Olympic Yearbook notable Evan (abs) Lysacek is one of the (abs) preeminent male ice skaters around (abs). But more importantly (yes, there’s something more important than his athletic prowess) he’s really effing sexy. Lysacek took home the silver medal in Torino and is heading back to Vancouver as a favorite for the top prize. But he’s already a big star, as one of the top male figure skaters and consistent medal winners on the international scene for the past three years. Off the ice, he’s signed with DNA models and counts Vera Wang and Christian Dior as pals, often sporting their designs on the ice. As if he wasn’t awwww-dorable enough, Mr. Sex On Skates has been dating fellow Olympic hopeful Tanith Belbin since 2007. Also, abs.
Gretchen Bleiler, our latest Olympic Yearbook inductee, should be the kinda girl other girls love to hate. She’s gorgeous, photogenic, and an uber-talented snowboarder – but she’s so damn down to earth and cool, loathing her is impossible. Ranked the 10th hottest Winter Olympian by FHM (behind fellow FabLife Olympic Yearbook notable, Tanith Belbin, who snagged the #5 slot), Gretchen, 27, is leading a growing pack of female all-stars on the snowboarding circuit.
Yes, Canadian-American Tanith Belbin posed practically naked on the cover of Men’s Health, in celebration of the mag naming her America’s Hottest Athlete. And yes, she is H.O.T. But beyond her insanely good looks lies an ice dancer with a competitive streak, and she’s chasing the gold alongside her skating partner Ben Agosto in Vancouver this month.
Tanith, 25, moved to the States as a teenager from her native Canada to find an ice dancing partner that matched her skill level, and was granted expedited citizenship by President Bush in 2005 so that she could compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics, where they snagged the silver medal. Sure, Tanith is hot enough to melt the ice under her skates (we’re sure her rumored ice dancing flame Evan Lysacek would agree), but changing your citizenship to compete for the ultimate prize? Now that’s just mother-effin’ bad-ass…kinda like that sexy Men’s Health cover.
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.