Gilmore appears nude for ESPN body issue

Courtesy: ESPN Body Magazine/Francesco Carrozzini

Australian surf superstar Stephanie Gilmore has joined 22 other athletes in appearing nude for the third edition of ESPN magazine's Body Issue.

Olympic speedskater Apolo Ohno, NY Mets star Jose Reyes, gymnast Alicia Sacramone, and Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are also among the athletes who bare their bodies in the 2011 "Bodies We Want" section.

The stars appear nude or semi-nude, with privates strategically covered, in the popular annual issue that highlights the perfection of the athletic form.

US women's football goalkeeper Hope Solo graces one of the four covers for this year's issue.

In the past Serena Williams and wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer have also appeared as cover stars.

Related: Behind the scenes at the ESPN Magazine shoot.

Thanks to The Dirty Tackle blog.