When the annual ESPN Body Issue hits the stands don’t start getting self-conscious about your physique. That’s not what they mean by “body issues.” Rather than covering yourself up we suggest you sit back and check out the glory of the female athlete’s body. To help you with that, we gathered up the hottest covers from Body Issues past and present.
Candace Parker ESPN Body Issue 2012
Candace Nicole Parker is an All-American basketball player for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She is the younger sister of NBA player Anthony Parker.
Rounda Rousey ESPN Body Issue 2012
Ronda Rousey is an American judoka and mixed martial artist and the current Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She has finished all of her opponents by armbar in the first round.
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Daniela Hantuchova ESPN Body Issue 2012
Daniela Hantuchová is a Slovakian professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first Tier I tournament and ended the year in the top 10.
Gretchen Bleiler ESPN Body Issue 2011
Gretchen Bleiler is an American professional halfpipe snowboarder. She currently resides in Aspen, Colorado and is married to Chris Hotell.
Hope Solo ESPN Body Issue 2011
Hope Amelia Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper playing for the Seattle Sounders Women. Solo has played for the United States women’s national soccer team since 2000.
Diana Taurasi ESPN Body Issue 2010
Diana Lorena Taurasi is a professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. In 2011, she was voted one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history by fans.
The Women of USA Water Polo ESPN Body Issue 2010
The United States women’s national water polo team represents the United States in international women’s water polo competitions and friendly matches. It is one of the leading teams in the world since the late 1990s.
Esther Vergeer ESPN Body Issue 2010
Esther Vergeer is a Dutch wheelchair tennis player. Combining singles and doubles, she has won 42 Grand Slams, 22 year-end championships and 5 Paralympics titles. Vergeer has been the world number one wheelchair tennis player since 1999.
Serena Williams ESPN Body Issue 2009
Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her world no. 1 in singles on five separate occasions.
Gina Carano ESPN Body Issue 2009
Gina Joy Carano is an American actress, television personality, fitness model and mixed martial arts fighter. Carano appeared as Crush, a Gladiator on American Gladiators. She has been referred to as the “Face of Women’s MMA.”
Sarah Reinertsen ESPN Body Issue 2009
Sarah Reinertsen is an American athlete. She was the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.