Photos of 2012 Olympic Swimmers’ Tattoos are all here

Missy Franklin Olympic Rings Tattoo

Clark Burckle Olympic Rings Tattoo

Conor Dwyer Olympic Rings Tattoo

Jimmy Feigen Olympic Rings Tattoo

Andrew Gemmell Olympic Rings Tattoo

Shannon Vreeland Olympic Rings Tattoo

Nick Thoman Olympic Rings Tattoo

Lia Neal Olympic Rings Tattoo

Rachel Bootsma Olympic Rings Tattoo

Jessica Hardy Olympic Rings Tattoo

Claire Donahue Olympic Rings Tattoo

Lauren Perdue Olympic Rings Tattoo

Cammile Adams Olympic Rings Tattoo

Haley Anderson Olympic Rings Tattoo

For a complete history on Olympic Tattoos look no further than this feature story

U.S. Swimmers Go for Gold, and a Tattoo

written by NY Times reporter Karen Crouse.

Karen covers the bases we in the swimming community already know, that Missy Franklin’s fine with getting ink, but that Natalie Coughlin — despite three trips to the Olympic Games — simply does not want to bring attention to herself in public. Karen does, however, go back in time and find the first Olympic swimmer to get the rings, Chris Jacobs, an old Olympic teammate of mine from the 1988 Olympic Games.

FROM KAREN: “Jacobs, who won three medals at the 1988 Seoul Games, admired the maple leaf tattoo on the chest of the Canadian breaststroker Victor Davis. On his way home from South Korea, Jacobs stopped in Hawaii to unwind and to get the Olympic rings tattoo near his racing suit line.”

Long live the tradition, and many thanks to Chris Jacobs for starting it.

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8 years ago

Some of those tatoos are huge! So much for modesty! Billboard size here we come!

Reply to  WHOKNOWS
8 years ago

I agree. I love my rings, but some of those tattoos are GIGANTIC!

8 years ago

Did anyone notice that Lauren Perdue’s bottom two rings are mixed up. I am pretty sure the yellow is supposed to be on the left, maybe its just the picture that makes it look different, I could be wrong.

Reply to  SwimZ
8 years ago

I think she just took the photo in a mirror

Reply to  SwimZ
8 years ago

Taken using a mirror is my guess

Philip Johnson
8 years ago

i like Franklin and Perdues, small and subtle. Burkle & Fiegen’s are just flat out tacky.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Yes, because 50 years from now when their skin is wrinkled and sagging people will remind them how it was indeed tacky to get the rings tattooed after making it to the finals/earning a medal at the Olympics. I hope you can detect my sarcasm.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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