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Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 8, 2014 1:22 PM
Prince Fielder BarDown Pinned Photo: Alexei Hay/ESPN
A couple weeks ago I wrote about Venus Williams appearing in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. We showed you some of our past favourites in anticipation of this year's release, which is Friday the 11th. Well today ESPN has put up some videos of the photo shoots as well as some of the initial photos. Prince Fielder is one of the wilder appearances this year; I mean, who says bigger can't be sexy.


(Alexei Hay/ESPN)

You have to admire the confidence Hilary Knight, U.S. hockey player, she certainly portrays exactly what the special edition is all about.
(Martin Schoeller/ESPN)

Amy Purdy is as inspirational as it comes. A bronze medal in snowboard cross at the Sochi Paralympic Games and coming in second on Dancing with the Stars means getting naked in front of a camera is probably one of the easier things she's done since losing both her legs.

Here are some of the photos that have been released so far:

Larry Fitzgerald – Football

(Richard Phibbs/ESPN)

Venus Williams – Tennis

(Williams+Hirakawa/ESPN)

Michael Phelps – Swimming

(Carlos Serrao/ESPN)

Jamie Anderson – Snowboarding

(Peggy Sirota/ESPN)

Marshawn Lynch – Football

(Carlos Serrao/ESPN)

Megan Rapinoe – Soccer

(Peter Hapak/ESPN)

Serge Ibaka – Basketball

(Peter Hapak/ESPN)

Travis and Lyn-Z Pastrana – X-Games

(Martin Schoeller/ESPN)

Bernard Hopkins – Boxing

(Max Vandukul/ESPN)

Then again I guess not everyone thinks Prince looks like athletic royalty: