Ivet Lalova: Everything You Need to Know About 28-Year-Old Bulgarian Olympian

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 5, 2012

HELSINKI, FINLAND - JUNE 28:  Ivet Lalova of Bulgaria celebrates winning the Women's 100 Metres Final during day two of the 21st European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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You may know that Ivet Lalova is one of the most attractive female athletes at these 2012 London Olympics, but I bet you didn't know she had seven operations to repair a broken leg.

The tattoo on her belly button isn't hard to spot, but you probably don't remember that she narrowly missed a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games.

Lalova is easy on the eyes, but not easy on her competitors.

It's too bad that she was unable to qualify for the final heat of the 100-meter race, because it would have been a lot of fun to watch her give it a go.

Unfortunately, Lalova is off the market, as she is currently dating Italian sprinter Simone Collio (boo!), but that doesn't mean you aren't allowed to enjoy watching her race.

Just like most world-class sprinters, she can run the 100-meter dash in under 11 seconds, but unlike some, her rock-hard abs give her the ability to do 1,000 sit-ups without rest (kidding).

Aside from being the 10th-fastest woman over a 100-meter distance, she can also boast about being given the title of second-sexiest female Olympic athlete. She was awarded that honor by a Mexican newspaper, and she plays second fiddle to none other than tennis star Maria Sharapova.

The 28-year-old bombshell has been involved in Olympic sports for most of her life. Before realizing her prowess in track and field, she took up swimming and gymnastics as a child.

It's not surprising that she is one of the fastest women in the world, as both her parents were track and field stars. Her father was a Bulgarian champion in 1966, and he certainly paved the way for his daughter to be one of the best in the world.

Sprinting isn't looked at as a contact sport, but Lalova fell victim to a broken femur in 2005 when she collided with a fellow competitor while the field was warming up for the race.

Most people—once they were fully healed—wouldn't be too understanding about running into someone and breaking their leg, but Lalova was awarded the International Olympic Committee "Sports and Fair Play" Award for her handling of the incident.

So, based on these findings, I am led to believe that Lalova is an attractive, athletic and understanding woman who occasionally dabbles in Olympic competition.

That sounds like a dream come true.