The Olympics are only a handful of days away, and so far, they have been plagued by fears of the Zika virus, filthy water and substandard living conditions. But look on the bright side: Soon a bunch of the fittest and most beautiful women on the planet will be competing! Here's a look at a dozen world-class athletes you'll want to keep an eye on in Rio.
Christen Press, Soccer, USA: Lethal in front of goal (she's Stanford's all-time scoring leader), Press helped Team USA win the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.
Oh, and you might have also spotted her in ESPN The Magazine's latest Body Issue.
Ella Nelson, Track and Field, Australia: Nelson finished fifth in the 200m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, so there's a decent shot she could pick up some hardware in Brazil. Even if she doesn't, she'll still be easy on the eyes.
Monica Aksamit, Fencing, USA: A national champion at Penn State, Monica is making her first trip to the Olympics. She's also quite tall: 6'0".
Zsuzanna Jakabos, Swimming, Hungary: Believe it or not, this will be Jakabos' fourth Olympics. And she's never medaled. She should get a gold medal for longevity.
Michelle Jenneke, Track and Field, Australia: Jenneke won a silver medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. Also, she likes to be called Shelly.
Allison Stokke, Track and Field, USA: Technically, this pole-vaulting stunner didn't quite qualify for the Rio games. But she's an Olympian in our hearts. (And other places.)
Keri-Anne Payne, Swimming, Great Britain: Payne won a silver medal in 2008 in the 10km open water event.
She hopes to swim just a little bit faster this time around.
Jaqueline Carvalho, Volleyball, Brazil: The 6'1" Carvalho has picked up two gold medals with the Brazilian volleyball squad.
Competing in her home country, she's a favorite to win a third.
Allyson Felix, Track and Field, USA: The leggy and photogenic Felix will be competing in her fourth Olympic Games in Rio. At 30, she has the fastest time in the world this year in the 400m.
She has four Olympic gold medals and two silver medals already in her trophy case. (Or wherever she keeps her medals.)
Lauren Sesselmann, Soccer, Canada: Sesselmann was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and played college soccer at Purdue. Yet she represents Canada because her father is from Canada. (And she's probably not quite good enough for Team USA.)
Brenda Castillo, Volleyball, Dominican Republic: Unfortunately, the DR didn't qualify for the Olympics in women's volleyball...
But that doesn't mean we can't admire Castillo, right?
Skylar Diggins, Basketball, USA: An All-American at Notre Dame and an All-Star with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, Diggins didn't make the cut for Team USA's Olympic squad. But we're still including her in this slideshow. Sue us, OK?
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