Shooter Russell Mark says his wife Lauryn will appear in a men's magazine photo shoot after he pledged to wear the mankini made famous by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
The wife of Australian Olympic shooter Russell Mark will appear in a photoshoot for a men's magazine in the wake of her husband's pledge that he would wear a mankini to the London Olympic Games opening ceremony.
Mark today confirmed that his wife Lauryn, a Commonwealth Games shooting gold medallist who is also vying for selection for the London games, had struck a deal with a men's magazine, but he was coy about the subject matter or the magazine involved.
"I won't be within 1000 miles of the photo shoot ... That would scare even the toughest of men!," Mark said today, nearly two weeks after he lost a tongue-in-cheek bet that his beloved Carlton Blues would beat St Kilda.
Lauryn Mark Photo: Penny Stephens
But Mr Mark would not detail the nature of the photo shoot involving his 32-year-old wife, laughing: "I think you need to wait and see".
Mr Mark said all proceeds from the shoot, which would take place early next month and go to print in July, would be donated to the Royal Children's Hospital, proving that "out of all bad things I guess something good comes".
The Age understands that the photoshoot will appear in Zoo Weekly, although Penthouse and Maxim had also approached Lauryn to appear in their publications.
Mr Mark, who won gold in Atlanta in 1996 and silver in Sydney four years later, said he had made a comment on the Facebook page of one of his young shooting students about the outcome of the St Kilda versus Carlton showdown at Etihad Stadium on May 14.
So confident was Mark that the Blues would win, he wrote that he would parade the lime green, one-piece bathing suit, made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego Borat, at the Olympics opening ceremony if Carlton lost.
But the Blues went down, proving unfortunate for both the football club and for Mark.
At the time, Mark quipped on radio: "My wife's in the team, she'll do it for me". The editors at Australia's men's magazines clearly took note.
"It has obviously spread around the world and yes, we have had a few magazines now contact us to do a pictorial," Mark said.
"We have now come to an agreement with one of them and the photo shoot will take place in early June for release in July. At this stage I don't think it's appropriate for me to name the magazine ...
"I am not discussing the fee, but I would like to stress we are not profiting from any of this and everything we earn will be going to the Royal Children's Hospital."
Zoo Weekly has been contacted for comment.