More revealing photos of female Olympic athletes as controversies mount

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 18, 2010 12:04 pm

Recently, there have been some fiery debate and controversy surrounding the “prurient” pictures of Olympic athletes like Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso.

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:

One camp claims these photos aim only to objectify these tremendous athletes, steering the focus away from their athletic abilities and onto their…genetic abilities.

The other camp says, so what? They wouldn’t pose for these pics if they didn’t want to. These women are beautiful and if they want to express themselves in this regard, who’s to stop them? Is it causing any harm?

As our own Zeke Piestrup reported earlier: “Katie Baker of decried the cover [of Sports Illustrated with Lindsey Vonn] as “absurd.”  It’s also been pointed out the exact placement of the buttocks and the U, was no accident on SI’s part.  Check the cover of AJ Kitt from 1992.

Of course, the Kitt cover registered not a blip on the controversy scale, but Vonn’s has caused a big online debate.  Even Deadspin is on the case.  Lindsey Vonn, our skiing superstar, is in the midst of crossing over to a pop culture superstar.”

Well, if you’re in Camp A, and believe photos like these are distasteful and offensive, perhaps you should stop reading. For all of you members of Camp B, enjoy some more of these beautiful athletes. For a fuller, more comprehensive list, click here to read our feature “SuperBabes of Snow”. If you want to comment on this issue, we welcome your thoughts below.


                                                                                                     Sarah Burke



                                                                                                       Kristi Leskinen



                                                                                                   Gretchen Bleiler



                                                                                                             Torah Bright



                                                                                                    Julia Mancuso again