Every time the Olympics roll around, some of the toned, horny athletes get nakey for one publication or another. This year, People talked to snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis and alpine skier Lindsey Vonn about taking it off. Jacobellis says, “I get way too many little girls who are crazy about snowboarding coming up to me, asking for autographs and advice, and I want to stay a strong role model for them.” Meanwhile, Vonn was one of the four Olympians who posed for this month’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (above) and said, “I talked about it with my husband, and I looked at what other athletes had done in the past, I’m trying as best as I can to promote our sport and make it mainstream.” I don’t blame hot-bodied athletes for taking it off—I’d be naked all the time if I looked like some of them—but saying you’re getting naked to make alpine skiing more mainstream is some major BS.
Then again, the original Olympians performed naked, so what’s the big deal now? Plus, Vonn is in pretty good company with a long line of Olympians who’ve shed at least most of their clothes for photo shoots. Here’s a sampling.