ESPN Magazine Presents its Third Annual Body Issue: Featuring Gretchen Bleiler

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 6, 2011 1:43 pm

ESPN The Magazine’s third annual “Body Issue” reaches provocative new heights with an unveiling of nude action shots showcasing over 20 naked athletes in the “Bodies We Want” section. Professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler shows off her stuff inside the prestigious magazine as well as on one of the four covers. The “Bodies We Want” section features athletes such as Apollo Anton Ohno, Blake Griffin, Hope Solo, Vera Zvonereva, and Jose Reyes.

They bare all in athletic poses inspiring jaw dropping awe and envy at the complete uncovering of perfectly muscled bodies. No inch is left uncovered (except what’s absolutely necessary) so that men and women alike can stare in disbelief at the chiseled physiques of each hardworking athlete. The magazine uses highly artistic photography and creative lighting effects, as well as precise body position to keep the photos at an allowable level of risqué.

Gretchen Bleiler goes above and beyond in the issue by being one of four cover athletes. While her body is clearly something to behold of as an image of athletic perfection, she has made herself into a successful famous athlete too add to her good looks and perfect figure. As a pioneer of snowboarding, she is a four-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Olympian. Bleiler is an avid promoter of female athletics as she also took part in creating the first all-girls half-pipe competition called the Snow Angels Invitational.

Her contribution to the female athletics world is furthered by her incredible appearance in the “Body Issue”.

Bleiler says, “ESPN uses the Body Issue to celebrate all types of athletic, strong bodies, and I’m proud to be included,” and  “I am honored to be counted among this incredible group of athletes.” 

The third annual issue exploration of the naked athletes thoroughly celebrates athletic excellence and physical fitness.  The first issue of “The Body Issue” was back in October 2009 and this year’s issue comes out on October 7th with the “Bodies We Want” photos as well as regular sports coverage, a body damage section, and action shots of teams and individual athletes.

Check out Ms. Bleiler in motion in this behind the scenes look at the shoot: