The Rio Olympics may have been beset by problems regarding building work and the potential threat of the Zika virus but the minute Michelle Jenneke steps onto the track in Rio all those problems will surely be washed away.
An Australian National Championship 100m hurdles winner in 2016, the 23-year-old heads to Brazil with high hopes for claiming a medal and maybe even a little bit more besides.
Because Jenneke is more than just your average track and field athlete: she’s a social media sensation and poster girl for women to aspire to and men to admire in their droves.
Much of her current status as a favourite with online fans comes from her famous pre-race warm up dance.
Sexy, exciting and generally just a bit of pre-race fun designed to ease some of the tension, the dance has gained Jenneke plenty of additional attention, though it’s her superb times on the track that have got her to Brazil.
The 23-year-old, from Kenthurst, New South Wales, has already starred in a series of steamy poolside photoshoots with Sports Illustrated as well as a few memorable videos to boot – and her star looks set to rise even further in the coming months.
Picked as the face of Coca-Cola for their Olympic advertising campaign, the ads also seen Jenneke call on Australia as a nation to unite behind their athletes as they look to improve on an iffy showing at the 2012 Olympic games in London.
With so much riding on Jenneke’s success heading into the games in Brazil, loaded can only hope she is left dancing for an altogether different reason come the end of the 100m hurdles final.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.