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19 Aug 2008

Olympic hotties

China may be leading in the gold medals tally in the Beijing Olympics but it's not doing too well in the Olympic hottie table, as Fridae's Beijing correspondent Dinah Gardner finds out.

"Before the Games started I was really anti-Olympics. But now they've started I'm really getting into the Olympic spirit," Phil, a British expat in the Chinese capital tells Fridae. "Instead of a medals table, a few of my friends and I have been keeping an Olympics hottie table. We post the hottest athletes of the day and perv over their photos."

From the top: Decathlete Bryan Clay, who won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, is a favorite for gold in Beijing; 2.29 m tall basketball superstar Yao Ming walks through the crowd at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Village; American swimmer Michael Phelps (note his famed Olympic Rings tattoo on his right hip), who bagged eight gold medals in Beijing, will return home the most successful athlete in Olympic history; Chinese weightlifter Zhang Xiangxiang scored gold last week in the 62kg clean-and-jerk category; Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng (and his teammates) won the men's team gold in the artistic gymnastics event.
The US is in the lead at the moment, helped by world champion decathlete stud muffin Brian Clay who's half Japanese and half African-American.

"We gave him extra points for stamina," Phil says. "We like the fact that he could probably do 10 events in our front room and not get tired."

The sports stars are graded out of eight. "You know eight is an auspicious number in China!" Phil adds.

How about the home team?

"We're not quite sure on the Chinese selection," he says. "But we're intrigued by [basketball superstar] Yao Ming. I mean just imagine seeing that much person naked. It's intriguing. They used to have cardboard cut outs of him McDonald's in Beijing and I only came up to his nipple level."

Fridae decided to pool more of a local opinion and headed to Promen, a Thursday night cocktail gathering for professional English-speaking gay men at a freshly-opened hotel bar.

Tonight's jaunt, which was billed as a special Olympics chill night, was at The Opposite House, a new boutique hotel from the realms of fancy. There was no reception area just a lone luggage trolley - actual manned desks are no longer necessary in design hotels, apparently; the toilets were a crazy circus of mirrors that threatened serious repercussions for those who had drunk too much; and the electronic room key system was so complicated that I watched a guest take about 20 minutes before she figured out to unlock her door. The comedy was on view to all - the bank of 99 guest rooms are visible via a giant glass wall from the lobby.

I scrambled through the crowds of oddball Olympic tourists - obviously straight and not in the know - and into a fair smattering of older western guys - "it's like a Santa Claus convention in here," quipped Phil - to poll the local gay crowd.

The results were curious. The rippling Olympic musclemen, many clad in near-naked lycra bodysuits or Speedo sheathes weren't doing it for the gay boys.

Two young Chinese men both said the athletes didn't really turn them on as they liked older men.

Gus, 26, from Hebei said he preferred the coaches.

"I like men in their 40s or 50s," he said.

Nineteen-year-old Bruce from Guizhou, whose companion was a "senior" grey-haired American, also said he dug the coaches.

"I'm not really into the athletes I prefer older men, I like the coaches," he said. His companion laughed and gave him a squeeze.

"That's why he likes me," he said.

"But I love watching basketball. It's really exciting. In fact I am
great at basket ball myself," said Bruce, not immodestly.

Record-breaking US swimmer Michael Phelps also wins Bruce's favour.

"I love Phelps. When he is swimming he looks like a shark. I like it when's he in the water, all wavy."

Not all the young Chinese men were looking for a sugar daddy.

Jason, also in his 20's from Inner Mongolia, said he had a thing for Chinese weightlifter Zhang Xiangxiang. Zhang scored gold last week in the 62kg clean-and-jerk category. After his successful lift he was snapped hugging his giant barbell.

"Zhang is so sexy," said Jason. "He's very cute and cool."

Jason scored full points on my Olympic score card for helping me attract the attention of the harried bar staff. Promen is now so successful a night that the just-opened bar was flailing to cope.

