Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2013: Breaking Down Potential Cover Candidates

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02:  Katherine Webb attends the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Although its cultural impact has waned in recent years, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue remains very much a part of popular culture.

The cover girl isn't supposed to be revealed until Feb. 11 on the Late Show with David Letterman, a day before the issue hits newsstands (h/t Miriam Di Nunzio of the Chicago Sun-Times).

However, Sara Nathan of the Daily Mail reported on Feb. 1 that the cover girl would be Danish model Nina Agdal. Nathan wrote:

But rumors are swirling that stunning Danish model Nina Agdal has scooped the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The 20-year-old has already posed for the issue—out on Feb. 12—and is believed to have beaten off stiff competition from top contenders, Katherine Webb and Derek Jeter's girlfriend, Hannah Davis, sources tell MailOnline.

While, Agdal might have gotten the cover, there's no sense in completely ignoring Hannah Davis and Katherine Webb. Here's a quick breakdown of the three.


Katherine Webb

Prior to Jan. 7, Webb was a relative unknown. That was of course the night of the BCS National Championship Game, when announcer Brent Musburger seemed to lose the filter between his brain and his mouth.

When Webb was shown, Musburger went from calling the game to gushing over Webb's looks. It made for rather creeping viewing.

Webb was Miss Alabama in 2012 and is the girlfriend of Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron.


Hannah Davis

As the Mail article stated, Davis is also in a relationship with a famous athlete, Derek Jeter.

The 22-year-old has modeled for various companies, including Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret.

Far from just a pretty face, Davis is also a tennis champion in her native country, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and she played volleyball for their national volleyball team (h/t Tamara Abraham of the Daily Mail).

The same Mail article quoted one of the editors for the issue as saying that Davis made a very nice impression for her first time being in the magazine.


Nina Agdal

Now for the presumptive cover girl. Unlike the previous two, Agdal doesn't have the benefit of associating with a well-known athlete.

Despite that, Agdal has already imprinted herself on the consciousness of many with her commercial for Carl's Jr.

Never before has a cod fish sandwich looked any better.

Agdal is no rookie to the Swimsuit Issue. She debuted last year and won Rookie of the Year. Agdal is a very worthy candidate to pick up where some of the most famous models in history have left off, should she earn the issue's cover.