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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sexiest Woman Alive


Maybe they were shooting for a good girl vs. bad girl type of thing?

Sixty four women are up for Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive" award, and one of them is snowboarding's very own Gretchen Bleiler. The women are currently in round one of a six-round reader-vote bracket contest, which is kind of like an online version of the Thunderdome. Who is Bleiler matched up against in round one?

Rihanna.

"Did you see the pictures?" said Bleiler, when asked about the contest. "Rihanna's in a dress with her shoulders bared, looking sexy, and they've got me in a baggy sweater! They definitely didn't do me any favors with that photo."

As to where the photo came from, and how she came to be nominated for the "Sexiest Woman Alive" award, "I have no idea," said Bleiler, laughing, adding that she's also been nominated for "Hottest Female Athlete" by Men's Health, and she's not sure how that happened, either.

The Men's Health award is also a reader-vote bracket contest, and Bleiler is not wearing a sweater in this photo. Accordingly, she is cleaning up in her matchup against golf star Carling Coffing.

The results of the Rihanna/Bleiler matchup aren't public, but voting ends at midnight March 17, so you may want to get in there and cast a ballot for the hometown hero before it's too late.