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Olympics blog: Bottoms up

Nate Peterson
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Hannah Teter, of the United States, celebrates with her with her silver medal in the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)
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My suggestion for the newest Winter Olympic event? Bikini slalom.

Seriously, think of the TV ratings that would pull in. And, considering curling is already an Olympic sport, I don’t think I’m reaching here.

As Sports Illustrated’s recent swimsuit issue makes clear, there’s plenty of female athletes here who could give their Summer Games peers a run for their money in a two-piece.

One of those is Hannah Teter of Vermont and also South Lake Tahoe, Calif., who agreed to pose on a glacier at Whistler with next to nothing for the SI shoot that also featured Vail’s Lindsey Vonn and Minturn’s Clair Bidez (who just missed making the U.S. halfpipe squad).

Teter, who has four older brothers and grew up a tomboy in the woods of Vermont, seems like the last person you’d expect to see in a two-piece in Sports Illustrated. She admitted that herself in an interview before the Games began, but now she seems to be embracing her inner underwear model.

She’s offering a line of panties for sale to raise money for Doctors Without Borders and the outfit’s relief work in Haiti. A pair of her Sweet Cheeks undies sells for $18 a pair, with $5 from every pair going to the cause.

The undies have “Make Love, Not War” on, you guessed it, the rear end. On the Sweet Cheeks’ website http://www.sweetcheekspanties.com it says the enterprise is about giving with “heart, soul and booty” and that these are “panties with purpose.”

Teter is certainly not the first U.S. winter athlete to use her sex appeal to sell women’s underwear. Ski racer Julia Mancuso of Squaw Valley, Calif., who has won two silver medals here, and won a gold in giant slalom in Turin, already has her own line of lingerie called “Super Jules.” And like Teter, she’s already showed off her assets, posing as the Lange girl a few years back in just her ski boots, bra and panties.

After Vonn appeared in SI, it appears that there’s next to nothing that she and Mancuso aren’t competitive about.

As for Teter, the new venture is just one more way for her to raise money for her hand-picked charitable causes. In an interview before the Games, she told the Montreal Gazette that she has donated more than $200,000 of her contest earnings since winning gold in Turin and that all proceeds from her line of maple syrup, Hannah’s Gold, go to supporting AIDS orphans in Africa.

Just don’t bring up the whole SI swimsuit shoot thing to any of her brothers.

“We didn’t really talk about it,” she said Thursday night after winning the silver in the Cypress halfpipe. “It’s kind of an awkward conversation. Yeah, they probably didn’t really look at it.”

In all seriousness, oldest Teter brother, Amen, who manages Hannah and younger brothers Abe and Elijah, said Hannah had her brothers’ full support.

“I’ve been skirting around that question,” Amen joked, when asked what he thought of the pics, while his sister stood just a few feet away, surrounded by cameras. “I’m stoked for her. I was actually the one who got the call saying they wanted Hannah to do the swimsuit thing and I was like, ‘I’m not sure. I don’t know what I think about that.’ I told her, and she was like, ‘Really? That sounds so fun!’ I was like, ‘All right.'”

Amen Teter then paused, before adding: “The confidence she had talking about it, I knew it was going to turn out good. She’s just got this confidence about herself and who she is and what she’s doing that it works. She’s totally comfortable with it.”

“But you can imagine what your bros are like.”

Having a younger sister myself, yeah I can.


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