Thursday, March 3, 2011

Naked underwater photoshoot... Olympic style.

Meet Britain's Olympic water babes, who've shed their inhibitions along with their costumes

Last updated at 12:43 AM on 4th March 2011
The dozen swimmers, divers, water polo players and one member of the synchronised swimming squad got together for this exclusive — and daring — photo-shoot. 
Diver Tonia Couch, 21, from Plymouth, the same town as Britain’s top medal hope, schoolboy diver Tom Daley, admitted her boyfriend had his doubts about it. 
‘When I told him what we were doing, he said: “What? Naked?”’
Naked ambition: A dozen of Great Britain's Olympic hopefuls took to the pool
Naked ambition: A dozen of Great Britain's Olympic hopefuls took to the pool
The Olympic girls
The Olympic girls: Find out who the naked ladies are below
Key to girls:
1 Monique Gladding, 29, from Sheffield: 10 metre high board, individual and synchronised; 2 Sophie Casson, 25, from Hest Bank, Lancashire: 10km open water swim; 3 Stephanie Millward, 29, from Swansea: Paralympic swimming; 4 Brooke Graddon, 23, from Plymouth: 10 metre high board diving; 5 Stacey Tadd, 21, from Bath: 200m breaststroke; 6 Lisa Gibson, 21, from Manchester: Water polo (centre-forward); 7 Robyn Nichols, 20, Manchester: Water polo (goal); 8 Katie Dawkins, 22, from Bristol: Synchronised swimming; 9 Rachel Lefley, 20, from Gainsborough: Short course swimming; 10 Amy Smith, 23, from Kidderminster:  Freestyle sprint swimming; 11 Tonia Couch, 21, from Plymouth: 10 metre high board individual and synchronised; 12 Georgia Davies, 20, from Swansea: Backstroke
Twenty-one-year-old Stacey Tadd, a 200 metres breaststroke swimmer from Bath, took along her mum for moral support. 
Water polo player Lisa Gibson, 21, said: ‘I wasn’t nervous about being naked in front of the camera. 
'I was more worried about how I was going to breathe and smile at the same time.’ 
Also in the picture is Stephanie Millward, a paralympic swimmer who has battled multiple sclerosis.
Two divers were on standby with oxygen masks as the girls posed for the Mail’s Andy Hooper, who used £10,000 worth of camera gear — a Nikon D300 encased in a watertight Subal housing.
Each girl had to be photographed individually because it would have been too chaotic to try to capture them all at once. 
They were then ‘placed’ in a group by some computer wizardry.
The photo-shoot was carried out to back the girls’ Olympic dream, sponsored by the National Lottery and British Gas. 
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