Tokyo is gonna be scorching this summer season — and never simply due to the doubtless record-breaking heat wave.
Opponents within the long-delayed 2020 Summer time Video games (sure, we nonetheless name ’em that, formally) are on the high of their respective sports activities because of muscle-shredding onerous work, sweat-drenched dedication and unimaginable pure talents that make jaws drop.
Positive, with all of that devotion to sport, the sheer power of those taut abilities is straightforward to admire. However along with their athletic prowess, most of those mannequin Olympians are champions exterior the sector, as properly, by means of varied causes and endorsements. In our humble opinion, that solely makes them sexier.
Here’s a rundown of the most popular athletes competing within the Tokyo Olympic video games from Friday, July 23, by means of Sunday, Aug. 8, on NBC:
Already dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete” by media outlets galore, this 22-year-old German hurdler had followers slavering in anticipation of her Olympic debut. Fortunately, the blond-haired, blue-eyed bombshell punched her ticket to Tokyo and will probably be competing within the ladies’s 4×400 relay and the Video games’ first-ever 4×400 combined relay.
“Nonetheless feels unreal! I’m so grateful and on the similar time thrilled to expertise one thing I’ve been dreaming of since I began all of this!” Schmidt captioned an Instagram photo to her 1.8 million followers of herself posing in entrance of the Olympic rings. The chariot of fireside continuously posts sweltering snaps of her coaching classes to her almost 2 million followers.
Nevertheless, Schmidt is greater than only a visible smoke present. The Worms native has been scorching up the observe for years, notably profitable silver within the 4×400 relay at the 2017 European Athletics Beneath-20 Championship in addition to bronze on the U23 Europeans in 2019.
Additionally a spokesperson for a wide range of German meals manufacturers, the fit-fluencer reportedly enjoys maintaining a healthy diet and cooking when her busy schedule permits.
The US swim staff’s 6-foot-3 captain will seemingly carry the pool to a boil when he competes in his second-ever Olympics this summer season. Dubbed “the most effective male athlete since Phelps,” the 24-year-old adonis is arguably the most popular swimmer on the planet proper now.
On the International Swimming League competition in November, Dressel set a whopping three world data, one in every of which included breaking his personal 50-meter freestyle report by 0.08 seconds. The Florida native additionally boasts seven World Championship gold medals and holds the 9 quickest 50-meter freestyle swims report in Nationwide Collegiate Athletic Affiliation (NCAA) historical past, which he notched throughout his 4 years swimming on the College of Florida. Throw in the truth that Dressel received two gold medals on the 2016 Rio Olympics, and it actually appears as if he’s extra black marlin than biped.
Some sports activities followers are even betting on the previous Gator’s efficiency to match Michael Phelps’s world report eight gold medals set on the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Nevertheless, for Dressel, swimming is about greater than accolades.
It’s been virtually 10 years since Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor accomplished their iconic gold medal three-peat within the 2012 London Olympics. And whereas the 42-year-old Walsh didn’t make this year’s games, there’s a brand new seaside volleyball bombshell that’s anticipated to show sand into glass this yr: Alix Klineman.
The smoldering 31-year-old phenom and her associate April Ross, 39 — who captured bronze with Walsh at the 2016 Rio Olympics — are among the many favorites to win this yr’s video games, rating second on the earth behind Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.
“A month or two in the past, it sort of hit me, I used to be like ‘Oh my God, the Olympics are simply across the nook!’” gushed the 6-foot-4 Klineman, who will probably be making her Olympic debut in Tokyo. “And so I’ve had a little bit little bit of a ‘pinch me’ second.”
This marks the fruits of an illustrious volleyball profession for the California native, who started enjoying indoor volleyball at age 8. The embellished exterior hitter notably garnered 4 All-American titles throughout her time at Stanford and was named “Nationwide Participant of the Yr” by Volleyball Journal in 2010. After graduating, Klineman competed professionally for 5 seasons earlier than switching to seaside volleyball in 2017, the place she’s been crushing it ever since.
Alongside along with her purpose of profitable gold on the Tokyo Olympics, the 2017 Affiliation of Volleyball Professionals’ (AVP) “Rookie of the Yr” hopes to destigmatize women’s health issues, particularly menstrual cycles, which stay taboo to debate within the sports activities world.
This California native has been thought-about one of many world’s most lovely athletes since she turned professional in 2011 at age 22. That yr, the mouthwatering College of California, Berkeley grad famously appeared within the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue carrying nothing however bikini-inspired physique paint.
Ten years on, the belle of the soccer ball is hotter than ever. Recent off being named “Player of the Month” for May by the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League Media Affiliation, the 5-foot-7 center-forward is heading to Tokyo, the place she hopes to be a part of the primary staff in US ladies’s historical past to win the World Cup and an Olympic gold medal back-to-back. This could additionally mark Morgan’s second Olympic gold because the squad received in London in 2012.
