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ESPN The Body Issue 2017

July 7, 2017

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A.J. Andrews

Softball | Age 24 | Outfielder, Akron Racers, 2016 Gold Glove recipient

“If I don’t get dirty during a game, I don’t feel like I’ve done my job.”

Photographs by Peter Hapak

Javier Baez

Baseball | Age 24 | Second baseman, Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Series champion, 2016 NLCS co-MVP

“Almost no one knows this, but I’m a lefty. Being able to use both hands helps me with my tagging.”

Photographs by Dylan Coulter

Julian Edelman

Football  | Age 31 | Wide receiver, New England Patriots, Two-time Super Bowl champion

“I’d go in my dad’s room crying and be like, ‘Pops,when am I going to grow? I’m sick of being short.'”

Photographs by Peggy Sirota

Ezekiel Elliott

Football | Age 21 | Running back, Dallas Cowboys, 2016 Pro Bowler

“Every time I step onto the field, I try to out-physical my opponent. I want them to tap out by the end of the game.”

Photographs by Kwaku Alston

Kirstie Ennis

Adaptive sports | Age 26 | Adaptive snowboarder / mountaineer, Retired Marine Corps sergeant

“I attribute sports to who I am today. Rolling that into my recovery — that’s what saved me.”

Photographs by Peter Yang

Julie & Zach Ertz

Soccer / Football | Ages 25, 26 | Defender, Chicago Red Stars & USWNT (Julie), Tight end, Philadelphia Eagles (Zach)

Zach Ertz: “I love watching Julie play. To see that hard work pay off is satisfying to me too.”

Photographs by Carlos Serrao

Malakai Fekitoa

Rugby | Age 25 | Center, New Zealand All Blacks

“It could have been easy to just be lazy and say, ‘I can’t play because of my leg.’ But instead I did the opposite.”

Photographs by Benedict Evans

Gus Kenworthy

Freeskiing | Age 25 | Freeskier, Olympic silver medalist

“I think my mental edge comes from me being in the closet for so much of my life.”

Photographs by Benjamin Lowy

Nneka Ogwumike

Basketball | Age 27 | Power forward, Los Angeles Sparks, 2016 WNBA MVP

“Doughnuts are my kryptonite. I will eat a dozen doughnuts in one sitting, easy.”

Photographs by Mark Williams & Sara Hirakawa

Isaiah Thomas

Basketball | Age 28 | Guard, Boston Celtics, Two-time NBA All-Star

“Being the smallest guy on the court has actually been to my advantage.”

Photographs by Walter Iooss

Joe Thornton & Brent Burns

Hockey | Ages 37, 32 | Defenseman, Center, 2016-17 San Jose Sharks

Brent Burns: “Joe is the most comfortable naked. Me? I just got back from 10 days at Disney eating funnel cakes and ice cream with my kids.”

Photographs by Ramona Rosales

U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team

Hockey | 2014 Olympic silver medalists, 2017 world championship gold medalists

Kacey Bellamy | Defenseman, age 30 (first from left)

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson | Forward, age 28 (second from left)

Alex Rigsby | Goaltender, age 25 (third from left)

Meghan Duggan | Forward, age 29 (center)

Brianna Decker| Forward, captain, age 26 (first from right)

Monique Lamoureux-Morando | Defenseman, age 28 (second from right)

Meghan Duggan: “It’s an incredible time to be a female athlete. It’s a powerful movement. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Photographs by Joe Pugliese

Ashley Wagner

Figure skating | Age 26 | Olympic bronze medalist

“I have suffered about five concussions. That moment when you don’t know if your season is going to be possible is terrifying.”

Photographs by Silja Magg

Michelle Waterson

MMA | Age 31 | UFC Strawweight

“On a scale of 1 to 10, any pain I’ve taken in the ring would rank a 6, and childbirth is a 10.”

Photographs by Mark Seliger

Novlene Williams-Mills

Track and field | Age 35 | Four-time Olympic medalist (Team Jamaica)

“Cancer just wants to take control of everything. It didn’t ask permission.”

Photographs by Marcus Smith

Caroline Wozniacki

Tennis | Age 26 | 2016 U.S. Open semifinalist

“If I don’t look like a supermodel on the runway, that’s OK because I look good in my own way.”

Photographs by Dewey Nicks

[Images: ESPN]

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