QUICK QUESTION: Who Is Your Extremely Temporary Olympics Crush?

The Summer Olympics are more than just the twice-a-decade gathering of the world's elite athletes to determine athletic superiority while also demonstrating worldwide commonality and brotherhood. They're also about developing accidental, overwhelming crushes on the attractive people who grace our screens in HD night after night. Unfortunately, part of the reason we love the Olympics so much is that they're so ephemeral: These ones are almost over already! So that means our various athlete crushes will be as temporary as they were powerful. Now that we've experienced most of their triumphs and agonies, let's take a minute to remember the objects most deserving of our collective crushes. Which athletes caught YOUR eye most often?

Without being specific, SOME of my picks MIGHT BE listed below. Just getting the ball rolling, you know?



Allyson Felix, Track and Field, Team USA


Allyson Felix took home the gold in the women's 200-meter sprint this week, but she ALSO ran away with our hearts! Hey come back here with our hearts, lady dreamboat!



Nathan Adrian, Swimming, Team USA


This 23-year-old, Berkeley-educated dreamy behemoth cleaned up in London winning two golds and a silver! Annnnnd he wore the best uniform doing it.



Aliya Mustafina, Gymnastics, Team Russia


While the various front-and-center USA sweethearts (on NBC at least) were out gallivanting around the mats, this Russian femme fatale consistently stole their spotlights with little else than a well-timed glare. Forgive us, Ms. Mustafina! We weren't worthy. (Oh and she won FOUR medals, including a gold in women's uneven bars.)



Oscar Pistorius, Track and Field, Team South Africa


Who even CARES what he's running on? Look at the rest of him! Oscar Pistorius may have only reached the semifinals of the men's 400-meter race, but as the world's first double-amputee Olympian (Non-Special Edition), he definitely won the gold for being an inspiration. And maybe a second gold for being HECKA ATTRACTIVE.



Kellie Wells, Track and Field, Team USA


I don't know if it was that coy shock of blue in her 'do, or her effervescent joy at winning the bronze in the women's 100-meter hurdles, but it was hard not to be captivated by this lady. Just before her race the commentator totally overshared about the hardships in Wells' past and I was like, "MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, COMMENTATOR." We got your back, Kellie!



Epke Zonderland, Gymnastics, Team Netherlands


From his fantastic name, to his seemingly out-of-nowhere domination of the men's horizontal bar event, to, well EVERYTHING ELSE... (Sigh.)



Missy Franklin, Swimming, Team USA


Okay, this is inappropriate. You guys are crushing on a 17-year-old! Missy Franklin hasn't even started her senior year of high school yet, ya creeps! But darn if she wasn't one of the coolest-seeming, funniest, and most put-together athletes at the games. Plus she won FIVE medals, four of them GOLD. What did YOU do the summer before senior year? I was wearing a clip-on bow-tie at my job at a movie theater concessions booth. (P.S. Don't ever eat movie theater hot dogs, you guys.)



Tom Daley, Diving, Team Great Britain


If gold medals were awarded to athletes who most looked like they were members of One Direction, British diver Tom Daley probably wouldn't have come up quite so empty-handed these games. Oh well, hopefully he'll console himself with the fact that he LOOKS LIKE TOM DALEY.



Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics, Team USA


Hey girl. You into TVD recaps?



Usain Bolt, Track and Field, Team Jamaica


This guy not only has his own Tebow-esque trademark pose, but his Twitter bio humbly states that he is "the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen." Sometimes that kind of confidence just WORKS for people, you know? Especially when you can back it up with TWO gold medals (so far).



The Entire U.S. Women's Water Polo Team


The thing I keep noticing about watching the women's (and men's) water polo games is how much better the Americans' tans are. Like, sorry Eastern Europe. You are really good at water polo, but WE LOOK GOOD. Aside from that, though, dang, the U.S. ladies really killed it this year in bringing home the gold. They were just so good at a sport that looks really hard. If you or I tried to play this sport, each game would last five minutes and the primary goal would be to not drown or swallow too much pool water. You know? And let's not even talk about how brutal this sport is below the surface. (Y'all nasty!) Let's just focus on how adorable these ladies are out of the pool.



Marcel Nguyen, Gymnastics, Team Germany


Germany's half-Vietnamese heartthrob may have only brought home a pair of silvers this year, but he was definitely one of the more memorable participants out there. Whether it was his throwback haircut or the charmingly half-hearted attempt to cover up his tattoos, Nguyen basically commanded viewers to fantasize about WHAT HIS DEAL WAS. Danke.



Jake Dalton, Gymnastics, Team USA


All right, yeah there are three different male gymnasts on here. If we're being real, it's because television is basically the only place where male gymnasts seem attractive. If you saw any of these tiny hunks in real life you'd be like, "Children be weightliftin'!" before realizing they were actually full-grown adults. But on TV, someone like Jake Dalton—with his animé eyes and insane physique—just seems like a larger-than-life idol, you know? Call it the Tom Cruise effect: Some real-life tinyfolk just happen to look PERFECT on camera. Anyway, also, the unitards.



Lolo Jones, Track and Field, Team USA


Lolo Jones was like the lady Tom Daley of these games: Both were already famous pre-Olympics for their levels of attractiveness and then under-delivered come game time. It's cool, though. She is still insanely talented, seems like a good person inside, and also LOOK AT HER.



ALL OF THEM


Let's be real, we would marry any of these people. Olympians are the best! It's just too bad that in a couple of days we'll forget all about them for FOUR FULL YEARS. But at least for a brief, two-week period in the summer of 2012, our hearts all collectively fluttered for the world's most deserving crush objects. Thanks for your hard work, everyone. It has not gone unappreciated!

