Michelle Jenneke warm-up dance video goes viral

11:52 AM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
  • Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke's pre race dances became the stuff of internet legend this summer.(Photo: MichelleJenneke.com.au)
  • Michelle Jenneke (R) of NSW celebrates with 2nd placegetter Abble Taddeo (L) of NSW after winning the Womens U20 100m Hurdles Final during day three of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on March 16, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
    
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Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports

In July, 19-year-old Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke nearly shut down the web when video of her seductively gyrating pre-race warm-up dance at the 2012 Junior World Championships went viral, generating over 19 million hits on YouTube.

Even Jay Leno got into the mix, playing the clip on the "Tonight Show" and trying bravely to stride the line between cheeky and creepy (he failed). Despite the athlete's new worldwide infamy, not much was known about her beyond her unique running preparation.

The excellently named website Cosby Sweaters, who were among the first to post the clip, sat down with the 2016 Olympic hopeful, who replicated her dance moves for them before providing some background about the athlete behind the meme.

Some things we learned about Jenneke:

1) She always dances to a song in her head. That day it was "We Found Love" by Rihanna.
2) She doesn't like vegemite.
3) She spent the past two months volunteering at an orphanage in Tanzania.
4) She'll be studying mechatronic engineering in college next year, which is a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, focusing on robotics.

The entire interview shows that Jenneke, who claims that the fame "is gonna die down and no one's going to know me by tomorrow," has taken her newfound celebrity in stride.

That may not be fully true, as Jenneke, who placed fifth at the World Juniors, would have been within the top 27 hurdlers at the London Games had she run a personal best 13.32 seconds. With a few more years of improvement, it's possible that she might be able to generate a Lolo Jones amount of buzz heading into Rio. Especially if she hasn't lost her famous warm-up routine.

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