It got so bad that when a man in an orange suit minced in and said: "I can do beer! Does anyone want a beer?" we changed our orders from elaborate cocktails to bottles of Tsingtao to avoid dying of thirst.

Thirty-something Simon is visiting Beijing from Taiwan. He flew in on the new commercial flights between Beijing and Taipei which started back in July, heralding new closer China-Taiwan ties.

"It's very convenient," he said, but remained non-committal about the deeper meaning behind the new relationship.

So how does he rate the athletes?

"I like Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng. He's very sexy," laughed Simon. "But generally I prefer the American gymnasts, because they are powerful, they're beautiful and they have incredible bodies."

Could he suggest anyone in particular?

"I don't remember their names," he said.

His friend, Hugo, also from Taiwan, said the Olympics "wasn't his thing."

"I haven't really been noticing the men in the Olympics. Although I do like watching the volleyball."

The men's volleyball matches?

"No, women's."

Not the answer I was expecting. Was I in a lesbian bar, I wondered? In that case the gold booty-shorted Cubans would be bagging the gold.

Finally, Jerry from Chongqing injected a little dirt into the poll.

He thinks male volleyball players are "gorgeous."

"Those tall players are so sexy," he said. "I'm guessing they're really well hung."

We invite readers to tell us if they have been watching the Games and/or any particular athletes.

Reader's Comments

1. 2008-08-19 22:30  
This is the coolest tattoo of all athletes: French swimmer Amaury Leveaux: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21437631-5001021,00.html
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3. 2008-08-19 23:10  
Great article Dinah...i'm not ashamed to admit how much i've enjoyed those Olympic hunks....especially Li Xiaopeng and Michael Phelps....

gavin
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5. 2008-08-19 23:22  
this is just sad.

i can't believe people actually take the time out to write such pointless and shallow articles. so typical of gays.

i watch the olympics for the sports and yes, the gold medals. if i wanted to get off i would watch porno. thx.
6. 2008-08-19 23:24  
sure i'll admit that one of the reasons i watch the olympics is the eye-candy (i mean lets be honest, a lot of gay men are in the same boat), but im going to agree with thestranger's response to the article... it is not something that i would've expected to be posted as a Fridae.com feature!... rather, it's something that would be better placed in the backpages of DS Mag (HK)
7. 2008-08-19 23:29  
China gymnast Li Xiaopeng is UGLY.....look like those auntie in supermarket....YUCKS
8. 2008-08-19 23:41  
My favourite is Chen Yibing. I think Li Xiaopeng is fine. Unlike a certain individual who commented on Li's look but do not have any face picture on his profile himself. Hrmm what does it say about his look? maybe like autie in supermarket too? *Let's not mention any names here ok* :)
9. 2008-08-20 00:07  
The admiration of the beautiful human form has been a raison d'etre of the Olympics since the beginning.

Post #3: no need for the holier-than-thou.

YANG WEI tops my table! (pun intended)
10. 2008-08-20 00:35  
Welll for me triple gold medallist gymnast Zou Kai has my mouth watering... how can any of us lot not have enjoyed the gymnastic competitions?!
The Diving is another favourite too, not only on the boards, the actual dive, the slow mos, but also the shower scenes between dives....
And then for some of us with a taste for chocolate, the head on replays of the 100 metres with the rippling shorts and seriously large things flopping around from side to side....
Sigh!
11. 2008-08-20 00:55  
Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie, how can you guys left this cutie pie behind. Just google his name and you will see how nice his package is.
12. 2008-08-20 01:08  
i second that erubin....hehe....but the top of my list now is jonathan horton, the gymnast from US...... :p
13. 2008-08-20 02:35  
alexsander atemev.........
pammer horse prince forever!!!!!!!!
14. 2008-08-20 03:23  
whatever appetite I have for watching the athletes was shattered when I looked deeper as to the profiles of some of the people interviewed. Younger Chinese men and older caucasians? Prostitutes and clients? Madame Butterfly 2008? and this web site is geared towards asians?!? DISGUSTING!
15. 2008-08-20 03:29  
this article is a joke isnt it?

with a skewed sample size of people interviewed, i can only glare at its biasness...

