ESPN’s ninth annual BODY issue has finally touched down with a full-on immersive experience featuring some of today’s hottest athletes.
A staggering total of 23 athletes show off their sculpted physiques from years of hard work and training within this issue.This year’s theme, “Every Body Has a Story,” led to some of the sports roster explaining their stories. While some were filled with heartbreak, every story was full of courage.
Take Novlene Williams-Mills, a Jamaican track star who helped her squad in the 4×400-meter relay at the Athens Olympics, and then again in Beijing in 2008. Her team planned on pulling a three-peat at the 2012 London games. But weeks before she planned on taking the track by storm, she was diagnosed with cancer. Williams-Mills underwent four more surgeries and went on to win two more medals.
Another freshman is Kirstie Ennis, a war vet who lost her leg when her helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Ennis saw the involvement in ESPN’s BODY issue to further push her mantra of not limiting herself.
“Find your passion, and let it consume you,” Ennis wrote on Instagram upon revealing her cover. “If a little one-legged lady can climb rocks and chase mountains, I promise you, you can do whatever it is your heart desires.”
Super Bowl champ Julian Edelman and Dallas Cowboy newbie Ezekiel Elliott also graced the coveted issue.
Peep the rest of the athletes featured in the BODY Issue here.