NINA AGDAL, LILY ALDRIDGE AND CHRISSY TEIGEN GRACE THE HISTORIC COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

SI SWIM 2014 COVER w. restrictions and caption The highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit both celebrates history and makes it as Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen appear on the 2014 cover; the first cover appearance for all three. They join the ranks of iconic models including Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley, who have graced an SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) cover. The 50th Sports Illustrated Swimsuit goes live across the Web, mobile, tablet and newsstands on February 18th.

Said Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day: “The 2014 cover embodies the essence of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. It is presented from a unique perspective, with a lighthearted spirit and breathtaking setting that lets the imagination run wild. This is what Swimsuit does best and we’re thrilled to see it captured in such a memorable image.”

Agdal, a 21-year-old Hilleroed, Denmark, native, first appeared in the issue in 2012 on the beaches of the Seychelles and then traveled to Hayman Island, Australia and the Bahamas (bodypainting) for her second appearance in 2013. Aldridge, the first rookie to be on the cover since Heidi Klum (’98), brings a sultry California-girl look and a fresh face to the franchise. Teigen, one of the most popular models Sports Illustrated has ever seen, makes her fifth appearance (2010, ‘11, ‘12, and ‘13) in the issue. The 28-year-old Delta, Utah, bombshell has added to the illustrious legacy of the Swimsuit Issue over the last five years in shoots at exotic locations, such as the Maldives, Philippines, Seychelles, Easter Island Chili, Bahamas (bodypainting), and now Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Says Day: “These are three very different models who together represent all that Swimsuit has become and will continue be: fresh, exciting, surprising and sexy. Lilly is a fashion industry star who is going to thrill an entirely new audience and she makes history by becoming the first rookie to grace our cover since Heidi Klum. Chrissy is glamorous, dynamic and a cultural phenomenon. And Nina is a bombshell. We knew she was going to be a star from the day we met her.”

Says Agdal: “I’m speechless… This has been my goal. I couldn’t be happier to be on this year’s cover. It’s absolutely amazing!”
Says Aldridge: “I am so incredibly honored to be part of this issue. As my first time ever shooting with Sports Illustrated I never imagined I would be on the cover.”

Says Teigen: “I am so thrilled and honored to not only be on the cover but to be on the 50th Anniversary cover.”

Photographed by James Macari for Sports Illustrated, this is the first ensemble cover since 2006, which featured Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy and Yamila Diaz-Rahi and the fifth cover to feature multiple models (’06, ’96, ’94, ’76).

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Moment of Truth

07COVv17The SEC co-defensive player of the year and hero of this year’s Cotton Bowl, Michael Sam, appears on the cover of this week’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (2/14/14)—on newsstands NOW. On Sunday, Michael Sam came out to The New York Times and ESPN just as he knew the NFL scouts were doing their usual due diligence in preparation for the draft. Saying he wanted the team that drafts him to have no doubts about his sexuality, Sam is now poised to become the league’s first openly gay player.

 Sam has faced a number of hardships in his life but has always found solace in the sport of football. Growing up he had two things going for him, a body of a football player and a sense of confidence. Now, with the NFL draft on the horizon, he has the opportunity to make the NFL “ready” for everything he represents. SI’s S.L. Price writes, “Remember: Baseball wasn’t ‘ready’ when Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, running wasn’t ‘ready’ when Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, pro tennis wasn’t ‘ready’ when King was outed in 1981. No one is ever fully ready for the new. Yet both sport and the republic survived, then thrived, in the aftermath of those advances, and the NFL will too. It has no choice. Michael Sam- and everything he represents- has arrived.’” (Page 37)

His coaches and teammates have no doubt he’ll be a valuable asset to any team that drafts him, noting his tenacity and determination both on and off the field. After the news broke on Sunday, Sam declared every intention of switching mental gears and focusing on getting ready for the scouting combine that begins on February 22. “I see myself as an individual who is trying to train for the NFL,” he says, “Jason Collins is an activist; Wade Davis is an activist, I see myself as a football player.” (Page 36)|SI Senior Writer, S.L. Price

 

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Jimmy Kimmel Live Set To Reveal The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover, Thursday February 13 At 11:35pm

ABC’S JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE SET TO REVEAL THE 2014 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT COVER, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13th at 11:35PM/10:35PM CT

New York, NY, February 10, 2014 — The 50th Anniversary cover of  Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, along with the identity of the coveted 2014 cover model, will be revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Thursday, February 13th at 11:35PM/10:35PM CT ET on ABC. To celebrate the golden anniversary of the swimsuit franchise, this year will be the first time the Swimsuit cover is revealed on the late night talk show.