China athletes are not drool worthy? you got to be joking with China's gymnasts in the likes of Zou Kai, Xiao Qin, Yang Wei and badminton player Lin Dan and athletics Liu Xiang...

someone needs to check their eyes!
16. 2008-08-20 03:55  
OMG.... this writer needs a reality check. The Chinese gymnasts, led by Chen Yibing, are frickin' hot. Same goes for some of their divers. Yao Ming is no beauty, I concede, but Michael Phelps is really no oil painting either.

Korean weightlifter Sa Jaehyouk is a stud, as are practically all the members of the Japanese baseball team. There are so many Asian hotties at these games!
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19. 2008-08-20 06:30  
Michael Phelps is cool.
No wonder that he is Bruce's favour.
20. 2008-08-20 08:19  
Michael Phelps tattoo is sexy
21. 2008-08-20 08:21  
you must be kidding me about Yao Ming being a hottie? you need to get your eyes examined...
All the male gymnasts are hot, plus the divers..
The Bolt guy is a complete turn off given that he is so arrogant and constantly rubbing his cock, I think he has crabs that give him the itch
22. 2008-08-20 08:50  
Bob Bowman is HOT! Yes, I like the coaches too. :-)
23. 2008-08-20 09:01  
My fave still weightlifter, wrestling and men-throw (check out last 2004 Athenes gold champion from Japan and now miss to the lead no.4)..fucking hot. Was lucky to see his performance live last Sunday nite at Bird Nest.
24. 2008-08-20 09:03  
how ugly aunties shop in singapore's supermarket? never find it in Beijing though....those aunties are so modiste but modest :)
25. 2008-08-20 09:13  
Byran Clay is a hottie and so wholesome and yummy!

that tacky shaved bald, tatooed look is out and so 1990's

look at all the FALL Ads of cute guys . .. wholesome and good natured and sexy and innocent but sleek, silent, strong and rugged is back in . ..

swimmers, gymnasts and a few track stars are to die for . ..

also I am strangely attracted to the women's volleyball teams, especially the beach set, they have better abs than most guys, and their shoulders and biceps look great too!

with all the money Liu Xiang made you think the guy would do something about his teeth! he is in need of some serious dental work and braces . . . I still admire him and hope he bounces back!
26. 2008-08-20 09:16  
also the entire PRC men's diving team! wow!
27. 2008-08-20 09:26  
my pick for a hot one: RYU Seung Min from Korea, did you see those legs? I jump him any day, I think he is very cute, and his stats:178cm / 5'10",72 kg / 159 lbs work for me! oooooooooooooooooh
28. 2008-08-20 09:37  
The heading of this article is misleading and too discriminatory. The interviews here are NOT representative enough to make such statement. The writer should be more careful about his way to group and present people's preferences. What is fun for you may cause hatred among others.
29. 2008-08-20 10:01  
Come on folks ...always remember " Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder !" What you see as sexy may differ in the eyes of others. It's a human thing !

Stop being so critical of others. Before you comment anything on the others - look at yourself first in the mirror. Are you anywhere near them in sports ? you may be better looking , having better body but again , you are only as good as you are to some ..there will be some who will find you probably offensive !!
Come on my brothers and sistas ....be kind in our words and our actions. Stop being such a wimpy bitch ! Hold on , I know what is running through some of your mind right now. Before you bark like a dog ..ops bitch ...think !!! Be nice. We don't need any more attention to display our characters and our sexuality. We know ourselves too well.
30. 2008-08-20 10:07  
this is the funniest article i ever read.... and look at all those feedbacks? I can't agree that those so called 'hottie' are really 'hottie'...at least Yao Ming, Li XiaoPeng, M.Phelps are out of my list...

