ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue” toes a fine line between honoring athletic specimens and soft-core porn.
As controversial as this admiration of the human form may be, ESPN does do a good job of featuring athletes from various athletic disciplines. The same cannot always be said about their media coverage, but that’s an argument for a different day. It’s time to see and learn more about the lesser known athletes that are featured in the 2013 issue hitting newsstands tomorrow.
Featured here are climbers Daila Ojeda and Chris Sharma ascending boulders without neither harnesses nor clothes. Noted outdoor/adventure photographer Boone Speed captured their chiseled backs and hind parts as they grappled the rock-face.
Chris Sharma is considered to be the world's best rock climber.
At Winter X Games XVII in January, Elena Hight became the first snowboarder, male or female, to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo during the half-pipe competition.
Tarah Gieger won gold at the very first women’s Moto X event at the X Games in 2008.
Every year the 'Body Issue' leaves me marvelling at these sculpted bodies, curious how photographers conceal private parts, and feeling a bit of shame.