ESPN Body Issue 2012: Athletes Who Should Be in This Year's Edition

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02:  Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a backhand return during her Ladies' singles fourth round match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The 2012 edition of ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue is set to hit newsstands on July 13. A total of 27 athletes will strike artistic poses to show the average person what a world-class athlete's physique really looks like.

The 27 chosen specimens are all admirable choices. You can check out the full list here, but that doesn't mean the list is complete.

A handful of athletes should have made the cut this year, but didn't. Let's take a look at a few of this year's snubs.


Thomas Robinson

Robinson dominated college basketball last season because of his physical prowess. He's put together, and he belongs in this year's Body Issue.

The only basketball player in this year's issue is Tyson Chandler. Robinson's college status may have hurt his stock, but now he's an NBA player. Putting a younger athlete in the issue would certainly generate excitement.

The Kansas Jayhawks enjoyed Robinson's athleticism and physicality last season in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. People who purchase this magazine would enjoy it as well.


Bryce Harper

Harper is among the world's most exciting, and anticipated, athletes. He has taken Major League Baseball by storm as a 19-year-old ultra-prospect.

It just seems fitting for Harper to be in the issue. His personality usually puts him at the forefront of most baseball conversations, both good and bad.

This issue needs to generate anticipation. Hope Solo's presence last year definitely created a buzz, and Harper's would as well (albeit in a different way).

He has that rare personality. People watch his every move, always waiting to see what he will do, or say, next.

Why wouldn't you want him in this issue?


Maria Sharapova

Sharapova is all talent and legs. Her impressive physique is only matched by her undeniable talent on the tennis court.

The WTA's Daniela Hantuchova is involved in this issue, but Sharapova would be a better choice. Everyone, even casual observers, know who she is.

This issue needs athletes who bring high exposure to their sport, and Sharapova does. She's the most visible women's tennis player in the world today.

ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue will be intriguing because of the athletes involved, but it could be better. These three major names would provide an added boost to this issue's popularity.