Latvian Olympian poses for Playboy magazine

Latvian athlete and former University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Ineta Radēviča will appear in Playboy magazine’s “Women of the Olympics” feature. Radēviča will be one of eight athletes pictured nude in the September issue, which is to be published this week.

Playboy Senior Contributing Photographer Arny Freytag selected the models who appear in the layout, the magazine said in an Aug. 9 press release.

“This pictorial is different and fun and really shows natural and physical beauty,” Freytag said in a prepared statement.

The 23-year-old Radēviča, who is married to athlete Viktors Lācis, will represent Latvia in the long jump and triple jump.

Radēviča told the newspaper Neatkarīga Rīta Avīze that she was convinced the photographs would not be compromising.

“Their goal is to show that a female athlete can also be a woman,” she said. “…Even in track and field it is possible to maintain feminity, and I think these photographs will prove that.”

The photo session took place in a desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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