Model or Athlete? The 2014 Olympics Edition

Bobby Brown - Freestyle Skiing, USA
Kevin Rolland - Freestyle Skiing, France
Aja Evans - Bobsled, USA
Sho Endo - Freestyle Skiing, Japan
Sven Thorgren - Snowboarding, Sweden
Shani Davis - Speed Skating, USA
Henrik Lundqvist - Hockey, Sweden
Silvia Bertagna - Freestyle Skiing, Italy
Matteo Guarise - Figure Skating, Italy
Martin Fourcade - Biathlon, France
Yumie Funayama - Curling, Japan
Jae-Woo Choi - Freestyle Skiing, Korea
Lolo Jones - Bobsled, USA
Elena Könz - Snowboarding, Switzerland
Clemence Grimal - Snowboarding, France
Kris Freeman - Cross-Country, USA
Elena Ilinykh - Figure Skating, Russia
Yuki Kadono - Snowboarding, Japan
Shaun White - Snowboarding, USA

In the current state of things, it's hard to tell if you're in Sochi or NYC: both are cold, snowy, multicultural melting pots hosting what are sure to be huge, over-the-top Opening Ceremony shows in the next few days. And the journalists and athletes busy tweeting their complaints about the hotel accomodations over in Russia have clearly never sublet an "artist's loft" in Bushwick—try living somewhere long term with an iffy plumbing situation, guys. Cute stray puppies? There are people in NYC who will release a dozen newborn kittens right outside their buildings for the super to deal with. Oh, and some athletes are scared of the dangerous snow courses. As a fledgeling New Yorker, I have two words for them: black ice. Three more: leather-soled shoes. Sure, a serious injury could be a career-ender for athletes like Shaun White (who backed out of the slopestyle event), but same goes for a model who eats it rushing down an icy sidewalk on the way to the next show. Stay with me...

Another thing Sochi and NYC have in common right now: an influx of genetically superior people (Sochi, of mind and body; NYC, of cheekbones and height). Whenever I watch the Olympics Opening Ceremonies, and the camera pans across the faces of smiling, healthy men and women, I like to imagine the endorsement deals they'll be offered in their native countries should they medal. (And maaaybe the scandal that'll rip the endorsement deal away.) There's also that tiny bit of jersey-chaser inside me that finds athletes hot, by default. So, in honor of the big event, I've put together a guide of faces to watch at the Sochi games—the ones who could convince me to buy a box of Wheaties, running shoes, or a 6-inch sub, and make even the sport of sweeping ice in front of a tea kettle (known as "curling") a real feast for the eyes.

—Annie Kreighbaum

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  • Clever Girl Reviews

    Why oh why did Shaun White cut his hair!

  • mlle p

    Lots of attractive athletes, but I must avert my eyes from those awful USA outfits. Really, Ralph Lauren, is this the best you could do? If so, they should choose another designer for the next ones.

  • Isabel

    Are we to conclude that exercise + healthy eating = attractiveness? Might be worth looking into...

  • E.B.

    What a wonderfully refreshing article after all the Sochi bashing on the net these days. Thank you! Especially for this wonderful collection of awesomeness. :D

  • Zaza

    The same, for the summer games! :))

  • Robin Sparkles

    Yeah all I could think about during the opening ceremony was how many attractive men there are on the planet. I was mentally bookmarking countries to visit based on their athletes.

  • Sarah

    Clemence Grimal kinda looks like Behati Prinsloo in that photo

  • gemma

    Please do a whole post on Yuna Kim. One of the most beautiful humans to walk on earth!!

  • Megan

    Yuki is so cute!

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    • aviewdivided

      Yay! Someone remembered Canada!

  • Caroline

    As a swede I am very, very proud

  • Janine

    I <3 Shaun White. Omg. And I actually love his shorter hair. And a handsome Italian figure skater...yay.

  • weewilly

    Jones and White could use some humility. Big time.

  • jennamariia

    Yea... I´d have myself an athlete over a model ;)

  • EMR

    Seriously, you missed out on Alexandre Bilodeau (Canada) - 2 time olympic gold medalist. and huge babe.

  • Samia

    One of my most favourite posts but it would have been even better if ståle sandbech was in it!


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