The brand new mom continues to showcase her 1000-watt seems to her greater than 9 million followers on Instagram, in addition to in varied publications and adverts. The sports activities sensation just lately surprised on the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, whereas this previous June Kim Kardashian tapped Morgan to model the influencer’s Skims assortment, the official underwear line of the US Olympic staff.
Nonetheless, Morgan in the end prefers the soccer discipline to the runway.
“It’s positively tougher attempting to be a mannequin for a day as a result of I’m by no means a mannequin,” the footballer told USA Today in 2012. “Soccer is what I grew up doing – it’s my ardour, and I’m far more snug on the sector in my soccer cleats.”
In 2019, Rhys McClenaghan turned the primary Irish gymnast to nab a medal at a world championship, taking bronze on the pommel horse. Nevertheless, arguably the 22-year-old’s greatest win got here earlier this month, when he took to Twitter to debunk the suspect theory that the Olympic village’s recyclable cardboard beds can’t withstand sexual activities between athletes.
“In immediately’s episode of faux information on the Olympic Video games, the beds are supposed to be anti-sex,” the first-time Olympian says within the video whereas leaping up and down on the “c-blocking” sleep spots sans any seen mattress malfunctions. “They’re made out of cardboard, sure, however apparently they’re meant to interrupt at any sudden actions.”
“It’s faux, faux information!” he added.
McClenaghan’s PSA was lauded by fellow opponents and in addition to the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), who thanked the gymnastics star on Twitter for demonstrating that “the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy.”
Standing 5-foot-8 with luscious blonde locks and an Olympic silver medal beneath her belt, Sandi Morris is on the tip of the pole in the case of each seems and athletic capability. The 29-year-old Illinois native hopes to vault her solution to the highest of the medal podium when she competes in her second Olympics this summer season.
The pole vaulter described clinching a spot on the staff in a moving Instagram post final month. “I’m overwhelmed,” Morris wrote. “I haven’t been capable of finding the phrases to put up, I’ve so many… however two-time Olympian. That’s a title I could be pleased with.”
With skateboarding making its Olympic debut this summer season, who higher to pave the proverbial halfpipe than six-time X Games gold medalist Leticia Bufoni? The truth is, the Brazilian celebrity is the official athlete consultant for World Skate, the Worldwide Olympic Committee-recognized governing physique for skateboarding.
Together with amassing myriad skating accolades, the 28-year-old São Paulo resident ollied her method onto Forbes’ 2018 checklist of the “Most Powerful Women in International Sports” in addition to Sports activities Professional Media’s roundup of “The World’s Most Marketable Athletes” for that very same yr. And the heavily-tatted trailblazer redefined “scorching wheels” after baring all in ESPN’s 2015 Body Issue. She additionally graced the duvet of GQ Brazil in June, and even has a playable doppelgänger in the video video games “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5” and “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2.”
Not afraid to point out some pores and skin, Bufoni continuously shares scintillating body shots to her almost 3 million followers on Instagram.
“Yeah, I’ll present my legs off, I put on shorts on a regular basis,” admitted the kickflip wizard, who turned a US citizen this previous April.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are projected to be the most popular video games on report — and not just because of the sweltering temperatures. Enter Alex Walsh, the 6-foot-tall College of Virginia sophomore who’s representing Crew USA for the primary time after profitable the 200-meter particular person medley race on the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha.
The 19-year-old swimming prodigy then broke the information to her mother and father after sharing a nameplate with the phrases: “Alex Walsh, Olympian.”
She additionally announced her achievement on Instagram by sharing the immortal quote by rap star Nicki Minaj: “You understand what evokes me? Fearlessness, drive. Barbz keep in class. Don’t you ever be lazy; don’t you ever complain about onerous work. Work onerous it pays off.”
The 2021 crop of feminine Olympic observe and discipline opponents is maybe essentially the most gorgeous but, however none are as completed as US sprinting icon Allyson Felix, who’s received a mind-boggling six gold medals within the final three Olympics. She additionally boasts a world-record 13 World Athletics Championship gold medals.
This summer season marks the 35-year-old’s fifth consecutive look on the Video games; her first was at Athens in 2004, when she positioned second within the 200-meter sprint at age 18.
The College of Southern California alum’s achievements lengthen to off the asphalt. Felix memorably turned a champion for ladies’s rights in 2018 after calling out then-sponsor Nike for threatening to dock her pay after she gave start to her daughter.
In response to the backlash, the footwear agency changed its maternity policies to guard athlete sponsorship offers for 18 months earlier than and after childbirth.
