|Happy nude year!|
By Jeff Merron
Page 2 staff
They're everywhere -- athletes, and athletic supporters, posing in the buff to raise money for their favorite causes -- in some cases, themselves. So, if you're looking for a special gift for that special someone -- and want to do some good in the world -- we've provided this wonderful guide to what's available.
Norwegian women's soccer team Fl°ya prints 1,000 copies of their 2004 calendar, which features the players posing sans kit. One even does a fair impression of a confused Lady Godiva.
The item looks like it will sell out, and the team's marketing director, Ole-Morten Johansen, appears surprised at the calendar's success. He tells TV 2 Nettavisen. "The interest has been enormous," adding, "We have received orders from Kristiansand, Bergen, and Trondheim. Yes, even one order from Sweden."
For the kids
The calendar, to raise money for the Francis House Children's Hospice, features "models" aged 18-56, who pose before strategically-placed golf carts, golf clubs, and footballs.
Vail's "R Games"
Inspired by the movie
According to the Sentinal (UK), most of the women, who are in their 30s, "have posed in a pitch tackle, rugby scrum and other group shots."
Inspired by the movie (Part 2)
This calendar is all rugby guys, reports the Peterborough (UK) Evening Telegraph. And boy, did the photographer have fun.
"The cheeky poses were caught on camera by photography student Gillian Rowell (21), girlfriend of the team's scrum half, Celfyn John (23)," reports the Evening Telegraph.
'They were obviously used to getting their kit off and were running around chasing each other," she says. "It was so funny -- I couldn't stop giggling. I've never seen so many naked men in my life."
(Insert your corny/obvious "pole" joke here)
Mueller tells Track and Field News, "The first time I tried it, it was like, 'wow.' It's such a rush ... It's a feeling that's indescribable. It seems like it takes forever to come down. There's no feeling like that."
She's talking about pole vaulting. But just thinking about her saying that has us reaching for our wallet to support the cause. The women combined to form the VaultGirls, and the calendar is part of their fundraising effort for the 2004 Olympics.
Actually, the vaulters, when not shown in competition, pose relatively modestly -- in bikinis, or with hands strategically placed.
As part of an effort to raise $250,000 to build a track at Rappahannock County High School in Virginia, 5,000 copies of "The Men of Rappahannock County," a 2004 calendar, are printed. Among the poseurs: Bill Dietel, 76, one of the five "Lunch Bunch" men who bare all. He tells the Rappahannock News, "I think all of us did it for the sake of the cause. We were willing to do it for the kids."
The idea for the calendar came from Cathy Kreyling, whose 15-year-old daughter is on the school's winning girls track team. "We are the only school in the district that doesn't have a track and one of the few in the state," Mrs. Krelying tells the newspaper. "We can never have a track meet here because there are no facilities."
Unfortunately, the first photo shoot, in early Sept., didn't go so well. One model, wearing only boots aboard an antique Harley Davidson, found himself answering to a police officer after residents complained. The cop's first question: "Where's your helmet?"
We won't joke around about this one
It's hard work, if you can get it
The 2004 calendar was shot in Hilton Head, SC, back in April, and boy was it tough, said photographer Al Tielemans. "We're trying to make something sexy out of every picture. (Gee, really?) "The girls look gorgeous and you have to put the looks, what she's wearing, the location of the spot, the pose -- and you want to make her look as hot as she possibly can."
Women in waders. It all began with a married couple, Melinda and Gary, who discovered something special, as SI reported last July. "We'd go fishing and he'd like to see me in waders," Melissa said.
So began a thriving business -- the first "Women in Waders" calendar, circa 2001, sold 5,000 copies just in Oregon. This year you can get two editions -- one with a few boats, titled "Beauty and the Bass" or the more traditional "Women in Waders 2004" number.
Would you like to buy a box of thin mints, too?
Try as we might, we were unable to locate an Internet vendor selling the calendar. But Aftenposten did post one R-rated selection.