Despite the fact that no swimmers were nominated for this year’s ESPY Awards, ESPN may be trying to do a little recon by featuring the greatest Olympian of all time in their annual Body Issue.
The magazine, which will hit news stands July 11, will feature Michael Phelps along with 21 other athletes, revealing “it” all for the world to see. The issue’s main focus is to celebrate athletic form and present a diverse group of athletes whose bodies have allowed them to achieve a great deal of success.
Phelps admitted to gaining thirty pounds throughout his short-lived retirement but as we’ve seen him progress through his slew of Grand Prix meets, he’s been toner and leaner each month he’s hit the water. Perhaps committing to this all nude photo shoot was the extra motivation Phelps needed to get his body back into tip top shape.
The 21 other athletes that will be joining Phelps in this out-of-uniform shoot will be Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, five-time Wimbledon champ Venus Williams, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, and Oklahoma City Thunder Serge Ibaka.
Check out the full press release and a sneak peak video from the shoot here.