2010 Winter Olympics: The 25 Hottest Olympians To Watch For
The 2010 Winter Olympics are almost upon us. And while it may not get the same kind of hype as the Summer ones, they are still a blast to watch. And if skiing, snowboarding, and curling doesn't do it for you, maybe you'll be interested in the women who will be competing in those events.
While many of them will be covered in bulky jackets, you can still tell that there are plenty of athletes that are undeniably hot. Here I'll introduce you to 25 of the hottest to watch out for when you're watching the Winter Olympics.
Trust me, you do not want to miss the top five!
No. 25: Julie Chu (USA)
A forward on the US women's hockey team, Julie Chu only got to play in five games the last Olympics and she'll be hoping to play in many more this time around. She also didn't score any goals last time, but she better find the net at least once this year.
Why? I need to be able to pull out my catchphrase: "She Chu! She Scores!"
No. 24: Isabelle Delobel (FRA)
The 2008 World Champion in doubles ice dancing, Isabelle is one of the hottest French athletes competing at the Olympics.
Yeah, there's this guy following her around the whole time, but at least he throws her up in the air every once in a while, so I guess he's not entirely useless.
No. 23: Shelley Rudman (GBR)
Maybe it's the whole spandex thing. Maybe it's how fast they go. Maybe it's the danger involved. But there is just something about skeleton racers that just gets me going.
All I know is that if Shelley came up to me in that outfit rocking a hot British accent, I would be done for.
No. 22: Petra Majdič (SVN)
Petra is one of Slovenia's best cross country skiers.
Apparently from this picture, she also wants you to know that she is very strong. All I picked up from it though is that she has a great body.
No. 21: Andrea Henkel (GER)
Andrea Henkel is a world-class biathlete for Germany. She has already won three Olympic medals and will undoubtedly be shooting for more in the upcoming game.
If I'm interested in her does that make me biathlete-curious?
No. 20: Katie Uhlaender (USA)
A member of the US Skeleton team, Katie Uhlaender spends most of her days dressed up in spandex, risking life and limb, and flying around at incredible speeds.
Is she a super-hero? Possibly.
No. 19: Ashley Wagner (USA)
One of the youngest on our lists, Ashley Wagner is just 19, but she has made a big impression on the figure skating community in a short time.
She took bronze in this year's World Figure Skating Championships, but hopes to take away something a little more golden at the Olympics.
Something to note, she has trained with Tonya Harding's former coach. Let's hope that's all she has in common with Harding. At least I know she doesn't have an ex-husband. But her dad was in the military...
No. 18: Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA)
Another US skeleton racer, Noelle got so fast because she thought people were telling her to "pick up the pace" when they were actually just trying to say her last name.
No. 17: Dominique Maltais (CAN)
With the Winter Olympics set in Canada, the country really wants to have a good showing in the games. One of their best chances for a medal comes in the form of cute snowboarder Dominique Maltais.
In 2006, she earned a bronze medal in the very first Olympic competition of Snowboard Cross. This year she hopes the second time will be the charm.
No. 16: Janette Hargin (SWE)
Janette Hargin is a six-time Swedish champion in alpine skiing and a seven-time member of the all-hot tub team.
Here's the thing, Hargin is one of the best female Swedish athletes, but you can tune in pretty much any time to any sport and if you catch a member of the Swedish team, you're probably going to be very happy you did.
No. 15: Kim Yu-Na (ROK)
Korean figure skating and reigning World Champion may not be a household name here in the states, but she is a rock star in South Korea.
Just 19, she already has tons of endorsement deals and is one of the more recognizable faces in the country.
Think she has some pressure to have a good showing in the Olympics? You betcha. But as cute as she is, any showing is a good showing in my book.
No. 14: Alissa Czisny (USA)
The 22-year-old is the reigning US National Champion and will be looking to grab her first Olympic medal in 2010.
Fun fact about Alissa: Unlike most skaters, she jumps and spins clockwise instead of counter-clockwise.
You can throw that one in in-between comments about her legs and hot barmaid outfit.
No. 13: Maria Riesch (GER)
A champion alpine ski racer, Riesch is actually great friends with fellow skier and hottie, Lindsey Vonn. Vonn and her husband usually spend Christmas with the Riesch family.
