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


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.