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.