Athletes Pose Naked for 'ESPN The Magazine''s Body Issue


ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue drops July 11, but to tide you over, here's a sneak peak at the athletes shedding their clothes for the super-sexy issue!

ET was behind the scenes as swimming superstar Michael Phelps, tennis champ Venus Williams, Oklahoma Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka and more shed their clothes for the magazine.

"We decided to do the Body Issue, because it was important for us to pay tribute to the athletic form," said deputy editor Neely Lohmann.

Watch the video to hear Phelps reveal what his motivation was to lose weight after gaining 30 pounds in retirement.

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