New York Knick’s Tyson Chandler Naked on ESPN cover Magazine
Go ahead and take a good look at some of the planet’s top athlete’s who have dared to bare it all for ESPN’s fourth annual ‘The Body Issue’. Ripped and toned, these sportsmen and women represent the limits to which the human body can be pushed and have been recruited from the leagues of the NBA, the rolling waves of Brazil and the tough competition of the Olympic Games. With a special slant this year on the 2012 London Olympics, ‘The Body Issue’ includes a total of 27-world-class athletes all in the buff, from 7-foot-1, 240-pound basketball star Tyson Chandler to lithe Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira. Described by ESPN as a chance ‘to unapologetically stand in awe of the athletes who’ve pushed their physiques to profound frontiers,’ this year’s edition says editor in chief, Chad Millman contains athletes who ‘just recently popped.’ Personalities such as 25-year-old Gabeira, who is no stranger to surfing naked. ‘I actually have surfed nude,’ the Rio-native told Men’s Health Magazine. ‘I wouldn’t really do it normally because it kinda hurts your boobs.’ Noted for her big wave surfing ability where she is towed onto a 50-foot tall break by a jet-ski, Gabeira is also comfortable on the more sedate beaches of home. ‘I feel sexy when I am surfing in my bikini, which is rare because I am usually in a wet suit on a big wave, so when I get the chance to, it feels great,’ said Gabeira who is a five-time Billabong XXl Award winner. For the New York Knick’s center, Tyson Chandler, ‘The Body Issue’ is a chance for him to let the ‘average person’ take ‘a good look at athletes’ bodies and why we are able to do the things we do.’ ‘I think a lot of people are curious about it,’ added Chandler. ‘I wanted people to look at my body and see why I’m able to do the things I do on the court. ‘Also, it’s a very artistic shoot, and seeing that in past issues made me want to do it.’ Indeed, 29-year-old Chandler is particularly proud of his body, claiming to be very well proportioned. ‘I’m tall with broad shoulders,’ said Chandler to ESPN in an interview prior to the launch of the edition.