Michelle Jenneke: Olympic Bound in 2016?

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 3, 2012

Photo Credit: Daily Mail
Photo Credit: Daily MailMatt King/Getty Images

Wait, where's that Michelle Jenneke lady I heard all about?

You might be hit with sudden on-set confusion while taking in the track and field events during the London Games, and it's understandable. 

We have all been hit with so many names leading up to the Olympics that you almost assume they would feature in your prime-time viewing. 

Some, like Nastia Liukin, are old favorites who failed to qualify. Then there are those like Michelle Jenneke who are merely four years from being ready.


Star Rises 

Unfortunately for women athletes, superstardom can come from pure sexuality, even as you prepare to dominate in the athletic arena. 

I have no idea whether Jenneke adores the attention she is getting, or if she even likes the manner with which it's being attained, but there is no question to where her name began to go viral. 

Here is the video seen around the world of Jenneke warming up for her July meet at the IAAF World Junior Championship in Barcelona. 

The 19-year-old won that particular race, but it's this video that has the world buzzing.


Rio 2016

The amateur athlete was not considered for Olympic competition and was busy taking part in the Junior competition just a month prior. 

The connection for fans is obvious. Will we get to see her on the Olympic stage in four years?

The Daily Mail reports the Australian hurdler won the particular race that followed her dance routine, and even won a silver at the 2010 Youth Olympics. 

The NY Daily News reports she came in fifth in the competition. So it seems, she is far from ready to dominate the field. Although her athletic profile shows she did claim first in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2010 Australian Championships. 

There is simply no way to gauge how a person will mature over a few years and whether they will make an Olympic-sized jump in quality. 

There is certainly enough there to think Jenneke has a huge shot to feature at Rio in a few years, and I know that would make millions happy. 

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