America’s top athletes proudly pose NUDE for ESPN ‘The Body Issue’ (PHOTOS)

by Rachel Ogbu

Courtney Force In the fifth annual ‘The Body Issue,’ which hits  newsstands on July 12, gorgeous blond NHRA funny car racer Courtney Force graces  one of eight covers


 Check out the super toned physique of America’s top athletes proudly showing off their body nude for the fifth  ESPN ‘The Body Issue’

‘”It was kind of nerve-racking at first,”  Harvey told The Daily News. “I’ve  never been fully nude in front of random people like that before –  especially  with a camera around. But now that it is all done, it was a  fun  experience.”

Celebrities featuring this year included  Miesha Tate, the 26-year-old No. 1  bantamweight contender on the women’s  Ultimate Fighting Championship  circuit, professional snowboarder Elena Hight, and basketball player Faried.

Kenneth Faried

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried shows off his  chiseled form as he grips a basketball with his fingertips


Miesha Tate Miesha Tate, the 26-year-old No. 1 bantamweight  contender on the women’s Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit, posing in  nothing but a pair of pink boxing gloves on the beach


Matt Harvey New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey also shows off his  fine form with his mitt and a baseball in hand


Courtney Force Force, 25, is certainly a force to be reckoned with,  appearing nude carrying a red gas can down the middle of an empty road in the  magazine’s spread


Kenneth Faried Faried also appears on one of eight covers, mid slam  dunk


Elena Hight Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, bares all down a  mountain with just her board


Matt Harvey Right-hander Harvey is used to being in the limelight  for his feats on the field, but stripping off for the American public was  another ball game, he said


– [Photos/caption: H/T DailyMail]

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