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February 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM

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Lindsey Vonn, SI poster girl

Posted by Ron Judd


It could be seen as a sign of progress that Lindsey Vonn, arguably America's greatest skier ever -- and an inarguable choice for The Big Story in Vancouver -- scored the cover of Sports Illustrated's Olympics preview edition.

But we sort of wonder whether Bode Miller or Ted Ligety -- or even some other members of the U.S. women's squad -- would be pictured quite the same way, all made up and ready for ... something.

Thoughts?

Update: To responders who thought I was calling out the pose for being provocative, probably because of my above ref to "something," which I meant to mean anything but skiing. I was responding to the obvious cover-girl treatment as opposed to the more typical SI action photo. This one was clearly posed on flat ground, probably in a studio, with an athlete in full makeup, a fake backdrop added, etc. It just struck me as a lot more cheesecake than one would typically see on the mag. Any other motivations you'd like to heap upon me are from your own imagination.

I cover ski racing and believe Vonn is probably the greatest skier, male or female, the country has ever produced. If anything, I worry that her pop-star status takes away from people's appreciation of her incredible athletic talent.


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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
www.nbcolympics.com: Olympic news site from one of the Games' primary sponsors.
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www.aroundtherings.com: Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription).
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www.beijing2008.com: Beijing Organizing Committee Web site.
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www.sochi2014.com: Sochi, Russia's 2014 Winter Games site.
www.chicago2016.org: Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
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