Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:35:55 GMT | By ANI

How Olympic motif tattoos became rite of passage

London: The Olympic tattoo, which is now the sign of true sporting success, seems to be the school of thought among the world’s top Olympic heroes who have inked the trademark Olympic Games rings on their fit physiques.

How Olympic motif tattoos became rite of passage

Athletes including Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, each sport tattoos of the logo on their bodies, the Daily Mail reported.

Like something of a right of passage, tattooing oneself with the instantly-recognisable rings often occurs once an athlete has competed successfully at an Olympic Games.

Michael Phelps, who recently became the greatest Olympian of all time after winning his 19th medal, a gold, in the men's 2x400m, sports a tattoo on his right hipbone.

America's fellow male swimming star, Ryan Lochte, also sports a tattoo on the inside of his right arm, often seen in the pool when he performs backstroke.

Female Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, another member of Team USA, has her own version of the rings stamped onto her upper right thigh.

U.S. Olympic gymnast Jonathan Horton, who won a silver medal in the high bar at Beijing in 2008, is yet another tattooed sportsman. His upper back features an image of the rings as well as the letters U.S.A.

Dana Vollmer, a gold medallist, has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on the small of her back.

According to the by New York Daily News, several Canadians have also followed the trend.

Long-distance swimmer Ryan Cochrane has a tattoo of the rings on the left side of his upper back. He is an Olympics bronze medallist.

Female swimmer Julia Wilkinson has also been branded on her upper left thigh, which is noticeable when the sporting star wears high-waisted swimming costumes.

Australian champion swimmer Stephanie Rice has her own tattoo on the inside of her right arm. The rings are accompanied by the words Beijing 2008, where she won three gold medals in the pool.

French swimmer Alain Bernard has interpreted the rings his own way.

The buff star, who has won three Olympic medals in the pool, has had a further design inked on his skin that surrounds the symbolic logo.