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ESPN THE MAGAZINE’S 10TH ANNUAL BODY ISSUE DEBUTS TODAY ON ESPN.COM, HITS NEWSSTANDS FRIDAY

BODY10 Features 10 Covers: Saquon Barkley, Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Chamberlain, Crystal Dunn, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Yasiel Puig, Adam Rippon, Jerry Rice, Breanna Stewart and Karl-Anthony Towns

The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine marks the 10th edition of its iconic BODY Issue, created in celebration and exploration of the athletic form. The immersive digital experience for BODY10 launched today, featuring 16 world-class athletes from various sports worlds including the Olympics, NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, golf and soccer. Photos, videos, and interviews of the athletes are showcased in the unique digital gallery, and the issue hits newsstands Friday, June 29, with 10 different covers.

“When ESPN The Magazine’s BODY Issue first launched in October 2009, no one could have dreamed that 10 editions, 207 photo shoots and 286 athletes later we’d have made such a powerful impact showcasing these remarkable people and all that their bodies are capable of achieving,” said Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine and espnW. “The goal has always been for us to celebrate the athletic form – in every shape and size – and to allow people to stop and marvel at the works of art these bodies truly are. BODY10 is a special milestone for ESPN The Magazine and we’re proud to shine a light not only on this year’s athletes but also on the athletes who so graciously participated over the past decade.”

In celebration of the 10th edition, a digital photo archive gallery is available of all athletes over the past nine years at espn.com/bodyissuearchive and a documentary titled “BODY10: A Decade of ESPN The Magazine’s BODY Issue” will air on Thursday, July 5, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The 2018 BODY Issue athletes are: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants Running Back; Sue Bird, Seattle Storm Point Guard, and Megan Rapinoe, USWNT and Seattle Reign FC Forward; Tori Bowie, U.S. Olympic Track and Field Athlete and Gold Medalist; Lauren Chamberlain, USSSA Pride Infielder; Jessie Diggins, U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Skier and Gold Medalist; Crystal Dunn, USWNT and North Carolina Courage Forward; Charlotte Flair, WWE Superstar; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy Forward; Dallas Keuchel, World Series Champion and Houston Astros Cy Young Award-Winning Pitcher; Greg Norman, Hall of Fame Golfer; Yasiel Puig, LA Dodgers Right Fielder; Adam Rippon, Olympic Bronze Medalist Figure Skater; Jerry Rice, Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver; Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm Forward; and Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves Center.

espnW will offer complementary BODY10 content, including a feature on Charlotte Flair by ESPN The Magazine senior staff writer Allison Glock and “How She Got that Body Issue Body” Q&As with past BODY Issue athletes A.J. Andrews and Julie Ertz.

Also in BODY10:

My Body Is…: The BODY Issue has always tried to shape the cultural conversation around how we talk about our bodies. To continue that tradition, six athletes tell us what their bodies mean to them. Featuring Jeremy Lin, Lindsey Vonn, Deontay Wilder, John Elway, Shaquem Griffin and Chloe Kim.

A Decade of ESPN Body: It all started with an offhand comment. At least that’s how one story goes: In 2008, then-NFL receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was on set at an ESPN photo shoot when he humorously proposed posing nude to give readers a glimpse of his physique. Everyone laughed it off, but the idea took hold. One year later, the first Body Issue hit newsstands with Serena Williams on the cover. Much has changed since then, but the mission remains the same: to celebrate athlete bodies as works of art. In honor of our 10th edition, the Body Issue editors and photographers look back at some of our most memorable images—and what it took to capture them.

The World, Wide Open: The journey to define our bodies is universal, shared by pro athletes, weekend warriors and everyone in between. Here, best-selling author and essayist Roxane Gay explores her physical transformation and reckons with her new body’s unexpected power.

Historic Run: Over the past 15 years, tales of LeBron James’ body have become legion. Consider his ever-evolving fitness regimen—not only the personal chefs and masseuses but the home-based liquid-nitrogen treatments and hyperbaric chambers, all leading to this: LeBron just had the best age-33 season ever. Here’s how he did it—and why he might be just as good at 34. By Brian Windhorst

Numbers Always Lie: Fans can access every metric imaginable these days—except an athlete’s real height. We take a stand by exposing the tallest tales in sports. By David Fleming

The Aging Curve: We know MLB players peak in their 20s and decline in their 30s. What happens in between? Only millions of tiny changes to their bodies and minds that are nothing short of remarkable. By Sam Miller

Marks of Strength: A catastrophic accident took so much from Seth Hanchey, including his ability to speak. Weightlifting gave so much back: the motivation to recover, the drive to compete, the power to inspire. Here, his mother tells his story. By Kimber Hanchey, with Steve Wulf

Say It Loud! Black, Female and Proud: The triumph of black women in sports is about more than victory on the field. It is an ongoing story of overcoming alienation, self-doubt and unequal opportunities. By Lonnae O’Neal, in collaboration with The Undefeated

All BODY Issue assets for media can be found in the BODY10 Media Kit: http://bit.ly/BODY10EPK

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Media Contacts:

Jay Jay Nesheim: 646-547-5839, jayjay.nesheim@espn.com
Jennifer Cingari Christie: 646-547-5840, jennifer.christie@espn.com

 

Date: 
Monday, June 25, 2018