Swimming is a spectacle that manages to satisfy various expectations: in speed races, for example, there is the tension of overtaking, the longing for arrival, the photo finish; in endurance competitions, we study the times, the tactics, the dosage of the effort of the various swimmers, applauding the unexpected comebacks and the rhythms imposed on the pool; and then diving, synchronized swimming and all those other spectacular specialties that light up our eyes.
It is useless to deny, however, that a certain part of the charm of this sport is given by the imposing and statuesque bodies of the athletes who take part in it, both on the male and female sides. Broad shoulders, sculpted muscles, chests that seem made for inhaling large quantities of air, and endless legs. Thus, the Olympics, the World Swimming Championships, and other international competitions become an opportunity to feast your eyes as well as to cheer on your favorite athlete, discover rising stars, or admire the old lions’ estate. But who are, right now, the most beautiful swimmers inactivity? We have selected five as usual.
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The Australian Missile
The order in which we have decided to present the five of our five is simply given by the date of birth, starting from the youngest and then going up to the most mature. And the youngest ever is the Australian James Magnussen, just 24 years old as he was born in April 1991 in Port Macquarie, in the eastern part of the country. A young age that however did not prevent him from reaching very important goals, especially from 2011 onwards: he appeared on the international stage by winning gold in the 4 × 100 freestyle relay with the Australian team both at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and at the PanPacifici Games in Irvine in 2010, the following year he won at the Shanghai World Championships with another gold in the 4 × 100 freestyle and a silver in the 4 × 100 medleys,
An excellent performance that was then confirmed the following year at the London Olympic Games, where unfortunately he was unable to win first place, being preceded by the American Nathan Adrian by just one-hundredth of a second, with an, exploit perhaps unexpected form part of the latter; However, another gold came for Magnussen at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona and there is a real hope of being the next to climb the top step of the podium at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year. Just under two meters tall and weighing 94 kilos, he is nicknamed “the magnet” (due to his surname) and “the missile” and holds the record for the fourth-best time of each era in the 100m freestyle.
Swimmer and Model
On the other hand, the second swimmer on our list is Italian, which proves – if any were needed – that our country boasts an excellent tradition both of results in the field of swimming and of good athletes. Luca Dotto was in fact born in April 1990 in Camposampiero, in the province of Padua, making himself noticed for the first time already at the 2008 European Youth Championships, thanks to gold in the 50 meters freestyle in Belgrade, and at the same World Youth Championships in Monterrey. with gold in the 100m freestyle. Growing up and moving up to the higher categories, in 2011 he confirmed a good period of form by winning silver in the 50 freestyle at the Shanghai World Championships. Unfortunately, the London Olympics went not so well – as indeed for other expeditionary companions, where, with the Italian team, he failed to go beyond seventh place in the 4 × 100 freestyle. On the other hand, last year, a series of excellent results, albeit as a team, at the European Championships in Berlin, where together with his colleagues he managed to win the bronze in the 4 × 100 freestyle and the gold in the 4 × 100 styles. free mixed.
The hope, of course, is to find him ready for the next Olympics, but in the meantime, thanks to his indisputable good looks, Dotto has become a character even outside the swimming pool: since 2012 he has been lending his face and body to some advertising campaigns, most of the sporting goods; and it was precise while working for the advertising of the Emporio Armani 7 line that he was noticed by the experts in the sector, who called him, even after the Olympic appointment, to pose and model for them both for men’s underwear and eyewear lines. His media success, on the other hand, was further underlined also by his love stories: in fact, he arrived at the London Olympics together with Rossella Fiamingo, then a young promise and now world champion of swordplay; synchronize Costanza di Camillo, born in 1995.
The Most Beautiful of the London Olympics
On the other hand, the Frenchman Camille Lacourt is a backstroke specialist, a swimmer born in 1985 who has already begun to be talked about for some years but who, especially at the last Olympics, amazed the world with his eyes and his athletic body, so much so that he was named from various magazines the sexiest athlete of the whole competition. Born in Narbonne, in the south of the country, he obtained his first success in 2010, winning 3 golds in Budapest, in the European Championships, for the backstroke (50 meters and 100 meters) and the relay (in the 4 × 100 mixed); also in that magical 2010, he also won silver in the short course World Championships in Dubai. In 2011 and 2013 three world titles arrived: in Shanghai, he won the 100m backstroke race, finishing second in the 50m one; in Barcelona, on the other hand,
Despite the media success, the London Olympics did not go very well: in the 100 meters backstroke he finished fourth, remaining off the podium, while in the 4 × 100 medley relay the French team finished in a disappointing tenth place. In that year, however, he was able to console himself well on the family side: in 2012 he announced that he was expecting a daughter from the top model Valérie Bègue, already winner of the Miss France contest in 2008, with whom he got married in 2013. Lacourt is two meters tall and weighs 85 kilos; he lives and trains in Marseille.
The American Record Holder
The only American on our list is also the most successful swimmer, the American Ryan Lochte, who for sure you already know because of his numerous successes. His Palmares, counting the Olympics, World Championships, and Pan-Pacific and Pan-American Games, are now almost 50 gold medals, to which must be added 15 silver and 11 bronze medals, numbers that make him one of the most important American swimmers in every era. Born in Rochester, New York, in 1984, Lochte made his international debut in the 2003 Pan American Games, winning gold in the 4 × 200 freestyle relay; the following year, at the Athens Olympics, he exploded, once again taking gold in 4 × 200 and individual silver in the 200m freestyle. After three gold medals between the 2005 and 2007 World Cups,
World Champion and Boyfriend of Federica Pellegrini
We conclude with the oldest and the most talked-about of the group, our local Filippo Magnini, born in Pesaro in February 1982 and from the middle of the last decade risen to national and international glory both for the excellent sporting results – which make him the greatest Italian free stylist always on short distances -, both for the gossip that has seen him protagonist in the magazines. His real career began in the early 2000s, when, after a youth spent as a mystique and raita, he switched to freestyle, immediately obtaining important results at the Italian and European levels, so much so that in 2003, in the European short course of Dublin, took his first silver in the 100m freestyle. The following year then came to the international consecration:
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The two most important results of his career were obtained between 2005 and 2007, when he won gold in the 100 meters freestyle in two consecutive World Championships, those in Montreal and Melbourne; other important results then came, in more recent times, at the European Championships in Debrecen (still gold in the 100) and at the World Championships in a short course in Shanghai and Manchester, where he won three individual silver medals in all. As mentioned, however, in recent years Magnini has been at the center not only of sporting events: engaged for years with fellow citizen Cristiana Nardini, in 2011 he left her and began a relationship with Federica Pellegrini, herself a great champion of swimming. much followed by gossip magazines due to the relationship with fellow swimmer – and Magnini’s teammate – Luca Marin,