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Bleiler on cover of ESPN Mag 'Bodies'

Updated: October 6, 2011, 10:09 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

For snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, the decision to pose naked in ESPN The Magazine's third-annual Body Issue, which hits newsstands Friday, was not made lightly. "I took it so seriously," she says. "It's such a vulnerable thing for an athlete to do."

She knows from experience. In February 2004, Bleiler appeared on the cover of FHM weaing only body paint. A few months after taking silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics, she posed for Jane magazine's "clothes off our back" feature covered ...

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