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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Gretchen Bleiler v. Rihanna for Sexiest Woman


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 1?

Rihanna.

"Did you see the pictures?" said Bleiler, who competed in Winter X Games Europe SuperPipe contest in Tignes, France. "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 award, "I have no idea," said Bleiler, laughing, adding that she has also been nominated for "Hottest Female Athlete" by Men's Health. She's not sure how that happened, either.