Leryn Franco is a Paraguayan model, actress and three time Summer Olympian. Franco became an internet sensation at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as she was voted hottest Olympian by several men’s magazines and was the second-most searched Olympian that year behind Michael Phelps. She finished 51st in the javelin that year and her best finish at any Olympics was in 2012 when she finished 34th.
Franco admitted in a 2012 Yahoo interview that her career is different then most athletes. In a refreshing point of view, she see’s the achievement in making the Olympics and only wants to record personal bests and openly acknowledges that medaling isn’t how she determines success.
Her Olympic fame brought her a sponsorship deal with Nike and lead to a spot in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition in 2011. She dated tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, but the pair split as their respective careers made a relationship impossible.
These days Franco is working in the athletics department of Club Sol de America, models and does some acting work.
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