Olympic Ink: Athletes’ Striking Tattoos

Olympic athletes have much to be proud of, and many celebrate their Olympic appearances with commemorative tattoos. Check out some of the best athletes in the world showing off their medal-worthy ink.

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Canada's Ryan Cochrane, tattooed with the Olympic rings, competes in the heats of the men's 800-metre freestyle swimming event in the FINA World Championships at the indoor stadium of the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on July 26, 2011. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A detailed view of the Olympic Rings tattoo on the abdomen of Ariane Friedrich of Germany during the Women's High Jump qualification. Click to see more Olympic ink.
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The classic Olympic rings were spotted on Team USA's Trey Hardee during the men's decathlon javelin throw.
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This 29 tattoo isn't permanent. It's just the start number of Italy's Annamaria Mazzetti captured during the cycling part of the women's triathlon.
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The bicep of wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs is decorated with the Olympic rings and American flag.
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Phara Anacharsis of France has quite a design on her back. It was spotted during the women's 4 x 400m relay round 1 heats.
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Look at that tiger! Ariane Friedrich of Germany during the Women's High Jump qualification.
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What's that design called? Germany's Sascha Klein waves to the crowd after narrowly missing out on qualifying for the men's 10m platform diving finals.
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Eric Shanteau flashes his Olympic rings tattoo as he competes in the second semifinal heat of the men's 200m breaststroke during the 2012 Olympic trials.
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Canada's Joseph Bartoch shows his patriotic pride with his tattoo of the Canadian maple leaf under the Olympic rings as he waits to compete in the heats of the men's 100m butterfly swimming event.
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Hyleas Fountain of the U.S. reveals her rings tattoo and Olympic-ready nails during the women's heptathlon high jump on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympics.
U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer got her Olympic ink after a gold medal win in the 4x200m race at the 2004 Athens Games. Here she's seen at during a practice session at the Aquatics Center at Olympic Park ahead of the the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland shows a fluttery Olympic rings tattoo on her upper back during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Games.
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British athlete Nicholas Robinson Baker's sports the classic Olympic rings on his chest as he dives during a training session at the Aquatics Center in London.
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A tattoo of the Olympics rings is seen on U.S. archer Brady Ellison's arm as he competes against Philippine's Mark Javier in the men's individual 1/32 elimination match on Day 5 at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
A tattoo of the Beijing 2008 logo is sported on the back of Tamas Varga of Hungary as his team plays against Serbia in a preliminary water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
A tattoo on the arm of the topmost ranked badminton player, China's Lin Dan, says "until the end of world" as he plays against Ireland's Scott Evans at a men's singles match of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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What's up, doc ... with that tattoo? A Brazilian player sports Bugs Bunny on her leg during the women's preliminary round group B basketball match Brazil vs Canada of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
When Australian diver Melissa Wu was named in the Olympic diving team, she celebrated by etching an Olympic tattoo at the top of her right thigh with a heart-shaped twist on the five interlocking rings.
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Belarusian decathlete Andrei Krauchanka shows just how dedicated he is to the sport by tattooing all the disciplines of the decathlon on the back of his legs.
U.S. Olympic track cyclist Adam Duvendeck sports a tattoo showing the Olympic rings during a training session at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
USA's Garrett Lowney with an Olympic ring and University of Minnesota tattoo tries to turn world champion Gogui Koguouachvili of Russia in a 97 kg Greco-Roman qualifying match. Lowney defeated Koguouachvili 8-3 with the 5-point throw in overtime.
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Nathalia Sanchez of Colombia is seen with a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her neck during the Women's artistic gymnastics finals in uneven bars.
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An Olympic rings tattoo is seen on the shoulder of Trey Hardee during the shot put portion of the decathlon Olympic track & field team trials.
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Canada's Ryan Cochrane, tattooed with the Olympic rings, competes in the heats of the men's 800m freestyle swimming event in the FINA world championships.
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Gymnast Jonathan Horton showed some serious muscle surrounding his Team USA tattoo as he practiced on the parallel bars before competing at the 2012 Olympic trials. Horton won silver for his high bar routine at the 2008 Beijing games.
