Olympic Ink at the London Games

Olympians from all over the world have commemorated the spirit of the Games with a tattoo of the famed Olympic rings, and it’s easy to see why. For these top athletes, the iconic ink will forever serve as a reminder of their hard work, dedication and achievement. We’ve compiled photographs of the best of the bunch, so take a look at some of the most prominent Olympic tattoos and the athletes seen sporting them at the 2012 London Games.

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    Brent Hayden

    A tattoo of a maple leaf and the Olympic rings is seen on the back of Canada's Brent Hayden as he attends a training session before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 25.
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    Elison Brady

    Elison Brady of the United States, with a tattoo of the Olympic rings and the words "Beijing 2008" on his right arm, takes aim during a men's archery elimination round at the Lord's Cricket Ground on August 1.
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    Wu Jiaduo

    Germany's Wu Jiaduo sports an Olympic tattoo that reads "Wir fur Deutschland" (We for Germany) during a first round table tennis match against Australia on August 3.
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    Gabriella Szucs

    Gabriellas Szucs of Hungary shows her Olympic tattoo as she controls the ball during a women's preliminary round water polo match on July 30.
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    Ilaria Bianchi

    The back tattoo of Italy's Ilaria Bianchi is seen as she prepares to train at the main pool at the Aquatics Centre on July 26.
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    Marta Pihan-Kulesza

    Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland is seen sporting a tattoo featuring the Olympic rings at the women's gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena on July 29.
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    Stephanie Rice

    Australia's Stephanie Rice extends her tattooed arm as she swims during a training session at the main pool of the Aquatics Centre on July 25.
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    Nicholas Robinson-Baker

    Britain's Nicholas Robinson-Baker, with an Olympic tattoo displayed prominently on his chest, waves to supporters alongside teammate Chris Mears after a men's synchronised springboard event on August 1.
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    James Steacy

    The tattooed and taped legs of Canada's James Steacy are pictured during a hammer throw qualification in the Olympic Stadium on August 3.
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    Matthew Grevers

    Matthew Grevers' arm tattoo is seen as he celebrates alongside Brendan Hansen and Michael Phelps after their gold medal win in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay final on August 4.
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    Hyleas Fountain

    The nails and tattoo of U.S. Olympian Hyleas Fountain are seen as she competes in her women's heptathlon long jump event on August 4.
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    Ryan Lochte

    Ryan Lochte's Olympic rings tattoo is seen as he swims in the men's 200-meter backstroke heats at the Aquatics Centre on August 1.
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    Khatuna Lorig

    Khatuna Lorig of the United States displays her tattooed forearm after releasing her arrow during the women's archery individual ranking round on July 27.
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