It’s been almost a decade since sports media mega-giant ESPN released its inaugural The Body Issue in the network’s printed publication, ESPN The Magazine.
Since then, it has grown to become one of the most anticipated issues of the year for the magazine.
You can now add "cover boy" to Zeke's resume. pic.twitter.com/DSS8r0Jzef
— ESPN (@espn) June 26, 2017
Like everything else in today’s society, things get leaked thanks to the Internet and social media. Rarely are things kept a secret, so saying the announcement of who will be featured in the issue itself is highly anticipated since the athlete’s names never make it to ESPN’s Twitter account before someone else has already picked it up.
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot and professional tennis player ranked sixth in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, were the first two athletes to be named.
Caroline Wozniacki is ready for Wimbledon … and the cover of ESPN’s ninth annual Body Issue. pic.twitter.com/MjpJFCmESE
— ESPN (@espn) June 27, 2017
Let’s face it, we all want to know, right?
Without further ado, here are the athlete’s – aside from Elliot and Wozniacki – who will be featured in this year’s The Body Issue.
Your 2017 Body Issue athletes are … pic.twitter.com/QjS30QPh6f
— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2017
Following suit with previous issues, there are athletes featured in the annual who have inspiring stories to tell.
One of these athletes is Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.