Expanding on Sports Illustrated‘s
ridiculously successful annual swimsuit issue, ESPN: The Magazine is
releasing its third-annual
“Body Issue”—which celebrates the bare bodies of more than 20 top
athletes—on October 7.
Among the sculpted figures in the altogether
(save for strategically covered private parts) are the L.A. Clippers’
Blake Griffin, The Mets’ Jose Reyes and Rams running back Steven Jackson, speed
skater Apolo Ohno, NHL player Ryan Kesler, UFC champion Jon Jones, race-car
driver Helio Castroneves; snowboarder Louie Vito, boxer Sergio Martinez,
marathoner Ryan Hall and paralympian Jeremy Campbell. Female models include
soccer star Hope Solo, the WNBA’s Sylvia Fowles, snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler
and roller-derby queen Suzy Hotrod.
“This is an issue in the short time we’ve been
doing it that’s become pretty anticipated,” says ESPN editor Chad
Millman. “In terms of the athletes we’ve attracted, we feel like the group is