Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GOD IS GOOD!: VENUS WILLIAMS, SERGE IBAKA, MICHAEL PHELPS & MORE FEATURED IN ESPN'S 2014 BODY ISSUE


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Move over Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, ESPN Magazine's Body Issue has got you beat!



ESPN Magazine's Body Issue is arguably the most anticipated sports magazine release of the year. And trust me when I say that the magazine's 2014 Body Issue will NOT disappoint! 

It has something or shall I say someone for everyone!



The Body Issue is ESPN Magazine's annual celebration of the world's best athletes' exceptional bodies.


The 2014 Body Issue celebrates the many different types of bodies that are produced as a result of being in top physical condition.  


This years issue features seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Olympic medalist swimmer Michael PhelpsIBFWBA and IBA light-heavyweight boxing world champion Bernard HopkinsWinter Olympic medalist bobsledder Aja Evans, America's Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, WNBA's Atlanta Dream point guard Angel McCoughtry, NFL's Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, professional BMX rider Nigel Sylvester and U.S. men's national soccer team and LA Galaxy player Omar Gonzales



 Aja Evans is a bobsledder brakeman. She won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Jimmy Spithill is an Australian yachtsman who has won the Nations Cup twice in 2003 and 2004. He also became the youngest winner of the America's Cup in 2013, when Oracle Team USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 in the final race.



Angel McCoughtry is the franchise player for the Atlanta Dream. She is a 2x WNBA scoring champion. She also plays for the Turkish team Fenerbah├že Istanbul in the EuroLeague Women




Larry Fitzgerald is a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl seven times, and is currently ranked fifth in all-time receiving yards per game (76.0 career yards per game). On November 24, 2013, Fitzgerald became the youngest NFL receiver to reach 11,000 career receiving yards, surpassing the previous record-holder, Randy Moss.



Nigel Sylvester is a professional BMX rider. He is sponsored by Nike 6.0, Gatorade, Animal Bikes and G-Shock. He has a signature bike seat called the Nigel Seat. He has also created multiple signature watches with G-Shock.



Omar Gonzalez is an American soccer player who currently plays for MLS's LA Galaxy and the United States men's national soccer team.




Serge Ibaka is a center/power forward for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. He has been nicknamed Air CongoSerge Protector and Iblocka by his teammates, in reference to his shot-blocking skills. Ibaka officially represents Spain in international competitions.

"He fine anyway. You betta watch his ass...somebody might STEAL'EM," Keri! 




Bernard Hopkins is the current IBFWBA and IBA light-heavyweight world champion. At 49 years of age, he became the oldest boxer ever to win a world title, defend a world title and unify a weight division.
Total fights
65
Wins
55
Wins by KO
32
Losses
6
Draws
2
No contests
2



Philly, Philly! Philly is where I am from!


Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals --18. That is double the second highest record holders.

Baltimore's (well actually Towson's) finest!

WOOOOOO-RKKKK Venus!
Venus Williams has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. Her seven Grand Slam singles titles tie her for twelfth on the all time list, and is more than any other active female player except for her younger sister Serena Williams. Her 22 overall Grand Slam titles consist of seven in singles, thirteen in women's doubles, and two in mixed doubles.  
Her five Wimbledon singles titles tie her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list. Venus Williams is one of only four women in the open era to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles. Between the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. She is one of only five women in the open era to win 200 or more main draw Grand Slam singles matches. 
Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles. She and her sister Serena have won more Olympic gold medals than any other female tennis players. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody in 1924. 
With 45 career singles titles, Williams is behind only her sister Serena amongst active players on the WTA Tour. Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest winning streak since January 1, 2000.  
She is also one of only three active WTA players to have made the finals of all four Grand Slams, the other players being her sister Serena Williams and Russian Maria Sharapova.




To view all the athletes' --AND their amazing bodies, featured in ESPN's 2014 Body Issue, head over HERE!

The Body Issue hits newsstands on July 11.

Source: ESPN and Wikipedia

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