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Friday, July 11, 2014

Get Ready For More Naked Athletes Than You Can Possibly Handle


The 2014 ESPN Magazine Body Issue hits newsstands this Friday, but the kind folks behind the annual edition — which shows off the impressive physiques of A-list athletes — gave us a glimpse of this year's stunning selection via social media this week. 

The six lucky cover stars are swimmer Michael Phelps, snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City Thunder player Serge Ibaka, and tennis heavyweight Venus Williams, though many more buff bodies will be on display when the issue is officially released.
See more photos after break

To celebrate the sixth annual Body Issue and because honestly, why not — here are some of the most jaw-dropping, exquisite photos of nude athletes that have graced the pages over the years.

Amy Purdy, Snowboard, 2014
Omar Gonzalez, Soccer, 2014

Aja L. Evans, Bobsled, 2014

Alicia Sacramone, Gymnastics, 2011

Amare Stoudemire, Basketball, 2010

Angel McCoughtry, Basketball, 2014

Angel McCoughtry, Basketball, 2014

Apolo Ohno, Speed Skating, 2011

Larry Fitzgerald, Football, 2014

Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopkins, Boxing, 2014

Venus Williams, Tennis, 2014
Blake Griffin, Basketball, 2011



Brad Richards, Ice Hockey, 2012

Candace Parker, Basketball, 2012
Carlos Bocanegra, Soccer, 2012
Coco Ho, Surfing, 2014
Colin Kaepernick, Football, 2013


Courtney Force, Drag Racing, 2013

Daniela Hantuchová, Tennis, 2012

Danyelle Nicole Wolf, Boxing, 2014
Elena Hight, Snowboarding, 2013
Giancarlo Stanton, Baseball, 2013


Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding, 2014

Jeanette Lee, Billiards, 2010

Jon "Bones" Jones, Mixed Martial Arts, 2011
Jose Bautista, Baseball, 2012
Kelly Slater, Surfing, 2010
Kerri Walsh Jennings, Volleyball, 2013
Lolo Jones, Track and Field, 2009

Marshawn Lynch, Football, 2014

Matt Harvey, Baseball, 2013

Megan Rapinoe, Soccer, 2014

Michael Phelps, Swimming, 2014
Nigel Sylvester, BMX Rider, 2014
Oguchi Onyewu, Soccer, 2009
Oksana Masters, Rowing, 2012
Prince Fielder, Baseball, 2014
Rob Gronkowski, Football, 2012
Ronda Rousey, Mixed Martial Arts, 2012
Sarah Reinertsen, Triathlons, 2009
Serena Williams, Tennis, 2009
Susan Francia, Rowing, 2009
Suzann Pettersen, Golf, 2012
Sydney Leroux, Soccer, 2013
Tarah Gieger, Motocross, 2013
Tim Howard, Soccer, 2011

Tim Morehouse, Fencing, 2012

US Women's National Volleyball Team, 2012
USA Women's Water Polo Team, 2010
Vernon Davis, Football, 2013
Walter Dix, Track and Field, 2012