ESPN's 2013 Body Issue (photo gallery)

An illustrated preview of the professional athletes who posed nude for ESPN The Magazine.

Sydney Leroux, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

  • Peter Hapak. ESPN The Magazine

Swin Cash, Chicago Sky (WNBA)

  • Carlos Serrao. ESPN The Magazine

Courtney Force, NHRA Funny Car Driver

  • Williams & Hirakawa, ESPN The Magazine

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (NFL)

  • Richard Phibbs, ESPN The Magazine

Tarah Gieger, Motocross Racer

  • Peter Hapak, ESPN The Magazine

Gary Player, Golfer

  • Peter Hapak, ESPN The Magazine

Chris Sharma and Daila Ojeda, Rock Climbers

  • Boone Speed. ESPN The Magazine

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (MLB)

  • Peggy Sirota. ESPN The Magazine

Marlen Esparza, Boxer

  • Peter Hapak, ESPN The Magazine

Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (NBA)

  • Carlos Serrao. ESPN The Magazine

click to enlarge ESPN's 2013 Body Issue (photo gallery) - Peter Hapak. ESPN The Magazine
Peter Hapak. ESPN The Magazine
ESPN's 2013 Body Issue (photo gallery)

After only five years, ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" is quickly replacing Sports Illustrated's "Swimsuit Edition" as the most anticipated magazine event of the year. Instead of having frail, thin women "model" overpriced bathing suits, ESPN shows professional athletes at the peak of their prime, stripped down to nothing at all.

"The Body Issue" provides athletes a chance to proudly display the instruments of their trade, which they have spent years crafting to perfection. Along with giving readers a chance to glimpse their favorite sports stars naked, the issue also allows us to see how various sports shape a person's musculature. The photos are far more than just arousing fluff, which is why more athletes agree to pose each year. "The Body Issue" celebrates these world-class body artists with tasteful, artistic, and visually stimulating photos.

Below is a sample and a few preview shots from "The Body Issue." The full issue with all its uncensored content hits stands Friday, July 12.

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