“It’s important to show your vulnerabilities. I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a female athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s honest,” boldly revealed by Ali Krieger in an interview with ESPN a day before the U.S. take on China in the quarterfinals of the women’s World Cup.
ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue 2015 hits the stands on July 10 featuring all the curves of the glamorous American star. The veteran of two World Cups has started every game for the U.S. in the ongoing edition of the tournament in Canada.
“Krieger” in German means “warrior,” and the star of the U.S. Women’s national soccer team feels the name gels with her life as she had to overcome a number of physical disorders to attain the state of one of the most sought-after stars. The struggle has made her bold and fearless. As fearless as she is about the artificial turf on which the FIFA World Cup is being played, she’s as fearless to shed her uniform to pose naked for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue 2015.
“I love to do lunges because I don’t want my butt to start sagging,” said the 30-year-old. On field, she’s the force in the heart of the defense of the U.S. squad, and once published, her image is going to rock millions of hearts across the planet.
Krieger is joined in the issue by Giants breakout star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, Cavs forward Kevin Love and other athletes in the seventh annual edition of the magazine.