Michelle Jenneke: Watch Hurdler's Sexy Photo Shoot for SI Swimsuit Edition

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16:  Michelle Jenneke (R) of NSW celebrates with 2nd placegetter Abble Taddeo (L) of NSW after winning the Womens U20 100m Hurdles Final during day three of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on March 16, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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You may remember Michelle Jenneke from the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, when a video of her dancing before her race went crazy viral on YouTube.

Now, Jenneke is dancing again, but this time for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. SI's cameras went behind the scenes to show us Jenneke's sexy photo shoot with the magazine.

Check it out.

It turns out that dance is something of a good luck charm for the Australian hurdler. She ended up winning her heat in the video that went viral and ultimately finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdle final.

If you haven't seen that video yet—though you probably have, seeing as it's exceeded 21 million hits—check it out below.

She's expected to compete in the 2016 Games, and one would imagine that if she keeps that dance around for another four years, it will be quite the hit in Rio.

Move over, Lolo Jones, hurdles has a new poster girl.

Jenneke is one of four athletes to appear in this year's Swimsuit Edition, and you can check out her picture gallery here. Also included in this year's issue are pro surfer Alana Blanchard and Dutch field hockey players Eva De Goede and Ellen Hoog

I always like that Sports Illustrated tries to somewhat maintain a sports connection by throwing a few female athletes into the mix. Sure, they rarely mention it on the cover or make it the primary focus of the issue—like ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue—but at least they make some effort.

And hey, because they sort of make that effort, we always have these photos of Leryn Franco to look upon. Yes, you're going to want to go ahead and click on that link.

You're welcome.

Anyway, Jenneke is sure to become quite the popular hurdler after this photo shoot, and one imagines we'll hear plenty about her heading into the 2016 Rio Games. 

Here's to hoping she can dance her way right onto the medal podium.


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