America's 20 Hottest Olympians at Vancouver 2010
These women prove that you can be beautiful and and also compete at sports highest level. Some like Julia Mancuso, Linsday Vonn, Tanith Belbin and Gretchen Bleiler are stars in their sports. Many of these women will become stars after the Vancouver Olympics are completed. Others are aren't likely to medal, but show that the competition is still the most important thing.
Katie Uhlaender- Skelton
Uhlaender started competing in the skelton in 2003 and won the American junior and national championship in her first season. After finished sixth at the 2006 Turino Olympics, Uhlaender captured the World Cup title the next two seasons.
Uhlaender will be competing with a heavy heart. She will march in the opening ceremonies a year to the date after the death of her father, former Major Leaguer Ted. She wears his World Series ring around her neck. Uhlaender could be poised to become a breakout star in Vancouver.
Tanith Belbin-Ice Dancing
Tanith Belbin enters the 2010 Olympics as one of its most intriguing stars. Born and raised in Canada, the dual American-Canadian Citizen decided to compete for the United States. Belbin and partner Ben Agosto missed the 2002 Olympics as Belbin had not yet completed her American citizenship. They captured the silver medal in Torino. They will be one of the most watched stories in Vancouver.
Erin Hamlin- Luge
Hamlin finished 12th in Torino and announced herself as a contended for Vancouver in 2009. At the 2009 FIL Championships in Hamlin's home state in Lake Placid, NY, Hamlin shocked the Luge World. Her title at LP was the first time in 99 races that a German did not win an FIL event.
Noelle Pikus-Pace- Skelton
The 27 year old Pikus-Pace was considered one of the favorites at Turino until a freak accident ended her dreams in the fall of 2005. In the four years since, Pikus-Pace has won a gold and silver medal at the world championships and given birth to a daughter.
Cook is another winter Olympian that seeks to medal after having to sit out an Olympics. She missed the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics after suffering torn knee ligaments two weeks before the Olympics. She had to watch the aerials in her hometown of Park City. With a fourth place finish at the 2009 Aerial World Championships, Cook hopes to break through it what might be her last Olympics
After multiple top ten finishes in 2009, Gorgone hopes to improve and surprise by capturing a spot on podium in Vancouver. She finished 22nd in Turino
Allison Baver- Short Track Speedskating
Baver is one of the most decorated US Speedskaters over the past 15 years. She has overcome many injuries to become one of the world's most premier speedskaters. Her qualification as one of the hottest American women Olympians includes modeling for Wilhelmina. Baver is competing in her third Olympics and is entered in three events in Vancouver. She will race in the 1000 and 1500 meters and the 3000 relay.
Gretchen Bleiler- Snowboarding
Bleier is competing her second Olympics after capturing a silver medal in Turino. She has won numerous medals at the Winter X Games. Bleier has also ventured into designing outfits for snowboarding. She has contracts with K2 and Oakley among others. She had an amazing 2009 by finishing on the podium of every event she entered. Like Baver, she has cred as a model by being featured as a cover model for FHM.
Lindsay Vonn-Alpine Skiing
Vonn is poised to become the star of the Vancouver Olympics if she can get healthy. Vonn is suffering from a shin injury, but with weather delays she might heal in time to become the Michael Phelps of Vancouver. She will be competing in the five major skiing disciplines. She is the sport's premiere star and has a chance to medal in all five skiing events. She is married to former US Olympian Thomas Vonn. She won the gold in the downhill and Super G at the 2009 World Championships and is the two time defending world cup champion.
Julia Mancuso- Alpine Skiing
Mancuso was a surprise hero in Turino. She won the Gold in the Giant Slalom. She then backed it up with a silver in the super combined at the 2007 World Championships. Mancuso is another of the women athletes that has modeled. She has posed in lingerie and for her sponsor Lange.
Michelle Roark-Freestyle Skiing, Moguls
Roark is one of the older and smaller women competing in Vancouver. Roark is 35 is 5'0. She hasn't medaled since the 2003 World Cup. She also hold a degree in chemical engineering and has her own fragrance company that specializes in all natural products.
Kimberly Derrick-Short Track Speed Skating
The native of Memphis is competing in her second Olympics. She began her career as an inline skater. Derrick won four medals during the 2009 World Cup season, including being a part of gold medal winning relay team. She courageously competed in Torino hours before her grandfather died while there to watch her.
Joraanstad will be curling for Debbie McCormick's team. Although not known well in the United States, curling is extremely popular in Canada. She earned a Silver medal at the 2006 World Championships. From 2006-08 she won three straight national championship as part of McCormick's team.
Hannah Kearney-Freestyle Skiing-Moguls
Since bursting on to the scene by capturing a world championship at age 18 in 2005, Kearney has had inconsistent results. She was a favorite in Turino, but failed to make it past qualfying. Kearney won the Olympics trials. Kearney broke the hearts of Canada by edging out their national hero and Torino Gold Medalist Jenn Heil.
Megan McJames- Alpine Skiing
At 22 years old, McJames is one of the youngest competitors on this list. McJames has done well on the NorAm (North American) Circuit, but has yet to break through in the FIS races. She is more likely to medal in Sochi in 2014.
Briane McLaughlin- Ice Hockey
Mc Laughlin will provide depth behind starter Jessie Vetter in net. At Robert Morris University McLaughlin set an NCAA record with 3,809 saves
Katherine Reutters-Speed Skating
Reutters entered speed skating after meeting Bonnie Blair in her hometown of Champaign, Il. Reutter is one of the rising stars in short track. She is a multiple medal winner in the 1000 and 1,500. She is also the three-time reigning national champion. She will be one of the american women to watch in Vancouver.
Catherine Raney-Norman-Short Track Speed Skating
Raney-Norman will be skating in her fourth winter games in Vancouver. Although not considered a medal threat, Raney-Norman is the American record holder in the 3000 and 5000 meters. She should be a part of the team pursuit in which the US should have a chance to medal. Raney-Norman is coached by Salt Lake City Speedskating Gold Medalist Derek Parra.
Megan Sweeney- Luge
Sweeney is competing in her first Olympics. Her best World Cup finish was seventh in 2008
Hannah Teter-Snowboard, Half Pipe
Teter returns to defend her gold medal from 2006 in Turino. She has won six world cup titles in her career. She has her own charity, Hannah's Gold. Through the sale of maple syrup from her home state of Vermont, Teter raises money for the village of Kirindon, Kenya.