Feb 11th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
When we last checked in with Winter Olympic downhill favorite Lindsey Vonn
, she expressed ambivalence toward her burgeoning status as a sex symbol
But after we saw the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition
, in which the two-time defending world champion appears in all kinds of near-nude and provocative poses, we're not so sure she was being completely honest with us.
Not that we're complaining. Instead, we're putting together a list of other comely Olympians
we wouldn't mind seeing strip down and frolic in wintry scenes.
Read on to see nine other ladies who are going to be bringing the heat to still-snowless Vancouver.
Kiira Korpi, Figure Skating
The Finnish figure skater is unlikely to medal in Vancouver, but she is certainly in the running for prettiest athlete
at the games.
Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding
Expect Gretchen's well-put-together winter ensemble to look a lot messier after she hits the super pipe.
Bree Schaaf, Bobsled
For the 2010 games, the Bremerton, Wash., native made the switch from the skeleton to the bobsled. We're still waiting for the Olympic committee to embrace inner-tube sledding.
Kim Yu-Na, Figure Skating
With no American women contending in figure skating, expect NBC's cameras to be focused on Kim Yu-Na, the photogenic South Korean who is the defending World Champion.
Hannah Teter, Snowboarding
Teter, the 2006 half-pipe gold medal winner, cleans up nice. The Vermont native will also be the only Olympian in 2010 who has a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor named after her
Tanith Belbin, Ice Dancing
Tanith's good looks and silver medal made her a focal point of the 2006 games. All eyes will be on the Canadian-born beauty -- who was naturalized as an American citizen by a special act of Congress -- again in 2010
Torah Bright, Snowboarding
The Australian super-pipe expert can perform a switch-backside 720, a 540 McTwist and also looks a little bit like sexiest woman alive, Kate Beckinsale
Chemmy Alcott, Skiing
The British downhill skier represents her country even when she's far away from the slopes.
Irina Movchan, Figure Skating
If we haven't already convinced you that the figure skating might be worth watching, we'll leave you with this flexible Ukrainian.