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This Is The Hottest Tattoo At The Tokyo Olympics

Elite athletes at the Tokyo Olympics have two things in common: remarkable talent in their area of sport and a tattoo of the universally known Olympic rings.

Posted on July 29, 2021, at 9:39 a.m. ET

Elite athletes at the Tokyo Olympics have two things in common — remarkable talent in their area of sport and a tattoo of the universally known Olympic rings. From head to toe — teeny tiny or extra large — competitors in gymnastics, swimming, archery, soccer, judo, volleyball, and beyond commit to the ink. While the Games may come and go, their tattoos will live on, and you can't blame them for never wanting to forget.

Two Olympic athletes compete in a boxing match in Tokyo.
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Croatia's Luka Plantić and Jordan's Odai Riyad Adel Alhindawi fight during a match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021.

Close up of an Olympian holding a badminton birdie.
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Team Bulgaria's Gabriela Stoeva serves during a match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 26, 2021.

Close-up look at athlete holding bow and arrow
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Brady Ellison of Team United States competes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on July 26, 2021.

Back view of a male gymnast's tattoos.
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A male gymnast warms up at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 21, 2021, in Tokyo.

Female Olympic swimmer rests on side of pool.
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Sarah Sjöeströem's tattoo is seen during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021.

A tattooed volleyball player seen practicing for a match.
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Volleyball player Viacheslav Krasilnikov of the ROC practices on July 22, 2021, in Tokyo.

Olympic weightlifter holds barbell overhead in competition.
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A tattoo of the Olympic rings are seen on the arm of Vietnam's Thach Kim Tuan during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021.

Close-up view of the back of Italian Olympic gymnast's neck tattoos
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Italy's Vanessa Ferrari performs at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021, in Tokyo.

American male swimmer exits the pool area at the Olympics
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USA's Caeleb Dressel competes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 27, 2021.

Close-up of swimmer's tattooed feet on a diving board
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A tattoo of the Olympic rings on the foot of Canada's Jennifer Abel at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021.

Olympic hockey player in action on the field in Tokyo
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Simon Gougnard of Belgium competes in an Olympic men's hockey match against Netherlands on July 24, 2021, in Tokyo.

Female Olympic swimmer's arm shows dainty tattoos
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France’s Fantine Lesaffre trains at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 25, 2021.

Close-up of Simone Biles nails and wrist tattoo
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A detail shot of Simone Biles's tattoo is seen on June 25, 2021, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Olympic boxer wears red Tokyo 2020 gloves and flexes before competition
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Morocco's Abdelhaq Nadir competes in a boxing match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 25, 2021.

Close-up of Argentinian athlete's back, jersey and arm tattoo
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Handball player Pablo Simonet of Argentina is seen on July 28, 2021, in Tokyo.

Gymnast's hands on the balance beam with red nails and Olympic rings tattoo
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An Olympic rings tattoo is seen on Croatia's Ana Derek during training on July 22, 2021, in Tokyo.

British swimmer Adam Peaty stands outside the pool in Tokyo
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Team Great Britain's Adam Peaty trains on July 22, 2021, in Tokyo.

Olympic volleyball player stands close to the net during a match.
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Joana Heidrich of Switzerland competes during a volleyball match at the 2020 Summer Olympics on July 24, 2021.

Close-up of wet back of Olympic male athlete with swim cap on head.
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A view of the Olympic rings tattoo on Kazakhstan's Rustam Ukumanov at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 25, 2021.

A female Olympian holds a gun at the Tokyo Olympics
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Team USA's Kayle Browning on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Asaka Shooting Range on July 29, 2021.

Candid view of a male swimmer from Singapore preparing to compete.
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Singapore's Joseph Schooling is seen at a swimming competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 27, 2021.

Bright yellow Tokyo 2020 ball is held under the arm of an Olympic athlete
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A tattoo of the Olympic rings is seen on the hand of Kelsey Robinson of the United States on July 27, 2021, in Tokyo.

A gymnast's pointed foot on the balance beam with the Olympic rings tattooed on ankle
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Canada's Shallon Olsen performs on the balance beam on July 25, 2021, in Tokyo.

Group of male swimmers dive into Olympic pool at start of competition
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Iceland's Anton McKee (center) competes in a heat for the men's swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 27, 2021.

Close-up of Olympic male gymnast's neck showing tattoo
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Marios Georgiou of Team Cyprus seen training at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 21, 2021.

The foot of a judo athlete shows tiny Olympic rings tattoo
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An Olympic rings tattoo is pictured on a judoka's foot during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Nippon Budokan on July 28, 2021.


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