Olympics 2012: 8 Things to Know About Breakout Soccer Star Alex Morgan

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The United States women’s soccer team is making stripes in the London Olympics — and forward Alex Morgan may just be their ticket to a gold medal!

Morgan, 23, finished with a pair of goals in team USA’s win over France during their opening Olympics match.

Not only was the Diamond Bar, Calif., native the youngest member of the last World Cup team, she’s proving to be one of the Olympic squad’s most talented player.

So who is Alex Morgan?

Here are some fun facts about the sexy soccer star:

1. She loves yoga: “I would recommend bikram (yoga) because it definitely helps with flexibility, and athletes need to be flexible to avoid injury and play at their best,” she told US Soccer. “If you are an athlete, you probably love to sweat, and I probably sweat more in bikram than I do in a full 90-minute game. It’s a great way to cleanse the body and feel energized.”

2. Despite her soccer success, she isn’t playing the field: Since college, Morgan has been dating Servando Carrasco, a midfielder for Seattle Sounders FC.

3. At just 23, she’s the youngest player on the U.S women’s national team roster.

4. Morgan know how to amp up her sex appeal: She appeared in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in nothing but body paint, and was voted No. 66 on the 2012 Maxim Hot 100 List. “I know it all sort of blew up — in a positive way — because of the SI body-painting photos,” Morgan said. “I’m glad I did it. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, and I’m happy with the results. You never know what you’re going to get with body paint.”

5. She worships The King: Morgan has two Elvis Presley posters on her wall and has admitted that, as a child, she had a fascination with the rocker.

6. She’s an animal lover: Morgan has a dog named Lola as well as three cats.

7. Her favorite TV shows include Gossip Girl and Lost.

8. She enjoys a good cup o’ Joe: “European coffee is so addicting,” Morgan told the NY Times. “I’ve been getting a lot more cappuccinos since I’ve been over here than I ever would at home.”

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