SI Swimsuit Issue Pictures 2012: Natalie Gulbis and Female Athletes Steal Show

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2012

Listen, supermodels are great and all, but it's their job to be beautiful. Something about that takes a little something away from their beauty, as though it's somehow less spontaneous than when, say, Alex Morgan looks really hot on the pitch.

I know that doesn't necessarily make sense outside of my head, but that's what I'm going with. What I'm saying is I always think a hot athlete trumps a hot model, and this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is no different.

Sure, I love Kate Upton as much as the next guy. But honestly, I want to see Natalie Gulbis, Morgan and Natalie Coughlin in body paint more.

Because those beautiful bodies are toned and chiseled for athletic reasons, not to make think a product is cool or to influence me to steal the neighbor's Victoria's Secret catalog when it comes in the mail.

Not that I would ever do that or anything...

Anyway, back to the advantages of the beautiful, athletic bodies.

All three of the ladies in this year's SI body-paint segment are natural beauties, of course. (You don't have to take my word for it—you can check out Gulbis, Morgan and Coughlin in body paint here, here and here.) But they are also top-notch athletes, and that's what interests me.

So yeah, Gulbis, Morgan and Coughlin steal the show. I'm still going to flip through the entirety of the magazine to get to them, but I might even read whatever is written in that section.

Okay, okay—no I won't.

Hit me up on Twitter—I'm #Linning.

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