Olympic Eye Candy

James HulkaAnalyst IAugust 21, 2008

Regardless if you're a man or woman reading this, if you've been watching the Olympics you've likely seen at least one athlete that you would describe as hot, attractive, sexy or something of the like.

In my case there's quite a few women that I couldn't put all of them on this list. USA softball pitcher Jennie Finch, soccer player Heather Mitts, and swimmer Amanda Beard have at some time won the ESPN Sexiest Female Athlete contest. It's tough to argue with the people who voted. Because of their popularity regarding their looks coming into these Olympics, people didn't really need to be introduced to them again. If there were a male version, I wouldn't be shocked if Michael Phelps earned that crown after already being labeled "Poseidon in a Speedo" by a number of analysts and sportswriters.

My criteria for making this list wasn't too complicated.

First, you had to be over 18, meaning if Shawn Johnson is an Olympian in 2012, she's at least up for consideration, but not this year.

Second, the women were the ones I found to be very attractive if not totally hot. I have a preference for tall brunettes, so not surprisingly Stephanie Rice, Sue Bird, Misty May-Treanor and Logan Tom can be seen below.

Third, the men was a more difficult task, but if I found myself wishing I looked like that or thought women would think they're sexy, they made the cut.

I'm sure there are several other athletes I haven't seen on TV or in photos or don't even know that exist that could be considered. My goal was for thirty - ten international athletes, and twenty from the USA with an even split of male and female. I'm close, depending on whether you really consider Becky Hammon to be Russian.

So here they are, in no particular order.

Sue Bird, USA Basketball (Gold - Women's Basketball)

Eamon Sullivan, Australia Swimming (Silver - 100m freestyle)

Becky Hammon, Russia Basketball (Bronze - Women's Basketball)

Lauren Jackson, Australia Basketball (Silver - Women's Basketball)

Henry Cejudo, USA Freestyle Wrestling (Gold - 121 lb)

Ryan Lochte, USA Swimming (Gold - 200m backstroke)

Diana Lopez, USA Taekwondo (Silver - Women's Featherweight)

Kim Vandenberg, USA Swimming (Bronze - 4x200 freestyle relay)

Chris Hoy, Great Britain Cycling (Gold - Track Cycling)

Usain Bolt, Jamaica Track & Field (Gold - Men's 100m and 200m)

Trey Hardee, USA Track & Field

Logan Tom, USA Volleyball (Silver - Women's Volleyball)

Andrew Lauterstein, Australia Swimming (Bronze - 100m butterfly)

Angelo Taylor & LaShawn Merritt, USA Track & Field (Gold - 400m Hurdles/Gold -400m)

Mariel Zagunis, USA Sabre Fencing (Gold - Women's Sabre)

Sanya Richards, USA Track & Field (Gold - Women's 4x400m relay)

Sara Goller, Germany Beach Volleyball

Deontay Wilder, USA Boxing (Bronze - Men's Heavyweight)

Caitlin Lever, Canada Softball

William "Reid" Priddy, USA Volleyball (Gold - Men's Volleyball)

Filippo Magnini, Italy Swimming

Lindsay Tarpley, USA Soccer (Gold - Women's Soccer)

Alicia Sacramone, USA Gymnastics (Bronze - Women's Team Gymnastics)

Misty May-Treanor, USA Beach Volleyball (Gold - Women's Beach Volleyball)

Talita Antunes, Brazil Beach Volleyball

Hope Solo, USA Soccer (Gold - Women's Soccer)

Kim Glass, USA Volleyball (Silver - Women's Volleyball)

Jeremy Wariner, USA Track & Field (Gold - Men's 4x400m relay)

Stephanie Rice, Australia Swimming (Gold - 400 IM)

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