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Matt Grevers celebrates (and shows off the Olympic rings tat on his bicep) after winning the championship final of the men's 100m backstroke during the 2012 Olympic trials.
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Spain's Mercedes Peris Minguet bared her Olympic rings tattoo before at the 31st European swimming championships.
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American swimming sensation Ryan Lochte has the traditional Olympic rings tattooed on his biceps, but what are the little flares coming off the rings all about?
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Brazilian diver Cesar Castro prepares to dive during a practice session in the National Aquatic Centre at the Olympic Green in Beijing in 2008.
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Team USA's Rudy Garcia Tolson commemorated his 2004 Olympic appearance with a set of rings on his left shoulder.
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American archer Khatuna Lorig prepares to shoot am arrow during the women's individual archery eliminations at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Belgium's soccer goalkeeper Logan Bailly displays his bold back tattoo after a first-round match against New Zealand during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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American hurdler Joanna Hayes sports the Olympic Rings, a dove tattoo and biblical passage from the second book of Samuel on her upper right thigh.
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Germany's Stefan Kretschmar struts his tattooed leg featuring a portrait of his girlfriend—Olympic swimmer and bronze medalist Franziska van Almsick—at the 2004 Athens Games.
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Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria shows off her sun tattoo after competing in the women's 100m event during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
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Track and Field athlete Bryan Clay sports his Olympic rings for a 2008 Olympic media portrait. The decathlon star won gold in Beijing in 2008 and took home silver in Athens in 2004.
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Belarus' Yana Maksimava is proud to have been an Olympian at the Beijing Olympics. Here she boasts her ink as she waits for her turn to jump during the women's pentathlon high jump at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships.
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What's a swimmer to do after winning 6th as the oldest member of the Australian swimming team for the 2004 Olympics? Well, Brett Hawke is currently the head coach of Auburn University’s swimming and diving program.
Perhaps Dean Macey's tribal tattoo suggests his tough attitude toward athletics. The English decathlete twice finished fourth in the Olympic Games.
Claudio Licciardello displayed his Olympic pride on his sleeve when he competed in the 2008 Olympics by running the 400m for Italy. The sprinter didn't make it to the finals, but ran an impressive 45.64.
Laurence Godfrey has an Athens 2004 tattoo with his 4th place ranking. The English archer also competed in the ’08 Games and is currently gearing up for the London 2012 Olympics.
British gymnast Louis Smith brought home a bronze medal in the pummel horse during the ’08 Games, earning the first English individual gymnastics medal since 1908.
Canadian archer Marie-Pier Beaudet has the 2004 Athens Olympics symbol tattooed on her ankle, which begs the question of whether she has the Beijing symbol too. The archer competed in both Games and will be making another Olympic appearance in London.
Natalia Valeeva's tattoo of an artsy archer on her ankle seems appropriate, considering she is the best archer in Italy. For this two-time medalist, the London 2012 Games will mark her fourth Olympic appearance.
During the Sydney Games, volleyball player Priscilla Ruddle showed her national pride with an Australian flag tattooed on her bicep.
Taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson has the Olympic rings and Korean symbols inked on her foot. In 2008, she won Britain’s first-ever medal in the sport. She leads the Great Britain team for the 2012 Games.
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During the Beijing Olympic Games, Argentinian basketball player Andres Nocioni shows off his tattoo of a scroll with two dates and the a Spanish phrase: Nacido, para ser odiado. Muerto, para ser amado. (Born, to be hated. Dead, to be loved.)
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English cyclist Jamie Staff looks like a machine when he rides—literally. The gold medalist's tattoo makes his leg look like an x-ray view of whirring metallic parts.
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U.S. swimmer Justin Zook sports tattoos in Chinese characters at the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing. Maybe it was "family, love, perseverance"—the meaning of the tattoos—that led him to win gold in both the 2004 and 2008 Games.
Rau'shee Warren wasn't exactly No. 1 when he competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but the boxer’s hoping for better luck during the London Games.
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