A look at Olympic Tattoos

The London Olympics are nearly upon us and I’m sure will see plenty of Olympic tattoos on display. These are some examples from past Olympic Games. Have a look…

1. Kathleen Hersey, who won first place in the women’s 200m butterfly final race, sports an olympic tattoo on her thigh at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim competition in Santa Clara, California, June 19, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (2) 2. An Olympics rings tattoo is seen on the back of a swimmer during a training session at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 21, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (3) 3. A tattoo of the Olympics rings is seen on the back of Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi during training at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 23, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (4)  4. A tattoo of the Olympic rings is seen on a diver during a practice session at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 18, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (5)  5. An Olympics rings tattoo is seen on the right foot of Kelci Bryant of the U.S. at during the preliminary round of the women’s 3m springboard diving event at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 22, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (6)  6. A tattoo of the Olympic rings is seen on the back of Canada’s Ryan Cochrane during the men’s 800m freestyle heats at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 26, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (7) 7. A tattoo of a maple leaf and the Olympic rings is seen on the back of Canada’s Brent Hayden as he competes in the men’s 100m freestyle heats at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 27, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (8)  8. A tattoo of the Olympic rings is seen on the back of Canada’s Ryan Cochrane as he competes in the men’s 1500m freestyle heats at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 30, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (9)  9. A tattoo of the 2008 Beijing Olympics is pictured on the back of Asdis Hjalmsdottir of Iceland during the women’s javelin throw qualifying event at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu September 1, 2011.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (10) 10. A tattoo in the shape of Brazil is seen in the back of Hugo Parisi of Brazil during his 10m diving platform practice session for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 4, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (11) 11. A tattoo is seen on the back of Cassius Duran of Brazil during diving practice at the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 4, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (12)  12. Australia’s Matt Ryan attends a training session for the Men’s rowing events ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 5, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (13) 13. A tattoo is seen on the back of Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao during swimming practice at the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 5, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (14)  14. Canadian swimmer Adam Sioui trains for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 5, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (15)  15. Canadian swimmer Mike Brown trains for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 5, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (16) 16. Ryan Lochte of the U.S. attends swimming practice at the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 6, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (17)  17. Dominik Meichtry of Switzerland attends swimming practice at the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 7, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (18) 18. The Olympic logo is tattooed on the chest of a swimmer at the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 7, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (19) 19. Track cyclist Chris Hoy of Britain practises ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 7, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (20)  20. Track cyclist Bradley Wiggins of Britain trains ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 7, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (21)  21. Fabiana de Oliveira of Brazil shows her tattoo during the women?s preliminary pool B volleyball match against Algeria at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 9, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (22) 22. Khatuna Lorig of the U.S. prepares to shoot during her women’s archery individual ranking round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 9, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (23) 23. A tattoo is seen near the ankle of Natalia Valeeva of Italy as she competes in the women’s archery individual ranking round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 9, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (24) 24. Louis Smith of Britain competes in the gymnastics men’s pommel horse final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 17, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (25) 25. Fabio Magalhaes of Brazil celebrates a point during their men’s beach volleyball quarterfinal match against Austria at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 18, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (26)  26. Anastasia Davydova (L), sporting tattoos of butterflies, and Anastasia Ermakova of Russia prepare for the synchronised swimming duet free routine final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (27) 27. Natasha Kai of the U.S. (R) celebrates with teammates after winning their women’s final soccer match against Brazil at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 21, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (28) 28. Lauren Jackson of Australia has stickers on her leg during their women’s basketball semi-final game against China at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 21, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (29) 29. Pictogram tattoos of the disciplines of the decathlon are seen on the legs of Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus during his pole vault event of the men’s decathlon in the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (30) 30. Pictogram tattoos of the disciplines of the decathlon are seen on the legs of Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus during his pole vault event of the men’s decathlon in the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 22, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (31) 31. Juan Guillermo Uran of Colombia competes in the men’s 10m platform diving final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 23, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (32) 32. Sandow Weldemar Nasution of Indonesia competes in the men’s 77kg Group A weightlifting snatch competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 13, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (33) 33. David Katoatau of Kiribati gestures after competing in the men’s 85kg Group B snatch weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 15, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (34)  34. Cai Yun (bottom) celebrates with teammate Fu Haifeng of China after defeating South Korea in their men’s doubles semi-final badminton match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 15, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (35) 35. Yulia Gushchina of Russia takes off her T-shirt before her women’s 400m semi-final of the athletics competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Stadium, August 17, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (36) 36. Australia’s Sally McLellan recovers after winning the women’s 100m hurdles race during the London Grand Prix athletics tournament at Crystal Palace in London July 25, 2009.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (37)  37. Christian Cantwell of the U. S. competes in the men’s shot put final during the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 15, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (38) 38. British track cyclist Jamie Staff sports a tattoo on his leg as the men’s team sprint qualifying round gets underway at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 15, 2008.

A look at Olympic Tattoos (39) 39. Brent Hayden of Canada leaves the pool after competing in the men’s 100m freestyle swimming semi-finals during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 6, 2010.

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