Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Athletes: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2010
Lindsey Vonn, a champion down hill skier, is among the Olympic Athletes featured in the Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2010 issue.
The popular Vonn has already graced a recent Sport Illustrated Cover and is clearly popular not just for her skiing skills but for her photogenic qualities.
The other Olympic Athletes who are featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2010 issue are:
Olympic Athletes Featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2010 issue
Clair Bidez, a 22 year old snowboarder from Vail, Colorado
Lacy Schnoor, a 24 year old aerial skier from Salt Lake City, Utah
Hannah Teeter, a 22 year old snowboarder from Belmont, Vermont
Some have critiqued Sports Illustrated in the way the magazine sexualizes women, especially female athletes. A case in point is Lindsey Vonn's most recent cover for Sports Illustrated. It depicts her bent over on her skies with dramatic mountains as the backdrop.
Dr. Nicole LaVoi studies the roles of Women in sport and she recently made this observation to the Vancouver Sun
"When females are featured on the cover of SI, they are more likely than not to be in sexualized poses and not in action–and the most recent Vonn cover is no exception," she said.
"Picture this as a way to frame what I’m trying to get at: Picture a male ski racer in a similar pose on the cover of SI, smiling at the camera. Would we see that? How would you react to that picture, verses the picture of Vonn?"
"LaVoi takes an academic approach to backing her argument, claiming researchers have shown, over the last 60 years only about four per cent of all SI covers have portrayed women."
With Lindsey Vonn's participation in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2010 issue it is clear that she has her own views on this issue.