ESPN The Magazine Announces 2017 BODY Issue Roster
ESPN The Magazine launched the BODY franchise almost a decade ago with one mission: to celebrate and showcase the athletic form through powerful images and interviews. Many of the world's elite athletes have participated in this issue over the years, and today The Magazine announced the 23 athletes featured in the ninth annual BODY Issue.
This year's lineup includes: Pro softball player A.J. Andrews, the first woman to win a Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs second baseman and World Series champion Javier Baez; NHL teammates Brent Burns (defenseman) and Joe Thornton (center) of the San Jose Sharks; New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott; and adaptive snowboarder/mountaineer and retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, the first veteran featured in the BODY Issue. Additionally, sprinter and four-time Olympic medalist Novlene Williams-Mills (Team Jamaica) is the first breast cancer survivor to appear in the issue.
Photos, personal interviews and videos of the BODY athletes will debut on ESPN.com on July 5, and The Magazine will hit newsstands on July 7. Also featured: the husband-and-wife team of Julie Ertz (U.S. women's national soccer team, Chicago Red Stars defender) and Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles tight end); New Zealand All Blacks center Malakai Fekitoa, Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (freestyle skiing), 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.
Also appearing in the issue are Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Wagner (figure skating), MMA fighter Michelle Waterson, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and members of the U.S. women's national hockey team: Brianna Decker (forward, captain), Kacey Bellamy (defenseman), Meghan Duggan (forward), identical twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (forward) and Monique Lamoureux-Morando (defenseman) and Alex Rigsby (goaltender).