QUARTERBACK, NFL ROOKIE, 22
The 6′5″ All-America Heisman Trophy winner was the most hotly sought quarterback in this year's NFL draft. "I love showering," he says. "There's nothing better than a hot shower after a workout or a hot practice."
THOROUGHBRED RACING JOCKEY, 30
The 5′2″ Sutherland, who hails from Winnipeg, Man., was once teased for being short. Now, with 313 lifetime wins, she has drawn comparisons to Julie Krone, the winningest female jockey in history.
"I'M PROUD OF MY MUSCLES. I PREFER THE LOOK OF STRENGTH. I CAN'T WEAR SHORT SKIRTS BECAUSE IT LOOKS FUNNY, BUT IT'S BETTER THAN LOOKING LIKE A STICK"
POINT GUARD, NEW ORLEANS/OKLAHOMA CITY HORNETS, 20
The odds-on favorite for the NBA's MVP honors, the 6-ft. point guard will also compete in Japan this summer for the U.S. men's national team.
"AFTER A GAME, I ICE MY KNEES FOR LIKE 10, 15 MINUTES AND DO INTERVIEWS. I SHOWER, PUT LOTION ON. A TEAMMATE GAVE ME VERA WANG COLOGNE. I LIKED IT"
INDYCAR RACER, 24
In 2005 the 5′2″ IndyCar Rookie of the Year led the Indianapolis 500 for 19 laps—a first for a female driver. Strong finishes this year have created buzz about an even better showing at Indy this month.
"YOU SWEAT SO MUCH. WE HAVE A HELMET AND THIS HEAD SOCK; THE SUN'S ON YOU. THE SKIN TAKES A BEATING. I DO MICRODERMABRASION EVERY MONTH. AND FACIALS—THEY HURT SO GOOD"
GOALIE, NEW YORK RANGERS, 24
The 6′1″ native Swede helped his home country win the gold in the Winter Olympics. Now he's a contender for the NHL's Rookie of the Year.
"I DON'T LIKE TO SHAVE DURING THE SEASON BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LOT OF EQUIPMENT AND IT ITCHES. I LET IT GROW ON MY THROAT. IN THE OFF-SEASON, I SHAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE"
CENTER FIELDER, NEW YORK METS, 29
The 6′1″ slugger's seven-year, $119 million contract is just the 10th $100 million-plus deal in Major League history.
"I HAVE TO STAY IN SHAPE. THIS OFF-SEASON I HIRED A CHEF: I WANTED TO EAT BETTER. I DIDN'T LOSE WEIGHT, BUT I LOST A LITTLE FAT, NOT MUSCLE"