It is somewhat ironic that amidst a heated discussion about sexism in action sports (for example here) ESPN dropped their latest “Body Issue” – featuring snowboarder Elena Hight – the first woman to get a pipe double on film, lest we forget, and owner of a damn fine Method to boot – stripping naked and riding the halfpipe. Here’s a gallery on the ESPN website. In her defence, the photos could be called aesthetically pleasing, and she is in good company. Not only do another female athletes pose in their birthday suit, among them motocross rider Tarah Gieger and race car driver Courtney Force, but also a bunch of guys, like American Football player Colin Kaepernick (whoever that is) and 77-year old golfer Gary Player. Don’t believe us? Here’s the cover:
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And after all, to quote our friends from Yobeat.com, who first made us aware of this, “we gotta say, we’re glad it’s not Louie Vito again.”