The 2012 Summer Olympics have kicked off with bang, giving spectators around the globe the chance to cheer on our countries' best athletes as they compete in various feats of strength. Not only do the Olympics offer up the perfect opportunity to take in some magnificent demonstrations of athletic prowess, but they also give us a glimpse at what are, arguably, the best physiques in the entire world.

All week, we'll be bringing you special coverage of these glorious Olympic bodies. Now, let the games begin.

Juan-Carlos Navarro of Spain and Peng Zhou of China, Basketball

Lukmon Lawal of Nigeria (L) and Ihab Almatbouli of Jordan (R), Boxing

Sarra Besbes of Tunisia (L) and Xiaojuan Luo (R) of China (R), Fencing

Kristian Thomas of Great Britain, Artistic Gymnastics

Ryan Giggs, Great Britain, Soccer

Matt Grevers, USA, Men's 100m Backstroke

Jana Vesela, Team Czech Republic, Basketball

Elizabeth Armitstead, Great Britain, Road Cycling

Ali Raisman, USA, Artistic Gymnastics

Linus Lichtschlag and Lars Hartig of Germany, Rowing

Rashed Eisa, UAE, Soccer

Breeja Larson of the United States, Women's 100m Breaststroke

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Team Great Britain, Basketball

Fabio Fognini, Italy, Men's Singles Tennis

Daisuke Suzuki of Japan and Amrabat Noureddine of Morocco (L), Roger Espinoza of Honduras and Javier Martinez of Spain (R), Soccer

Ryan Lochte, USA

Kevin Durant, Team USA, Basketball

Serena Williams, USA, Women's Singles Tennis

Gabrielle Douglas of the United States, Artistic Gymnastics

Martin Reader, Canada, Beach Volleyball

Michael Phelps, USA. Men's 200m Butterfly

Erika Souza, Team Brasil, Basketball

Chen Xue of China, Beach Volleyball

Pierre Yves Beny, France, Artistic Gymnastics

Hope Solo (L), Heather O'Reilly(R), Team USA, Soccer

Maria Sharapova, Russia, Women's Singles Tennis

Venus Williams, USA, Women's Singles Tennis

Zara Dampney (L) and Shauna Mullin (R), Great Britain, Beach Volleyball

Fabien Gilot, France, Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay