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Aussie athletes pose nude for calendar

June 22, 2004 13:15 IST
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Swimmer Michael Klim and basketball player Lauren Jackson were among 35 Australian Olympic athletes who posed nude for a calendar released on Tuesday.

Olympic basketballer Lauren JacksonThe Athens Dream, a 220-page special issue of Black+White magazine, retails at A$32.95 (US$22.74).

Australian athletes also shed their clothes for the Olympic edition of the magazine in 1996 and 2000.

Shaven-headed Klim is a former 100 metres butterfly world record holder but has only qualified for the 50 metres freestyle relay at the Athens Games in August.

Klim posed with fish in warm water.

"They were smelly and slimy. At the end of the day I felt quite liberated. I was ready to go again," said the 26-year-old, who won two relay golds at the Sydney 2000 Games.

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