Although the Olympic rings tattoo is generally popular among Olympians of all nationalities, the U.S. swim team takes it to another level. Aside from its obvious symbolism, it's a mark of prestige among American swimmers who fiercely compete for spots on the national Olympic team. Just how competitive is it? According to the New York Times, only two qualify in most events and the 49 members of the 2012 team represent close to the top one-tenth of a percent of the country’s registered swimmers.
American swimmers are certainly not the only ones showing off their rings. Take a peek at who TSR spotted with Olympic ink at London 2012:
|USA Swimmer Matt Grevers|
|British Diver Nicholas Robinson Baker|
|USA Archer Khatuna Lorig|
|French Swimmer Clement Lefert|
|Canadian Hammer Thrower James Steacy|
|USA Swimmer Ryan Lochte|
|USA Gymnast Jonathan Horton|
|British Handball Player Kelsi Fairbrother|
|Canadian Swimmer Ryan Cochrane|
|Venezuelan Gymnast Jessica Lopez|
|USA Swimmer Michael Phelps|
Want your own Olympic rings tattoo minus the discomfort and commitment? Try this temporary version and show off your ink!
|Olympic Rings Temporary Tattoo|
The rings are definitely a popular choice, but athletes express themselves through a variety of unique tats. Share your favorite with TSR on Facebook or Twitter!
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