Summer Olympics 2012

12 Hot Female Olympians

Let the London games begin! Slide to see why these medal contenders are bringing the heat on and off the field

NATALIE COUGHLIN, U.S.

Sport: Swimming
The 11-time Olympic medalist, who made history by becoming the first woman to win six medals in a single Olympics and broke an additional record by becoming the first woman to win the gold twice in consecutive Olympics for the 100-meter backstroke, picked up a bronze in the 4x100 relay. Off the blocks, Coughlin put her hard-earned body on display on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars and in the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, a personal highlight. "When I'm old and wrinkly and out of shape, I'll be very, very proud of that," said the 29-year-old.