ESPN body issue 2013, Most Ripped Athletes in 5th Edition. ESPN The Magazine released more of photographs from its upcoming “The Body Issue,” which hits stores on Wednesday, July 10. Some of the athletes include Colin Kaepernick, Tarah Gieger, John Wall, Carly Booth, Vernon Davis, Elena Hight and John Isner.
ESPN’s annual edition of “The Body Issue” features 20 renowned athletes posing nude. Images of Kenneth Faried, Courtney Force, Matt Harvey and Miesha Tate were released on Monday. On Tuesday, ESPN published more photos.
1. Elena Hight. Hight isn’t just a two-time Olympic snowboarder. The 23-year-old Hawaii native was also the first woman to land the demanding 900-degree aerial spin in competition when she was just 13.
2. Colin Kaepernick. We’re not surprised at all to see that Kaepernick was one of the athletes who landed a cover in this year’s Body Issue. A rising star with the NFL, the 49ers quarterback has strength, stamina, and sex appeal in spades.
3. Marlen Esparza. The first American woman to qualify for the Olympic boxing games in 2012, Esparza isn’t just fit—she’s super fierce. “This is a big step—not really just for boxing, but for women in general,” she told ESPN.
4. Kenneth Faried. Bold statement but I’m sticking to it: Kenneth Faried might be as close to physical perfection as we’ll ever get. (Seriously, it’s over, everyone else can go home now.) The NBA player, who’s nicknamed the “manimal,” nabbed one of this year’s covers, joining fellow basketball cover stars Dwight Howard (2009), Amar’e Stoudemire (2012), Blake Griffin (2011), and Tyson Chandler (2012).
5. Sydney Leroux. When asked why she wanted to pose nude, the Boston Breakers forward told ESPN, “I think a lot of females struggle with the way they look, and I wanted to show that everyone’s body is different. I think it’s a big deal to be an athlete and feel confident in your body and show it off. I’m not going to say I’ve never struggled with how I look, but I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m happy with who I am.”