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Michelle Jenneke

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Michelle (b.1993) is a hurdler who represented Australia at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

From Huffington Post:

Michelle Jenneke, a young Australian hurdler, is taking the Internet by storm with her performance during the IAAF World Junior Championship last weekend in Barcelona.

But while she completely dominated the women's 100-meter hurdle event, it's Jenneke's warm up dance that's making her famous around the Web.

According to Bleacher Report, the sports blog "With Leather" originally posted raw, live-stream footage of the 19-year-old's pre-race routine, but it was taken down and replaced with an "overt celebration of Jenneke and her dancing and running presented in gratuitous slow motion, and with an awful song over it."

With Leather was rather unapologetic about sexualizing Jenneke's warm-up dance, releasing its own super slow-motion cut.

USA Today took a more sedate angle on what it called Jenneke's "unique way of stretching," writing, "You have to appreciate anyone who enjoys themselves this much."

Jenneke will not compete in the London Olympics this year, but the sexualization of female athletes in the media has been a widely discussed topic surrounding the 2012 games. On the other hand, there has also been coverage that celebrates the power of female athletes.

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Yes, here in the USA, segments of the video were part of Jay Leno's monologue on The Tonight Show. She actually wins that heat. The video is on YouTube.

with music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMgmYutL9W0

without: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qhR0Ie64PI

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