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Michael Phelps leads 22 athletes in ESPN Body Issue

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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

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Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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