Olympic athletes with tattoos
Here is a partial list of tattooed Olympians:
Anastasia Davydova - Russian Olympic swimmer - pics
Michael Phelps - US Olympic swimmer - pics
Amanda Beard - US Olympic swimmer - pics
Natasha Kai - US Olympic soccer - pics
Heather Mitts - US Olympic soccer - pics
Kerry Walsh - US Olympic volleyball player - pics
Misty May Treanor - US Olympic volleyball player - pics
Mike Andrew Brown - Canadian Olympic swimmer - pics
Mark Foster - British Olympic swimmer - pics
Alain Bernard - French Olympic swimmer - pics
Marion Jones - US Olympic track and field - pics
Bryan Clay - US Olympic track and field - pics
Emilie Mondor - Canadian Olympic track and field - pics
Tatiana Grigorieva - Australian Olympic pole vaulter - pics
Rau'shee Warren - US Olypic boxer - pics
Mark Zupan - American Paralympic athlete - pics
Kim Maher - US Olympic softball player - pics
Chris Hoy - Scottish Olympic cyclist - pics
James Staff - British Olympic cyclist - pics
Louis Smith - British Olympic gymnast - pics
Ele Opeloge - Samoan Olympic weightlifter - pics
Natalia Valeeva - Italian Olympic archer - pics
Lorig Khatuna- US Olympic archer - pics
Cesar Castro - Brazilian Olympic diver - pics
Hugo Parisi - Brazilian Olympic diver - pics
LeBron James - US Olympic basketball - pics
Michael Jordan - US Olympic basketball - pics
Gabor Kis - Hungarian Olympic water polo - pics
Andres Bayron Silva - Uruguyan Olympic track and field - pics
Olympic Tattoo Designs
Tattoos have of course, have long been used by many cultures around the world to ensure good luck and fortune and a propitious outcome. Athletes in certain sports may get a tattoo that symbolizes excellence in their field, like sharks or dolphins for swimmers, or the equipment used in their sporting disciple. An excellent example is the number of National Basketball League players with tattoos of nets and basketballs.
For Olympic athletes, some favored tattoo designs are representations of the Olympic Rings or the Olympic Torch, or the Olympic Emblem, which is unique to each Summer and Winter Olympic.
The Olympic Flag, with it's five rings was created by Pierre De Coubertin in 1914.
The Olympic flag has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red. This design is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.
Most Common Olympic Tattoo Designs
The Olympic Flag: a flag representing the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism.
The Olympic Flame: a flame burning day and night for the duration of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic mascot: an animal native to the area or occasionally human figures representing the cultural heritage of the place where the Olympic Games are held.
The Olympic motto, in Latin: "Citius, Altius, Fortius"; which means, "Faster, Higher, Stronger". The motto was proposed by Pierr De Coubertinon the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894. The motto was introduced in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris.
A more informal but well known motto, is also credited to De Coubertin, is "The most important thing is not to win but to take part!" De Coubertin got this motto from a sermon by the Bishop of Pennsylvania during the 1908 London Games.
The Olympic Creed: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The Olympic emblem: the emblem of every edition of the Olympic Games, usually combining the Olympic Rings with some elements representing the host city or country and its culture.
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