by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
Besides the actual competition, one of the great things for any Gay man watching the Olympics is seeing muscular men swim in Speedos, wrestle in nylon singlets, cycle in painted-on tights, run around the sand in beach shorts, and of course, tackle a pommel horse in stretch pants and tank tops.
With more than 11,000 athletes from 206 NOCs (National Olympic Committees) competing in Rio, there are just too many attractive men to comb through (did you catch that slippery goodness of a Tongan flagbearer during the Opening Ceremony?!!). But narrowing that field down to the 262 men representing the good ole' USA seems more doable.
Looks are subjective - everyone has their ideal types - but here are 20 American men competing in the Olympics that you may want to take a closer look at.
1) Nathan Adrian - Swimming
Not only is Adrian a star in the Olympic pool, he's also a Puget Sound native, born and raised in Bremerton. Including the Rio Games, he's now won four gold medals, a silver and a bronze. The handsome product of a Chinese mother and American father, and the youngest of three swimmers in his family, Adrian easily makes this hot list.
2) McQuin Baron - Water Polo
Sporting a clean, classic image, this goalkeeper is enjoying his first Olympics experience, after being named to the American team last year for the World Aquatics Championships. Baron is currently enrolled at USC, where he also competes in water polo.
3) Miles Chamley-Watson - Fencing
Chamley-Watson is one of two former Nittany Lions on this list (Aaron Russell is the other Penn State alum), having competed in college fencing on a full scholarship. The bleach-headed, tattooed athlete can easily be spotted in a crowd and has become a celebrity at the Rio Games; it helps that he also models on the side.
4) Phil Dalhausser - Beach Volleyball
File this guy under 'dilfs.' The bald, super tall daddy didn't start playing volleyball until his senior year of high school and went on to claim the gold medal in Beijing, in 2008. With partner Nick Lucena, he's a favorite to medal again in Rio, which would be sweet redemption for being knocked out in round 16 at the London Games.
5) David Boudia and Steele Johnson - Diving
Rather than separating these two, we'll list them together since their silver medal accomplishment in the men's synchronized 10m platform was a team effort. The adorable pair, barely 27 (Boudia) and 20 (Johnson), could pop up again at the 2020 Olympics. And yes, Steele Johnson is his real name.
6) Conor Dwyer - Swimming
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte get all the attention from Team USA's men's swim team, but beating them both in the looks department is Dwyer. The Illinois-born Olympian had already earned gold and bronze medals in Rio, as of press time, and as a result has been asked by the Chicago Cubs baseball team to throw out the first pitch in an upcoming game. Surprisingly, the hunky Dwyer and aforementioned Adrian can carry a tune (well, kind of), evidenced on the swim team's carpool karaoke video posted on YouTube; let's just say they look cute singing along to Miley Cyrus.
7) Rickie Fowler - Golf
Maybe it's just me, but I think this guy looks a little like a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Either way, those hazels eyes and olive skin tone are irresistible. Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years and Fowler, who pretty much taught himself how to play, is a favorite in the tournament.
8) Nico Hernandez - Boxing
Hernandez is already celebrating in Rio, having captured the silver medal in the Men's Light Fly 49 kg boxing event. The Wichita, Kansas native, who was a standout wrestler in high school, posted an inspiring message on Instagram following his Olympic achievement, 'Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.'
9) Erik Kynard, Jr. - Track & Field
This American high jumper has already stood on the medal podium, taking the silver medal four years ago in London. But his sights are set on gold. Kynard, Jr., a Kansas State graduate, is often referred to as Kobe Bryant's doppleganger, and that's enough to make this list.
10) Steven Lopez - Taekwondo
Originally from Nicaragua, this decorated martial arts competitor is seeking his third Olympic gold medal, following victories in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). He also nabbed bronze in Beijing (2008). The 37 year-old, who now lives in Texas, is undoubtedly easy on the eyes.
11) Glenn Ochal - Rowing
This rowing stud is participating in his second Olympics, winning a bronze medal in London. He will try for another medal on August 13 when the men's coxed eight finals take place, where Ochal and his teammates clocked the fastest time in the repêchage.
12) Taylor Phinney - Cycling/Road
A Colorado native, Phinney was destined to be an Olympian, as both of his parents are cycling medalists; his mom was also a speed skater. The sexy 26 year-old posed shirtless for the Pro Tour Pinups calendar a few years ago and is a flourishing painter on the side.
13) Ben Provisor - Wrestling
This bulky, bearded wrestler is competing in Men's Greco-Roman 85kg this week in Rio, his second Olympics after losing in the quarterfinals at the London Games four years ago. He's married to fellow wrestler Leigh Jaynes, but if Provisor were Gay he'd be the hottest bear on the mat, hands down.
14) Aaron Russell - Volleyball
This giant outside hitter led Penn State to four consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances and now plays professionally for the Sir Safety Conad Perugia club in Italy. The US men's volleyball team lost its first two matches in pool play at the Olympics and faces elimination before the quarterfinals, but many fans in attendance and those watching at home will surely not forget the 6 foot 9 cutie.
15) Nathan Schrimsher - Modern Pentathlon
Schrimsher was the first athlete to officially earn a spot on the 2016 US Olympic team, and he'll be one of the last participants to compete, as his event, the modern pentathlon, isn't scheduled until August 18. A current sergeant in the United States Army, this 6 foot 2 babe will return to duty in Fort Carson post-Rio.
16) Kawika Shoji - Volleyball
If you follow college volleyball, you'll recognize the name Shoji. Kawika, who currently plays professionally in Turkey, and younger brother Erik, are the sons of legendary Hawaii women's coach David Shoji. Kawika, by the way, was a member of the Stanford team that won the NCAA championship in 2010.
17) Howard Shu - Badminton
This dapper Californian, who stands at 6 foot 1, began playing badminton professionally soon after he graduated from UCLA in 2013. Although he's ranked #67 right now, he won the South Africa International tournament in 2015 and finished third at the Pan American Games last summer, which qualified him for the Olympics.
18) Michal Smolen - Canoe Slalom
This canoeing hottie earned a spot on the national team in 2011, when he was just 17 years old, which put him in prime position to make the US Olympic team, but was ineligible to compete because he hadn't become an American citizen yet. Things were different this time around for the Polish-born paddler, as he has participated in the Rio Games, although he failed to make the finals of his event. Still young, at 22, we'll probably see him again in Tokyo.
19) Jack Sock - Tennis
This corn-fed Midwesterner is actually a really nice guy; I can attest to that after meeting him a year ago at a Cincinnati pro tournament. Although he lost his first round singles match at the Rio Games, at press time he had advanced through to the men's doubles semifinals and was set to play mixed doubles later in the week. The 23 year-old, who resides in Kansas City these days, has already won Wimbledon and French Open doubles titles; an Olympics medal would look great in his trophy case.
20) Kisi Unufe - Rugby Sevens
This Utah-born cutie played wide receiver on his high school football team, before setting his sights on rugby. The American team just missed out on a spot in the quarterfinals, after placing third in their pool play. But they're expected to contend in Tokyo; and Unufe, who was named to the 'World Rugby's Dream Team' at last year's Wellington sevens tournament, stands a good chance at making the team again.
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