If you have been tuning in to the Summer Olympics this year, you have probably spied dozens of athletes rocking the recognizable multi-colored Olympic rings by now. It’s like something of a right of passage.
Both top American rival swimmers, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have Olympic themed tattoos. Michael Phelps, who recently won his 19th medal, a gold in the men’s 2x400m, has a tattoo on his right hipbone. Ryan Lochte’s Olympic tattoo is on the inside of his right arm, highlighted when he performs his dominating backstroke.
Other than the classic five-ring logo, viewers have also seen more personalized ink on the competitors. Fernanda Silva Rocha, Brazilian women’s handball competitor, (pictured above) has a star on her left calf.
Mongolian judo competitor Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar wears a tattoo on his chest that features two feet and the word “Champion.” Being one of the world’s best athletes takes determination, commitment, and some serious confidence. You must truly believe you are the best, and the slightest bit of doubt can alter your performance. Perhaps his tattoo is of a past great achievement, and gives him the extra boost to believe in himself to conquer again.