Nude Solo says she's no sex symbol

Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo gestures during a match against Korea PRK  at the women's World Cup...

Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo gestures during a match against Korea PRK at the women's World Cup in Germany, June 28, 2011. (ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

A very fit Hope Solo says she doesn't have an issue posing nude.

But, hey, the star soccer goalie doesn't buy the idea that she is a sex symbol.

Solo, 30, is one of 22 athletes who are showing off their muscles -- and a distinct lack of fat -- in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, which hit the website Wednesday and is headed for the news stands.

"It's amazing that there are so many beautiful bodies out there on the female athletic side, and it's great that they are starting to get attention," Solo said.

"But sex symbol? I don't know where that came from. My entire purpose is trying to be the best in the game, and if that exudes beauty, too, that's pretty powerful. It means the image of the typical female body type is finally evolving."

Among those posing without clothes is Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, who took a ribbing from teammates Wednesday.

"I'm happy I did it. (My wife) supported it 100%," Kesler said.

His teammates meanwhile had fun at his expense. The photo was set as a desktop wallpaper on a computer in the players lounge for all to see.


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