Olympic Studs of the Day: Lindsey Vonn, Shani Davis, and Shaun White

Day 6’s Olympic Stud(/ette): It’s a three-way tie! Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, speed skater Shani Davis, and snowboarder Shaun White. The PopWatch Olympic Committee has ruled that last night’s American gold medalists were too good NOT to honor – and co-Chairperson Annie Barrett lobbied hard for someone with two X chromosomes to be featured in a Stud of the Day image. Let’s break down the action:

Lindsey ”What injury?” Vonn: I got the spoiler tweet about Vonn’s victory several hours before watching it on TV, but it surprisingly didn’t take too much away from it. Vonn’s bruised shin was a matter of major concern before the race, but the potential new icon of girl power (sorry, Spice Girls) pulled out a tough victory that has surely silenced naysayers. One commentator even said going down the treacherous course was ”like carrying a piano on your back.” Ouch! But if that’s truly the case, I’m hiring Lindsey for my next moving day. That aside, Lindsey’s tearful interview after her win, when ironically enough the interviewer complimented her on how well she controlled her emotions, was almost as good as to watch as the race itself. I must admit that Vonn’s lengthy embrace with husband Thomas made my stone of a heart twinge just a little.

Shani ”See what I did there?” Davis: His narrow win over Mo Tae-bum of South Korea was both smooth and a big ole ”take that!” to his critics (Davis got flack earlier this week for skipping out on the 500-meter). Sports aside, Davis gets full-fledged stud status for his physique (after three not-appropriate-for-reading expressions, that’s the term I settled on) and his white-as-the-ice teeth. His good-natured ribbing with a fellow competitor, which he discussed in a post-win interview with NBC, also made him a strong candidate for this honorable PopWatch distinction. Good sportsmanship = very studly.

Shaun ”Too awesome to look at directly” White: While White is not my cup of stud tea (of which I try to consume at least one cup every day), a man who can jump that high on a snowboard and perform a Double McTwist 1260 just because he feels like it deserves some kudos. After seeing his awful fall at the X Games, I was hoping he wouldn’t try (and fail) to do a Double McTwist during his first run. When he aced it, though, I wanted to see him pull one out during his second run. He delivered. Both of White’s awe-inspiring performances have earned him three things: a gold medal (duh!), a spot on the Stud of the Day, and enough cool points for me to forgive him for not Tweeting since September.

What say you, PopWatchers? Did we miss anyone last night?

More Olympics coverage:
Olympic Stud of the Day 5: Evan Lysacek

Olympic Stud of Day 4: Seth Wescott
Olympic Stud of Day 3: Canadian men’s moguls gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Olympic Stud of Day 2: U.S. speed skater Apolo Ohno
Olympic Stud of Day 1: U.S. curler Chris Plys
PopWatch on Ice: Mandi’s figure skating recaps, Scott Hamilton interviews, and more!

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  • HAH

    Good picks for the day. It was an Awesome night for Team USA.

  • ks

    LOVE Shaun White

  • lefty

    U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • Elizabeth

    Sandra: were you listening to Russ Parr this morning too? The Shani Davis/Old Spice commercial thing is awesome!

  • Deb

    Shaun ”Too awesome to look at directly” White……
    Love it!

    • dizzy

      Lol, I know. He’s pretty awesome.

    • Holland

      Thought it wodunl’t to give it a shot. I was right.

  • Feiss

    Shaun White looks like Eric Stolz in “Mask”.

    • wilma

      That’s StolTz, with a T.

    • ks

      Much better looking than Eric!

    • Melinda65

      He might look like Eric Stoltz from “Mask,” but he doesn’t look like Eric Stoltz IN “Mask.” :)

  • Linda L

    Good choices. I was wondering last night who was going to be the Olympic stud. Last night’s program was awesome.

  • Lindsay

    Is it just me or does Shani Davis look like Frozone from The Incredibles in his skating uniform??? It’s his “Super-suit”

    • a person

      hahaha i agree completely!!

    • Stacy


    • Lorie

      Hee! Good call.

    • Steph

      Good Catch!!! Frozone, the African-American superhero, is designed after Shani Davis. He was the inspiration for the Pixar character.

      • Ana

        I didn’t know that. That’s awesome.

      • dizzy

        Wow, that’s pretty cool.

      • tanya

        Who said Pixar used him as an inspiration or is this conjecture?

    • Elizabeth

      Points for Lindsey!

      “Woman! Where is my supersuit?!”

  • Michelle

    The three way tie is really the only way to go. Go Team USA!

  • jessiesk

    figures you would only pick people from the USA. FYI there are a lot of attractive athletes winning medals that aren’t from the States.

    • Canada

      They’ve picked non-Americans (well, one Canadian in Bilodeau anyway, and non US honourable mentions). I can’t really blame them for being most enamoured with their own athletes, especially when they’ve put in such great performances. I might agree if they were picking US athletes who did poorly over other country’s athletes doing well, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Just my two cents.

    • Melinda65

      Writers working for a U.S. magazine, watching coverage on a U.S. station, picking U.S. athletes for SotD. How odd.

  • Canada

    Great day for Team USA. Congrats! Shaun White is absurd – there was no one even close to touching him last night, and watching him take that joyride was a blast. Can’t believe the games have just started – they’ve been so much fun so far. Go Canada go!!

  • Maddi

    Not gonna lie, Shaun White is totally my cup of stud tea. His utter amazingness doesn’t exactly hurt, either.

  • Carrie

    I want Dick Button to be the Olympic stud of the day! He is adorable and I miss his “Push Dick’s Button” segments!

    • Cardsgal

      I am so grateful Button isn’t doing play-by-play for the skating competitions; his post-event “breakdowns” with Costas are bad enough. He was always guilty of being hypercritical; now he’s rambling, to boot.

      • Carrie

        I love the ramble!

      • Lisa Simpson

        I love that Dick Button points out bad positions and sloppy footwork. I grew up watching his commentary, and it gave me a more educated eye (I was a skier rather than skater, so any education on that helped).

    • walter

      Dick Button has some gigantic shoes! I bet Lady GaGa will be borrowing them pretty soon.

  • Miranda

    Shaun and Lindsey were both freaking awesome!!!Loved it! Hope Lindsey keeps kicking butt all week.

    • Dominic

      I should say, as a lot as I enojyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt support but shed interest soon after a although. Its as should you had a amazing grasp on the subject matter, but you forgot to contain your readers. Maybe you should consider this from far a lot more than 1 angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so considerably. Its far better if you think about what others may possibly have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction towards the topic. Think about adjusting your own believed method and giving others who might read this the benefit of the doubt.

  • Broadway Baby

    Shaun White IS awesome. And what makes him awesomer(sic) is that I’m pretty sure he’s an offspring of one Gibb or another – probably Andy, but maybe Barry.

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