These ESPN portraits of athletes doing what they do naked show the majesty of the human body

ESPN has continued its tradition of celebrating athletes' hard work, discipline and focus in its latest annual Body Issue this month, with a host more famous sporting faces performing the actions of their respective sports nude.

The artful images have a body positive message amid harmful scandals over "revealing" gymnastic outfits, and come accompanied with a quote from each athlete about their approach to their discipline.

Here's some of the most striking portraits:

Kevin Love

I was really looking forward to the playoffs. This injury [dislocated shoulder] is one of the hardest things I've dealt with. When I would out for four to six months, it was a big blow to me. I lost a pretty good amount of weight after the injury, close to 15 pounds. The timing is never great, but I ask myself, 'What can I do to better myself in the meantime?' You look at guys around the league and reassess'.

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