Venus Williams and Prince Fielder Headline ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014


ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue has become a big hit in recent years, and in 2014, some of the biggest names in sports stripped down for the photoshoot.

On Monday, ESPN revealed that tennis stars Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych would be appearing in the issue. Venus isn't the first Williams sister to pose for the Body Issue, as Serena has done it before.

ESPN revealed on Wednesday which other athletes would join the tennis stars in the magazine's special issue:

  • Michael Phelps (18-time Olympic gold medalist)
  • Prince Fielder (Texas Rangers first baseman)
  • Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks running back)
  • Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder forward)
  • Jamie Anderson (Gold-medal-winning snowboarder)
  • Aja Evans (Olympic bronze-medal-winning bobsledder)
  • Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver)
  • Omar Gonzalez (U.S. men's soccer player)
  • Coco Ho (Surfer)
  • Bernard Hopkins (Boxer)
  • Ginger Huber (Cliff diver)
  • Hilary Knight (Olympic hockey player)
  • Angel McCoughtry (WNBA)
  • Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z (X Games stars; husband and wife)
  • Amy Purdy (2014 Paralympics bronze medalist)
  • Megan Rapinoe (U.S. women's soccer player)
  • Jimmy Spithill (America's Cup-winning yacht Oracle Team USA's)
  • Nigel Sylvester (BMX)
  • Danyelle Wolf (Boxer)

That's a star-studded list of athletes.

This opportunity shouldn't be too weird for Michael Phelps. After all, he's been wearing just a bathing suit in the international spotlight ever since 2000.

Megan Rapinoe joins Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux as members of the United States women's national team who have posed for the magazine.

Every sport requires a different build, so the Body Issue gives fans a chance to see what the bodies of athletes from those different sports look like.

The Body Issue will hit stands on July 11.

[ESPN Tennis]