When swimmer Amanda Beard bared all for Playboy in 2007, the fact that she won her first Olympic gold at age 14 was forgotten. One year later she caused more controversy by unveiling her nude anti-fur PETA ad at the Beijing Olympics – proving she really would rather go naked than wear fur. Click here to see her pics.
Amy Acuff posed for Playboy as part of a 12-page pictorial called “Women of the Olympics.” The US track and field star made no excuses for the spread. “I did it for the financial aspect,” she said. “It’s really hard to make that kind of money in the real world.” Click here to see her pics
Sexy sailor Anna Tunnicliffe posed in the buff for her ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue. “I want the world to see sailing as an athletic sport,” she said. “A lot of people think it’s a nice cruise around the bay, cocktail in hand, gentle wind, sunny conditions. But racing is physical and aggressive and we go out rain or shine.” Click here to see her
Australian beauty Brooke Hanson is proud of her nude photo shoot for “Black+White” magazine — where she posed with her husband. The former Olympic swimmer said, “I’ve got a fantastic body at the moment and it was very tasteful. It was great to do it together so we can say to our kids, ‘this is us in our prime.’” Click here to see more
At 6’4″, Candace Parker is difficult to miss. Her ESPN Magazine cover was a slam dunk! “I thought it would be fun,” she said. “Especially since the last time I was on the cover, I was pregnant. It’s nice to see the body transform. I hope I can send a message that if you work hard, you can come back as good as before.” Click here to see more
Destinee Hooker joined her fellow USA Volleyball teammates and took it all off for ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue.” If she had to caption her own nude photo she said it would read: “Lean and muscular,” she said. “I’m not voluptuous; I’m not curvy. I’m just straight up and down, just built.” Click here to see her pics.
Katarina Witt made history in 1998 as the first athlete to pose nude for Playboy. The gorgeous German skater’s photos – including naked headstands – where so sensational the publication sold out for it’s second time ever. Click here to see her pics
Aussie Lauren Jackson has model looks. At 6’5″, she has the height too. It was no surprise her nude “Black+White” magazine shoot was a huge hit. Despite her success on the court, Lauren says when people Google her “instead of being known for my basketball skills, all these nudie shots are the first thing you see.” Click here to see more
Nicole Reinhardt was just one of four German Olympians who stripped off for her country’s September 2008 Playboy magazine. Each athlete had her own nude photo cover. Fittingly, canoeist Reinhardt posed with a paddle for hers. Click here to see her pics
Wearing nothing but a determined look, British rower-turned-cyclist Rebecca Romero posed nude for a Powerade ad in 2008. Rebecca’s mother later admitted her daughter wore underwear for the shoot, which was airbrushed out. Click here to see more photos of Rebecca.