Got Olympic fever yet? You will after viewing this gallery. It contains many of the best wonders and sights of Rio. Without any of the Zika virus! So keep clicking and let the spirit of the Olympiad wash over you.
Sloane Stephens, Tennis, USA: Currently ranked in the top 25 in the world, Stephens hopes to make a run for a medal in Rio.
At 23, the Florida native has won four singles titles on the WTA.
Ellen Hoog, Field Hockey, Netherlands: Remember four years ago when the Netherlands’ women’s field hockey players took the world by storm at the London Olympics with their unique combination of talent, beauty and orange uniforms? Get ready for that to happen again this summer.
Ellen Hoog has already won two Olympic gold medals in field hockey for the Netherlands.
Now 30, Hoog made her debut on the national team in 2004, when she was still a teenager.
Of course, her teammates are high-quality individuals as well…
Eva de Goede, Field Hockey, Netherlands: Eva de Goede is another outstanding Dutch field hockey player. Like Hoog, de Goede also won gold at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Pretty impressive for a woman who recently turned 27.
Naomi van As, Field Hockey, Netherlands: This field hockey stud has gold medals from both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics too.
She was born in the Hague, Netherlands. Fun fact: The Hague is the seat of government of the country, but it is not the nation’s capital. That honor belongs to Amsterdam.
Antonija Sandric, Basketball, Croatia: Sadly, Croatia did not make the Olympics this summer, so you won’t be seeing Sandric in Rio.
Which is all the more reason to admire her here?
Brianna Cope, Surfing, USA: This super-fit pro surfer is from Kauai, Hawaii. While surfing isn’t an Olympic sport in Rio (blessing in disguise, given Rio’s water situation?), it will be an Olympic sport at Tokyo 2020. Until then, you have this picture of Cope.
Sophie Horn, Golf, United Kingdom: Some people have called Horn the sexiest female golfer alive. We have no quarrel with those people.
Alex Morgan, Soccer, USA: An aggressive forward with blazing speed, Morgan has played more than 100 games for the national team and scored more than 60 goals.
Now 27, Morgan is one of the leaders of a US women’s team that’s looking to capture its fourth straight gold medal in Rio.
Sorry, guys: She’s married to pro soccer player Servando Carrasco, currently of Orlando City of MLS.
Kelley O’Hara, Soccer, USA: As a wing defender and midfielder, O’Hara provided energy and scoring for Team USA in 2015, helping it win the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In her senior year at Stanford in 2009, this Georgia native had one of the best seasons in Division I soccer history, scoring 26 goals with 13 assists.
She received the Hermann Trophy as collegiate soccer’s top player.
US Women’s National Soccer Team: Really, the entire USWNT is beautiful. You’ve got Tobin Heath. Carli Lloyd. Hope Solo. Christen Press. Crystal Dunn. Mallory Pugh. And on and on.
We love this country. And this team.