazil's Joanna Maranhao is graced with a sparkly butterfly and her last name.
Russian Swimmer, Anastasia Davydova has 17 butterflies that start at her left shoulder and cascade down and across her back to her right thigh.
Jennefer Kessy of the U.S. has a flower on her right hip.
British Gymnast, Louis Smith has "What I deserve I earn" written above a Crucifix with wings tattooed on his upper back.
Paralympic Cyclist, Oz Sanchez has "Know No Limits" tattooed on his chest.
American Spinter Wallace Spearman has a Crucifix on his left bicep and "Naturally Gifted Naturally" tattooed on his right arm.
Whether an Olympic Athlete or an "ordinary Joe," make sure to choose a tattoo that represents you, what you do, your personality, etc. When care is taken to choose just the right tattoo for you, your tattoo can bring a smile to your face for years to come. It can serve as a reminder of your accomplishments, pay homage to a dear friend or loved one, represent your dreams, or so much more.
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