ESPN the Magazine’s annual celebration of the athletic form hits the stands this week with six different covers (Rob Gronkowski, Jose Bautista, Tyson Chandler, Daniela Hantuchova, Candace Parker and Ronda Rousey).
Says Deputy Editor Neely Lohmann about pulling the issue together:
I can’t begin to imagine how many images we shot for this issue — thousands, certainly. And whittling down those images to our favorites is both tremendously fun and incredibly difficult. But the photographers do the first edit; they send us the ones they are most happy with. From that group, I work closely with the photo editors, Karen Frank and Nancy Weisman, creative director, John Korpics, and Editor-in-Chief, Chad Millman, to select the ones we feel best represent the athlete. But even then, we have some tough calls. That’s why we include exclusive extras in our online photo gallery.
And that gallery would be here.
Image: Oksana Masters, Paralympic rower from the Ukraine. ESPN the Magazine: Bodies We Want 2012.