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The sexiest athletes to watch for in Tokyo

The sexiest athletes to watch for in Tokyo

Tokyo is gonna be hot this summer — and not just because of the potentially record-breaking heat wave.

However, now that the Olympics have officially been declared a frigid no-fan zone due to COVID-19 restrictions — it’s up to the globe’s most elite athletes to bring the real heat.

Competitors in the long-delayed 2020 Summer Games (yes, we still call ’em that, officially) are at the top of their respective sports thanks to muscle-shredding hard work, sweat-drenched dedication and incredible natural abilities that make jaws drop.

Sure, with all of that devotion to sport, the sheer strength of these taut talents is easy to admire. But in addition to their athletic prowess, most of these model Olympians are champions outside the arena, as well, through various causes and endorsements. In our humble opinion, that only makes them sexier.

Here is a rundown of the hottest athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympic games from Friday, July 23, through Sunday, Aug. 8, on NBC:

Alica Schmidt

German runner Alica Schmidt has been dubbed the most beautiful athlete in the world by publications across the world.
German runner Alica Schmidt has been dubbed the most beautiful athlete in the world by publications across the globe.
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Already dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete” by media outlets galore, this 22-year-old German hurdler had fans slavering in anticipation of her Olympic debut. Thankfully, the blond-haired, blue-eyed bombshell punched her ticket to Tokyo and will be competing in the women’s 4×400 relay and the Games’ first-ever 4×400 mixed relay.

Alica Schmidt has over 1.8 million Instagram followers.
Alica Schmidt has over 1.8 million Instagram followers.
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“Still feels unreal! I’m so grateful and at the same time thrilled to experience something I have been dreaming of since I started all of this!” Schmidt captioned an Instagram photo to her 1.8 million followers of herself posing in front of the Olympic rings. The chariot of fire frequently posts sweltering snaps of her training sessions to her nearly 2 million followers.

However, Schmidt is more than just a visual smoke show. The Worms native has been scorching up the track for years, notably winning silver in the 4×400 relay at the 2017 European Athletics Under-20 Championship as well as bronze at the U23 Europeans in 2019.

Alica Schmidt won silver in the 4x400 relay at the 2017 European Athletics Under-20 Championship as well as bronze at the U-23 Europeans in 2019.
Alica Schmidt won silver in the 4×400 relay at the 2017 European Athletics Under-20 Championship as well as bronze at the U23 Europeans in 2019.
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Also a spokesperson for a variety of German food brands, the fit-fluencer reportedly enjoys eating healthy and cooking when her busy schedule allows.

Caeleb Dressel

Caeleb Dressel of the United States reacts after setting an American Record in the Men's 50m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials.
Caeleb Dressel of the United States reacts after setting an American record in the men’s 50-meter freestyle final during Day 8 of the 2021 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials.
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The US swim team’s 6-foot-3 captain will likely bring the pool to a boil when he competes in his second-ever Olympics this summer. Dubbed “the best male athlete since Phelps,” the 24-year-old adonis is arguably the hottest swimmer on the planet right now.

Dressel won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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At the International Swimming League competition in November, Dressel set a whopping three world records, one of which included breaking his own 50-meter freestyle record by 0.08 seconds. The Florida native also boasts seven World Championship gold medals and holds the nine fastest 50-meter freestyle swims record in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history, which he notched during his four years swimming at the University of Florida. Throw in the fact that Dressel won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and it truly seems as if he’s more black marlin than biped.

Caeleb Dressel
Caeleb Dressel holds the nine fastest 50-meter freestyle swims in NCAA history, which he notched during his four years swimming at the University of Florida.
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Some sports fans are even betting on the former Gator’s performance to match Michael Phelps’s world record eight gold medals set at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

However, for Dressel, swimming is about more than accolades.

“It’s not really about counting medals for me,” said the human Aquaman, who boasts over 300,000 followers on Instagram. “It’s just about getting better every day.”

Alix Klineman

US beach volleyball team Alix Klineman and April Ross hope to bring home the gold.
US beach volleyball team member Alix Klineman hopes to bring home the gold.
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It’s been almost 10 years since Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor completed their iconic gold medal three-peat in the 2012 London Olympics. And while the 42-year-old Walsh didn’t make this year’s games, there’s a new beach volleyball bombshell that’s expected to turn sand into glass this year: Alix Klineman.

The smoldering 31-year-old phenom and her partner April Ross, 39 — who captured bronze with Walsh at the 2016 Rio Olympics — are among the favorites to win this year’s games, ranking second in the world behind Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

Alix Klineman, a California native, began playing indoor volleyball at age 8.
Alix Klineman, a California native, began playing indoor volleyball at age 8.
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“A month or two ago, it kind of hit me, I was like ‘Oh my God, the Olympics are just around the corner!’” gushed the 6-foot-4 Klineman, who will be making her Olympic debut in Tokyo. “And so I’ve had a little bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment.”