I like to think that during this time they like to just hang out wearing nothing but a trench coat and ski boots. Actually, axe the trench coats.
No. 12: Tanja Szewczenko (GER)
German figure skater Tanja Szewczenko may be a long shot to make the Olympics, but that doesn't mean you can't look for her anyway.
She actually left figure skating for a while to act in a German soap opera, but returned to professional skating last year.
She also has posed for German playboy and I'll let you go ahead and find those scintillating pictures yourself, but you'll understand why I couldn't keep her off this list.
No. 11: Hilary Knight (USA)
The youngest and hottest member of the USA women's hockey team, Hilary Knight has got the skills to back up her placement on the team. She currently leads the National team in points.
The US team may not be as battle-tested as some would have hoped, but with Knight's help, they'll at least be fun to watch.
No. 10: Gretchen Bleiler (USA)
The halfpipe is one of the cooler competitions in the Olympics and Gretchen Bleiler is one of the best in the world. She bagged a silver last year and is one of the favorites this year.
Standing just 5'5, Bleiler is sexy, athletic, and cool all in one tiny package.
No. 9: Aliona Savchenko (GER)
A pair-skater, Aliona is the defending six-time German National champion—she'll be representing her country well in the Olympics.
Another thing she'll be doing well: Wearing those outfits. Pink is definitely her color. Of course, I could probably say that about any color that is draped that tightly on her.
No. 8: Sasha Cohen (USA)
It's good to have you back Sasha. One of America's hottest athletes, the sexy, slender, and flexible Cohen retired from competition back in 2007, but she has come back with a vengeance.
In her first competition back, at the US Championships, she placed second after a two-year absence. I have a feeling she might improve as time goes along. At just 25, she's already getting finer with age.
No. 7: Lindsey Vonn (USA)
Lindsey Vonn is quickly becoming the poster girl of the US for the Winter Olympics. She was the first American to win back-to-back World Championships in alpine skiing and is a favorite to take home the gold in the Olympics.
Even after sustaining an injury in December, Vonn has continued to race and win. On top of everything, she is super fine.
I'll be rooting for her if for no other reason than to see her in a dress like this again to celebrate her victory.
No. 6: Liudmila Privivkova (RUS)
At the fresh age of 19, Liudmila was the "skip" for the Russian team at the last Olympics, where they didn't have the best showing. Now four years older and much, much hotter, she's back for another try.
All I know is, I'll be watching closely. I may even see some curling.
No. 5: Tanith Belbin (USA)
Canadians have to cringe seeing USA beside Tanith Belbin's name. The sexiest ice dancer out there was born and raised in Canada, but competes for the US since she holds dual citizenship.
She is just curvy in all the right places. I'm going to go ahead and make a ruling right now: Guys, it will be acceptable to watch ice dancing if Tanith Belbin is performing. But then and only then. You're welcome.
No. 4: Anni Friesinger (GER)
You don't get a nickname like Super Sexy Anni for nothing. The German speedskater has been breaking as many hearts as she has records for quite some time.
She set the Olympic record in the 1500m in 2002 and it still holds up today. She also set a record for most times making me do a double take.
No. 3: Julia Mancuso (USA)
A gold medalist in the slalom last Olympics, Julia Mancuso is not just another pretty face, or fantastic body, or... what was I talking about again?
Oh, yeah, she was selected as the very first Lange Girl Athlete, showing that women can be "attractive and inspiring."
She definitely has inspired me. Not to go out and ski at all, but to find more pictures of her in those boots and not much else.
No. 2: Claudia Toth (AUS)
Claudia Toth is one of the members of the Australian women's curling team. Yes, curling.
While she has turned down offers from Playboy, she did strip down for the Women of Curling calendar before. So if you haven't had the desire to watch curling before, I'm assuming this will give you a reason.
No. 1: Kristi Leskinen (USA)
What can I say about Kristi Leskinen that I haven't said before. She's a freestyle skier, loves to do it, sounds foreign but is actually American, and looks ridiculously hot in her underwear.
That pretty much sums it up doesn't it? Seriously, though, you shouldn't even be reading this right now. Just look at her. Perfection.
She's not just the hottest Olympian you'll see this year, she might be the hottest one you'll ever see.