Gretchen Bleiler, Alicia Sacramone, and 20 More Athletes Strip Down for ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’ [Video]

ESPN the Magazine: Body Issue hits newsstands this Friday but the sports network released a few preview photos of the upcoming issue today. Pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone are just two of 22 athletes to get naked for the third annual Body Issue.

Here is one of Bleiler’s photos from the Body Issue.

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Bleiler said: “It’s a huge honor to be grouped in with some of the most amazing and skilled athletes in the world. Celebrating Men, women. Every different kind of body, every different kind of sport and showing that everything is beautiful in a very athletic way. I want to be strong and I want to be badass and I think we accomplished that.”

ESPN the Magazine: Body Issue, will be released on Friday with four different covers. Bleiler will be on the cover of one magazine, while the other three covers will be occupied by U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo; the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin; and the New York Mets’ Jose Reyes.

But Bleacher Report points to gymnast Alicia Sacramone as the show stealing athlete of the Body Issue. Here’s one of Sacramone’s pictures.

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ESPN the Magazine: Body Issue will feature photos of 22 athletes. From WNBA stars to tennis players to professional surfers and bowlers, ESPN has selected a diverse group of athletes that all have one thing in common. Fantastic bodies.

ESPN also released a few videos today of the athletes talking about their experience doing a nude photo shoot. Here’s a preview of the Body Issue. (You can see more photos here.)

What do you think of Gretchen Bleiler and Alicia Sacramone’s photos? Who should ESPN get for next year’s Body Issue?