Natalie Coughlin Appears Nude in ESPN The Magazine Body Issue

Photo Courtesy: Williams + Hirakawa/ESPN The Magazine

Natalie Coughlin’s nude pictures from the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue are now publicly available. We’ve made sure to show a close crop of one of the images.

The 12-time Olympic gold medalist and current American Record Holder in the 50 meter backstroke was featured as one of 24 athletes in the annual Body Issue. This will be the seventh addition of the magazine, which most recently featured Michael Phelps in 2014. Other swimmers who have been included in the special edition are Ryan Lochte (2009) and Jeff Farrell (2010).

Coughlin is the first female swimmer to be featured. This year, Coughlin is joined by Bryce Harper (baseball), Kevin Love (basketball), DeAndre Jordan (basketball), Ali Krieger (soccer), Aly Raisman (gymnastics) among others.

“Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year,” ESPN The Magazine and editor in chief Chad Millman said in the piece. “The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving.”

Coughlin said she appreciates the diversity and representation presented every year in the Body Issue.

“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” said Coughlin. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”

The magazine includes athletes from a range of sports, with a variety of heights, weights and body compositions. Not only can you see them bare all in the magazine, but you can see their pride in themselves, their sport, and of course, their bodies.

Natalie Coughlin’s ESPN The Magazine Body Issue Photo Slideshow



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Randy Rogers
8 years ago

Some beautiful images.

Janne Kuivakangas
8 years ago


Jessica Nicole
8 years ago


Brenda Campbell
8 years ago

Much more interesting is Natalie’s revelation that she has scoliosis with 27* angle…my admiration for her has grown even more!

Karoly Von Törös
8 years ago

What a beauty, love you xxxx

Maëlys Bévan
8 years ago

Lucas Merulla Elle a oublié sa doudoune

Bob Perkins
8 years ago

Next up Sarah…

Sarah Rogers
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob Perkins

Sure! When they do an issue about how the athlete’s body turns to flab over the years, I’ll be happy to help.

Bob Perkins
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob Perkins

We would all prefer you over the male SWYMmers body issue! 🙂

JB Baker
8 years ago

Boy she’s ripped beyond wash board abs.

Brigitte Peake
8 years ago

Vito Zou

Shadab aryan
8 years ago

Wow so dashing
HmMmM. . Water QueEN,

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