The Times didn't use either of these photos; for some reason, I couldn't copy theirs. But you get the idea. They are Anna and Kristy Berington, who are competing in the Iditarod sled race this year. The Times' angle was that there are more women competing in the race than ever, and that they are competitive with the men. The title of the article was, Enduring the Iditarod as Equals.
(If you scroll through the pictures accompanying the linked article, you can see the shot of the twins they put on their front page.)
It wasn't surprising that the Times would push their feminist agenda; they always do, even in their articles on sports. What was surprising was that they would use a honey shot the way they did.
Normally the august Gray Lady does not stoop to using pictures of pretty girls on their front page to attract interest. But they seem to have this time.
It was also surprising how good-looking some of these mushers are. Here's Katherine Keith, another entrant in this year's race:
Places like Sweden, and Norway have always had reputations for having lots of good-looking females. But I also know a few guys who've been to those places, and came back disappointed.
Now I'll finally be able to give these guys some good advice: go to Alaska -- that's where the really hot babes are!