Michael Phelps and Kerri Walsh Steal the Hearts, and Votes, of Match.com Members

In a recent survey conducted by Match.com, when given the choice of who they would pick to be the captain of their dream team, 81% of Match.com members selected Michael Phelps and his historic 8 gold medals.

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"It's clear that Michael Phelps has found a place in the hearts of our members," said Darcy Cameron, senior director of marketing and advertising for Match.com. "In honor of his historic accomplishments, Match.com would like to offer Mr. Phelps a free membership until he finds that special someone, even though we don't anticipate that he'll be single for long!"

The poll also found that Match.com members dig beach volleyball. In addition to advancing to the gold medal game, Kerri Walsh can celebrate that Match.com members selected her as the female Olympian that they'd most like to go on a date with, taking 36% of the vote.

Fencing may seem like the most chivalrous sport, but according to Match.com members, it's definitely not the sexiest. That title went to beach volleyball with 58% of the vote.

Additionally, when asked who they would rather have "pick them up when they're down," 65% of Match.com members decided to go for the gold with swimming sensation Michael Phelps, while only 35% selected Bela Karolyi. *Kerri Strug was not available to participate in this survey.*

In the end, Match.com members proved that the Olympics aren't just about six-pack abs and bulging biceps. 62% of survey respondents said that dedication and determination make an Olympic athlete more attractive than just their chiseled physiques (38%).

This Match.com poll was conducted online and fielded nearly 2,000 responses.

About Match.com

Match.com pioneered online personals when it launched on the Web in 1995 and continues to lead this exciting and evolving category after more than a decade. Throughout its 13-year history, Match.com has helped redefine the way people meet and fall in love. With more than 100 million members since 2000 and 15 million current members, Match.com provides a rich tapestry of ethnicities, interests, goals, ambitions, quirks, looks and personalities from which to choose. Match.com operates some of the leading subscription-based online dating sites in 37 countries, in 15 languages and spanning six continents. Match.com also powers online dating on MSN across Europe, Asia, Australia, the United States and Latin America and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL. Additionally, Match.com powers online dating for Terra throughout Latin America. Match.com is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

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