Olympic Stud of the Day: Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelenaisinbayeva_lOne of the Studliest things I’ve ever read about is Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper falling asleep on the launch pad while awaiting liftoff. Therefore, it should be no surprise that my Stud of the Day is Russia’s princess of the pole vault, two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva. She didn’t even have to compete until the bar rose to 15′ 5″ — how common are those free passes in the Olympics? — so she just reclined right there in the infield. When she finally joined the competition, she not only clinched her second gold medal, she also set her 24th world record. And she did it all while wearing black nail polish, which I love. (Special shout-out to American beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh, whose black nail polish I’ve admired many times during close-ups of her blocking. Look for Walsh and partner Misty May-Treanor to be Studded when they win their second gold.)

Now, of course, Isinbayeva would like to make the jump to Hollywood, with a “small but important role.” We think she’ll need more than three attempts at that. But then again, she would look great next to Jean-Claude Van Damme…

Nominate your own Olympic Stud of the Day* — or second ours — below. (Then click here to check out our winning Studs from the previous days in Beijing.)

* Not just a man or woman who turns us on. (Necessarily.)


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  • AA

    Simon Whitfield!!!! He missed the Triathalon gold medal by 5 seconds (after competing for 55 kms–1 hours, 45ish minutes), but one of the best finishes in the last 200 metres I have seen! Check it out if you can find it!

  • Marianne

    Chris Hoy, GB cyclist and Scotland’s Michael Phelps with 3 Golds from his 3 events. And his thighs have a circumference of 66cms at the widest point…

  • heather

    Simon Whitfield for sure. He was counted out of that triathalon at least three times and made it back into the lead pack.

  • Gretchen Weiners

    Oh ick no. This woman was sort of hateful in her story piece last night. All she talked about was how beautiful she is and how she only wears designer clothes. No thanks – be humble!

  • v

    After reading this article on Whitfield, maybe Colin Jenkins should get an OSotD nod.


  • AA

    Hey v, I second your nomination of Jenkins as OSOTD along with Simon. Although I did read in the Globe & Mail that Simon is going to split his $20K bonus for winning a medal with Jenkins.

  • Andie

    I’m going to throw Nastia Liukin’s name out there for keeping her composure after finding out she got screwed out of a gold medal in the uneven bars.

  • mehere

    Yes, she rocks. Loved the somersault of glee she did afterwards too. Don’t hate her cuz she’s beautiful ;)

  • Stanley

    Maybe she will get her own movie also?


  • emily

    she should be a naughty Bond lady in the next movie.

  • BenG

    Alexandre Despatie of Canada who rallied back from 21st position to win silver in the 3m Springboard diving and Simon Whitfield of Canada who won Gold in Sydney, faltered in Athens and then won silver in Beijing, even though no one thought he was a contender. GO CANADA!

  • KG

    keeping composure during unfair moments is one of the qualities of a great champ. my favorite part was when nastia looked at the board and accepted her #2 ranking, then looked at the board again and noticed that she has the same score w/ He, then wondered why she’s ranked 2nd. i would laugh if i didn’t keep saying “what the frak?” myself… and i still want to nominate debbie phelps as OSD. or principal stud of the day.

  • Nat X

    What about hurdler Angelo Taylor? He looked like such a bad-a$$ running in his sunglasses.

  • mark

    alexandre despatie has to be on this list. if you don’t know what he looks like, you owe it to yourself to google him lol. soooo fine.

  • anne

    How about that discus or shot put throwing chick from the USA. First American woman to win that since 1932!

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