ESPN the Magazine Releases 2012 ‘The Body Issue’ (Photos)

By Jay Casteel  |  07/13/2012

ESPN the Magazine celebrates the physical form of the world's elite athletes in their new, fourth annual "The Body Issue."

The issue features 27 male and female athletes across the sporting world, including the likes of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, New York Knicks center and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, Strikeforce Women;s Bantamwweight Champion Ronda Rousey, the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team, WNBA star Candace Parker, and many more.

This is just a sneak peek at some of the shots. Check out the full spread in the new issue of ESPN the Magazine, on newsstands now.

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