This marks the culmination of an illustrious volleyball career for the California native, who began playing indoor volleyball at age 8. The decorated outside hitter notably garnered four All-American titles during her time at Stanford and was named “National Player of the Year” by Volleyball Magazine in 2010. After graduating, Klineman competed professionally for five seasons before switching to beach volleyball in 2017, where she’s been crushing it ever since.

Along with her goal of winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics, the 2017 Association of Volleyball Professionals’ (AVP) “Rookie of the Year” hopes to destigmatize women’s health issues, especially menstrual cycles, which remain taboo to discuss in the sports world.

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan hopes to be part of the first US team to win a gold medal and world cup back-to-back.
Alex Morgan hopes to be part of the first US team to win a gold medal and world cup back-to-back.
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This California native has been considered one of the world’s most beautiful athletes since she turned pro in 2011 at age 22. That year, the mouthwatering University of California, Berkeley grad famously appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wearing nothing but bikini-inspired body paint.

Ten years on, the belle of the soccer ball is hotter than ever. Fresh off being named “Player of the Month” for May by the National Women’s Soccer League Media Association, the 5-foot-7 center-forward is heading to Tokyo, where she hopes to be part of the first team in US women’s history to win the World Cup and an Olympic gold medal back-to-back. This would also mark Morgan’s second Olympic gold since the squad won in London in 2012.

Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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The new mother continues to showcase her 1000-watt looks to her more than 9 million followers on Instagram, as well as in various publications and adverts. The sports sensation recently stunned on the cover of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, while this past June Kim Kardashian tapped Morgan to model the influencer’s Skims collection, the official underwear line of the US Olympic team.

Kim Kardashian tapped Alex Morgan to model the influencer's Skims collection.
Kim Kardashian tapped Alex Morgan to model the influencer’s Skims collection.
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Nonetheless, Morgan ultimately prefers the soccer field to the runway.

“It’s definitely harder trying to be a model for a day because I am in no way a model,” the footballer told USA Today in 2012. “Soccer is what I grew up doing – it’s my passion, and I’m way more comfortable on the field in my soccer cleats.”

Rhys McClenaghan

Irish artistic gymnast Rhys McClenaghan had a viral moment this year already.
Irish artistic gymnast Rhys McClenaghan had a viral moment this year already.
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In 2019, Rhys McClenaghan became the first Irish gymnast to nab a medal at a world championship, taking bronze at the pommel horse. However, arguably the 22-year-old’s biggest win came earlier this month, when he took to Twitter to debunk the suspect theory that the Olympic village’s recyclable cardboard beds can’t withstand sexual activities between athletes.

“In today’s episode of fake news at the Olympic Games, the beds are meant to be anti-sex,” the first-time Olympian says in the video while jumping up and down on the “c-blocking” sleep spots sans any visible mattress malfunctions. “They’re made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break at any sudden movements.”

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Rhys McClenaghan
Rhys McClenaghan.
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“It’s fake, fake news!” he added.

McClenaghan’s PSA was lauded by fellow competitors and as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who thanked the gymnastics star on Twitter for demonstrating that “the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy.”

Sandi Morris

Sandi Morris of United States celebrates winning the Pole Vault Womens Final during the IAAF World Indoor Championships on Day Three at Arena Birmingham on March 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.
Sandi Morris of US celebrates winning the women’s pole vault final during the IAAF World Athletics Indoor Championships on Day 3 at Arena Birmingham on March 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.
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Standing 5-foot-8 with luscious blonde locks and an Olympic silver medal under her belt, Sandi Morris is at the tip of the pole when it comes to both looks and athletic ability. The 29-year-old Illinois native hopes to vault her way to the top of the medal podium when she competes in her second Olympics this summer.

Sandi Morris already has an Olympic silver medal under her belt.
Sandi Morris already has an Olympic silver medal under her belt.
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The pole vaulter described clinching a spot on the team in a moving Instagram post last month. “I’m overwhelmed,” Morris wrote. “I haven’t been able to find the words to post, I have so many… but two-time Olympian. That’s a title I can be proud of.”

Leticia Bufoni

Brazil's Leticia Bufoni is the official athlete representative for World Skate, the International Olympic Committee-recognized governing body for skateboarding.
Brazil’s Leticia Bufoni is the official athlete representative for World Skate, the International Olympic Committee-recognized governing body for skateboarding.
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With skateboarding making its Olympic debut this summer, who better to pave the proverbial halfpipe than six-time X Games gold medalist Leticia Bufoni? In fact, the Brazilian superstar is the official athlete representative for World Skate, the International Olympic Committee-recognized governing body for skateboarding.

