You'd figure buff bodies in the buff would be enough to generate some buzz, but ESPN The Magazine has started to tease fans by revealing the names of those featured in its upcoming "Body Issue."
There will be more than 20 athletes shown in the third annual spread that attempts to blend art with sex appeal. (Or is it the other way around?) Here are 12 of them -- not in their birthday suit:
The U.S. soccer goalie parlayed a terrific performance in the World Cup into a spot on "Dancing With The Stars."
The all-time leading rusher for the Rams has been to three Pro Bowls. When asked by an ESPN editor to pose, he replied, "I was wondering when you were going to ask me."
In addition to four gold medals at the X Games and a silver in the 2006 Olympics, Bleiler also has a FHM photo spread to her credit, so this ESPN issue isn't her first magazine modeling gig.
The reigning NBA rookie of the year and slam dunk champ has been an Internet sensation through his internship at FunnyOrDie.com.
The Massachusetts gymnast helped the United States take the silver medal in the team competition at the 2008 Olympics. She also became a YouTube sensation for a clip of her punching a guy in the face.
The shortstop became the first Met to win the batting title (.337) but fans were upset that he left the season finale after just one at-bat. He bunted for a single.
The Moscow native has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world and reached the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010.
The Canucks center has his own line of clothing and made a splash last year in Vancouver when he posed in his underwear for publicity shots.
She was part of the U.S. 4×400-meter relay team that won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.
He won the UFC light-heavyweight title in March with a TKO win against Mauricio Rua.
A two-time U.S. Olympian, Chu was the NCAA's all-time leading scorer in women's hockey when she finished her career at Harvard in 2007.
The world champion snowboarder also competed on "Dancing With The Stars" and lasted longer than UFC legend Chuck Liddell and Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin but was eliminated before Michael Irvin.
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