Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps leads 22 athletes in ESPN Body Issue

Leave a comment

Michael Phelps is used to wearing very little in competition. He’s baring all in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, is one of the headliners in the magazine’s sixth edition featuring athletes posing nude. It hits newsstands July 11.

Ten of the 22 athletes are Olympians or Paralympians, including Sochi medalists Jamie Anderson, Aja EvansHilary Knight and Amy Purdy.

Olympians in last year’s issue included beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings (who posed eight months pregnant), snowboarder Elena Hight, boxer Marlen Esparza, soccer player Sydney Leroux, basketball player Swin Cash and tennis players Agnieszka Radwanska and John Isner.

Here’s the list of 22 athletes released by ESPN on Wednesday:

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard*
Tomas Berdych
, Tennis*
Aja Evans, Bobsled*
Prince Fielder
, Texas Rangers
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy
Coco Ho, Surfing
Bernard Hopkins, Boxing
Ginger Huber, Cliff Diving
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder*
Hilary Knight, Hockey*
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream*
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Skateboarding
Travis Pastrana, Motorsports
Michael Phelps, Swimming*
Amy Purdy, Snowboard*
Megan Rapinoe, Soccer*
Jimmy Spithill, Sailing
Nigel Sylvester, BMX
Venus Williams, Tennis*
Danyelle Wolf, Boxing

* — Olympian/Paralympian

Shiffrin leads Olympians nominated for ESPYs

Young U.S. relay team can’t match Great Britain, Russia (video)

Leave a comment

It’s no coincidence that the U.S. men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team had its worst finish since 2001, a bronze in Budapest on Friday.

From 2002 through 2016, either Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte was part of the quartet (and usually both of them were).

But with Phelps retired and Lochte suspended, a much younger foursome swam at worlds, including three men who had no Olympic final experience.

The U.S. led after three of four legs, but Great Britain anchor James Guy (2015 World 200m free champion) had the fastest split of all 32 swimmers by .78.

Guy zoomed past American Zane Grothe as the Brits repeated as world champs in the relay by .98 over Russia, which was a half-second ahead of the U.S. for silver.

Grothe, who is better in the 400m and 800m frees, split three seconds slower than Guy. He was the slowest American by nearly a second (when accounting for slower leadoff legs due to flat starts).

One swimmer the U.S. left off the final quartet was Conor Dwyer, a relay finalist member at every Olympics worlds since 2011. But Dwyer, the Rio 200m free bronze medalist, was fourth in the 200m free at nationals and even slower leading off the U.S. 4x200m in the morning heats.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

WORLDS: TV Schedule | Schedule/Results | Race Videos

Simone Biles gets biopic

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Simone Biles is executive producing her own biopic, “The Simone Biles Story” (working title) set to premiere in early 2018 on Lifetime.

The film is based on her biography, “Courage to Soar,” and will reveal “the sacrifices and dedication it took her to become one of the greatest and most celebrated athletes in the world,” according to a press release.

Biles is a co-executive producer with three others, including her agent.

Biles follows Gabby Douglas, whose biopic, “The Gabby Douglas Story,” premiered on Lifetime in early 2014 after her 2012 Olympic all-around title.

Biles is expected to return to gymnastics training late this year or early next year.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: For Gabby Douglas, this gymnastics break is different