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5 Athletes With Inspiring Tattoos

Many athletes that have tattoos, some are small, and others cover half their body. Most of these tattoos symbolize something for the person who got them inked, but there are some athletes who have decided to tattoo a fitness-inspired message onto their body. A tattoo that either represents their achievements or reminds them to push themselves to their physical limits. Below are five of those athletes.

Missy Franklin

Swimming star Missy Franklin has a tattoo of the Olympic logo tattooed on her right hip. She decided to get it four days after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Speaking about her decision to get the ink she told the Today Show, "Getting a tattoo has never been something I ever thought I would do, but this one just has so much meaning to it and it is really something that you have to earn.”

She was definitely not the first Olympic star to get the blue, yellow, black, green and red interlocking rings tattooed onto their body, and this is actually a popular trend and many Olympic athletes who have ended up getting tattoos which represent their achievements. These athletes include Ryan Lochte, Joseph Schooling, Jacob Dalton, Dana Vollmer, and Thomas Daley. It’s the one tattoo that only Olympic athletes can get, which makes it pretty awesome.

Monika Brzostek

Monika Brzostek is a Polish beach volleyball player who has the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” tattooed on her lower back. This tattoo is a reminder to “seize the day” and while many non-athletes get tattoos with this same message, this one is significant because it reminds her that each day is a new day to do better.

Hilary Caldwell

Canadian Olympic swimmer Hilary Caldwell is obviously a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan because she got incredibly motivational lyrics from their song, “Scar Tissue” tattooed on her side. The ink reads, "I'll make it to the moon if I have to crawl.” This is her favorite motto, which applies to life, but it also applies to her sport.

Marcel Nguyen

Marcel Nguyen is a German gymnast who has competed in the Olympics, and although he has many tattoos, his most inspiring one is located on his chest. It reads, “Pain is temporary, pride is forever.” We all know that when you’re pushing your body to its physical limits it can be incredibly painful, but this tattoo serves as a reminder to Nguyen that his hard work is going to pay off in the long run.

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Russian tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova has an inspiring fitness tattoo with a similar message to Nguyen’s ink, about conquering the pain and continuing to push herself every day. The tattoo, which is located on her right bicep reads, "Pain doesn't kill me, I kill the pain."


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