ESPN The Magazine Presents its Second Annual ‘Body Issue’


ESPN The Magazine Presents its Second Annual ‘Body Issue’

 Featuring Six Cover Athletes: Diana Taurasi, Tim Howard, Esther Vergeer, Amar’e Stoundemire, Camilo Villegas and the USA Women’s Water Polo Team
Diana Tarausi
Diana Tarausi

ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” on newsstands tomorrow, Oct. 8, features nearly 40 athletes from a variety of sports, including six cover athletes: Diana Taurasi, Tim Howard, Esther Vergeer, Amar’e Stoudemire, Camilo Villegas and the USA Women’s Water Polo Team. The issue is a celebration and exploration of the athletic form shown through artistic photos, insightful articles and in-depth interviews.

The “Bodies We Want” photo feature spotlights some of the world’s best athletes as you’ve never seen them before, including linebacker Patrick Willis, skier Julia Mancuso, surfer Kelly Slater, U.S. figure skater Evan Lysacek and mixed martial artist/former NFL running back Herschel Walker.

Full list of the 2010 “Bodies We Want” athletes:

Athlete Sport
Amar’e Stoudemire NBA
Camilo Villegas PGA
Chris Santos & Evangelista Santos MMA
Diana Taurasi WNBA
Esther Vergeer Wheelchair Tennis
Evan Lysacek Figure Skating
Hanley Ramirez MLB
Herschel Walker MMA
Jeanette Lee Billiards
Jeff Farrell Swimming
Julia Mancuso Ski Racing
Kelly Slater Surfing
Kim Glass Volleyball
Patrick Willis NFL
Phillipa Raschker Track & Field
Rachel Yurkovich Javelin
Steven Holcomb Bobsled
Tim Howard Soccer
USA Women’s Water Polo Team

  • Anne Belden (Attacker)
  • Betsey Armstrong (Goalkeeper)
  • Courtney Mathewson (Attacker)
  • Elsie Windes (Defender)
  • Emily Feher (Goalkeeper)
  • Erika Figge (Attacker)
  • Forel Davies (Attacker)
  • Heather Petri (Attacker)
  • Kelly Rulon (Attacker)
  • Lauren Silver (Attacker)
  • Lauren Wenger (Utility)
  • Tanya Gandy (Attacker)
Water Polo


Also in the “Body Issue,” “It Happens looks at one of the most natural things about the human body: poop. From marathon runner Julie Moss to the New Orleans Saints right before Super Bowl XLIV, every athlete has an “uh-oh” moment. Plus…athletes frequently rely on rituals and superstitions to get them through their toughest competitions, and some will testify that the Power Balance bracelet actually increases their performance. But ESPN The Mag wonders is it just another example of the placebo effect? Writer Alyssa Roenigk looks at both sides in “The Power of Belief.” 

Body Issue Features: 

Free-diver Herbert Nitsch proves the limits of the human body are negotiable. By Chris Jones 

A Part of Me
Seven athletes show off the cool tools they use to dominate their sports – Video 

Pushing Through the Pain
Four-time Iditarod champ Lance Mackey has had to overcome a lot more than his opponents to become the best musher in the world. By Seth Wickersham 

Student Body
Penn State lets us scan athletes from every one of its teams to show that hoops and football aren’t the only games featuring fit bods. 

Scale of 1 to 10
Pros rate their own physiques.


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