THE 'world's sexiest athlete' Alica Schmidt is set to light up Tokyo 2020.

The German runner, 22, qualified for the 4x400m relay and will be hoping for a medal in Japan.


But Schmidt doesn't need success at the Greatest Show on Earth to be a global star.

Her stunning looks have seen her attract 1.8 million followers on Instagram, thanks in part to a series of sexy snaps showcasing her glam life off the track.

And she attracted a whole new army of football fans after putting Borussia Dortmund through their paces after being hired as their fitness coach.

However, as much as she's happy to pose for the cameras, she drew the line when Playboy asked her to appear nude.

STAY ON TRACK

Being blessed with beauty has hasn't stopped her focussing on being an athlete, and she certainly doesn't define herself by her Insta-fame.

She once said: "The focus is on sport—clearly.

"Social media tends to run alongside. If I don’t have time, I don’t post a picture."

And it's paid off as Schmidt has achieved success on the track.

In 2017, she was part of the German team that finished second in the 4x400m relay event at the 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships in Grosetto, Italy.

The focus is on sport—clearly. Social media tends to run alongside. If I don’t have time, I don’t post a picture."

Two years later, she won bronze in the same discipline and competition in Gavle, Sweden.

SPORT COMES FIRST

Crowned the 'World's Sexiest Athlete', Schmidt is uncomfortable with that moniker.

"I do not know why I got this title. Sport clearly comes first," she once said.

On Instagram she has become the poster girl for her sport, as well as a model for Puma.

The sports giants are said to pay Alica a huge amount to pose in their latest sportswear.

Many other health and fitness companies have approached her to promote their products.

And with 1.8 million followers, she has a large audience to influence.

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FOOTBALL FRIEND

Back in September, Schmidt sent social media wild when she turned up as Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund's fitness coach.

She was invited to the club's training complex where she gave the stars a workout of her own.

There, she performed a series of lunges and stretches alongside Thomas Meunier, Felix Passlack as well as Swiss international Manuel Akanji.

Schmidt also gave Mats Hummels a 400m race where she left the centre-back for dead.


Out of breath and sprawled across the floor, Hummels said: "I really underestimated that."

PLAYBOY

Inevitably, being a sex symbol has meant that Schmidt is flooded with offers for photoshoots.

Playboy magazine approached her when her career was taking off to ask if she would be interested in posing nude.

Reports said Schmidt gave it some thought, with a lucrative deal on the table.

But ultimately she decided that it wouldn't have been beneficial for her career, and sport most certainly came first.

You can bet if Alica brings a medal back to Germany she will cement herself as a national treasure.



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