It could be seen as a sign of progress that Lindsey Vonn, arguably America's greatest skier ever -- and an inarguable choice for The Big Story in Vancouver -- scored the cover of Sports Illustrated's Olympics preview edition.

It could be seen as a sign of progress that Lindsey Vonn, arguably America’s greatest skier ever — and an inarguable choice for The Big Story in Vancouver — scored the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Olympics preview edition.

But we sort of wonder whether Bode Miller or Ted Ligety – or even some other members of the U.S. women’s squad — would be pictured quite the same way, all made up and ready for … something.

Thoughts?

Update: To responders who thought I was calling out the pose for being provocative, probably because of my above ref to “something,” which I meant to mean anything but skiing. I was responding to the obvious cover-girl treatment as opposed to the more typical SI action photo. This one was clearly posed on flat ground, probably in a studio, with an athlete in full makeup, a fake backdrop added, etc. It just struck me as a lot more cheesecake than one would typically see on the mag. Any other motivations you’d like to heap upon me are from your own imagination.

I cover ski racing and believe Vonn is probably the greatest skier, male or female, the country has ever produced. If anything, I worry that her pop-star status takes away from people’s appreciation of her incredible athletic talent.

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