Earlier this month, Felix appeared on the duvet of Time Journal, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“I’ll always remember speaking with @pwesley22 concerning the dream of in the future being on the @time cowl over 20 years in the past,” reminisced the runner in a put up to her 865,000 Instagram followers. “Again then I assumed it could symbolize how briskly I might run and what number of medals I might probably win. I understand immediately that the duvet of @time is about change, hope, and galvanizing the following era.”
With a sq. jaw and abs befitting a Greek suit of armor, distance swimmer Bobby Finke wins the gold medal for beauty. The 21-year-old College of Florida junior can also be a veritable torpedo within the water, the place he holds the American, NCAA, SEC, and Florida state records in the 1,650-meter freestyle.
Talking on his prowess within the pool, Finke told ABC News, “I’ve two older sisters and we’re all fairly aggressive. I believe it helped me keep essentially the most aggressive with them.” Alas, the pool shark’s household received’t get to witness his Olympic debut in-person because of COVID restrictions.
Arguably one of the dominant feminine sprinters in NCAA swimming historical past, this 24-year-old UCLA grad holds the American records in both the 50-meter freestyle (23.45) and 100-meter freestyle (51.26).
In a powerful feat this previous December, Weitzeil became the first American girl to swim the 50-yard free in beneath 21 seconds.
“For the longest time, I’m certain individuals by no means thought a lady would do [sub-21],” stated the swimming savant. “It was cool to point out that girls are going quicker and quicker and quicker.”
Sadly, Weitzeil’s collegiate profession was lower quick her senior yr as a result of COVID pandemic, nonetheless, she hopes to make a splash throughout her second-ever Olympics look. The water wizard memorably received a gold and a silver throughout her final outing in Rio in 2016.
This previous February, the California native was signed by Speedo, whereupon she joined an elite squad of American Crew Speedo swimmers, together with Caeleb Dressel, Kathleen Baker and Ryan Murphy.
Crew Britain’s star diver first spawned a media frenzy ahead of coming into the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the tender age of 14. Since then, the aquatic Apollo has taken the mediasphere by storm, amassing over 5 million followers throughout YouTube, Instagram and Twitter along with his charming persona and godlike seems. The ten-meter platform specialist additionally appeared on the short-lived reality show “Splash!” by which he mentored celebrities attempting to grasp the artwork of diving.
Nevertheless, Daley isn’t only a good-looking face. The human cormorant’s notched a complete of two bronze medals previously two Olympics, in addition to three World Athletic Championship golds, proving that he makes waves on social media however not within the water.
A champion of LGBTQ rights, the heartthrob has spoken out against anti-gay laws in 37 Commonwealth countries. Daley himself got here out at 19, whereupon he announced he was relationship US screenwriter Lance Black, with whom he later had a child in 2018 by way of a surrogate mom.
The diver credits his relationship with Black for stopping him from quitting the game almost 10 years in the past.
“Lance is the rationale I’m nonetheless diving,” he stated about his now-husband. “In March 2013, I used to be at my all-time low and didn’t need to do it anymore. Then I met him and thought, ‘This man received’t need to be with me except I’m profitable at what I do.’”
Daley will compete at each the 10-meter platform and the 10-meter synchro this summer season.
Simone Manuel made historical past in 2016 after becoming the first black swimmer to seize gold in a person swimming race on the age of 20.
The Texas native was on observe to blaze extra trails for black swimmers — who’ve historically been unwelcome in pools — in 2020 when the pandemic hit, placing her goals on maintain.
Fortunately, the crusader was capable of marketing campaign for racial equality exterior the pool by way of her massive following on Instagram. She was joined in her battle by Procter & Gamble, who sought to amplify the pool pioneer’s message by means of its Athletes for Good Fund marketing campaign.
Now, after faltering early at the US Olympic trials, Manuel cinched her spot on the staff in a clutch race final month.
“You probably have a dream, nothing can stand in your method — together with your self,” Manuel stated two weeks in the past from the Team USA training camp in Hawaii. “I’ve handled the doubts of others, but additionally with my very own doubts.”
Johnny Hooper and Max Irving
The US Males’s Water Polo staff is a murderers’ row of aesthetic and athletic specimens. Nevertheless, maybe none stand out greater than attackers Johnny Hooper and Max Irving.
UC Berkeley alum Hooper, 24, led the US team in scoring at both 2019 Pan American Video games and World Championships whereas his 26-year-old teammate — who was a three-time All-American at UCLA — is coming off a mind-boggling 43-goal season.
Hooper and Irving each hope to land on the Olympic podium for the primary time once they symbolize Crew USA in Tokyo.
“As a child, you see guys like Michael Phelps, guys like Tony Azevedo in our sport. They rise up there and so they get a medal,” Hooper informed People final month. “In order that’s the good factor ever to observe. And I’m so excited to have the ability to have the chance, and I’m going to strive it, get a gold medal for the US.”