Michael Phelps Will Be on One of Six Covers of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue

When ESPN the Magazine releases its Body Issue on Friday, a special annual edition that shows the different figures of elite athletes totally nude (with all of the most inappropriate parts covered up), Michael Phelps will be one of 6 cover models.

The carefully-selected cover athletes make the point of the issue – showing all of the different body types that make up elite athletics. Over cover models include tennis star Venus Williams, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, and Olympic gold medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson.

The different proportions of the different athletes include (based on various official sources):

  • Jamie Anderson, snowboarding, 5’3″ – 119 pounds
  • Venus Williams, tennis, 6’1″ – 165 pounds
  • Prince Fielder, baseball, 6’0″ – 275 pounds
  • Marshawn Lynch, football, 5’11” – 215 pounds
  • Serge Ibaka, basketball, 6’10” – 245 pounds
  • Michael Phelps, swimming, 6’4″ – 194 pounds

Even those numbers, though, don’t tell the full story. Phelps has long been viewed as a specimen of the swimmer build because of his wide shoulders, long torso, and relatively short legs.

Phelps has made many appearances on the cover of ESPN the Magazine, mostly surrounding his 2008 Olympic performance. See a selection of those covers below.

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6 years ago

This is the Seniors Edition . 40 year olds & even a married couple have a spread . .Yikes.

Reply to  JG
6 years ago

Ok. Too many 30 year olds . ( I thought Venus was 40 ) .

There was a happy time when everyone hoped they would be dead by 30 & now they are trying to tell us 30 is the new 18 . I think it is just to sell us more stuff .

Lane Four
6 years ago

Actually, when I first saw the spread on-line yesterday, I wasn’t impressed with any of the photos. Age has nothing to do with it. The Gary Player issue from last year was extraordinary. These photos leave you cold.

Reply to  Lane Four
6 years ago

Naked golfers sounds like a psycheldelic bad trip.

Reply to  Lane Four
6 years ago

I agree. I’m a big Phelps fan but I was NOT impressed with the photography at all. They somehow managed to make his arms look short & his neck is scrunched up wierd. Was there only 1 single underwater shot to choose from? (said sarcastically)

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