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With the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Summer Olympics happening yesterday, our minds are all racing with anticipation for the competition, the thrill of achieving victory and glory for one’s country, and of course, the beautiful women competing. But we here at TheCelebrityCafe.com are never ones to objectify women. You’ll notice that the women on this list have skills just as stunning as their looks. Here, we select some beautiful women athletes competing in the Summer Olympics.
T’erea Brown – Track and Field – USA
This 22-year-old track star is one we want to keep up with. A graduate of the University of Miami, she’s coming into the Olympics after a third place finish at the U.S. track and field finals earlier this summer.
Margaux Isaksen – Modern Pentathlon – USA
This pistol is coming into the 2012 Summer Olympics after snatching up a first place win at the women’s pentathlon event at the 2011 Pan American Games.
Rebecca Soni – Swimming – USA
Rebecca currently holds the world record for the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. At the London Olympics, she doesn’t intend on losing her status as one of the best American swimmers when she competes in those two events again.
Misty May-Treanor – Beach Volleyball – USA
A beach volleyball veteran, Misty, and her partner Kerri Walsh are going after a third consecutive gold medal. After their victory against Australians Tasmin Hinchley and Natalie Cook Saturday night, she’s on her way to proving that the first, second, and third times are always the charm.
Marlen Esparza – Women’s Boxing – USA
In May, Marlen became the first American female boxer to qualify for the Olympic gold when the event included women’s boxing for the first time. With endorsement deals for CoverGirl and Coca-Cola, as well as a feature in Vogue, this 22-year-old knockout proves pretty girls can also throw a punch.
Serena Williams – Tennis – USA
A two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the doubles competition in tennis (which she won with her sister Venus), Serena is now stepping out for the singles gold on her own. She would add that victory to her 14 individual Grand Slam championships. And proving there’s nothing like a girl that can dress, she did all of this while proving that tennis players can dress like rock stars too.
Heather Mitts – Soccer – USA
Heather has won two Olympic gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. National Women’s team. This blonde also appeared in the Sports Illustrated issue in 2005.
Hope Solo – Women’s Soccer – USA
A goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders Women, Hope has played for the U.S. women’s national soccer team since 2000. She proved her moves go beyond the soccer field when she competed in the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars last year, making it to the semifinals with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Lolo Jones – Women’s 100m Hurdles – USA
Even though Lolo, who specializes in 60- and 100-meter hurdles, has won three NCAA titles, that’s not all she has to brag about. She’s also a staple on Twitter with almost 200,000 followers.
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