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Girls, guys have day at beach

Michael Schneider

Several of the areas finest men and women took to a makeshift stage at the Zephyr Cove Resort Sunday wearing a smile and little else, for the Ninth Annual Swimsuit Competition.

A mostly male crowd of about 1,000 watched 17 men and 18 women compete for 10 spots in each gender’s final held Sunday night at Neros 2000 in Caesars Tahoe

“We’ve got to do this to be politically correct,” said Paul Reder, director of entertainment and special events at Caesars. Reder was speaking of the men’s competition.

Although there were some women watching the competition, some said they were unimpressed with the offerings.

“I’m not very impressed,” said Melissa Chatigny of Carson City. When asked what it was that didn’t live up to her expectations, Chatigny pointed to a pair of Speedo swim trunks and said the competitors should wear longer shorts.

“No, they definitely were not that impressive,” Karen Clark, also of Carson City, said. “We came here with our guy friends because they wanted to see the girls.”

The women’s contest, judging from the crowd reaction, lived up to expectations.

According to Reder, “elementary school teachers,” “nannies,” and “cosmetologists” – no, most were really exotic dancers – competed for the 10 finals spots.

“I’m really impressed,” Ted Dorsey, of Reno, said, his eyes glued to the stage. Dorsey said this was his first swimsuit contest at Zephyr Cove, but he said he is a veteran observer of such contests, seeing many all over the western United States.

“This is absolutely my favorite day of the year,” Reder said. “This has got to be the best talent ever, but I know I say that every year.”

The event was sponsored by Rolling Rock, Zephyr Cove, Kirkwood, Planet Hollywood, KRLT and Caesars Tahoe.

Reder said parts of the contest will air next year on E! Entertainment Television’s “Wild on the Beach” special.

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