Zhang Xiangxiang is cute..heheheeh
31. 2008-08-20 10:09  
You know what ? Everyone is hot in their own ways. YOu can be hot too !!! So lets not be so critical like a typical gay B****.
These athletes have what it takes to be there. Looks are not everything ....so please give them some respect and credits. Move on folks ! Stop B****ing !!
32. 2008-08-20 10:25  
Geez, the writer merely polled people at a gay gathering held in a bar... it's not meant to be exhaustive
33. 2008-08-20 10:46  
I have liked Brian Clay for a long time! Yes, hot! And he seems real. Liu Xiang might have an injured achilles tendon, but he still has that hot body...where to start, the abs, the legs, etc. American gymnast Raj Bhavsar might be short, but what a strong and sexy body! Over at facebook I joined a group "Future Mrs. Thomas Finchum Club". Why? Finchum is a diver, and he came in fifth with his diving partner in synchronized diving...but also came off Gay. Marry me! Mark and Steven Lopez brothers from the USA who fight in Taekwondo...ooo-eeee! And so many gymnasts, swimmers, divers, and track and field guys that are too numerous to mention. (I have been watching way toooo much of it!)
34. 2008-08-20 11:20  
Hehe... I think you guys (and girls) are too fixated on the Chinese and American athletes, though I entirely understand the allure of Bryan Clay and Michael Phelps.
What about the Japanese gymnasts? I placed Hiroyuki Tomita as my desktop background. Appreciate those broad shoulders, super-strong arms, lean torso and an innocent puppy face... it's so orgasmic!!!
I can truly imagine him... n*ked. Keke... ;-)
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36. 2008-08-20 11:29  
yeah, there are lots of hotties from many countries, but for chinese, i got a list...
Chen Yibing(gym), Zhang Xiangxiang(W/L), Zhou Kai(gym), He Chong(Diver), Shen Qiong(volley), Lin Dan(badm), Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng ( Chn badm men's double, super hot) ....

37. 2008-08-20 12:11  
Wang Feng, diver from China in the synchronizied doubles springboard is by far the HOTest I've seen so far. He could dive in my pool any day :)
38. 2008-08-20 12:27  
I'll have an order of LiXiaoPeng Please!!!!
39. 2008-08-20 14:12  
I can't believe this article is featured. You can totally see how closed minded the writer is. Women's Vball is so amazing and so entertaining to watch, esp when compared to men's. Obviously the writer never even took the time to watch it since all his thoughts are around the hotties. And he would assume that anyone who watches any olympic games would be as narrow minded as he is. Unlike him, we don't watch a sport game purely for our sexual satisfication (well of course a lot of times yea, but that's not the SOLE purpose). Look at his reponse. "Not the answer I was expecting. Was I in a lesbian bar, I wondered?" My god, please.
40. 2008-08-20 14:14  
COME ON GUYS....this is not a very pleassent article about asian men.
To me asian guys are handsome,gentle and above all humble and modest.They are not like those american,or afrocaribean participants who are loud and with a very arrogant attitud.
My BIGGEST RESPECTS AND ADIMIRATION to all asian participants because they are an example of gentle and well manered guy.At the same time they all are very handsome in their own race.
41. 2008-08-20 14:16  
Japanese and Korean gymnasts are the hottest in this Olympics! Grrrrrrr
Can't we jus have only male gymnastics in the Olympics?

actually i do know nothing bout gymnastics. i can be an expert only if i'v got a gymnast as my bf! hehe
42. 2008-08-20 14:59  
The article is predictable at best, but reading the comments is far more entertaining really.

I watch Olympic. Glued to TV over the weekend; on other occasions, I am not a big sports fan. I watch the Olympic it because it never fails to amazed me on how human being push their limit and how determine one can be when he sets his mind on thing. Do the eye candies help, you bet it does.

Every one of these athletes performs to their best under immense pressure and that is truly remarkable. Look at Li Xiaopeng on Parallel bar. Last one to perform his routine and yet managed an impeccable performance to take gold. To be fair, equally amazed by Guo Jingjing's performance, how she lead the pack by 16.75 points.

