Aug 24, 2010

Some poker celebrities naked in the new ESPN magazine

The first edition of the magazine Body Issue of ESPN: The Magazine has been distributed across the United States last Friday. The concept behind the project is the presentation of profiles of athletes and their bodies. The inaugural edition includes photos of Jennifer Harman, Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen and Daniel Negreanu playing poker ... naked!
Other than poker magazine discuss sports such as boxing, golf, baseball, auto racing, basketball, hockey, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, MMA and more yet.
A journalist Poker News Daily spoke with the editor of Sarah Turcotte. Here is a translation of the interview:

Reporter: Tell us behind the scenes of the Body Issue of ESPN magazine.
Turcotte: This is the first time we try the experiment and we will clearly repeat. My boss was trying to find a way to profile an athlete's body. You see them in the locker room, but you never know really what enters! Not only do we have players of poker and soccer, we also include sumo wrestlers and triathletes. It is a great mix. There are over 80 and 40 athletes involved in different stages of undress. Poker is a great sport. The players work hard, earn lots of money and have a mental toughness yours. We believe it is a legitimate sport.
Reporter: What was the reaction so far?
Turcotte: We are surprised how the reaction is positive, although there have been some negative comments with some of the sports most conservative. For example, fans of the LPGA have heard about our project and have an opinion-based. [...] This is not the playboy magazine and it is a celebration of a natural athlete. Until now, I'm surprised by the positive reception. I think I could never conceive how the idea would be popular.
Reporter: Tell me pictures showing Harman, Nguyen, Hellmuth and Negreanu.
Turcotte: It was an amazing picture to. Hats off to each of them. This was our only photo sex because usually cross in other sports, it does not compete against athletes of the opposite sex. The experience was fantastic.
Reporter: What can you tell us the photo shoot?
Turcotte: The shooting was great for poker. We had two hours and have made Las Vegas. Anyone who is surrounded by Negreanu and Nguyen tombebait in love with them. Their interaction was great and I started calling everyone "baby" myself for days. Jen has such a big heart. I was pleasantly surprised by the great respect that the guys had for her.
Reporter:What do you think readers get from this magazine from ESPN?
Turcotte: My position as editor in chief is to be present and play the lawyer for the athletes. We have created a collaborative process and I wish that athletes are proud. With regard to the readers, I think what's best is that it is great to see someone like Serena Williams is so beautiful, but people familiar with the athlete. By cons, not everyone who knows Scotty Nguyen and Jennifer Harman, so we hope they give them respect.
Reporter: Can we nominate other athletes that readers can expect to see in this edition?
Turcotte: Adrian Paterson Minnesota Vikings, the tennis star Serena Williams, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers, Sarah Reinertsen (the only female amputee participating in Ironman), Andrew Cogliano Oilers' Edmonton, Christina Kim of the LPGA and six guys from the soccer team DC United.


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