Sports Illustrated just released a teaser for their 2017 edition of the Swimsuit Issue. Perhaps trying to emulate ESPN Magazine‘s Body Issue, SI is shifting their focus towards actual athletes rather than swimsuit models. It brings a somewhat more respectable and relevant element to what many consider to be an outdated and unnecessary issue of the printed sports journal.
This time, it’s two of America’s favorite heroes from the Rio Summer Olympics of 2016: gold medal gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.
There are no words to describe the beauty and grace of these incredible athletes.
Biles took gold in the individual all-around, vault and floor exercises in addition to Team USA’s victory in the team all-around. Raisman took silver medals behind Biles in the individual all-around and floor exercise, and won her second straight gold as a member of the team all-around. She and Gabby Douglas (both members of the London 2012 team) are the only Americans with back-to-back team golds in gymnastics.
Kudos on the medals, and on a breathtaking photo shoot!
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