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9 Hottest Winter Sports Girls
Well, it’s November, and there’s no basketball in the foreseeable future, so that means that the more esoteric winter sports will get more love than they normally do this time of year. It’s hard to keep up with winter sports athletes in non-Olympic years because there’s just not the exposure. Well, we strive to do our part here for winter sport athletes (the female ones, anyway), so we’ve got a handy little guide to nine of the hottest snow and skate bunnies gracing mountains and ponds near you.
This 29 year-old English lass is currently Britain’s #1 alpine skier, having competed in three Olympics and tackledall five disciplines in the World Cup (Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Combined). If you’re excited about having this one on the market – not so fast. She’s living with her male counterpart, British ski champ Dougie Crawford. I’m guessing that once you teach her how to Dougie, she’s yours forever. *Sigh*
8. Kiira Korpi
This Finnish beauty’s area of expertise is figure skating, having won the Finnish national championship and twice scored bronze in the European Championships (2007 and 2011). Her nickname in Finnish translates to “Ice Princess” due to the 23 year-old’s resemblance to Princess Grace of Monaco. As of June, she was ranked #4 in the world. Expect her stock to rise as she enters the prime of her career.
7. Carmen Schafer
While “curling” is hardly synonymous with “sexy” (have you seen some of the pants they wear?), Carmen is doing her part to change the way we look at hot Swiss curlers, even if there’s only one of them…her. The 30 year-old has been curling since she was in her mid-teens, so don’t expect her to rest on her laurels with a fourth-place finish in Vancouver. Though she’s not the captain, she’s no slouch when it comes to “skipping the rock.” I made that idiom up, but it sounds real.
6. Julia Mancuso
The 27 year-old from Reno is arguably the most successful athlete on this list, having scored a gold in the giant slalom in the 2006 Olympics, and silvers in both downhill and combined in Vancouver in 2010. She has a plastic tiara that she wears over her helmet as a good-luck token. It sounds silly, but the gift from her coach was worn when she scored her silvers in 2010 (unexpectedly, it merits noting), so don’t knock it.
5. Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke is an Ontario-born freestyle skier In the 2001 US Freeskiing Open, she scored first in the half-pipe and second in slopestyle. She won the Skier of the Year ESPY in 2001 and regularly stars in skiing videos, which are by far the coolest sports-related videos in the genre (sorry, backyard wrestling).
4. Tanith Belbin
Yikes. Before we get to her accomplishments, let’s just admire that body for a while. A while longer. Longer. NOW! This American-Canadian icedancer scored a silver in the 2006 Olympics and was a five-time us champion from 2004-2008. She started skating at 3, so while she wasn’t born with skates on (that would have hurt her mom), she tossed them on as quickly as her parents could lace them up.
Lacy finished 9th in the Women’s Aerial’s in Vancouver in 2010, having qualified for the Olympics only a month earlier during a Christmas eve event. Her best finish has been 8th in a Canadian event in 2007, so while her resume may not sync up with others on this list, her body more than makes up for it.
2. Clair Bidez
Clair narrowly missed competing in the 2010 Olympics in freestyle snowboarding. The 24 year-old has competed and placed in both the X Games and the Vans Cup. Which is amazing, because I wouldn’t think she could perform well at all being so cold from wearing a bikini on the slopes. She must never crash or something. She’s THAT good.
1. Tina Maze
Tina is the reigning world champ in the Giant Slalom, and is no doubt counting the days until competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. She competed in the 2001 World Championships at the age of 17, having spent most of her childhood skiing in her native Slovenia. Since she has so many skis from sponsors, it wouldn’t be a big deal if I borrowed the ones she’s holding, would it?