Predicting the Athletes of the 2014 SI Swimsuit Edition

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterFebruary 20, 2013

Predicting the Athletes of the 2014 SI Swimsuit Edition

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    It’s never too soon to start the speculation.

    The Kate Upton-covered 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is still fresh in the mind and sweet on the cornea, but it begs the question: What’s next?

    This year’s athletes (Alan Blanchard, Eva De Goede, Ellen Hoog and Michelle Jenneke) did some strong work, but there’s always room for improvement.

    Who will be the next group of women to take a moment from their professional athletic endeavors and don bikinis in the name of carrying on the hot, smoking swimsuit torch?

    The following is a group of ladies we think could find themselves in slinky full-page photo spreads between the covers of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimwear print.

Victoria Azarenka

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    The 24-year-old tennis star from Belarus has been on fire over the past year and currently sits at No. 2 in the world ranking.

    Azarenka is hot on the tennis court and sexy to boot, and if she continues generate chatter and pose for pictures like this one, I wouldn’t be surprised to see SI offering her a sport in the next swimsuit issue.

    And if she does get in the magazine, hopefully she’ll be able to move up in the dating pool and drop that jackass from LMFAO.

Ronda Rousey

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    Get acquainted with her because pro snowboarder Chanelle Sladics is certainly going to be a name you hear tossed around by the sports media as the 2014 Winter Olympics draws near.

    The 25-year-old American won a bronze medal at the 2007 X-Games competing in Slopestyle  snowboarding, a big-air, grindiriffic event that was just voted into the 2014 Winter Olympics earlier this month.

    And by the looks of it, she’s more than ready for her close-up.

Gina Carano

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    The reigning female hottie of mixed martial arts, former MMA fighter Gina Carano is retired from fighting, so this might be a long shot.

    But if she made a comeback and fought Ronda Rousey... 

    Well, we could end up with two-for-one deal of sexy, brutal women suplexing each other in string bikinis.

Michelle Waterson

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    This is Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson. And she is, in fact, a hot person who does karate.

    The 27-year-old MMA fighter already does work on the side as a model, and I don’t think anyone would mind her lending her “expertise” to SI’s swimsuit issue.

Caroline Wozniacki

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    Danish tennis sensation Caroline Wozniacki made plenty of waves with her recent impression of Serena Williams, stirring reactions ranging from “Haha, that was silly” to “DAS RACISS.”

    But regardless of your opinion on her antics, the talented 22-year-old has impressed on the court and definitely appears to have the attitude and physique to wow us in swimsuit spread.

    And if her star power alone isn’t enough to catch SI’s attention, the play of her boyfriend Rory McIlroy over the next year certainly might give her a boost.

Skylar Diggins

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    Notre Dame women’s basketball star Skylar Diggins is a beast. In a good way.

    Diggins has led the her team to a 24-1 record so far this season and is leading the No. 2 Fighting Irish in scoring (16.2 PPG), assists (5.8) and steal (2.9) per game. 

    That said, she isn’t hard on the eyes either. And she is definitely is the kind of determined and stylish athlete you’d expect to see in the swimsuit issue.

Bia and Branca Feres

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    Twins, Basil!

    Identical twins Bia and Branca Feres have been swimming and doing gymnastics together since the age of three.

    And there might not be a real time hook for SI to include these two retired Brazilian synchronized swimmers in the 2014 issue, but I think I speak for every redblooded male on God’s green earth when I say, “MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.”

Amber and Angela Cope

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    Another pair of athletic identical twins, Amber and Angela Cope made history in 2010 when they became the first twins to compete in the same Formula 1 race.  

    The 29-year-old twins haven’t shot a spread for SI as of yet, but as there is an extreme dearth of beautiful identical twins in the Swimsuit Issue these days, it may just be their time.

Danica Patrick

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    She’s done it before, she could do it again. 

    After taking the pole earlier this week (go ahead, take a moment to snicker—get it out of your system) NASCAR driver and GoDaddy girl Danica Patrick is putting herself back into the media spotlight. 

    I doubt if Patrick will still be in the national conversation come time to shoot the next Swimsuit Edition, but stranger things have happened. I think they could do better.

Tia Northfleet

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    Tia Norfleet became NASCAR’s first African-American female driver last August, and she is determined to get the word out and expand interest in stock car racing to the black community. 

    And what better way to expand interest in your sport than displaying one of your many “talents” between the pages of Sports Illustrated?

Sage Erickson

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    After struggling mightily on the Women’s Tour in 2012, pro surfer Sage Erickson found her stride and won back-to-back competitions at Oceanside and Spain that slung her up to the top of the ASP Women’s World Ranking. 

    Erickson is a girl-next-door type of beauty with a career on the rise, and obviously working a bathing suit has never been a problem for her.

Sydney Leroux

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    Canadian soccer player Sydney Leroux is a fast-rising star in the world of women’s soccer. 

    Leroux came off the bench and scored goal after goal for the US Women’s soccer team this past year, and she most definitely should follow in the footsteps of her teammate Alex Morgan if SI comes a-knocking. 

    A Leroux photo spread would be groundbreaking for SI, who, to my knowledge, have never featured a majorly inked-up lady in the Swimsuit Edition.

Alissa Czisny

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    Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Alissa Czisny will definitely be in the mix for a possible photo spread in Sports Illustrated.

    Given, figure skating isn’t the biggest reason readers subscribe to SI, but Czisny is poised to make a big comeback just in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

    The 25-year-old skater just pulled out of the US Figure Skating Championships in January after suffering a dislocated hip, and if she can rehab in time to qualify for Sochi, she’ll generate the kind of buzz that gets ladies in the swimsuit edition.

Aimee Fuller

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    Aimee Fuller is another lovely lady tearing it up on the slopes.

    Fuller is a 21-year-old professional snowboarder from Ireland who specializes in slopestyle. Fuller finished second at the February 2012 Roxy Snow Pro, and she’ll have a shot at breaking into the international media consciousness at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Simona Halep

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    Romanian tennis star Simona Halep is slowly working her way back to being a world-class tennis player, but most of the headlines surrounding the 21-year-old are still in reference to the large, 34DD “tracts of land” she had reduced in 2010.

    Halep has never done a swimsuit shoot, and unless she plays her way to the top of the world rankings (she’s currently No. 51) or those mountains reemerge, it’s likely to stay that way.

Allison Stokke

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    University of California, Berkeley pole vaulter Allison Stokke first came into the public consciousness in 2007 after images of the then 18-year-old brunette looking svelte in her track outfit went viral.

    Stokke has since fell into obscurity, that is, until a picture of her attending a Counting Crows concert with US women’s soccer star Alex Morgan surfaced in November 2012.

    It’s a long shot, but Stokke is still a looker, and her friendship with former Swimsuit Edition feature girl Alex Morgan provides her with an inside lane to Sports Illustrated. 

Chanelle Sladics

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    Get acquainted with her because pro snowboarder Chanelle Sladics is certainly going to be a name you hear tossed around by the sports media as the 2014 Winter Olympics draws near.

    The 25-year-old American won a bronze medal at the 2007 X-Games competing in Slopestyle  snowboarding, a big-air, grindiriffic event that was just voted into the 2014 Winter Olympics earlier this month.

    And by the looks of it, she’s more than ready for her close-up.

McKayla Maroney

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    I mostly included McKayla Maroney in this list because I wanted to see how many people would call me a weird creep.

    But seriously, facts are facts: McKayla Maroney is turning 18 in December. She is a superstar, and it’s not a ridiculous stretch of the imagination that readers would be interested in seeing her in a bathing suit one day in the future. 

    The very, very near future.