Preview ESPN's Body Issue 2012

Preview ESPN's Body Issue 2012

If you're a sports fan, or even if you just like toned and tan bodies, you're going to want to pick up the next issue of ESPN (hits newsstands Friday). It's filled with some pretty sexy images of the United States' favorite athletes in nothing but their birthday suits. The photography in this issue is by far better than last year's issue and while each of these images is highly suggestive, each photograph was captured tastefully.

Carlos Bocanegra | Photograph by Richard Phibbs

Maya Gabeira | Photograph by Francesco Carrozzini

Maya Gabeira | Photograph by Francesco Carrozzini

Danell Leyva | Photograph by Peter Hapak

Ronda Rousey | Photograph by Peggy Sirota

Tyson Chandler | Photograph by Peter Hapak

Rob Gronkowski | Photograph by Peggy Sirota

Suzann Pettersen | Photograph by Jeff Lipsky

Ashton Eaton | Photograph by Carlos Serrao

Oskana Masters | Photograph by Martin Schoeller

Anna Tunnicliffe | Photograph by Steven Lippman

Daniela Hantuchova | Photograph by Jeff Lipsky

Walter Dix | Photograph by Olugbenro Ogunsemore

What do you think? Obviously they appeal to our sexual desires but do they paint an unrealistic vision of the human body? Or do you think they are beautiful works of art? Let us know in the comments below.

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George Socka's picture

If you've got it, flaunt it. And make a buck off it too. I say.

Espo's picture

Ashton Eaton==painful photo

Espo's picture

ok, but really:  The studio shots are actually a little disappointing. I really like the contextual shots of the "athlete in their element"  it captures so much more personality and passion, those stand apart much more than the others which, really, could be any body with a screen behind them.

DiabloPix's picture

funny comments. Don't like it? Don't look! I love these images, the olympics were done naked anyway in the past (and should be today :-)
Of course these athletes love showing off their body, and why should they not? They work very hard to look like that, they are proud of it.
People that have a problem with nudity live in the wrong century anyway, and those that complain about only "super models" and toned athletes being shown, well, car magazines aren't full of rusty clunkers either and food mags don't show off crummy burgers in cheap buns. Who on earth wants to see a flabby untrained, regular Joe or Jane in a magazine? Personally I have a mirror for that.

Jerome van Passel's picture

I agree with Espo, I like the ones of the athletes in their elements the ones of Maya Gabeira are really beautiful as well as Carlos Bocanegra, while imho Oskana Masters is a bad example of using Photoshop and changing the background,.

John Godwin's picture


RUSS's picture

Oksana Masters  ,an amazing woman!

I'm really not a fan of the one of Rob Gronkowski. Something about it doesn't work for me. It feels badly composites. The shadows feel wrong. Is it just me?