N-ice! Colbert Skates Onto Sports Illustrated
Cover boy dons speedskating uniform for media issue
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 15, 2009 1:46 AM CST
Updated Dec 15, 2009 5:50 AM CST
Stephen Colbert is shown on the Dec. 21 cover of "Sports Illustrated."   (AP Photo/ Michael O'Neill for Sports Illustrated)

(Newser) – Speedskating savior Stephen Colbert has joined the legions of athletes, swimsuit models and other celebrities to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Colbert Report comedian appears on the the magazine's latest issue wearing an Olympic speedskating uniform, AP reports.

Colbert has made Olympics-related material a nearly nightly fixture on his show, and devoted Colbert fans known as the Colbert Nation became the official primary sponsor of the US speedskating team last month. The team's largest annual cash sponsor, DSB Bank NV, left the team in the lurch after it declared bankruptcy in October. With contributions from fans, more than $250,000 has been raised.