ESPN Body Issue 2012: Release Date, List of Athletes and More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2012

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 22:  Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia celebrates winning a game in her match against Shuai Peng of China during day three of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship on February 22, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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It's back.

ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue—its yearly tribute to the athletic physique—is set to hit newstands in July, and features a slew of intriguing athletes from Tyson Chandler, Rob Gronkowski and Jose Bautista to Daniela Hantuchova, Abby Wambach and Candace Parker.

While there won't be the huge rush of intrigue that came with Hope Solo's inclusion in the issue last year, ESPN's answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is always worth checking out.

Check below for all the info currently available for this year's edition.

Release Date

This year's Body Issue will hit newsstands on July 13.

Athletes in This Year's Issue

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 03:  Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on September 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mercury defeated the Sparks 93-77.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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Drum roll, please—the 27 athletes to appear in this year's issue are:

Dudes: Carlos Bocanegra (soccer), Rob Gronkowski (NFL), Tyson Chandler (NBA), Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL), Jose Bautista (MLB), Brad Richards (NHL), Mike Smith (jockey), Tim Morehouse (fencing), Walter Dix (track), Danell Leyva (gymnastics), Ashton Eaton (decathlon), 

Ladies: Daniela Hantuchova (WTA), Abby Wambach (soccer), Candace Parker (WNBA), Maya Gabiera (surfing), Ronda Rousey (MMA), Suzann Pettersen (LPGA), Carmelita Jeter (track), Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing), Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing) and the USA Volleyball Team (Destinee Hooker, Stacy Sykora, Alisha Glass, Cynthia Barboza, Megan Hodge, Nellie Spicer and Heather Bown)

Tyson Chandler On His Decision to Participate

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03:  Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks reacts in the first half against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  NOTE
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The following excerpt is from an interview Chandler gave for (which will appear in the Body Issue as well):

I think it gives the average person a good look at athletes' bodies and why we are able to do the things we do. I think a lot of people are curious about it. I wanted to allow people to look at my body and see why I'm able to do the things I do on the court. Also, it's a very artistic shoot, and seeing that in past issues made me want to do it.

I've always though it was ironic that a yearly issue dedicated to the athletic form was called the "Body Issue." After all, that's exactly what it gives the rest of us, if you catch my drift.

I kid, I kid.

As always, this year's edition looks to be an intriguing glimpse into the physiques that help our favorite athletes achieve the greatness in sport we so admire them for. Be sure to check it out.

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