ESPN Body Issue 2018 drops official photos for featured athletes

The annual "Body Issue" from ESPN magazine will be published June 29, but photos of various athletes are already available, and they're stunning.

Brittany King

It's that time of year again, ESPN released their "Body Issue" featuring trivial athletes from various sports.


This year, superstar Sue Bird and soccer player Megan Rapinoe made history as the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover the for the tenth anniversary issue of the magazine.


"I think its important to do these things first. Its important for people to come out. Visibility is important," Rapinoe, a forward for the U.S. National Womens Soccer team and the Seattle Reign FC, told the magazine. "I feel like [there are] a lot of negative ideas that hopefully I can break down just by being myself."


"Just think of how far we've come, but also the current climate," she continued. "Not only are we female athletes, but were dating as well. Its kind of badass."

A lot of people ask me that: How did I gain weight and continue to get faster? I think it was the fact that I was gaining weight, but I was gaining good weight. I wasn't taking creatine and all these other things to get my body bigger. I was eating steaks, potatoes, chicken, and all that stuff. Just working hard.

Saquon Barkley

Here are the athletes involved in the 2018 shoot:


Charlotte Flair: WWE Superstar

Jerry Rice: NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver

Adam Rippon: Olympic figure skater

Breanna Stewart: WNBA Seattle Storm forward

Sue Bird: WNBA Seattle Storm guard

Megan Rapinoe: USWNT and Seattle Reign soccer

Saquon Barkley: NFL New York Giants running back

Greg Norman: Hall of Fame golfer

Tori Bowie: Olympic track

Jessie Diggins: Olympic cross-country skier

Karl-Anthony Towns: NBA Minnesota Timberwolves center

Dallas Keuchel: MLB Houston Astros pitcher

Yasiel Puig: MLB Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder

Lauren Chamberlain: Softball player

Crystal Dunn: USWNT and North Carolina Courage soccer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: MLS LA Galaxy soccer