ESPN Body Issue 2013: Photos of Featured Athletes Revealed
ESPN The Magazine has put out the fifth annual Body Issue, once again featuring plenty of incredible athletes showing off their chiseled nude bodies.
Stars from all over the world and from all different realms of athletics have congregated within these pages of the Worldwide Leader’s publication, meaning you won’t want to miss a single image.
Take a look at the latest photos and preview shots from the magazine and make sure you grab an issue when it hits newsstands on Friday, July 12.
Courtney Force, NHRA Funny Car Driver
Courtney Force is an up-and-coming driver in the funny car scene.
She’s hoping to bring more exposure to her sport with this shoot, proving that both genders can succeed in the world of racing.
Courtney isn’t the first Force to pose for ESPN The Magazine, as her father, John, appeared in the Body Issue back in 2011.
John Wall, Washington Wizards (NBA)
John Wall has become one of the NBA's top young point guards after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2010.
He’s definitely not modest whatsoever about baring it all and showing what he's made of, both on and off the court.
Hopefully this isn’t the highlight of his year, as Washington Wizards fans are expecting a huge improvement from this superstar in 2013-14.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
Colin Kaepernick took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl last year in his first season as the starting quarterback, and now he’s taking off his clothes to reveal the build behind his skill set.
The young 49ers quarterback is one of the most electric athletes in the league, but he has been a lightning rod for controversy due to his tattoos.
It’s clear that he isn’t embarrassed or ashamed of them, as they are on full display in all their glory here.
Tarah Gieger, Motocross Racer
Tarah Gieger has dominated at the X Games, winning one gold and two silver supercross medals in her young career.
The 27-year-old motocross racer decided to further increase her visibility by going for a ride around the track in the buff.
Don’t be surprised if ESPN sees a spike in the Nielsen ratings next time the X Games are on, in no small part due to Gieger’s contributions.
Gary Player, Golfer
At 77, Gary Player is the oldest person to ever appear in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.
The South African golfer, who has nine Grand Slam wins including three Masters victories, is renowned for his dedication in the gym, earning the nickname “Mr. Fitness” for his efforts.
It has certainly paid off, as the Johannesburg native is in much better shape than most at his age.
Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda, Rock Climbers
Rock climbing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.
These two obviously have complete control of their bodies. In the image, they are suspended from cliffs using nothing but their natural bodies and abilities.
As someone who is scared of heights, I commend their bravery, but quickly want to move to the next slide.
Elena Hight, Snowboarder
Elena Hight has medaled five times at the X Games, but her most impressive skill may be her ability to throw together a full-fledged cookout after snowboarding down a mountain—all in the nude.
While she’s never attained a gold medal in competition, she gets one from me for this impressive outing with ESPN.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (MLB)
After an impressive 2012 showing, Giancarlo Stanton has failed to live up to expectations thus far in 2013, which led to him not being selecting to the Home Run Derby or All-Star Game.
While that is a shame, the Marlins superstar can still say he belongs to an exclusive fraternity—as one of only two baseball players to appear in the Body Issue in 2013.
Stanton has over 100 home runs in his four-year career and is pretty much the only remaining star on the gutted Miami Marlins roster.
Marlen Esparza, Boxer
Marlen Esparza seems like someone you wouldn’t want to mess with, as the boxer has an Olympic bronze medal (2012 London Games) to her name and a fierce look in these photos.
She’s one of the best in the world and offers a glimmer of hope against the prevailing thought that boxing is a dying sport.
Kerri Walsh Jennings, Beach Volleyball Player
Kerri Walsh Jennings pulled off perhaps the most impressive feat of all, giving birth to a child between shoots for ESPN The Magazine.
The beach volleyball superstar, who has won three consecutive Olympic gold medals with Misty May-Treanor, told the Worldwide Leader that even a serious injury feels like a flesh wound after giving birth.
Props to her and all of the other mothers out there.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (NBA)
Kenneth Faried is a high-flying rebounding machine for the Denver Nuggets, but he had to take a few licks early in life to get to this point.
Faried pointed out that his father was the first person to dunk on him, back in seventh grade.
It motivated him to hit the gym and get into shape, and the 6’8”, 228-pound beast—whose nickname is "The Manimal"—is now one of the toughest players to posterize in the league.
Miesha Tate, UFC Fighter
Miesha Tate is contending for the UFC women's bantamweight title, but she’ll also be vying for the hearts of readers everywhere due to her Body Issue appearance.
She’s going to get her chance against the women's UFC champ—Ronda Rousey—soon on Dec. 28, but anyone who sees this photo shoot knows that, no matter what happens, Tate is going to be a winner.
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Joffrey Lupul has been in the NHL since 2003 and knows that change is crucial to success.
He’s switched his number three times, transitioned from right to left wing and adapted to a variety of injuries.
Now Lupul is changing out of his clothes and posing for the Body Issue, perhaps his most daring move yet.
He has totaled 162 goals and 179 assists for the Mighty Ducks, Oilers, Flyers and Maple Leafs.
Sydney Leroux, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
Sydney Leroux is one of the nation’s top young soccer stars.
The 23-year-old forward is not shy about showing off her talents on the pitch, as she once scored five goals against Guatemala in an Olympic qualifying match.
Now she’s putting her body on display in this latest ESPN The Magazine issue.
Carly Booth, Golfer
Carly Booth burst onto the LGPA scene at a young age, but the 2012 Ladies Scottish Open winner has done enough to deserve the attention.
Now she’s capitalizing on this newfound fame with a round of nude driving at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
It’s easy to see why that is one of the most famous and scenic places to hit a bucket in the country.
Agnieszka Radwanska, Tennis Player
Agnieszka Radwanska is currently ranked No. 4 in the world in women’s tennis, but she could be moving up to No. 1 on a lot of fans' lists in the near future.
The 24-year-old Polish sensation has yet to win a Grand Slam, but she has definitely hit a home run with this photo.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
The 49ers used the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft on an absolute workout warrior out of Maryland.
That gym-destroyer is Vernon Davis, the starting tight end for one of the NFC’s best organizations.
He’s showing off what makes him one of the strongest and most feared players in the league in this Body Issue photo.
He's totaled 345 receptions, 4,351 receiving yards and 40 total touchdowns in his seven-year career while ascending the ranks of the NFL's top tight ends.
John Isner, Tennis Player
Standing at 6’9”, John Isner is tough to beat on the tennis court.
The rangy American can cover a lot of court in a hurry and uses his long arms to dish out powerful serves.
He’s showing off some of that rangy physique here.
The 28-year-old is currently ranked 19th on the ATP singles tour and is best known for winning the longest match in tennis history—an 11-hour marathon match vs. Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 that spanned three days.
Swin Cash, Chicago Sky (WNBA)
Cash is a WNBA legend and has won three titles and two MVP awards during her reign in the league.
Since there is little left for her to accomplish on the court, Cash is now baring it all off it.
She won’t be whistled for a foul with this move for the Body Issue.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (MLB)
Harvey uses his cannon arm to help the New York Mets win, but he is showing off his entire body in this latest issue of ESPN The Magazine.
He's had a blistering start to the 2013 MLB season, and with a sculpted upper body like the one he reveals here, it's easy to see why.
The Mets ace is a front-runner to start the All-Star Game this month after beginning the season 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 0.92 WHIP for a subpar Mets squad.