It’s the issue that keeps on giving all year long. It’s time for the 2012 ESPN Body Issue.
This month’s edition of ESPN The Magazine: The Body Issue features athletes around the globe, with special emphasis on the 2012 London Olympics. Tyson Chandler, Maya Gabeira, Abby Wambach, and several women from the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team grace this year’s issue.
“Each year, we stop to admire the vast potential of the human form,” ESPN writes. “To unapologetically stand in awe of the athletes who’ve pushed their physiques to profound frontiers. To imagine how it would feel to inhabit those bodies, to leap and punch and throw like a god. To…well, gawk. So go ahead; join us.”
The ESPN Body Issue 2012 will hit newsstands on July 13, just prior to the beginning of the 2012 London Olympics.
“‘The Body Issue’ is a chance for the ‘average person’ to take a good look at athletes bodies and why we are able to do the things we do,” says Tyson Chandler. “I think a lot of people are curious about it…I wanted 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.”
Here’s the full rundown of athletes who appear in this year’s issue:
Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
Rob Gronkowski (NFL)
Abby Wambach (soccer)
Tyson Chandler (NBA)
Candace Parker (WNBA)
Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
Jose Bautista (MLB)
Brad Richards (NHL)
Maya Gabiera (surfing)
Ronda Rousey (MMA)
Mike Smith (jockey)
Tim Morehouse (fencing)
Walter Dix (track)
Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
Carmelita Jeter (track)
Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)
USA Volleyball Team:
Can’t wait until 7/13? Check out a sneak peek below.
- Tyson Chandler, Candace Parker among athletes to pose nude for ESPN (thegrio.com)
- ESPN Body Issue 2012: Tyson Chandler Earns Coveted Cover Spot (bleacherreport.com)
- PHOTO: Tyson Chandler Covers ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue (queerty.com)
- Athletes Get Naked For ESPN Tops The Morning Links (NSFW) (buzzfeed.com)
- Rob Gronkowski, Tyson Chandler, Abby Wambach, Candace Parker to Appear in Next ESPN ‘Body Issue’ (nesn.com)