The biggest names in sports have stripped down to their natural glory once again for ESPN The Magazine’s seventh annual Body Issue.
Proving they are in top shape as well as being at the top of their game, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, new World Cup champion Ali Krieger and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are among the stars baring all.
The most highly anticipated issue of ESPN The Magazine of the year feature 24 athletes in total — all 100 percent naked — sharing secrets of their success on and off the field.
“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,'” Harper said, as he posed covered in dirt from a baseball field.
A member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup team that beat Japan 5-2 in the finals on Sunday, Krieger said: “I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that.”
“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 boasts 12 Olympic medals along with her beautiful physique. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”
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.
See all six covers below.