Michelle Jenneke and Alana Blanchard Top Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Athletes

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 12, 2013

Kate Upton and Katherine Webb may be the marquee names most people recognize in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but the athletes featured are just as enticing. 

Australian hurdler who became an Internet sensation, Michelle Jenneke, and famed surfer Alana Blanchard top out the list which also includes Dutch field hockey players Eva de Goede and Ellen Hoog. 

We understand many of you have already come back from the sprint to your mailbox or the nearest convenience store featuring Sports Illustrated

The magazine does well to offer more coverage of the popular issue at their official swimsuit website

That is where you will get far more information and pictures featuring the heavy hitters such as Upton and rising superstar Webb. 

As an added bonus, fans of sports blogs and quirky stories from 2012 will immediately remember this lovely person from Australia. 

The photoshoot video features hurdler Jenneke who very well understands, like Webb, how fame can just fall into one's lap. 

With Leather posted this now famous video of Jenneke warming up with an adorable dance at the Barcelona World Junior Championships. 

That particular video has close to 21 million views on YouTube as of this writing. 

Blanchard is no stranger to anyone remotely tied into the world of surfing. The 22-year-old from Kauai counts among her accolades first place in the 2009 Reef Hawaiian Pro Specialty and 1st in 2007's Women’s Pipeline Championships. 

She also designs Rip Curl bikinis. 

Every year, we expect the swimsuit issue to be a must-buy edition of Sports Illustrated, but this year is powered by some high-profile names that should make this one of the more profitable for the magazine. 

From Upton to Jenneke and everyone in between, this is going to be one of the more memorable swimsuit issues. 


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