Friday, June 28, 2013

Gary Player breaks record as oldest ESPN 'Body Issue' participant

Gary Player has set a record, it was announced on Thursday. The 77-year-old golfer will be among those featured in the latest annual ESPN the Magazine “Body Issue,” the network said.

The previous record holder was 73-year-old swimmer Jeff Farrell, who went sans clothing in 2010.

Although most expect the issue to feature young -- or relatively young -- hot men and women -- particularly women, like Daniela Hantuchova, Oksana Masters, and Ronda Rousey (all 2012) -- Player is known to be a fitness fanatic. He earned the nickname Mr. Fitness in the 1950s and still does 1,000 sit-ups daily.

As Player noted on Twitter, the "Body Issue" celebrates the human body, in all it's forms. He tweeted:
After a lifetime dedicated to health & fitness I’m chuffed to be in @ESPNmag's Body Issue to hopefully inspire others to workout & live well [...]

I was at first hesitant, but @ESPNmag's Body Issue celebrates the human body. No matter what your age, we should all look after ourselves! [...]

I know I'm no Olympic athlete but have worked hard to look after myself. Hopefully @ESPNMag Body Issue will inspire others to do the same.
The magazine isn't going all septuagenarian for the issue, though.

Other athletes who will join Player in the Body Issue include:
  1. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick,
  2. Olympic volleyball player Kerri Walsh-Jennings
  3. NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force
  4. 49ers TE Vernon Davis
  5. NBA player John Wall
  6. NBA player Kenneth Faried
  7. MLB player Matt Harvey
  8. MLB player Giancarlo Stanton
  9. WNBA player Swin Cash
  10. NHL winger Joffrey Lupul
  11. Golfer Carly Booth
  12. Snowboarder Elena Hight
  13. Mixed martial artist Miesha Tate
  14. Boxer Marlen Esparza
  15. Soccer player Sydney Leroux
  16. Motocross competitor Tara Gieger
  17. Tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska
  18. Tennis player John Isner
  19. Rock climber Chris Sharma
  20. Rock climber Daila Ojeda

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