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`SI' about to take the chill out of winter

AP , NEW YORK

Michelle Lombardo, a 20-year-old restaurant hostess, is the winner of ``Sports Illustrated's'' nationwide swimsuit issue model search, the magazine announced, Sunday. Lombardo, a triathlete from Glastonbury, Connecticut, who now lives in Los Angeles, is shown in Dana Point, California in this November 2003 publicity photo.

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Though Anna Kournikova has struggled with her tennis career, she still has plenty to do.

Kournikova, known more for her looks than her sport, is featured along with several other athletes in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Serena Williams, shortstop Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, New York Rangers center Petr Nedved, Titans running back Eddie George, jockey Jose Santos and skateboarder Tony Hawk also are pictured.

This is the seventh straight year SI has featured athletes as part of its swimsuit issue, which goes on sale Feb. 11.

Also, as part of the 40th anniversary issue, 11 of the most well-known models in the history of the magazine posed for a Hall of Fame portrait. The photo includes Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova, Elle Macpherson, Vendela, Roshumba, Stacey Williams, Rachel Hunter, Valeria Mazza, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

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