Each year top athletes dare to bare all for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, a celebration of fitness and the human form. Many of this year's featured athletes have moved the party to social media, posting their favorite images from their naked photoshoots from the magazine's eighth annual Body Issue.
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"The first time I saw ESPN's Body Issue, I knew I wanted to be in it," Olympic beach volleyball player April Ross told her Instagram followers. "At the same time, I REALLY thought I'd never get the chance. Like most, I've struggled with my body image. It's been years of cultivating a positive attitude, feeding the 'good wolf,' learning to fully accept my body despite any imperfections I might see, that has gotten me to this point. Our bodies are AMAZING."
In addition to Ross, the likes of Denver Broncos' Von Miller; surfer Courtney Conlogue; Chicago Cubs baseball player Jake Arrieta; UFC World Champion Conor McGregor; WNBA player Elena Delle Donne; triathlete Chris Mosier, the first transgender athlete to be featured; and 12 more elite athletes all dropped trou -- and all other items of clothing -- to grace the issue, which is now available to preview online.
"Thank you @espn #BodyIssue is outstanding this year!" said champion wrestler Adeline Gray, who heads to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August for her first Olympics. "Strong is beautiful. Dreams that push me every day make it possible to work as hard as I do, to give me this body I love is now on display."
2016 Body Issue Athletes
Nathan Adrian, Olympics/swimming
Jake Arrieta, MLB
Antonio Brown, NFL
Emma Coburn, Olympics/steeplechase
Courtney Conlogue, surfing
Elena Delle Donne, WNBA
Ryan Dungey, motocross
Adeline Gray, Olympics/wrestling
Thank you @espn #BodyIssue is outstanding this year! Strong is beautiful. Dreams that push me every day make it possible to work as hard as I do, to give me this body I love is now on display. #naked #graytogold #wrestlelikeagirl #womeninsport #espn #espnbodyissue2016 #espnbodyissue16 #throw #throwlikeagirl
Greg Louganis, Olympics/diving
Conor McGregor, MMA
Von Miller, NFL
Chris Mosier, duathlon
🎉 YES!! The full @espnmag Body Issue is now online, with extras from me you didn't yet see. Honored to be one of @espn's Bodies We Want 2016! Grab it in print on Friday. 📷 by @benedict_evans grooming @brandiebeauty #bodyissue2016 #transathlete #duathlete #triathlete #transman #courage #nodaysoff #nobaddays #bodyissue
Nzingha Prescod, Olympics/fencing
Christen Press, soccer
April Ross, Olympics/beach volleyball
The first time I saw ESPN's Body Issue I knew I wanted to be in it. At the same time, I REALLY thought I'd never get the chance. Like most, I've struggled with my body image. It's been years of cultivating a positive attitude, feeding the "good wolf", learning to fully accept my body despite any imperfections I might see, that has gotten me to this point. Our bodies are AMAZING. I love how sport helps us realize this. Thank you ESPN for recognizing it and choosing me to be apart of the celebration! Huge shout out to my agent @kagawacolas for making this dream a reality for me! And beyond grateful for the vision and creation of @williamshirakawa 📸❤️ #NOphotoshopallowed #ESPN #bodyissue Please read the article, it's in my bio!
Allysa Seely, paratriathlete
Claressa Shields, Olympics/boxing
Dwyane Wade, NBA
Vince Wilfork, NFL
What Do YOU Think?
Are any of your favorite athletes included? Who would you like to see ESPN the Magazine feature in its Body Issue? Do you find these athletes' fit forms inspiring or intimidating?