Following Thursday night’s reveal, this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model will visit Jimmy Kimmel Live in studio for an exclusive late night interview on Monday, February 17th. 

A staple of American popular culture, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit @SI_SWIM has a total audience of more than 70 million adults. The 2014 cover model will join an elite class of icons, including previous Swimsuit cover models Rebecca Romijn, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Cheryl Tiegs, Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, Brooklyn Decker and Kate Upton among others. The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit goes live across the web, mobile, tablet and newsstands on February 18th.

Jimmy Kimmel Live will also welcome Jennifer Lopez and musical guest Silversun Pickups on Monday, February 17th.

“JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE” (Weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC)

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Emmy nominated “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s late-night talk show.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is well known for its huge viral video successes with 1.5 billion views on YouTube alone.  Some of Kimmel’s most popular comedy bits include – Mean Tweets, Lie Witness News, Jimmy’s Twerk Fail Prank, Unnecessary Censorship, YouTube Challenge, The Baby Bachelor, Movie: The Movie, Handsome Men’s Club, Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective and music videos like “I (Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum” and a Blurred Lines parody with Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Jimmy and his security guard Guillermo.

Now in its eleventh season Kimmel’s guests have included: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Larry David, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, Amy Poehler, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Oprah, and unfortunately Matt Damon.

Kimmel has also created one of a kind concert experiences, taking over Hollywood Blvd. for artists such as: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Depeche Mode and Justin Timberlake as well as special outdoor and lobby performances by Lady Gaga, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Prince, Linkin Park, Drake, Tony Bennett, Pitbull, Britney Spears, Kings of Leon, Lady Antebellum, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, No Doubt, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MUSE, Empire of the Sun, The Killers and Elton John.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” broadcasts from Disney’s El Capitan Theater, located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of the Walk of Fame.  This location gives the

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.

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You can follow Jimmy’s personal twitter account,  @jimmykimmel.  #Kimmel

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Angry Birds

COV0210.LO.inddAfter dropping the BOOM on Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane appear on this week’s cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (2/10/14)—on newsstands NOW. Seattle’s D held Denver to just one touchdown in a 43–8 romp at MetLife Stadium. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was flustered for most of the first half, throwing two interceptions. Linebacker Malcolm Smith, named MVP of the game, picked off Manning late in the first half and returned the ball 69 yards for a touchdown. The Seahawks, lead 36–0 before the Broncos finally scored on the last play of the third quarter. Senior writer S.L. Price writes, “Even if you didn’t know that the Seahawks, quietly miffed by a sudden national obsession with Manning’s “Omaha” snap count, barked the buzzword at one another as a goad, “every day, about 10 to 12 times a day,” says receiver Percy Harvin. “They showed him [Manning}, all right, and the result was as brilliant as it was brutal. Bearing all the arrogance of youth and all the rage of the underrated, on Sunday the NFL’s youngest playoff team laid waste to the 37-year-old Manning and his epic offense. The outcome was hardly a shock for the 82,529 folks bellowing in the relative, yes, warmth of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., but the margin and manner surely were.” (Page 26)

The game got off to an odd start when Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, resurrecting his famous flashy duds with an oversized fur coat, botched the coin toss at the start of the game. Then, on the first play from scrimmage, Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball past Manning, who was walking up to the line and didn’t have his hands ready. That set the tone for the trouncing the Broncos would receive for the rest of the night. Writes Price, “Not 12 seconds in, Ramirez, addled by the roaring crowd, lofted a snap over Manning’s right shoulder into the end zone for a safety. ‘There’s no explanation for it,’ Ramirez explained. None but flat-out defeat. No team ever scored faster in a Super Bowl—not even Devin Hester on his kick-return TD to open XLI—and that was only the beginning. Pressed by Seattle’s relentless front line, Manning never lost the harried, confused look of those first moments; the game once expected to be a career topper soon became a potential legacy mangler.” (Page 26)

The rest of the game never turned around for Denver’s top-ranked offense, despite a touchdown and two-point conversion late in the third quarter. Seattle’s Legion of Boom continued to wreak havoc on Manning while also shutting down running back Knowshon Moreno and the entire Broncos rushing game, holding it to just 27 yards for the night. Writes Price, “This was Seattle’s first championship since they joined the league as an expansion franchise in 1976. Before their run to the Super Bowl in 2006 (an XL loss to the Steelers), they had gone a record 21 years without a playoff win, and until this season always seemed a step behind their rivals in San Francisco. But the unique identity created in ’10 by owner Paul Allen, GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll—brainy, upbeat and tough—proved perfect for transforming unheralded talent into a smart and singularly fierce outfit.” (Page 28) | SI Senior Writer, S.L. Price

For a gallery of the best photos from Super Bowl XLVIII go to: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/photos/1402/si-best-photos-from-super-bowl-xlviii/

For gallery of the Top 10 Worst Super Bowls go to: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/photos/1201/10-worst-super-bowls/


Michael Bennett and Brandon Mebane on this week’s Sports Illustrated Cover

COV0210.LO.inddMichael Bennett and Brandon Mebane appear on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover. After dominating the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014, the Seahawks will bring the Lombardi trophy back to Seattle.

