United States Olympians' pictures taken by Joe Klamar ahead of the London 2012 Olympics have been panned after their unveiling on the internet.

Award-winning Slovak-Canadian photographer Klamar has opted for a peculiar depiction of the athletes, from the unflattering to the unseen.

Slate magazine commented: "Klamar’s portfolio makes our athletes look silly and desperate - the wrinkled guts of a makeshift studio serves only to steal their spotlight."

The release of the photographs on Independence Day only seemed to intensify the negative backlash with 22 days to go until the Games begin.

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  • Sarah Hammer, Cycling

  • Fencer Alexander Massialas

  • Sarah Robles, weightlifter

  • Shot putter Jillian Camarena-Williams

  • Tony Gunawan, badminton

  • Jen Kessy, volleyball

  • Joseph Diaz Jr, boxing

  • Julie Zetlin, gymnastics

  • Kristian Ipsen, diving

  • Nick McCrory, diving