 

Your turn! Who is YOUR extremely temporary Olympics crush??

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Yannick Agnel! The guy is soooo handsome! And and an awesome swimmer!
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What a bunch of predictable whitebread answers.



Yeon-Koung Kim for me.

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Definitely Pistorius and Locte
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Alex Morgan, Team USA Women's Soccer. I am half in love with her. Not joking.
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Marcel Nguyen & Tom Daley for sure!
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Hans Van Alphen! mm
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The women in third row up, nine seats in, at the floor ball finale
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Katie Taylor Irish Boxer
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The unimpressed gymnast McKayla Maroney is do cute, the look on her face was so hot.
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http://www.ranker.com/list/the-very-best-of-the-mckayla-is-not-impressed-meme/ariel-kana
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Alex Morgan - she's just beautiful, i love football(soccer) and that makes her even better for me :D
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Price - you come up with the funniest questions...



Usain Bolt - he's a rock star... THE rock star
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Also Jade Jones, she can beat me up any day...
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The US Women's 4x400m team
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There is a lot cute Russian girls. :)
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the brazilian volleyball team!! all that heart!
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Both of them!!!!
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As a British fan:

Jess ennis

Laura Trott

Victoria Pendleton

and then:

Dutch female hockey team
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Sorry to double post, but Lolo Jones is worth getting into a little trouble.
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Destiny Hooker is hot. She is on the US Indoor Volleyball Team.
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Oscar Pistorius

LoLo Jones

Nathan Adrian

The entire US Men's gymastics team (come to think of it the women's one too)

Gabby Douglas

Ryan Lochte

Tyson Gay

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The synchronized swimmers seem to be the hottest gals. Most of the "athletic" gals are way too much of a straight board shape for my taste but a few of the Synch swimmer gals are super hotties.
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Alexandre Despatie. Gorgeous body, gorgeous face, gorgeous hair.
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Son Yeon-Jae (South-Korea), rythmic gymnastics !!! I'm going to watch the final this afternoon, just to see her lovely smile again. And also Alex Morgan. I agree with Allyson Felix. Being french i'll add two french swimmers Coralie Balmy and Ophlie-Cyrielle Etienne

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Jessica Ennis - Team GB

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Hello?! Kerri Walsh of USA beach volleyball. Not to mention it's her and Misty May's third gold medal in three Olympics - dominating beach volleyball. Totally agree with Nathan Adrian, Tom Dalely, and you have to add adorable McKayla Maroney! Also Ryan Lochte.
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Jessica Ennis
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Debbie Green
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The correct answer is Alex Morgan.
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The french swimmer Camille Lacourte ( http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p4JpFLN73y8/UBk9oP9gfWI/AAAAAAAAAoo/IXjd4hFrIfs/s1600/OLIMPIADAS.jpg )



Murilo Endres ( http://esportes.r7.com/esportes-olimpicos/noticias/volei-masculino-inicia-jornada-para-vaga-em-londres-20110919.html ), Thiago Alves ( https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRhc6g2cz2uQqpeN6iVCPkth5PuKFhf2c6vaKTIycvm2_5uTo4U ) from the Brazilian volleyball squad (that will hopefully win gold tomorrow....);

ROdrigo Quiroga, volleyball player for Argentina ( http://olimpiadas.uol.com.br/album/2012/07/23/belos-da-olimpiada.htm )

the Italian volleyball squad and Stanley from the US volleyball team
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Thar Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina and that other russian girl really got on my nerves. Especially mustafina with those stupid stares that she did. What made me happy is when the US team crushed them winning gold and russia winning silver, and all mustafina and her partner could do was CRY and be upset.
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Marcel Nguyen, all the way. Man, that one is a looker! Just. so. pretty.

And...Alexandre Despatie. Canadian pride, yo.
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Danell Leyva and his towel!
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Abby Wambach is my girl-crush. Also, Phelps is pretty cute, but only when he's wet.
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Oscar Pistorius :), Nathan Adrian, and James Magnussen.
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Alex Morgan and Logan Tom both are extremely beautiful.
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Ryan Lochte. :)
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Hope Solo :)
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Zara Dampney, and it has nothing to to do with nude shots she did for GQ..... honest
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James Magnussen.....



That Australian!! he got bronze and a silver in swimming (freestyle 100m) but he sure is Gold to me..



Then Nathan Adrian smiling...



Must be the chlorine in d pool coz the swimmers ......
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The Irish female boxer is kind of cute. :)
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RYAN LOCHTE!!! although, it wouldn't really be temporary...
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I agree with Lolo Jones and I whole-hartedly nominate Hope Solo as the hottest babe at the Olympics!!
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Van Alphen and Daley for sure. And the Borlee brothers, jesus that whole Borlee family is one good gene-pool.
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Missy Franklin was awesome. Her smile was so cute and even though I'm not from US, I found myself rooting for her every time.
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Holy crap, did you just put up the first photos that you found? The only attractive female you posted was Lolo Jones. Are you lazy or just bad at picking attractive women?
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He's not into women obviously.
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oh aren't you funny, bite me
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McKayla Maroney



well and the butts of course
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i'd have to say the butts of womens beach volleyball is my crush. hah



also Allyson Felix is very nice & Missy Franklin seems really cool.
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I keep hearing how cute the Dutch field hockey were, went to look them and OMG. Gorgeous ladies indeed.
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Marcel Nguyen!!
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Jessica Ennis
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Agreed.
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Antonija Misura (Croatia - Basketball) - do we even need to look any further ?!?! :D



http://www.thezooom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Croatian-Basketball-Player-Antonija-Misura.jpg
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I see what you mean.
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Yep Yep :D
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