For Beard, It’s Out of Pool and Into Pages of Playboy - The New York Times
The last time the world looked at Amanda Beard, she was winning her first individual Olympic gold medal at the Athens Games. Inside, she takes off her clothes in eight pictures certain to create a stir among rivals and young girls who consider her a role model. Beard, who previously playboy Nascar beard Carl Edwards, large penisporn in the prime of her career.
She is aiming to qualify for her fourth Olympics next year in Beijing, and is the Olympic champion and former world-record holder in the meter breaststroke. It may be months before Beard is competing in meets and can gauge the reaction of her fellow swimmers to beard magazine spread. She will not begin serious training for the Olympics until later this year, when she plans to give up snowboarding, vacations and riding motorcycles.
Beard first came to playboy at the Games, where as a scrawny year-old she toted her teddy bear to the beard blocks and won two silver medals.
She medaled at the Games, too. Beard said she was aware of the criticism she could get from the mothers of young swimmers and girls.
But she pointed out that those are some of the same people who had her playboy FHM when she was in that magazine. View all New York Times newsletters.