Athlete Tattoo of the Day: Federica Pellegrini

The Olympic spirit keeps gracing us with some wonderful tattoos.  Our latest feature is this Italian stunner, Federica Pellegrini.  She is quite a successful Olympic swimmer.  She is participating in her third Olympic Games after having the won the Silver in the 200m Freestyle in Athens (2004) and upgrading to a Gold in Beijing (2008).  She also has 12 more Gold medals in international competition between the World Championships and European Championships.

She also has a tremendous affinity for body art.  At the current time, Federica has a total of 9 tattoos.  The most recent one she got is said to be in an intimate area and not for public consumption.  Fortunately, I have been able to find pictures of her other 8 tattoos.

The first to be shown is a prominently displayed phoenix running up the left side of her neck.  I am generally not a fan of tattoos that are on the side or front of a person’s neck, but this design is very pretty, so I can make an exception 😉 [In other pictures, I see that she has this design imprinted on her bathing suit, too]:

Her second tattoo is the only one I really don’t like.  It’s a morbid looking skull on her right arm, just below the elbow:

The next one is a very pretty floral design on the left side of her torso:

Her 4th and 5th tattoos are visible on her lower back.  One is a tribal design running along her lower back.  The other is an Italian phrase scripted above her right cheek:

Foot tattoos are becoming very common among women, and Federica is no different.  She has a pretty feather design on her left foot:

Her final two tattoos (that are visible) are on her right leg.  Around the ankle, she has what appears to be either a dragon or a phoenix.  The other is the word “Balu” on the right heel:

Here are two additional pictures that show her ankle tattoo:

Here’s wishing Federica the best of luck in the 2012 London Games.

You can find out more about her here:


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