4 Olympians to watch: Jessica Ennis, Missy Franklin, Kosovare Asllani, Sydney Leroux


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The London 2012 Olympic games opening ceremonies are Friday night. That’s right they’re almost here. In the very recent past we gave you the list of the 8 Hottest Non-American Olympians at 2012 London (photos) and the gallery: Leryn Franco, hottest Olympian of 2012 Games

But there’s a few more female athletes you need to keep an eye on in these games. Starting with Kosovare Asllani, a Swedish footballer of Kosovo-Albanian descent, who currently plays for Kristianstads DFF in the Damallsvenskan and Sweden women’s national football team.

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She also played recently for the local Chicago Red Stars

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Next is another soccer player, USA Women’s National Team Sydney Leroux. See the pic above.  She played in college for the UCLA women’s soccer team,having previously played for the Vancouver Whitecaps where she made her professional debut at the age of 15, the youngest player to do so for the team. Leroux was the number one pick of the Atlanta Beat in the Women’s Professional Soccer league draft of college seniors January 13, 2012. The draft was held as part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s convention in Kansas City, MO

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Another American to watch is swimmer Missy Franklin. As part of the American team, she holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay (short course). Individually, she currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (short course) and the American record in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke (long course).

Franklin’s success has earned her the FINA Swimmer of the Year award in 2011. She has won a total of seven medals in major international competition, three gold, three silver, and one bronze in the World Championships.

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Finally, here’s someone from the home team Jessica Ennis, the British track and field star is known on the internet for her booty in addition to her athletic talents. She specializes in multi-eventing disciplines and 100m hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, she is the former European and world heptathlon champion and the former world indoor pentathlon champion. She is the current British national record holder for both the heptathlon and the indoor pentathlon.

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