Worldwide well-known athletes have an extended historical past of posing nude or partially clothed for males’s magazines similar to Playboy. Katarina Witt, one of many best Olympic determine skaters, was the primary feminine athlete to pose bare for Playboy. The December 1998 problem that includes her nude images was the second ever sold-out problem of the journal.
Some do it for the cash and fame, some do it for a superb trigger, whereas different athletes do it as a result of they’re merely pleased with displaying their completely sculpted our bodies. Nevertheless, there are some Olympians, similar to softball sensation Jennie Finch, who turned down Playboy affords saying that she would “fairly be a task mannequin to younger women”.
Whether or not posing nude is damaging or not for feminine athletes, remains to be a scorching debate. Are we actually “telling ladies that it’s not sufficient to be a world-class athlete, that you’ve got additionally to take off your shirt” as Prof. Charlene Weaving states? By the way in which, do you know that historic Olympians competed nude?
10. Amy Acuff
American high-jumper Amy Acuff appeared on the cowl and inside Playboy’s September 2004 problem. Amy’s images have been a part of the 12-page nude pictorial “Girls of the Olympics”. Athletes Zhanna Block, Haley Cope, Ineta Radevica, Fanni Juhasz, Mary Sauer, Katie Vermeulen and Susan Tiedtke-Inexperienced have been additionally featured on this well-known version of Playboy.
Amy Acuff competed in 4 Summer time Olympics (1996, 2000, 2004,2008) as a member of USA Observe & Subject, ending as excessive as fourth through the 2004 Summer time Olympic Video games.
9. Katarina Witt
A exceptional athlete and engaging particular person, Katarina Witt is taken into account to be one of many best determine skaters of all time. Her aggressive report is actually spectacular. The German determine skater received two Olympic gold medals, 4 World Championships and 6 consecutive European Championships. There are various nice feminine determine skaters, however what makes Katarina particular is the truth that she competed and received for a few years. The whole globe was mesmerized by ‘Kati’, as Germany generally known as her.
As talked about earlier than, Katarina’s nude pictorial was the second ever sold-out problem of Playboy.
eight. Anita Marks
Anita Marks performed skilled soccer for 5 years. She quarterbacked two ladies’s skilled soccer groups: Florida Stingrays and Miami Fury.
Anita was the Playboy Centerfold of the 2002 September version. In response to Anita’s declarations, the explanation why she accepted Playboy’s supply was that she wished to indicate there’s a Girls’s Skilled Soccer League and that, sure, “a number of the ladies who play within the league could also be interesting to those that learn Playboy”. She was making an attempt to reveal that it’s okay to look engaging, sensual and nonetheless play soccer.
7. Ashley Harkleroad
Bounced out of Tournoi de Roland-Garros by Serena Williams, American tennis participant Ashley Harkleroad claimed a extra glamorous coup by showing on the pages of Playboy, the difficulty of August 2008. She was the primary skilled tennis participant to seem in Playboy. After turning to skilled tennis in 2000, Ashley reached a career-high rating of No. 39 in 2003. She didn’t win any famend worldwide tennis match, however plainly her magnificence tremendously compensated the shortage of profession success.
6. Mia St. John
Mia Rosales St. John is taken into account to be the most well liked girl in boxing. Her profession is fairly spectacular, even when she began boxing late. Mia received in 2005 the Worldwide Females Boxers Affiliation Light-weight World Title and the IBA Continental Light-weight Title. She turned on the age of 40 the WBC Worldwide Feminine Welterweight Champion.
Mia’s eleven-page boxing-themed pictorial was launched by Playboy on November 1999.
5. Torrie Wilson
Torrie Anne Wilson began her profession as a Health mannequin and received in 1998 two essential titles earlier than changing into a skilled wrestler: the Ms. Galaxy Nova Championship and the Ms Galaxy Florida titles. World Wrestling Leisure Diva, Torrie Wilson, is a two-time Playboy cowl woman. Her first look was in Could 2003 and the second within the particular Playboy version of March 2004. This version featured two of Playboy’s greatest promoting cowl fashions: Torrie Wilson and Sable, one other scorching skilled wrestler.
