Olympic gold medallist Jamie Anderson joins a long list of snowboarders who have got their kit off tastefully for ESPN’s Body Issue, landing the cover the 2014 edition. The Body Issue features athletes from across the globe posing naked, usually in the environments where they perform their sports.
You may remember Elena Hight’s photos from last year and don’t forget that Gretchen Bleiler and even Louie Vito also posed in the buff back in 2011, alongside a long list of athletes from other sports.
And while the snowboard media will surely go wild for these shots of Jamie when the issue drops on July 11th, they are widely accepted as being tasteful, artistic representations of athletic bodies.
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Here’s what Jamie had to say about the shoot:
“I’ve never done any naked shoots or even bikini shoots so it was new for me to do that,” Anderson said. “At first I was a little bit terrified but it was really good practice for me to accept everything about myself and love my body and not judge the little things that we do as women or anyone and just embrace where I’m at. With hurting my foot a month before the May shoot, I didn’t really get to run or anything.
My first impression was that I want to work out and get super crazy fit. It didn’t really play out that way. I still live a healthy, active lifestyle but I wasn’t able to train as I would have. It became even more beneficial because I got to step back and embrace myself and how I am and not try to fit this Hollywood image of being really super skinny.”