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7 Team USA Athletes Pose For 2019 Edition Of The Body Issue

Sept. 09, 2019, 4 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Chris Paul, Scout Bassett and Kelley O'Hara are among the Team USA athletes in this year's ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue.


In this year's edition of ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, seven Team USA athletes posed proudly on the cover. Out of the 21 total athletes represented, four of them are Olympians and Paralympians: Para track and field's Scout Bassett, basketball players Chris Paul and Nancy Lieberman, and soccer player Kelley O'Hara.

Chris Paul is a two-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Lieberman, a retired U.S. women's basketball star, won a silver medal at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976. Lieberman is also a two-time Pan American Games team member, winning gold in 1975 and silver in 1979.

Also featured is surfer Lakey Peterson. Peterson is an Olympic hopeful for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, when surfing will be making its debut. Brooks Koepka is also a favorite for the upcoming Games. The golfer is currently in first in the Olympic golf rankings, which will continue until June 22, 2020.

Viral gymnast and former national team member Katelyn Ohashi appeared in the magazine as well. Ohashi became an internet sensation in January when her modern floor routine for the University of California, Los Angeles hit social media. In 2013, Ohashi won the American Cup all-around title.

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On Friday, this year's Body Issue was officially released online. Athletes took to social media to share their photos as well as discuss their experiences in what many called a freeing and uplifting experience.









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“a line of dots following a pattern but one stands out, it’s clearly an outlier that’s direction needs to reroute. alienated and put to the side in order to not be seen, studied through a screen, thinking that maybe if we can match a name to it, we’ll all suddenly become immune like any vaccine. experiencing anything that isn’t explained or doesn’t belong to the majority will make you alone, and anyone who wants to stay “normal” will hide in order to not be shown. the outlying dots were marked on my skin, to remind me that being different is no longer sin. these marks are the reminders of everyone fighting around. the ones that are no longer seen because they were cast down. the ones that aren’t lost just never wanted to be found. and the ones that just needed someone else to make a sound. multiple mediums where too many negative energies can surface. as if not commenting the hurtful message would somehow be doing a disservice. each time my skin sheds away making more room to grow. not to make room for anyone else but to let my own true colors show. proud of who i am and what my body reveals, no longer am i concerned about who it appeals. too thin, too fat, but it’s not anyone else’s job to decide all that. having a voice loud enough blocks everyone else out, but when there’s that lingering doubt every compliment received will go unnoticed like a drought. amour de soi is the only natural form of self love. once that’s reached, nothing will rise above. we weren’t meant to have it all, but make the best out of what we have every single day. i’m proud of my body and all its imperfections, that’s all i have to say.” ~ katelyn ohashi. @espn #espnbodyissue2019 photographer: @danascruggs 😍

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