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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: Banff Edition

SI takes athlete models to Canada's marquee national park

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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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