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‘Body Issue’ teaser stars Marshawn Lynch, naked dude on motorcycle (video)


ESPN officially unveiled the list of athletes who will be featured in the upcoming installment of the annual ESPN The Magazine: The Body Issue. It is the sixth installment of the wildly popular issue and the latest is set to hit the newsstands on July 11.

“We somehow manage to raise the bar each year,” said ESPN The Magazine and editor in chief Chad Millman. “This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types. It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”

Here’s a rundown of the athletes who bared all —  the key word is “tasteful” as always — in the upcoming issue (via

The list of athletes in this year’s issue includes Olympic gold-medal-winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson, tennis player Tomas Berdych, Olympic bronze-medal-winning bobsledder Aja Evans, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and U.S. World Cup soccer player Omar Gonzalez, who also plays on the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Also on the list are professional surfer Coco Ho, boxer Bernard Hopkins (the oldest title winner in the sport’s history), cliff diver Ginger Huber, Olympic hockey player Hilary Knight, WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry and the husband-wife team of X Games stars Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z.

Other athletes who posed for the issue include Amy Purdy, a snowboarder who won a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympics; U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe; Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of the America’s Cup-winning yacht Oracle Team USA; BMX rider Nigel Sylvester; and women’s boxer Danyelle Wolf.

And the teaser video.

Fascinating. It should be one of the more compelling issues in the series’ history. Thankfully, Marshawn Lynch’s nude shoot didn’t involve him hitting a golf club … for obvious reasons.