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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.


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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NBC Olympics columnist Alan Abrahamson's column/blog
Chicago Tribune Olympic sports writer Philip Hersh's blog U.S. Olympic Committee's athlete web site. Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription). News service with audio, video and text coverage of Olympic sports, during and between Olympics. Free, but charges for live video feed subscriptions. Beijing Organizing Committee Web site. Vancouver Organizing Committee's 2010 Winter Games site. London 2012 Summer Games site. Sochi, Russia's 2014 Winter Games site. Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
Bellevue Olympian Scott Macartney's WCSN alpine ski-racing blog
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