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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: Banff Edition

SI takes athlete models to Canada's marquee national park

This year, Sports Illustrated skipped the sandy beaches and palm trees in favor of Doug firs, glaciers, and 10,000-foot peaks. The magazine chose to shoot three athlete models in Banff National Park, Canada.

SI people say they were inspired by the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver to give Bermuda a break and explore the mountainous Canadian Rockies instead. The models featured in the Banff shots included Paraguayan Olympic javellin-thrower Leryn Franco, U.S. volleyball player and silver medalist Kim Glass, and Brazilian pro surfer Bruna Schmitz. It's not like they're lugging packs or trekking poles; instead, it's the same skimpy swimsuits—this time flanked by Banff frontcountry must-sees like Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, the Bow River, Bow Falls and Johnson Lake.

Here's what Glass thought about it:



Is it too much to ask Sports Illustrated to have their models strap on boots and hit the backcountry? Probably.

—Ted Alvarez

via Calgary Sun

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I am heading to geezer status and i still hit the long trails Banff and Jasper in 2002 were awsum inclinding the mad cow moose that charged me twice with intent to stomp in mud

Luke
Feb 17, 2011

Oh no, I think I've gotta get my cat 'o nine tails out after glancing at this article...

J
Feb 17, 2011

If you read the linked article you would know that all three women are high level athletes. I'm sure they could hit the trails a lot faster than the geezers on here who think SI is a dirty mag.

Kevin
Feb 17, 2011

Interesting…umm…wildlife they have there!

I'm with ET. Don't really need this in an outdoor mag!

ET
Feb 17, 2011

Ridiculous! Leave this stuff to SI if that's what they choose to do. Who needs more temptations in life? That's why I get outdoors, to get away from stuff like this. I thought this was a family magazine?

Brendan
Feb 17, 2011

This is why my wife doesn't mind me having the SI swimsuit edition. You probably couldn't take these ladies on trail.

Jo Duran
Feb 16, 2011

Glad to see this done in the great outdoors since BerkshiresTrails is the perfect setting for just such a shoot. Too bad they didn't make it out here.

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