Gronkowski, Jones-Drew, Wambach among athletes to appear in ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’
Rob Gronkowski, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tyson Chandler and Abby Wambach are among the athletes who will strip down to pose in ESPN The Magazine’s fourth annual “Body Issue.”
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, New York Rangers forward Brad Richards and WNBA star Candace Parker will also appear in the July 13 edition. [x]
Not really about Hope BUT for the fact that she took the brunt of the critics last year when she did this. She had to answer all of those stupid questions about being a bad role model for girls, cheapening women athletes and their accomplishments, people comparing it to Playboy, etc etc because she was doing the Body Issue (despite, yknow, lots of top athletes doing it) …and since then Morgan and Abby can do stuff like this without anywhere near the same amount of vitriol or any at all for that matter.
At least I am hoping it was a paving-the-way scenario and not a double standards scenario she is frequently the short end of with the media. No. Can’t be that. Grrrr…
“I’m looking forward to the unknown. And I say that because every major tournament, for me, has brought something new and unexpected, and something I could never have prepared for…All the stories that have been told after major tournaments, I never saw coming. And I think it’s amazing. That’s what life is about.”—Hope Solo - Seattle PI Sports Blog
And it is kind of awesome. Looks like we’ll finally hear her POV on 2007 too. Was wondering if that would happen or not. It’s happening. Go preorder it right now.
"My family doesn’t do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."
Hope Solo is the post-feminist face of the modern athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the U.S. women’s soccer team. Her outsized talent has led her to the pinnacle of her sport—the Olympics and the World Cup—and made her into an international celebrity who is just as likely to appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as she is on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue. But her journey—which began in Richland, Washington, where she was raised by her strong-willed mother on the scorched earth of defunct nuclear testing sites—is similarly haunted by the fallout of her family history. Her father, a philanderer and con man, was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was an infant. She lost touch with him as he drifted out of prison and into homelessness. By the time they reunited, years later, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she was an All-American goalkeeper at the University of Washington and already a budding prospect for the U.S. national team. He was living in the woods.
Despite harboring serious doubts even about the provenance of her father’s last name (and her own), Solo embraces him as fiercely as she pursues her dreams of being a world-class soccer player. When those dreams are threatened by her standing within the national team, as when she was famously benched in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup after four shutouts and spoke her piece publicly, we see a woman of uncompromising independence and hard-won perseverance navigate the petty backlash against her.
For the first time, she tells her version of that controversial episode, and offers with it a full understanding of her hard-scrabble life.
Hope, Morgan, Syd, Pinoe etc won’t be there but Kate, Perez, Winters and the rest will so show your support! It is streaming which is what we all wanted, right? It will be interesting to finally see them play with this other squad.
Solo wasn’t making excuses for what she saw as a below-average defensive performance by the Sounders. However, the World Cup Golden Glove winner said most of those problems will be solved as the team gets farther into the season. “We definitely have some cracks in our defense that we need to work on. We need to clean it up,” she said. “No team should hit the goalpost that often as long as we’re doing our job defensively. That’s unfortunate, but it’s early in the season, and we have some things to work on.” read more
She is in work mode. I love it. Definitely not just a quickie before the Olympics. Get her on a team and have a winner at the end of the season and she is locked in.