Leryn Franco, a javelin thrower from Peru, was dubbed the hottest Olympian before the start of the 2012 London Olympics. Sadly, that’s the only title she won this year. The beautiful Peruvian ended her Olympic bid today in 34th place.
For some athletes, not reaching the podium can be a devastating event. But not for Franco.
The hottest Olympian came into the 2012 London Olympics with moderate expectations, saying that her career is more in the media than on the field.
“My situation is different from most of the other javelin throwers. I am not just an athlete. I have to be honest, my career is really in the media. If people open a magazine, they can see me there. Modeling and fashion is my job, too. It takes up much of my time and enables me to make money. It is flattering to me that people find me good-looking and enjoy seeing me wearing good fashion items…. I am not expecting a medal. The competition is very strong and there are athletes who are stronger than me. But I treat it seriously and I want to do my personal best. For me the best reward is just to be here. Getting to the Olympics is like a medal for me.”
All Media NY reports that Franco, 30, was also considered the most beautiful woman at the 2008 Olympics. During the Beijing Games Franco was the most Googled female athlete and the second most Googled over-all athlete behind Michael Phelps.
But Franco is more than just a pretty face. The beautiful Olympian, who competed in the Miss Bikini Universe Pageant in 2006 and posed for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2011, has competed in three Olympics. She placed 42nd at Athens, 51st at Beijing, and this year she finished 18th in her group and 34th overall.
Are you a fan of Leryn Franco? Do you think she was the 2012 London Olympic’s hottest athlete?