The hottest annual magazine issue featuring athletes has been released. The ESPN Body Issue 2015 features 24 athletes showing off their trained bodies.
The ESPN Body Issue 2015 marks the 7th annual release of the special issue of the ESPN magazine celebrating athelete bodies. The ESPN Body Issue 2015 comes with six different covers. The ESPN Body Issue 2015 cover models are Amanda Bingson, Bryce Harper, Chantae McMillan, Kevin Love, Natalie Coughlin and Odell Beckham, Jr.
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Bryce Harper is one of 24 athletes in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, online now and newsstands Friday. He always wanted to be on the cover of the body issue. “You’re growing up and you say: “I want to be on the front of a Wheaties box; I want to be on the front of a Topps card; I want to be on the Body Issue,” says Harper.
Bryce Harper is joined by NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and DeAndre Jordan of the Dallas Mavericks, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., two-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer champion Ali Krieger, Olympians Aly Raisman and Natalie Coughlin, and newly crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, currently in pursuit of his third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete,” said Krieger, whose team just yesterday defeated Japan 5-2 in the Women’s World Cup Final. “Being naked is just another aspect of that.”
The ESPN Body Issue 2015 include exciting photos, personal interviews and videos of the athletes, including NHL star Tyler Seguin and three members of the Indianapolis Colts offensive line: Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans and Jack Mewhort.
“I’ve always been a big kid,” said the 23-year-old Mewhort, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds. “That’s why when I got this call I was like ‘they want to see me naked?’ I thought I was getting Punk’d.”
Others in the issue include professional wakeboarder Dallas Friday, rugby player Todd Clever, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, golfer Sadena Parks, archer Khatuna Lorig, soccer player Jermaine Jones, U.S. Olympians Paige Selenski (field hockey), Amanda Bingson (hammer) and Chantae McMillan (heptathlon), along with the husband-wife team of surfer Laird Hamilton and former beach volleyball player Gabby Reece.
“Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year,” ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman said. “The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving.”
“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” said Coughlin, who has won 12 Olympic swimming medals. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”
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The ESPN Body Issue 2015 is available online on ESPN.com.