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ESPN Hails Form and Function in New Body Issue (photos!)

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Kerri Walsh never made winning look so good. She's featured in the ESPN body issue.

Kerri Walsh never made winning look so good. She’s featured in the ESPN body issue.

Kerri Lee Walsh has dominated beach volleyball in the last three summer Olympics and looked damn good doing it. She’s one of the poster girls (should we say ladies?) in the new ESPN body issue. Talk about a power serve.

ESPN has jumped on the band wagon started by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and the always hot Victoria’s Secret swimsuit catalog, but with a twist.

It chooses its models from top athletes, both male and female. They represent the ultimate in form and function. They can not only set world records, but win beauty contests on the side. Nothing is sexier than athleticism, and ESPN has cornered the market in that commodity.

Walsh, 34, who is a commanding six-feet, two-inches tall, teamed with Misty May-Treanor to win the Gold Medal in beach volleyball in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics. Their command of the game is unmatched.

ESPN Corners Market on Sexy Athleticism

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But Walsh, whose full name is Kerri Walsh Jennings, accomplished another feat this year. She gave birth in April to daughter Scout Margery with husband Casey Jennings, also a pro beach vollyballer. They also have two sons Joseph Michael, 4, and Sundance Thomas,3.

ESPN published a photo of her nude while she was pregnant and nude with her newborn. It’s the ultimate salute to motherhood.

The magazine also features professional motocross racer Tarah Gieger who won the amateur national motocross championship in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Elena Hight, who is only 23, has competed in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic games in snowboarding.

Kourtney Force is the youngest daughter of 15-time NHRA Funny Car national champion John Force, and a hell-on-wheels dragster jockey herself. Kourtney, 25, joins two of her sisters who also race dragsters and Funny Cars.

Miesha Tate, 26, is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Tate is expected to face Ronda Rousey in a rematch this December for the Women’s UFC Bantamweight Championship.

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