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ESPN releases photos of athletes featured in its annual Body Issue

ESPN on Wednesday released photos of the 23 athletes who posed nude for ESPN The Magazine's 2017 Body Issue. Pictured is retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, who has accomplished feats in rock climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding and swimming despite losing her left leg in a helicopter crash. [ESPN/Photo from video]
ESPN on Wednesday released photos of the 23 athletes who posed nude for ESPN The Magazine's 2017 Body Issue. Pictured is retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, who has accomplished feats in rock climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding and swimming despite losing her left leg in a helicopter crash. [ESPN/Photo from video]
Published Jul. 6, 2017

ESPN on Wednesday released the photos of the 23 athletes who posed nude for its 2017 Body Issue.

In addition to former Countryside High and LSU softball standout A.J. Andrews, those include Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez; Brent Burns and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks; New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, who has accomplished feats in rock climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding and swimming despite losing her left leg in a helicopter crash.

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Also pictured are Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz; U.S. women's national soccer team defender Julie Ertz; New Zealand rugby player Malakai Fekitoa; Olympic skiier Gus Kenworthy; WNBA player Nneka Ogwumike; Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas; the U.S. women's national team hockey team; figure skater Ashley Wagner; mixed martial artist Michelle Waterson; Jamaican sprinter Novlene Williams-Mills; and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

The issue will hit newsstands on Friday.

Here are some of the images that have been shared on social media:

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