Along with amassing myriad skating accolades, the 28-year-old São Paulo resident ollied her way onto Forbes’ 2018 list of the “Most Powerful Women in International Sports” as well as Sports Pro Media’s roundup of “The World’s Most Marketable Athletes” for that same year. And the heavily-tatted trailblazer redefined “hot wheels” after baring all in ESPN’s 2015 Body Issue. She also graced the cover of GQ Brazil in June, and even has a playable doppelgänger in the video games “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5” and “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2.”

Leticia Bufoni ollied her way onto Forbes' 2018 list of the "Most Powerful Women In International Sports."
Leticia Bufoni ollied her way onto Forbes’ 2018 list of the “Most Powerful Women in International Sports.”
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Not afraid to show some skin, Bufoni frequently shares scintillating body shots to her nearly 3 million followers on Instagram.

“Yeah, I’ll show my legs off, I wear shorts all the time,” admitted the kickflip wizard, who became a US citizen this past April.

Alex Walsh

US swimmer Alex Walsh hopes to bring home the gold at her first ever Olympics.
US swimmer Alex Walsh hopes to bring home the gold at her first-ever Olympics.
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The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are projected to be the hottest games on record — and not just because of the sweltering temperatures. Enter Alex Walsh, the 6-foot-tall University of Virginia sophomore who’s representing Team USA for the first time after winning the 200-meter individual medley race at the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha.

The 19-year-old swimming prodigy then broke the news to her parents after sharing a nameplate with the words: “Alex Walsh, Olympian.”

She also announced her achievement on Instagram by sharing the immortal quote by rap star Nicki Minaj: “You know what inspires me? Fearlessness, drive. Barbz stay in school. Don’t you ever be lazy; don’t you ever complain about hard work. Work hard it pays off.”

Allyson Felix

US sprinter Allyson Felix boasts a whopping 13 World Championship gold medals, the most of any athlete.
US sprinter Allyson Felix boasts a whopping 13 World Athletics Championship gold medals, the most of any athlete.
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The 2021 crop of female Olympic track and field competitors is perhaps the most stunning yet, but none are as accomplished as US sprinting icon Allyson Felix, who’s won a mind-boggling six gold medals in the last three Olympics. She also boasts a world-record 13 World Athletics Championship gold medals.

This summer marks the 35-year-old’s fifth consecutive appearance at the Games; her first was at Athens in 2004, when she placed second in the 200-meter dash at age 18.

This summer marks the 35-year-old's fifth consecutive appearance at the Games.
This summer marks the 35-year-old’s fifth consecutive appearance at the Games.
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The University of Southern California alum’s achievements extend to off the asphalt. Felix memorably became a champion for women’s rights in 2018 after calling out then-sponsor Nike for threatening to dock her pay after she gave birth to her daughter.

In response to the backlash, the footwear firm changed its maternity policies to protect athlete sponsorship deals for 18 months before and after childbirth.

Allyson Felix is pictured with her daughter, Camryn.
Allyson Felix is pictured with her daughter, Camryn.
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Earlier this month, Felix appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

“I’ll never forget talking with @pwesley22 about the dream of one day being on the @time cover over 20 years ago,” reminisced the runner in a post to her 865,000 Instagram followers. “Back then I thought it would represent how fast I could run and how many medals I could potentially win. I realize today that the cover of @time is about change, hope, and inspiring the next generation.”

Bobby Finke

 Bobby Finke of the United States reacts after competing in the Men’s 1500m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bobby Finke of the United States reacts after competing in the Men’s 1500m freestyle final during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska.
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With a square jaw and abs befitting a Greek suit of armor, distance swimmer Bobby Finke wins the gold medal for good looks. The 21-year-old University of Florida junior is also a veritable torpedo in the water, where he holds the American, NCAA, SEC, and Florida state records in the 1,650-meter freestyle.

US swimmer Bobby Finke holds the holds the American, NCAA, SEC, and Florida state records in the 1,600 meter freestyle.
US swimmer Bobby Finke holds the holds the American, NCAA, SEC, and Florida state records in the 1,650-meter freestyle.
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Speaking on his prowess in the pool, Finke told ABC News, “I have two older sisters and we are all pretty competitive. I think it helped me stay the most competitive with them.” Alas, the pool shark’s family won’t get to witness his Olympic debut in-person due to COVID restrictions.

Bobby Finke said swimming with his sisters when he was young jumpstarted his competitive spirit.
Bobby Finke said swimming with his sisters when he was young jumpstarted his competitive spirit.
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Abbey Weitzeil

US swimmer  Abby  Weitzeil attends the 2017 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards at J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live on November 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, California
US swimmer Abby Weitzeil attends the 2017 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards at J.W. Marriott at LA Live on Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
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Arguably one of the most dominant female sprinters in NCAA swimming history, this 24-year-old UCLA grad holds the American records in both the 50-meter freestyle (23.45) and 100-meter freestyle (51.26).