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Mikaela Shiffrin: So Good, So Young

Mikaela Shriffin 2.3.14U.S. skiing prodigy 18 year-old Mikaela Shiffrin appears on one of four covers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s 2014 Sochi Olympics Preview  (2/3/14)—on newsstands NOW. Competing in her first World Championships last February, Shiffrin became the youngest woman in 39 years to win an Alpine gold at the Championships. A month later she won the slalom at the World Cup finals, before going on to secure the 2013 slalom season title. In five World Cup slalom races this season Shiffrin has won three times and finished second once. She is also advancing fast in the giant slalom, with a second and third place finish in five races. Her growing competence in that event is a step toward adding the straighter, faster downhill and Super G to her repertoire. In Sochi she is one of the favorites to win the gold in slalom and a threat to win a medal in giant slalom, either of which would make her the youngest U.S. Alpine medalist in history. SI’s Tim Layden writes, “At 18 she has already won more World Cup slalom races than any other U.S. woman in history except Tamara -McKinney (who won nine). Only Lindsey Vonn (59), McKinney (18) and Picabo Street (nine) have won more total World Cup races than Shiffrin. She has jolted the ski world with not just her skill—‘So solid in every turn, very few mistakes, makes it look easy when it’s not,’ says U.S. teammate Ted Ligety, 29, the world’s top-ranked men’s giant slalom skier—but also her emotional maturity. ‘She’s so young, but mentally she’s one of the strongest skiers on the whole circuit,’ says her coach, Roland Pfeifer, 49, an Austrian hired by the U.S. ski team in 2011. ‘Even when she gets nervous, it doesn’t affect her.’” (Page 68)

 Normally an 18-year-old first-time Olympian would be expected to have a few jitters and shivers before stepping foot on such a big, international stage. Not Shiffrin. “I know I’m still the baby of the circuit,” she says, “but I’m skiing well and I feel like I belong. Last year if I won a race, I was like, What if this is all a fluke and every other skier has her skis done wrong? What if it was just some magical Christmas story? This year I feel a lot less of that tension. When I’m in the starting gate, it’s just me and the hill.” She shrugs. “Drama,” she says, “holds you back.” (Page 69)|SI Senior Writer, Tim Layden

Check out SI.com’s video series Rising Stars for a sneak peek at the paths some prominent members of Team USA traveled to make their Olympic dreams come true. Go to www.SI.com/risingstars

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Say Hello, Gracie

Gracie Gold 2.3.14U.S. women’s figure skater Gracie Gold, who earned her first Olympic berth after placing first in the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, appears on one of four covers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s 2014 Sochi Olympics Preview  (2/3/14)—on newsstands NOW. Gold, who is still getting used to her title as the U.S. champion, will contend for an individual medal—and possibly a medal in the new team figure skating event—in Sochi, after earning a personal-best score of 72.12 points for her short program at Nationals, a routine that she changed at the 11th hour. Heading into Sochi, Gold knows there’s no reason to change much of anything after a stunning performance that put her well ahead of runner-up Polina Edmunds, third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu and defending champion Ashley Wagner.  “No, I’m done changing. I’m good. I got it now,” Gold said. “Been there, done that.”

Gold’s only goal for Sochi is to try to her best to live up to her winning last name. Writes SI’s Brian Cazeneuve, “America’s new Olympic skating princess isn’t named Gracie Fourth Place. When she hits the ice in Sochi, even Gracie Gold knows the headline potential. ‘Hmm, Golden Girl. Good as Gold. Gold Rush. Gracie Gets Gold—those are some of my favorites,’ she said last month after winning the U.S. championships in Boston. ‘I can see it.’” (Page 28)

 To be fair, the 18-year-old’s peak may be four years away, and Gold will face stiff competition in Sochi, including returning Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea, but a podium spot isn’t out of reach. Gold brings style, flair and—here comes the name again—grace to the ice. That she can already see winning headlines in her future is a testament to the moxie that got her to Sochi in the first place. |SI Senior Writer, Brian Cazeneuve

Check out SI.com’s video series Rising Stars for a sneak peek at the paths some prominent members of Team USA traveled to make their Olympic dreams come true. Go to www.SI.com/risingstars

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