When it comes to athletes, their bodies are their greatest assets. Those assets are on full display once again this year as ESPN The Magazine celebrates athletes in their purest form via The Body Issue.
While the 2014 edition doesn't hit newsstands until July 11, ESPN and USA Today have offered advanced glimpses at the likes of Venus Williams, Michael Phelps and many more baring it all.
Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and races, which is something that ESPN does an excellent job of showcasing. There is no one body type that ensures excellence across all competitions, but every athlete featured in The Body Issue is perfectly engineered to succeed at their trade.
With the highly anticipated release of The Body Issue quickly approaching, here is a sneak peak at the featured athletes and how they'll be presented on the pages of ESPN The Magazine.