In an impressive feat this past December, Weitzeil became the first American woman to swim the 50-yard free in under 21 seconds.

“For the longest time, I’m sure people never thought a woman would do [sub-21],” said the swimming savant. “It was cool to show that women are going faster and faster and faster.”

Unfortunately, Weitzeil’s collegiate career was cut short her senior year due to the COVID pandemic, however, she hopes to make a splash during her second-ever Olympics appearance. The water wizard memorably won a gold and a silver during her last outing in Rio in 2016.

This past February, the California native was signed by Speedo, whereupon she joined an elite squad of American Team Speedo swimmers, including Caeleb Dressel, Kathleen Baker and Ryan Murphy.

Tom Daley

Thomas Daley will compete at both the 10-meter platform and the 10-meter synchro this summer.
Thomas Daley will compete at both the 10-meter platform and the 10-meter synchro this summer.
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Team Britain’s star diver first spawned a media frenzy ahead of entering the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the tender age of 14. Since then, the aquatic Apollo has taken the mediasphere by storm, amassing over 5 million followers across YouTube, Instagram and Twitter with his charming personality and godlike looks. The 10-meter platform specialist also appeared on the short-lived reality show “Splash!” in which he mentored celebrities trying to master the art of diving.

Great Britain's Thomas Daley competes in the final of the Men's 10m Platform Diving event during the LEN European Aquatics Championships at the Duna Arena in Budapest on May 16, 2021.
Thomas Daley competes in the final of the men’s 10-meter platform diving event during the LEN European Aquatics Championships at the Duna Arena in Budapest on May 16, 2021.
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However, Daley isn’t just a handsome face. The human cormorant’s notched a total of two bronze medals in the past two Olympics, as well as three World Athletic Championship golds, proving that he makes waves on social media but not in the water.

A champion of LGBTQ rights, the heartthrob has spoken out against anti-gay laws in 37 Commonwealth countries. Daley himself came out at 19, whereupon he announced he was dating US screenwriter Lance Black, with whom he later had a baby in 2018 via a surrogate mother.

Thomas Daley entered the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the tender age of 14.
Thomas Daley entered the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the tender age of 14.
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The diver credits his relationship with Black for stopping him from quitting the sport nearly 10 years ago.

“Lance is the reason I am still diving,” he said about his now-husband. “In March 2013, I was at my all-time low and didn’t want to do it anymore. Then I met him and thought, ‘This guy won’t want to be with me unless I’m successful at what I do.’”

Daley will compete at both the 10-meter platform and the 10-meter synchro this summer.

Simone Manuel

In 2016, Simone Manuel became the first African-American swimmer to win a gold medal in an individual event.
In 2016, Simone Manuel became the first black swimmer to win a gold medal in an individual event.
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Simone Manuel made history in 2016 after becoming the first black swimmer to capture gold in an individual swimming race at the age of 20.

Simone Manuel diving in for the final leg of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
Simone Manuel diving in for the final leg of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
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The Texas native was on track to blaze more trails for black swimmers — who have historically been unwelcome in pools — in 2020 when the pandemic hit, putting her dreams on hold.

Thankfully, the crusader was able to campaign for racial equality outside the pool via her massive following on Instagram. She was joined in her fight by Procter & Gamble, who sought to amplify the pool pioneer’s message through its Athletes for Good Fund campaign.

“If you have a dream, nothing can stand in your way — including yourself,” Simone Manuel said.
“If you have a dream, nothing can stand in your way — including yourself,” Simone Manuel said.
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Now, after faltering early at the US Olympic trials, Manuel cinched her spot on the team in a clutch race last month.

“If you have a dream, nothing can stand in your way — including yourself,” Manuel said two weeks ago from the Team USA training camp in Hawaii. “I’ve dealt with the doubts of others, but also with my own doubts.”

Johnny Hooper and Max Irving

Max Irving, 26, was a three-time All-American at UCLA.
Max Irving, 26, was a three-time All-American at UCLA.
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The US Men’s Water Polo team is a murderers’ row of aesthetic and athletic specimens. However, perhaps none stand out more than attackers Johnny Hooper and Max Irving.

UC Berkeley alum Hooper, 24, led the US team in scoring at both 2019 Pan American Games and World Championships while his 26-year-old teammate — who was a three-time All-American at UCLA — is coming off a mind-boggling 43-goal season.

John Hooper is a 24-year-old UC Berkeley alum.
John Hooper is a 24-year-old UC Berkeley alum.
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Hooper and Irving both hope to land on the Olympic podium for the first time when they represent Team USA in Tokyo.

“As a kid, you see guys like Michael Phelps, guys like Tony Azevedo in our sport. They get up there and they get a medal,” Hooper told People last month. “So that’s the coolest thing ever to watch. And I’m so excited to be able to have the opportunity, and I’m going to try it, get a gold medal for the US.”

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