I remember watching Greg Louganis in 1988 Seoul Olympic. What courage (or pressure some may argue) one needs to hit your head on the 3m spring board and continue to compete and ultimate won the Gold medal? I clip newspapers articles that year on Greg. Ha ha . I was 15 that year. I wasn't sure if this good look has anything to do with it. Now think back, there must be!

Love the gymnasts; the chiseled body, broad shoulder but wish some of them are a bit taller. (Zou Kai stands 4'11") But then again, they wouldn't be as agile. Some on my hot list are Li Xiaopeng, Wang Feng, Lin Dan, Liu Xiang, Koji Murofushi, Anton Golotsutskov and the list goes on and on..

Last but not least, I must mention Eric Shanteau and Natalie du Toit. Eric was diagnosed with testicular cancer 2 months before the game. He went on to compete in Beijing and now back in the US for treatment. And Natalie who is an amputee qualified to take part in 1500m freestyle final. Now, that is Olympic!
43. 2008-08-20 15:02  
agree totally with karnudo45, asian olympians are by far the most sporting. notice how the chinese divers bow at the audience after every dive? humble and yet swept all the golds diving has to offer.

love love love Li Xiaopeng & Chen Yibing. He Chong & oh not forgetting Hiroyuki Tomita.

oh, wrestling greco roman style - super super gay! hot sexy wrestlers too.. one in particular the italian policeman - can't remember his name that won gold.
44. 2008-08-20 15:37  
hey nictseone.. dinah gardner sounds like a girl to me...
45. 2008-08-20 16:44  
They are all sexy and you are all sexy too in your own ways ! Kudos to you and kudos to all the athletes .

46. 2008-08-20 16:51  
I like jason burdett, Silver medallist in trampoline
47. 2008-08-20 16:53  
u totally passed over the totally hot Aussie swimmer Eamon Sullivan :P
48. 2008-08-20 16:57  
I agree with dirrty sean, he writes like one too!
49. 2008-08-20 17:14  
Yes, would be interested in hosting China's Volleyball player number 12, he is Shanghainese after all, but would prefer Liu Wei from the Basketball team as a warm up.

China's divers and weightlifters need checked out: silky smooth and ripped. Disagree with the author about Gold's for China's Olympics male athletes: lots of jin pais (gold medals) for them and their physiques! But agree that some of the coaches also could do some press-ups under me to earn their own Gold medals.

Watching Olympic coverage outside of China doesn't give you the big picture of the Chinese competition male: a Chinese friend in New Zealand is seeing not much coverage at all of Chinese athletes, so I am happy to be in Shanghai where I can graze the channels for the best men that China has to offer. And no, the author wasn't in a lesbian bar: most Chinese men like the women's volleyball... I know I do... hehe.
50. 2008-08-20 17:29  
Someone wrote: "this is not a very pleassent article about asian men. To me asian guys are handsome,gentle and above all humble and modest.They are not like those american,or afrocaribean participants who are loud and with a very arrogant attitud."

Please rethink what you had just written. Those are just stereotypical opinions about Asian men...
51. 2008-08-20 17:51  
i love you michael!
52. 2008-08-20 18:12  
Hottie for me, is Lin Dan, great physique An older Brit in Guangzhou
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54. 2008-08-20 18:41  
No doubt the Chinese gymnasts and divers are hotties but I have placed Japanese pommel horse gymnast Hiroyuki Tomita as my super hottie...grrrr!! He looks so hunk and charming and he looks more like a Japanese movie star then an athelete. Not to mention 200m relay swimmer Kitajima....How i wish Li Xiaopeng and Hiroyuki Tomita would read all these posts here and know that some guys here (including myself) adore them from head to toe..;-))
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56. 2008-08-20 19:17  
He Chong ... springboard diving! Vote He Chong! :P
57. 2008-08-20 20:01  
I love swimming and everything that comes with it, that's why when MP wins eight gold medals, 7 world records! I have encountered a god! It is Michael Phelps all the way!!! Michael, I wanna marry you!!! U are my new idol!!! :P
58. 2008-08-21 01:21  
The swimmers' speedo outfit in todays olympics dont give justice to their godly physique. i still prefer the olden days of olympics wherein the swimmers wore only trunks and showed off their "to die for" bodies.

