Gretchen Bleiler

Updated: October 6, 2011, 7:55 AM ET

Why pose for the Body Issue?

I've definitely had reservations about doing things like this in the past, but to be grouped together with some of the most accomplished and skilled athletes in the world is a huge honor. I love that this issue celebrates athletic bodies of every shape and size. I chose to do this shoot to give girls and women a strong, athletic body they can look up to and aspire to.

I did a [similar] shoot for FHM magazine about eight years ago. To this ...

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