The first time we did this list it was right before the 2008 Beijing Games, when Amanda Beard was posing nude for PETA. Even though she was posing for PETA, it got us to look back at every Olympic athlete we could find who had ever posed for Playboy. But shortly after the Olympics, four German athletes decided to grace the pages of Playboy, so naturally, we had to update the list.
Anyway, nothing here will be NSFW, but we'll provide you the necessary links.
1. Svetlana Khorkina - The Russian gymnast has a ridiculous 27 international medals to her name, from both the Olympics and World Championships. However, early on in her career, and only a year after she won individual gold on the uneven bars in Atlanta, she posed for Playboy's Russian magazine. Her mother thought she looked beautiful. Her father went absolutely ballistic. But it didn't do anything to hurt her career, as she kept racking up medals through the 2004 Games. [NSFW link]
2. Maria Butyrskaya - Had a long and decorated career as a Russian figure skater. In 1999, she became the oldest person to win the ladies' singles title at the World Figure Skating Championships. She also won bronze medals at the 1998 and 2000 World Championships. She placed fourth at the 1998 Winter Olympics and sixth at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She appeared in the November 1998 Russian issue of Playboy. [NSFW link]
3. Katarina Witt - Easily the most celebrated athlete to ever pose for Playboy. She won women's figure skating gold medals in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics and won 4 World Championship golds. Perhaps even more impressive, Witt's December 1998 appearance in Playboy was the second ever sold-out issue of this magazine. The first sold-out issue? That was the inaugural one which had photos of Marilyn Monroe. So pretty select company. And as an added bonus, Witt was also in the movie Ronin. [NSFW link]
4. Amy Acuff - Beijing will be Acuff's 4th Olympic Games as a high jumper. However, she has yet to medal in the Olympics. What she'll probably always be best known for is being the cover girl for the September 2004 "Women of the Olympics" edition of Playboy, which featured five Olympians in total. [NSFW link]
5. Haley Cope - Cope joined Acuff in the 2004 Olympics edition of Playboy. She earned a silver medal by swimming in the prelims of the 400 medley relay in Athens, but aside from that had an uninspiring Olympic career. Hopefully she got cut a decent check for her pics. [NSFW link 1, NSFW link 2 (second athlete down)]
6. Ineta Radeviča - Radeviča was also in the 2004 Olympics issue. She won two triple jump NCAA championships while competing for the University of Nebraska. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, while competing for Latvia, she placed 13th in the triple jump and 20th in the long jump. [NSFW link 1, NSFW link 2, NSFW link 3]
7. Zhanna Pintusevich-Block - Block was a two-time world champion sprinter who also posed in the 2004 issue. She never wound up medaling in the Olympics and was later identified by Victor Conte as having taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs in the BALCO scandal - which if you search around for pictures of her, you can clearly understand why. Although my guess is A-Rod would totally dig her. [NSFW link, if you dare (third athlete down)]
8. Fanni Juhasz - An extremely obscure Hungarian pole-vaulter who also appeared in the 2004 Olympic issue. She didn't do anything of note at the 2004 Olympics and pictures of her are nearly impossible to find - hence this random photo of her on some street. I'm not even sure how Playboy found her, in all honesty. [NSFW link (far right hand corner, although I'm not even sure that's her)]
9. Amanda Beard - She's obviously the best known of everyone on the list right now. Beijing is Beard's 4th Olympics. She broke on to the scene in 1996 as a 14-year old winning silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, and a gold in the medley relay. In 2004 she won a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke, her first individual gold medal. She also won a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley, and she finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke. She also grew up pretty fast from being a shy 14-year-old. She appeared in the 2004 Olympians shoot for FHM, the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and she of course posed for the July 2007 issue of Playboy. [NSFW link]
10. Romy Tarangul, Nicole Reinhardt, Katharina Scholz, Petra Niemann. The four German athletes all posed in the September 2008 German edition of Playboy that obviously had an Olympic focus. In fact, there were four different covers of the magazine, one for each lady. Here's each cover. [NSFW link]
Tarangul (left) was a Judo competitor at Beijing who got knocked out of the competition very early on, but still claimed she could beat up pretty much any guy with here training. [NSFW link]
Reinhardt (left-center) was Germany's best hope for gold in the kayak competition and did one in the K-4 500 m event. [NSFW link]
Scholz (right-center) was a field hockey starlet who played on the German women's field hockey team in Beijing. The team wound placing 4th. [NSFW 1 link] [NSFW link 2]
Niemann (right) competed in her third Olympiad at Beijing in sailing. Her best finish in any event was 4th place. [NSFW link 1, NSFW link 2, NSFW link 3, NSFW link 4]
And I know you ladies want something as well. Olympian Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Playgirl in 1982, but that's it. He just did an interview with the magazine.