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.