Even before Michelangelo sculpted the statue of David, one of mankind's great masterpieces, humans have been fascinated by the human form. The body has been recreated and admired through art, our fascination with the physical self standing the test of time.
As technology has advanced, we have been granted the means to capture the body on film as it actually is, the camera providing a more perfect mirror of reality than the statue or paintbrush ever could.
And so, with the news that Brooklyn Decker recently released a tasteful, sexy gallery of topless photos, we at Bleacher Report felt that now was the time to celebrate the art of displaying the human form on film. Thus, we present to you Nudity in Sports: A Pictorial History.
It is no secret that athletes possess the sort of toned and chiseled frames needed to withstand the many rigors of competitive sport. On this slideshow, we celebrate that fact.