2012's Boys of Summer (a.k.a. Shirtless Hotties!)

You thought that the stars of summer blockbusters were the only men to get attention during the summer? Think again—did you forget about the NBA Finals, the Euro Cup, and Grand Slam tennis? Not to mention the Summer Olympics!   When else is it acceptable to ogle athletes (who all seem to enjoy celebrating a victory by taking off their shirts) all under the guise of commenting on their superior midfield kicking skills or their sweet backwards swimming power? (Don’t know the first thing about sports? It’s okay, neither do we. Obviously.)   Yes, summer is basically one long parade of half-naked bodies. We feel bad about letting women and their bikinis steal all the spotlight, so click through to our objectification-tastic slideshow of the boys you’ll be hearing a lot about this year.    
Michael Phelps
Cristiano Ronaldo
Kevin Durant
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Wesley Sneijder
Zach Parise
Novak Djokovic
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Michael Phelps

Obviously, Phelps needs no introduction. He’ll be back rocking our world (and our magazine covers) at the London Olympics this July. We’re really hoping that FINA makes those full-body swimsuits illegal this year. Visible abs make you swim harder. Fact.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid striker and all-around stand-up guy Ronaldo is the captain of the Portuguese national soccer team, currently playing in the Euro Cup. Not only is he a devoted single dad, he’s also a very public non-drinker. Swoon.

Kevin Durant

Although he’s only been in the NBA for a few years, Durant has already won pretty much every honor there is, except for the Championship. (Fingers crossed, OKC Thunder!) He has lots of very impressive stats, but we can’t get over the fact that he is six-foot-nine. Dude is tall.

Rafael Nadal

The recent champion of this year’s French Open, Nadal is one of the best tennis players in the world. Definitely the gruntiest.

Roger Federer

It’s thought that we’ll look back on Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time, and if nothing else, he’s definitely the classiest. Look for him and his floppy hair at this year’s Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

Wesley Sneijder

This Dutch footballer has many accomplishments, but we’re most delighted by the fact that he is ambidextrous. Cool!

Zach Parise

Parise is the captain of the New Jersey Devils hockey team, which just lost the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings. He’s probably very sad about it…won’t someone go cheer him up?

Novak Djokovic

Not only is the Serbian-born Djokovic an amazing tennis player, he’s also an extremely funny and extroverted guy who speaks several languages, so he’s a regular on late-night talk shows. He often does impressions of his fellow tennis stars’ personal quirks. It’s hilarious; YouTube it.

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