Aussie Swimmer’s FHM Spread Makes a Big Splash

More steamy photos of Australian swimmer, Stephanie Rice have made their way online. This time however, the photos are taken by a professional photographer and Rice, sadly is not wearing her sexy cop costume. The medley world record holder who made a splash with her Facebook photos back in April finds herself on the cover of the latest issue of Australia’s FHM.

Stephanie Rice

We are happy to see the latest from 19 year-old swimmer who will be competiting in Beijing next week, the Australian media on the other hand is not too pleased. The headlines of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH read, “Stephanie Rice strips for lad mag FHM.”

Sorry to disappoint you guys, but THE DAILY TELEGRAPH took some liberties with the word “strip.” Rice is actually quite covered. Her swimsuit that she will wear in the pool in Beijing might actually be more revealing.

Judge for yourself, more photos from this spread after the jump.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH writes, “Rice’s raunchy shoot on the eve of the Beijing Games is a risk, experts say.” Aussies certainly have a different idea of “raunchy.”

Stephanie Rice

Former triathlon champion Nici Andronicus is among the Aussies hating on Rice’s spread. She says “It’s not a distraction (to Rice) but it’s a distraction to the other competitors because it puts a giant cross on your shoulders, and they will do everything they can to bring you down.”

Stephanie Rice

A media strategist Barry O’Brien said “It can backfire, but I don’t think it’s going to neck her career. She’s a great talent and, if she wins a gold medal, they’ll be lining up 10 deep.”

Stephanie Rice

I agree with Barry. On one hand, yes, she is a great talent, but I don’t think she needs a gold medal for guys to line up 10 deep. Silver, bronze, aluminum - it doesn’t really matter, we’re there.