Olympians from all over the world have commemorated the spirit of the Games with a tattoo of the famed Olympic rings, and it’s easy to see why. For these top athletes, the iconic ink will forever serve as a reminder of their hard work, dedication and achievement.
We’ve compiled photographs of the best of the bunch, so take a look at some of the most prominent Olympic tattoos and the athletes seen sporting them at the 2012 London Games.
A tattoo of a maple leaf and the Olympic rings is seen on the back of Canada's Brent Hayden as he attends a training session before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 25.
Elison Brady of the United States, with a tattoo of the Olympic rings and the words "Beijing 2008" on his right arm, takes aim during a men's archery elimination round at the Lord's Cricket Ground on August 1.
Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland is seen sporting a tattoo featuring the Olympic rings at the women's gymnastics qualification in the North Greenwich Arena on July 29.
Australia's Stephanie Rice extends her tattooed arm as she swims during a training session at the main pool of the Aquatics Centre on July 25.
Britain's Nicholas Robinson-Baker, with an Olympic tattoo displayed prominently on his chest, waves to supporters alongside teammate Chris Mears after a men's synchronised springboard event on August 1.
The tattooed and taped legs of Canada's James Steacy are pictured during a hammer throw qualification in the Olympic Stadium on August 3.
Matthew Grevers' arm tattoo is seen as he celebrates alongside Brendan Hansen and Michael Phelps after their gold medal win in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay final on August 4.
The nails and tattoo of U.S. Olympian Hyleas Fountain are seen as she competes in her women's heptathlon long jump event on August 4.
Ryan Lochte's Olympic rings tattoo is seen as he swims in the men's 200-meter backstroke heats at the Aquatics Centre on August 1.
Khatuna Lorig of the United States displays her tattooed forearm after releasing her arrow during the women's archery individual ranking round on July 27.
Germany's Wu Jiaduo sports an Olympic tattoo that reads "Wir fur Deutschland" (We for Germany) during a first round table tennis match against Australia on August 3.
Gabriellas Szucs of Hungary shows her Olympic tattoo as she controls the ball during a women's preliminary round water polo match on July 30.
The back tattoo of Italy's Ilaria Bianchi is seen as she prepares to train at the main pool at the Aquatics Centre on July 26.