Check Out The Women From The 2015 ESPN Body Issue

ESPN The Magazine has rolled out it’s annual Body Issue, which features many of your favorite athletes in the nude with strategically placed items covering their private parts.

We’ll start by concentrating on the women featured.

Ali Krieger
“Everyone makes fun of my calves. They are so big. I don’t really even like them, I don’t really want them as big as they are, but I have no choice. In college, girls would come up to me: ‘I want your calves.’ It just makes me laugh. I guess people pay a lot of money to have the types of bodies athletes have,” the 30-year-old USWNT defender joked. (Check out our interview with Krieger to find out what she eats to fuel her body.)

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Paige Selenski
“It’s not like I woke up one day and I had a really athletic body and ripped-up abs. I was lucky that I was naturally gifted with an athletic body, but I also put a lot of work into it. I don’t stay home and do abs all day long; it just comes with running and all the things I do to stay in shape,” the 25-year-old field hockey player said. “I use my body every day for my job. We constantly put our bodies through pain. I’m not afraid to show that off.”

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Sadena Parks
“I have a butt that is larger than I want it to be. I know it gives me power in my swing, but everybody is like ‘You’ve got a nice butt!’ I’m like ‘Well, thank you, but you can have it if you want it. I’ll give it to you, it’s all yours,'” the 25-year-old LPGA-golfer shared.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Aly Raisman
“I think imperfection is beauty. Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them. I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am,” said the 21-year-old Olympic gymnast.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Natalie Coughlin
“I’m self-conscious about my arms. It’s really hard to find a dress that’s a size 10 in the lats but a size 4 in the waist. But I want to be as successful as I can; if that means having big arms, I’ll take big arms,” the 32-year-old Olympic swimmer said.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Brittney Griner
“I’d describe myself as athletically lanky. I want to show people that. I’m comfortable in my body and I don’t mind putting it on display. Honestly, I like how unique it is. My big arms, my bigger hands, these long legs—I love being different. If everybody was the same, it’d be a boring-a** world,” said the 24-year-old two-time WNBA All-Star.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Amanda Bingson
“Dense would be the right word for me. Generally when you look at athletes, you see their muscles and all that stuff; I don’t have any of that. My arm is just my arm—it’s not cut, it’s not sculpted. I don’t have traps bulging out to my ears; I have a neck. I don’t have a six-pack. My legs are a little toned, but they aren’t bulging out. I’m just dense,” the 25-year-old USA Track & Field hammer thrower said. “I think it’s important to show that athletes come in all shapes and sizes.”

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Leticia Bufoni
“I never lift weights. I don’t want to get big. If you want to skate well and be fast you can’t be big, you know? I use more of my body weight [when I train],” the 22-year-old skateboarder said.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Gabrielle Reece: “In college, I was modeling in New York, and I worked with the most beautiful women in the world. They were so beautiful you could barely look at them,” the 45-year-old professional beach volleyball player (who posed with husband and big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton) shared. “And then I would go back to my team at Florida State, and we were all trying to get as big as we could because we wanted to be as strong as possible. And they seemed more confident and happier. I thought, being perfectly beautiful—or what’s defined by the standards of the world as beautiful—doesn’t actually make you happier.” (For more from the athlete, see Gabrielle Reece’s Go-To Fitness Tips!)

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Khatuna Lorig

“My back muscles are beautiful! Archery has helped sculpt my upper body. I’m in great shape and really happy about that, very satisfied. I put up slow-motion videos that focus on my back and on my shoulders, and when I watch them I think, ‘Damn, I look good!'” said the 41-year-old archer.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Dallas Friday
“I was built like a little powerhouse. When I was transferring from gymnastics to wakeboarding, I was a little self-conscious. There’s not a huge difference going from a leotard to a bathing suit, but you’d see these beautiful girls in bikinis, and I’m only 13 or 14 years old with this buff little body,” the 28-year-old wakeboarder shared. “I grew into being really proud of it, knowing that that’s what has enabled me to do what I do.”

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Chantae McMillan
“I don’t look in the mirror and think ‘slim’; I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Whoa, beast!’ It’s just crazy how much the body changes. Looking in the mirror, I get surprised like every other week. It’s like I’m Wonder Woman,” said the 27-year-old Olympic heptathlete.

Meet the Fit Female Athletes of the ESPN Body Issue

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s