Nude German Olympians’ pictures on Playboy

Breaking News, Entertainment & Celebrities, Sports — By Mary Joah on August 20, 2008 at 7:22 am


Four German Olympic stars have posed nude for the cover of Playboy. Germany’s September Playboy will have four different covers for the first time when it is published on Thursday- each for the four athletes.

Topless photos of hockey player Katharina Scholz, sailor Petra Niemann, judo competitor Romy Tarangul and canoeist Nicole Reinhardt are published on four alternative front covers of the latest German edition of the adult magazine.

It’s the first time that any of these women have posed nude in a magazine. Most of the images showed the four athletes surrounded by objects from their sport. However, Nicole Reinhardt is seen in some pictures posing in a canoe and not in a kayak

Reinhardt poses with only a canoe paddle to protect her modesty, while Niemann is shown tugging on a sailing rope over her head.

Scholz defended her decision to pose nude but said that she had no plans for a future in modeling.

“For me it was a good opportunity, and maybe when I look back after a few years I will be proud of it,” the 25-year-old said.

“I think now I have to play hockey and later talk about things like that. I think it’s a good opportunity but it’s not important for me for now,” Scholz said.

“Not everybody can go on the cover of Playboy. I did it because I am confident of my body and myself.”

She added: “It wasn’t a group decision, we haven’t seen each other. The shooting was separate. Everyone decided it for themselves.”

The four Germans are not the first Olympic athletes to strip off for extra publicity.

US Olympic swimming champion Amanda Beard posed naked in Playboy last year, and three British athletes including triple jumper Phillips Idowu bared all as part of an advertising campaign ahead of this year’s Games.

And these are photos of 4 German Olympians on PlayBoy:

Kayaker Nicole Reinhardt says her sport is all about the technique. Surprisingly she’s one of Germany’s highest hopes for gold. The women’s kayak event has been delayed in Beijing and is expected to be raced over the weekend.

German hockey player Katharina Scholz fears news of her being a Playboy covergirl might overshadow her Olympic campaign.

Katharina Sholz is a member of the German field hockey team and told Playboy magazine “In hockey, we wear underwear and no armour under our skirts”.

The German field hockey team has been undefeated and sits atop group B with 9 points. Yesterday, Katharina Scholz and her team beat the United States 4-2.

This is Petra Niemann’s third Olympic Games and sadly she’s never won a medal. Maybe this new Playboy spread will open a new career path?

Sadly Judo athlete Romy Tarangul has already been eliminated from the Olympic Games. It’s unclear what Tarangul plans to do with herself after judo. Although Tarangul is out of the Olympics she can still cheer on the other three women who are still in the fight for gold.

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