Michael Phelps maybe the greatest olympian of this age but when it comes to looks, alexander popov is still the best for me.
59. 2008-08-21 01:21  
The swimmers' speedo outfit in todays olympics dont give justice to their godly physique. i still prefer the olden days of olympics wherein the swimmers wore only trunks and showed off their "to die for" bodies.

Michael Phelps maybe the greatest olympian of this age but when it comes to looks, alexander popov is still the best for me.
60. 2008-08-21 01:34  
I LOVE Chen Yibing, gymnast from China, king of the rings. He's so cute, so muscular!
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62. 2008-08-21 03:26  
Hello Fridae readers :-)
Here is the muscle video for Hiroyuki Tomita fan

Hiroyuki Tomita-Japanese_gymnast (add ht on URL)
tp://www.veoh.com/videos/v758718nhZGjYgE

Be cool !!

63. 2008-08-21 21:56  
I like Huo Liang in the Chinese Men's Diving. Cute :P
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65. 2008-08-22 03:15  
hey loverman2611, he - dinah - is a SHE

Dinah's profile: http://dinahgardner_cv.tripod.com/
66. 2008-08-22 06:31  
Is Alvin Tan OK? Best wishes Alvin with your hilarious essays!
67. 2008-08-23 00:08  
Zhang Xiang Xiang.. You are damn hoT!!

Piter Van den Hoogenband, swimmer from Netherlands is pretty handsome!

James Blake, American tennis star also HOt!

aLL the gymnast and beach volleyballers are bloody handsome!!
68. 2008-08-23 17:20  
I swear watching the men gymnasts is like heaven to my eyes (and dick)!

Chen YiBing (China)
Anton Golotsutskov (Russia)
Lin Dan (China)

I could go on and on! Damn, talent AND hot bods/looks. What a combo
69. 2008-08-24 05:44  
Definitely He Chong! Strong, talented and gorgeous!
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71. 2008-08-24 09:09  
For me Hiryoki Tomita does it...beautiful,sexy and that body...got him also as my desktop background. What a pleasure to see him every day...but there are so many other beautiful Asian performers in the olympics. Too many to say. One is fortunate to have seen them.
72. 2008-08-24 14:26  
One diver in Chinese diving team, "Qin Kun", something like that.

Li Xiaopeng

73. 2008-08-24 15:47  
Hi & thanks enjoyed the story, always enjoy Fridae's news, jnat39
74. 2008-08-25 20:58  
Chinese diver Huo Liang- small (petite) but perfectly proportioned and oh so cute.
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76. 2008-08-25 23:36  
oooh i second "Jason" on weightlifter Zhang. SO HAWT!!
and though I don't usually go for younger guys, Chen Yi Bing from China gymnastics is just SOOOOOOO cute!!!
77. 2008-08-26 12:46  
"Zhang is so sexy," said Jason. "He's very cute and cool."

yup~!He's really sexy!!!
78. 2008-08-27 04:30  
this article is pathetic. 1 billion pple in china and all the author could bother to do was interview a couple of rent boys and sugar daddies?

this site is aimed at ASIANS we don't need your insight into some lame expat prostitute scene Dinah.
79. 2008-08-31 19:54  
I'm with 'ikkun' on this...what I watched of the Olympics the Asian men in general were spectacular and the Chinese in particular equally so...but so were the Latin's and the Mediterranean's and the middle eastern and African...hell man I love every goddamn one of 'em what a celebration of global beauty as well as sports prowess
80. 2008-09-01 15:48  
Imagine them shot by the jackjockey.c0m team.
81. 2008-09-05 11:14  
hey, next time, please show the other sexy tatoo of Michael Phelps . . .the one with the University of Michigan . . .Yellow M!

I am so proud of our University of Michigan graduate I will go out and get a tatoo like Mike's in exactly the same place!
82. 2009-09-04 00:12  

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