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ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue' Features Venus Williams, Tim Howard

Sep 17, 2010 – 12:00 PM
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Last year, the big story leading up to ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" was that Danica Patrick might don the cover. Turned out, she didn't make a scantily clad appearance, although plenty of other people did. Golfer Christina Kim, tennis star Serena Williams, the NBA's Dwight Howard, the NFL's Adrian Peterson, along with 30-something other athletes, all posed nude or partially nude for the inaugural issue.

And by all accounts, it was a resounding success. So while the 2010 issue is still Danica-less (ESPN the Mag's Editor in Chief Gary Belsky told the USA Today that, "We did (ask her) and she said no. I don't think it worked for her schedule ... Honestly, we went after Danica mostly because people kept asking us, 'Did you go after Danica?"), there's still plenty to point and gawk at. The photograph making the rounds Friday morning is of U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is in the buff save two strategically placed goalie gloves.

Other athletes featured in the issue include: tennis player Venus Williams, surfer Kelly Slater, pool player Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee; twelve members of the top-ranked USA Water Polo Women's National team and two dozen student-athletes from a Division I-A school.

And while Rachel Uchitel doesn't make an appearance (she's not an athlete, just linked to a really famous one), Belsky did talk about Tiger Woods.
We were going to ask Tiger. When the (first) Body Issue closed, he was our 'get' for the next year. Because we knew he was really buff. Then other things intervened. We figured it wasn't worth asking, given the complicated nature of his relationship with the press.
Discretion, after all, is the better part of valor.

The magazine hits newsstands Friday, Oct. 8.
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