Four. Maria Butyrskaya
Butyrskaya’s determine skating profession is one other nice instance of how laborious work and intensive coaching can translate into unimaginable performances. The Russian determine skater received the 1999 World Championship, she received three-times the European Championship and six-times the Russian Nationwide Determine Skating Championship. Maria Butyrskaya completed fourth on the 1998 Winter Olympics and sixth on the 2002 Winter Olympics.
She graced the covers of Playboy journal in November 1998, shortly after inserting fourth on the 1998 Winter Olympics.
three. Amanda Beard
On the age of solely 14 years, Amanda Beard received her first Olympic gold medal, changing into the second youngest American swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal. She broke twice the world report within the 200-meter breaststroke, participated in 4 Summer time Olympics, (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and captured a complete of seven medals. Amanda stirred fairly a little bit of controversy when she unveiled her anti-fur PETA advert on the Beijing Olympic Video games. Beard determined to go bare fairly than put on fur to assist promote PETA’s campaigns. Earlier than posing nude for PETA, Amanda posed nude for Playboy in July 2007 in an effort to vary clichés of what it means to be a robust athlete and girl.
2. Gabrielle Reese
Gabrielle is understood simply as a lot for her skilled seashore volleyball taking part in as she is for her modelling profession. She has been on numerous glamorous and sports activities journal covers.
Reece was WBVL’s (Girls’s Seashore Volleyball League) blocks chief in 1993. Within the 1994-1995 season, Gabby’s laborious work paid off and she or he was awarded the Defensive Participant of the 12 months title. She performed within the 1999-2000 FIVB Seashore Volleyball World Tour and the 1999-2000 Olympic Problem Collection.
Gabrielle gained nationwide notoriety after being nominated by Elle as “one of many 5 most stunning ladies on this planet” in 1989. Furthermore, Girls’s Sports activities & Health named Gabby one of many ‘20 Most Influential Girls in Sports activities’. Karen Karbo greatest describes this wonderful athlete: “She accomplishes this stuff by tapping into her aggressive, aggressive facet with out shedding sight of her emotional centre or her femininity. Gabrielle Reece is an inspiration to all women and girls who need to turn out to be the heroes of their very own lives.”
It’s actually laborious to be an elite athlete and female on the similar time. Nicely, Gabby’s beautiful look conveys each attractiveness and athleticism. She accepted to pose nude for Playboy in 2001.
1. Romy Tarangul, Nicole Reinhardt, Katharina Scholz, Petra Niemann
The no. 1 of this Prime 10 record follows a four-in-one sample. Romy, Nicole, Katharina and Petra are the 4 German Olympic athletes who posed nude within the September 2008 German Playboy. They appeared on totally different wonderful covers.
German sailor, Petra Niemann, introduced residence a Silver medal on the 2006 Crusing World Championship, she received a number of nationwide championship titles and took part in three Olympic Video games (2000, 2004, 2008).
Nicole Reinhardt received six Gold medals from a complete of 11 on the ICF Canoe Dash World Championships, together with a Gold medal on the 2008 Summer time Olympics in Beijing within the ladies’s Ok-Four 500 m occasion.
Judoka Romy Tarangul is effectively revered within the worldwide Judo scene. She competed at her first Olympic in Beijing 2008, received a silver medal within the 2008 European Championships and took the primary place on the 2008 Judo World Cup held in Bulgaria.
Subject hockey participant Katharina-Isabel Scholz was an Underneath 18 European Champion in 2000 & 2001, and a U21 European Vice-Champion in 2004. Katharina received together with her German crew the distinguished FIH Champions Trophy in 2006 and the European Hockey Championship held in Manchester.