The Sexiest Action Shots of the Olympics so Far

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIAugust 3, 2012

The Sexiest Action Shots of the Olympics so Far

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    Most of the world's sports fans may be discussing the Olympic decoration of Michael Phelps, but this year's Games have been more about grace and beauty than athletic accomplishment.

    Before you fall of your rocker, wasn't it the Olympians themselves who spoke about a lustful atmosphere in the Olympic Village? It was two-time gold medalist Summer Sanders who stated the alternate Games motto as, "What happens in the village stays in the Village."

    With that said, let's embrace the sexy route and appreciate the vast array of action shots that are sure to stir up the crowd. Here are the sexiest of the Games so far.

    A round of applause for the talented cameramen.

20. From China with Love

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    China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi trounce the Greek tandem of Vasiliki Arvaniti and Maria Tsiartsiani 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the knockout stage of the women's beach volleyball. No spike left behind.

19. The Art of Dominance

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    By defeating Russian teammate Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals at Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova advanced to the final, where she'll face either No. 1 Victoria Azarenka or Wimbledon champ Serena Williams. Excitement brewing.

18. Diving, Living, Thriving

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    They may have missed a medal in the 10-meter synchronized final, but Great Britain's Tonia Couch and Sarah Borrow are epically close to the promised land.

17. Basking in the Ambiance

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    Don't put that camera on me, you don't know what I'm about.

    Serbia's Ana Ivanovic doesn't like to be judged, or quoted falsely.

16. Unified Support

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    The most elegant synchronization we've seen yet.

15. Defying the Odds

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    Canada's Kristina Vaculik leads her prestigious club to greatness.

14. Sculpting a Legacy

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    Russia's Maria Kirilenko shows off her ferocious forehand. A work of art.

13. Spiked Madness

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    Two breathtaking competitors collide to create a masterpiece.

12. Climbing the Charts

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    The Brazilians clearly can't be stopped in at least two sports. Breathtaking footage of greatness.

11. Achieving Destiny

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    America's 6'3" beauty Destinee Hooker combines opposing optimism with a fiery crawl toward immortality. She can't be stopped.

10. Mastering Foot with Ball

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    Alex Morgan doing what she does best. Kill it.

9. French Fried Fascination

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    Practice does make perfect, as these French footballers just escaped Sweden 2-1 to make the semifinals. Ferocious focus from defender Laure Boulleau.

8. Home Field Advantage

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    British track-and-field legend Jessica Ennis simply getting her feet wet before breaking the world record in 100-meter hurdles with 12.54 seconds. A pure champion.

7. Holy Holland

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    The undefeated Dutch field hockey squad is led by lovely midfielder Ellen Hoog. This breathtaking unit can't be stifled.

6. Halting Nature

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    Victory is only complete when torrential downpour shatters the exhaustion.

5. Preparation Is Key

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    Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos stretches before her illustrious medley. Sheer focus.

4. Serving for Success

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    Shadow eloquently matching the form, ball hovering overhead. Greatness is upon us.

3. British Brilliance

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    British beach volleyball stars Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin relish in their glory. A magnificent run until their heartbreaking elimination.

2. The Queen of the Games

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    Hosting the Olympics is a stressful responsibility, and the cheerleaders seem almost ready for lawn chairs and sweating glasses of lemonade.

1. Sanding Success

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    Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva of Brazil complement their on-court magic with a beautiful exchange of respects.