U.S. aerial skier, Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, 28, has a reputation for being a rebel. The self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, who’s been on the U.S. ski team for 10 years, was forced to leave the Torino Olympics early after being arrested for having a drunken bar fight. On top of what’s probably a hot head, Jeret recently went bankrupt after investing his savings plus money from a lucky gambling run into real estate. Despite all else, Jeret remains the only aerial skier to do the daring “hurricane” stunt on the slopes. Now if the team can keep him away from hurricanes in the bar, we may may have a winner at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
This category goes to 25-year-old Sasha Cohen, hands down. In fact, the figure skating cutie is already half way to a legitimate Hollywood career — well, maybe one-hundreth of the way. After she bagged the silver at the 2006 Olympics, Sasha told the L.A. Times that she was considering switching careers to acting:
Skating is not quite what it used to be, and it is a little bit disheartening to skate in front of half-empty arenas. I’m a performer, and it’s tough.
Apparently, her reasoning is that skating is only popular once every four years, whereas she could mesmerize people on the silver screen 24/7. Sasha also explained that her agent was inundated with scripts. Really? Hmmmm. To date, the highlights of her acting career are cameos or small parts in “CSI: NY” and Bratz: The Movie. She’s also in Blades of Glory, but we’re not sure if playing yourself counts.
To be fair, we’re assuming the skater’s training has made a serious stab at acting all but impossible even though she did study for a semester at the New York Film Academy of Harvard. Hey Hollywood, once Vancouver’s over (especially if Sasha wins gold), watch the hell out!
Figure skating doesn’t normally produce outrageous figures — unless, say, someone’s capping knees. But Johnny Weircould turn out to be the Adam Lambert of the Olympics. In 2006, the American skater ruffled feathers by wearing a Russian warm-up jacket and he’s already set off an avalanche-sized controversy this year by skating into Vancouver with white fox fur on his shoulders. (After receiving complaints and death threats, the fur has been removed).
Johnny’s similarity to Adam has nothing to do with foxes or fur, but both use their flamboyance to make statements during mainstream public events. We don’t think Johnny will be kissing guys on live national TV like Lambert, but after watching the promo for the eight-part TV series “Be Good Johnny Weir,” we’re not counting it out either. More facts: Johnny has two pet chihuahuas named Bon-Bon and Vanya, models in runway shows, speaks Russian and French, has a penchant for glittery rhinestones and is a three-time U.S. National Champion.
With the 2010 Winter Olympics only a month away, the athletes are swamped with scrimmages, lengthy practices, and press events. The Women’s Hockey Team recently got a break from their hectic schedules to attend an Ottawa Senators game, where they met country superstar Carrie Underwood, as she cheered on fiancé Mike Fisher. In the above video, exclusively sent to us by Team USA captain Natalie Darwitz, Underwood wishes the team the best of luck as they giggle with excitement. Pretty great to see that world class athletes aren’t immune to star-struck giddiness.
Take a look at some shots straight from the captain’s camera, including a few of the team skating at Fenway Park.