In 2009, ESPN The Magazine came up with an idea to feature 30 athletes, men and women, totally naked but without any nudity. It is a fine line to border but they found a way to do it with class and style.
Four years later and 50 athletes down, the issue has become a yearly issue. The original idea was to rival Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue and it has done that and more. It has become something we look forward to every year now. We are excited to hear which athletes will pose for the issue.
The 2012 issue hits newsstands on July 13th so we have put together a list of the hottest photos from the women that made the cut.
If Team USA volleyball plays half as good as they look, a gold medal would be a no-brainer.
Some people think sailing isn't a sport. Those people have never been sailing.
There was a moment when I thought Alisha Glass was related to Kim Glass. Further research shows they are not related at all. Darn.
Carmelita Jeter is the Usain Bolt of women. Well, she needs to be that fast to win a gold medal in London.
2012 makes the 13th year Stacy Sykora has been a part of Team USA volleyball. I haven't owned a shirt that long.
Megan Hodge has more awards than Meryl Streep but this will be her first Olympics. It would be great to add a gold medal to her list of accolades.
Suzann Pettersen isn't new to golf. But she is new to you. You're welcome.
If you thought rowing was easy, you have no idea. Just imagine doing it without any legs. Oksana is the third from the right.
I was going to ask if Team USA volleyball had a beautiful young blond. Nevermind.
Candace Parker was not the first woman to dunk a basketball in a game. She was, however, the best looking while doing it.
Cynthia Barboza is giving everyone hope for a gold medal in 2012. She is also giving me hope for a great ESPN body issue.
The best female MMA fighter in the world today is also the hottest, Ronda Rousey.
She has not been in the news lately but Daniela Hantuchova is still a very good tennis star. I would hate to see her beat my girl Maria Sharapova but that would be a great match to watch.
I think we all have a new favorite female surfer. And she goes by the name Maya Gabeira.
Destinee Hooker isn't standing on anything in this photo, she is that tall. She stands six foot, five inches. Tall and sexy. Love that combination.