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

VICTORIA PENDLETON, U.K.

Sport: Cycling
A darling of the British public, Pendleton went from winning a gold medal in track cycling at the 2008 Games to appearing in the buff in magazine photo shoots a year later. She's won nine world titles and is credited with glamorizing track cycling's less-than-sexy reputation, but the London Games will be the 31-year-old's last. "I know I've done the best job possible to be in that peak shape for the Olympics. Fingers crossed, it all works out," she told SkySports in June.