Beautiful faces at London Olympics


Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, is aware of her good looks and isn’t camera-shy either. A win-win all around.


Sania Mirza, the most successful Indian woman tennis player by a long mile, is a stunner and has a terrific dress sense to go with it.


Norwegian hurdler Christina Vukicevic is not only a stunner, but is amongst the top favourites to come away with a medal from the 2012 London Olympic Games.


Ashwini Ponnappa (in the foreground), is a fast-rising badminton player from India. Her speed across the court apart, Ashwini is also easy on the eyes.


Xue Chen is a beach volleyball from China, and was ranked third in CNN International’s list of Asia’s 30 Sexiest Athletes.


Bulgarian athlete Ivet Lalova specialises in the 100 metres and 200 metres sprint events; and has been dubbed ‘the fastest white woman in the world’. Look out for Lalova before she races away past the finish line.


She is among the world’s richest athletes, and will also become Russia’s first woman flag bearer when she leads the contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, but Maria Sharapova will be looking to make amends for a disappointing 2012 Wimbledon at the Games. Sharapova is only the sixth woman in the Open Era to complete the career grand slam.


Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Chicerova won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, and at London will look to jump her way to a different coloured medal.


Five-time world champion Yelena Isinbayeva is an institution to herself in women’s pole vaulting – 17 world records and 13 indoor world records – bear testament to the fact. Isinbayeva won the gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and will be looking to completing her hat-trick at London.


Italy’s foil fencer Elisa Di Francisca has plenty of World and European championship medals in her kitty, and she will be hoping to add Olympic medals to her collection at London.


Mexican diver Paola Espinosa won the bronze medal in the 10m Synchronized Platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and would love to better that performance in London.


Luuka Jones, the first female canoe slalom paddler to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games, is another athlete who gives male spectators more than one reason to watch her competing at the 2012 London Games.


Italian volleyball player Francesca Piccinini ticks all the boxes not only in her sport, but also for being one of the most beautiful athletes in the world.


Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco shot into prominence when she became an Internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She really hasn’t done anything of note in her event, but her drop dead gorgeous looks have ensured Franco is never far from the headlines.


Natalie Coughlin, who has 11 Olympic medals to her name, is competing only in the 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the London Olympic Games, but the 29-year-old will be looking to make the most of her experience and add yet another Olympic medal to her kitty.


Jessica Ennis missed the 2008 Olympic Games because of an injury, but the British heptathlete, is one of the top contenders for a medal at the London Games. Ennis is also a favourite with sponsors, and is on course to earn 1 million pounds from sponsorship deals this year – making her the first female athlete to do so.


Chloe Sutton is a leggy swimmer from the US, and since the Beijing Olympic Games, the 20-year-old American has gained in confidence, and will be seen competing in the 400 metre freestyle at the London Games.


The 23-year-old Alex Morgan was the youngest player on the USA’s roster at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Morgan is fast gaining a fan following not only for her football skills; but also for her drop dead gorgeous looks.


Caroline Wozniacki has been experiencing turbulence of late in her tennis career, but that takes nothing away from her magnificent looks.


The 34-year-old Luciana Aymar is one of the world’s best hockey players as can be gauged by the fact that she is the only player in history to receive the International Hockey Federation World Player of the Year award seven times. In what is surely her last Olympic Games, Aymar will be looking to lead Argentina to the gold medal.


US women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo is one of the best in the world at what she does; and she is mighty easy on the eyes too.


Ana Ivanovic has been struggling to rediscover her best form on the tennis court over the last couple of seasons, but when on song, is more than a handful for any opponent. Ivanovic is also one of the more beautiful faces in the tennis world.


Lolo Jones will be seen competing in the 100 metre hurdles at the London Olympic Games, where she will want to make up for the disappointment she experienced in Beijing four years ago. Lolo, who has posed semi-nude for ESPN, is also one of the most famous virgins in the world.


She may be 38 years old, but French sprinter Christine Arron, who is the fifth fastest woman ever over 100 metres, can still give her young opponents a good run for their money.

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