The 10 hottest combat sports athletes in the 2016 Olympics

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

nThe 2016 Summer Olympics Games bring together some of the world’s most beautiful people. There are Rhythmic Gymnasts, and California surfers, and swimmers, and track and field athletes who compete in what looks a lot like panties, and beach volleyball players who compete in what looks a lot like a thong, and Allison Stokke.

It’s ridiculous. And it’s in Brazil.

That’s why some 400,000 condoms were delivered to the hotels in Olympic city, 100,000 of which went to the athletes. There are also condom vending machines at the Rio village.

Condom Machine

Unfortunately, combat sports are not renowned for improving looks.

Shannon Briggs

However, there is something transcendent about someone who can kick ass, and look good doing it.

Archery, fencing, shooting, and even javelin could be considered martial arts or combat sports, and in addition there are the more obvious component arts of MMA, includng greco-roman and freestyle wrestling, Taekwondo, Judo, and boxing.

Not all the athletes look like pugs.

Mikaela Mayer — USA, Boxing
Mikaela Mayer, 26, is a former model, who began boxing at the age of 17. She already has three USA boxing titles in her resume, and is looking for gold medal in Rio.

 

Pita Taufatofua – Tonga, Taekwondo
Taufatofua was a little known athlete, from a little know country, in a little known sport. Then he was the Olympic flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and suddenly he was, well, known. Taufatofua was suddenly trending on Twitter with some 45,000,000 mentions.

The 6′ 3″ Tongan fights in the 80kg class on August 20. Self-funded, Pita’s day job is helping kids to develop their own independent skills of living, in Brisbane, Australia. The Bruce Lee inspired black belt also holds realistic views on martial arts.

 

Adeline Gray – USA, wrestling

“I absolutely hate the statement ‘You’re too pretty to wrestle,'” Gray told ESPN. “I think people used to view female athletes as very butch, masculine – you kind of had to disregard your femininity to excel at an elite sport. Now it’s just a different world.”

“With heavyweight wrestling, people are expecting this Helga type of woman, obese and going out there on the mat to try to smash people’s heads. It’s so much more than that — the weight is really low, so it’s about technique. It’s skill, strength, power and executing that in a very precise way.”

“I tell [young girls] you can have the best of both worlds. You are allowed to be a female and be considered beautiful and still be an athlete and still be badass in that realm.”

Gray is, actually, Wonder Woman.

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Jordan Burroughs – USA, Wrestling

As Adeline Gray is the best female US wrestler, Burroughs is the best male. The three-time world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist has an incredible work ethic that he learned from his construction-worker father in Camden, New Jersey.

The hard work has resulted in a frame like a Roman statue of Hercules.

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Romy Tarangul – Germany, Judo
The two-time medalist at the world championships qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the  2012 Summer Olympics in London, but came up short both times. However, she celebrated the showing not with the usual tattoo, but with an appearance in Playboy.

Romy Tarangul

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For the next 5 on the list, check back tomorrow!