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2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of ESPN Magazine's first Body Issue, which celebrates the musculature of athletes across the spectrum of professional sports (male as well as female).  Despite the athletes being photographed in the buff, these photos have more in common with Michelangelo's sculptures than Robert Mapplethorpe's images.  And although I would have preferred seeing more body hair, it's refreshing that a major sports magazine doesn't have any hang-ups about putting the bodies of athletes front and center for readers to admire.  (And kudos to the athletes who participate.)  Finally, both 2017's and 2018's edition included openly gay male athletes: skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon

 

Although there were hundreds of photos to choose from (a challenge I happily accepted) I managed to narrow them down to my two dozen favorite:

 

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Baseball star Giancarlo Stanton (2013)
 
 
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NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman (2017)

 

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Rugby star Malakai Fekitoa (2017)
 
 
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Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs (2017)
 
 
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Figure skater Adam Rippon (2018)
 
 
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NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (2013)
 
 
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Speed skater Apolo Ohno (2011)
 
 
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Hockey player Tyler Seguin (2015)
 
 
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Football player Julian Edelman (2017)

 

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Pitcher Matt Harvey (2013)

 

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Tennis player Tomas Berydch (2014)

 

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NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown (2016)
 
 
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Pitcher Jake Arrieta (2016)
 
 
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Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor (2016)
 
 
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Baseball star Yasiel Puig (2018)

 

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NFL rusher Ezekiel Elliott (2017)

 

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Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy (2017)
 
 
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Hockey player Joffrey Lupul (2013)

 

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Baseball player Bryce Harper (2015)

 

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Football player Rob Gronkowski (2012)

 

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Tennis player Stan Wawrinka (2015)

 

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Soccer player Omar Gonzalez (2014)
 
 
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Decathlete Ashton Eaton (2012)

 

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NBA star Isaiah Thomas (2017)

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