More and more pictures are being leaked from ESPN THE MAGAZINE’s well-hyped “The Body Issue,” most notably cover models Gina Carano, Serena Williams, and amputee triathlete Sarah Reinertsen. And though the cleavage-heavy pictures of Carano and Williams (to say nothing of the heavy beefcake of Adrian Peterson and Dwight Howard) are certainly titillating, it seems that the magazine’s focus for the issue is going beyond mere cheap sex appeal.
That’s Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, best known for being one hurdle away from gold in the Beijing Games. She’s also in the issue, and though she cuts a striking figure, we can’t put all of it above the fold for limited-buttcrack-related reasons. You can see her larger picture after the break. Her contribution to the issue, while not as high-profile as the cover athletes, has its own measure of controversy–not the least of which is the revelation about her weight. Looking at Jones’ gaunt face and lithe frame, what do you suppose it is?
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When we last saw Nastia Liukin, the Olympic gymnast was hitting the beach with fellow Olympian Alicia Sacramone & other bikini-clad gals. And now that a full year has gone by since her balancing acts in Beijing, we wonder what Nastia’s been up to.
Fortunately, Liukin - like all tech-savvy athletes these days - has a Twitter account to keep us informed of her daily goings on. By reading her latest entries, I gather she’s down in Dallas for some kind of gymnastic-related event - or maybe she wants to meet up with Tony Romo, now that he’s single again. Oh, and Nastia is happy to announce the formation of the Nastia Liukin Cup, a competition for other young gymnasts who will get the chance to wear Nastia Liukin-designed leotards. I’m in! Wish me luck in Kalamazoo!
Getting back to Twitter - besides typing up updates in 140 characters or less, users can also upload photos to share with their thousands of followers. And it’s in this respect that Nastia really knows her stuff. Check out a sample of her photogenic talent below:
Beijing, then Vancouver, then London: we’re in the middle of this three-Olympiad stretch right now (show of hands: who was actively aware of the fact that the Winter Olympics are but six months away? Liars, all of you). Those are some pretty high-profile cities, arguably the most urbane in their country and certainly the type of city where you want to send people from all different nations.
(”Tulsa is for lovers.”)
Less desirable as a destination, however, would be Tulsa. The metropolitan area, which is A) the 55th biggest in the United States and B) right smack dab in the middle of the Southern Plains, where animals go to die, is putting forth a proposal to host the Olympics in 2020. Because why settle for Buenos Aires when you can have Tulsa?
Being Michael Phelps‘ arm candy is a rough job. Back in December, former Phelps flame Caroline “Caz” Pal claimed she was being “victimized by the media” when topless photos of her surfaced across the internet (including here at SPORTSbyBROOKS).
Now, recent Phelps companion and Miss California 2009 Carrie Prejean, who first made waves with her decidedly traditional views on marriage, is coming under fire for some naughty photos of her own (after the jump, of course).
One of the best parts of any Olympics is seeing the athletes from the smaller countries, for whom the games represents much more than a shot at a sponsorship deal. We’re always hearing about so-and-so winning so-and-so’s first ever medal, and going home to a hero’s welcome in his new gold-plated hovermansion.
Then there’s Rasul Boqiev, Tajikistan’s first ever Olympic medalist. He had to leave the country to find work. And you thought our economy was in trouble.
Home Depot has offered nearly 600 Olympians the opportunity to work part-time and train full-time with full-time benefits since 1992. However, they apparently haven’t received their money’s worth for the investment, so the not-quite-free ride’s over as the program will end soon.
(Olympian Ronda Rousey and Paralympian Jeff Skiba participated in the program in 2008)
Olympians currently employed by Home Depot will have the option to work part-time and get paid for it, apply for full-time jobs and work full-time, or walk away by March 2.
Sure, Americans are superficial, but in terms of national sensitivity, no country is more image-conscious than China, and nowhere was it more evident than the 2008 Olympics. Their ceremonies were–to put it mildly–extravagant and the precision and execution of the games themselves were testaments to a discipline nonpareil.
(Quick, China, cover your eyes and ears! She’s about to express an opinion!)
But there are significant (potential) sources of embarrassment for China, not the least of which include human rights concerns, Tibet, Darfur, and I’ll just stop now before they treat SbB like they did Jennie Finch and a handful of her fellow Olympians. USA TODAY reported today that before the Olympics, China put together a list of “potential troublemakers” on the American squad and asked American officials to squelch any possible demonstrations. Touchy much? Read more…
You probably remember Leryn Franco. She is the former Miss Paraguay who also happens to be a member of the Paraguayan Olympic team as a javelin thrower in both the 2004 and 2008 Games. In other words, she’s incredibly hot and can kill you from over 50 yards away, and there’s just something incredibly sexy about that. You know what else is incredibly sexy? Franco’s breast being exposed while she walked a runway at a fashion show over the weekend.
The photos are courtesy of LESS CLOTHES, and I’d like to let the fellas over there know that they are indeed doing the Lord’s work. More photos after the jump.
If you ever actually look through the schedule for the Olympics, you’ll notice a lot of sports that just don’t seem very, well, sporty. The Steeplechase. Power-Walking. Curling. And now someone wants to introduce another activity onto the world stage via the Olympics: pole dancing.
At the European pole dancing championships held last night - why is it we always hear about these events after the fact - one of the contestants began wondering aloud why this isn’t an Olympic sport yet. After all, they’re wearing the same skimpy outfits as gymnasts, and sometimes use even more muscle control.
Chinese basketball player Sun Yue has often been called the “Chinese Magic Johnson” because, uh, well, I guess because he’s tall and is good at basketball. But Yue, who recently signed with the Lakers, is squashing that name and bringing his own to the table: Monkey King.
Oddly, Sun’s reason for rejecting the “Magic” moniker is not because he feels that he can’t live up to the name — it’s because he’s specifically not going to pattern his game after the Laker great. The Monkey King imitates no one.