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Olympian Mark poses in bikini with gun
By Mat Mackay
11:30 AEST Fri Jul 13 2012

Olympic shooter Lauryn Mark and her fellow Olympian husband could be embroiled in more controversy after she posed in a bikini with her gun for a men's magazine.

ninemsn can today reveal exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot, set to appear on the cover of Zoo Weekly next Monday.

In pictures: Lauryn Mark's saucy photoshoot

The covershoot comes as Lauryn and her husband Russell Mark lock horns with Olympic chiefs after being told they cannot share a room in London.

Mr Mark, an Olympic gold and silver medallist heading to his sixth Games, said he has been told by officials he would have to room instead with fellow shooter and former gold medallist, Michael Diamond.

"The reason they gave was the bathroom sharing ratio would be breached. What a load of absolute rubbish,” he said.

While the AOC has since insisted they will be able to sleep together, Mr Mark said he is yet to get that message and has demanded the "mess" be sorted out before their departure to London next week.

Earlier this month the double trap champion inflamed debate surrounding sleeping pills, saying he would not abide to the decision to ban athletes using sedatives such as Temazapan, that he has used during competition for years.

Lauryn’s appearance in Zoo includes images of the skeet shooter posing with her gun and could be likened to the photograph that resulted in sanctions against fellow Olympians Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk.

Swimming’s so-called bad boys had posted an image of themselves with guns on Facebook and amid widespread criticism, were told they would be sent home from the Olympics at the conclusion of their events.

They have also been banned from using social media.

The Marks said the photoshoot involving US-born Lauryn was the result of a "silly" bet in which Mr Mark pledged to wear a mankini at the opening ceremony after his AFL side lost a match.

They said they hoped the public wouldn’t read anything more into it and said Mrs Mark’s decision to pose on his behalf was also raising money for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

“That was harder than anything else I’ve had to do before,” Mrs Mark said.

“I’m pretty shy. It’s unusual to be the one to be shot at, rather than doing the shooting myself.”

Mrs Mark, 32, was born in California and while her current form has raised hopes of a medal in London, she has also turned heads for her gruelling training regime that includes pole dancing.

“I needed to still get a workout in (after having children) … I’m able to put the video on and do a workout after the kids have gone to bed.”

If successful in London, the Marks would be the first husband and wife shooters to win gold at an Olympics.

Each are former Olympians and while Mr Mark tasted the ultimate success in Atlanta in 1996, Mrs Mark missed a medal by one target in Athens in 2004.

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