ESPN Brings You Penn State “Student Bodies” In 3-D

October 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Here’s something unexpected—and a little weird—but very cool: As a tie-in with its current “Body Issue,” ESPN The Magazine chose one college from which to get a broad survey of athletes’ bodies. That school? Penn State. But these aren’t just photos of student-athletes—they’re 3-D images done through some sort of high-tech (and highly realistic) scanner. The results, which you can scroll through here, are strange, enlightening, and compelling.

Why’d they choose Penn State? According to the blurb that opens the feature, the magazine was attracted by “one of the nation’s largest (325-plus scholarship athletes) and smartest (82% graduation rate) athletics programs.”

On a cool personal side note: Five of the 29 athletes featured — including Lauren Purvis and Jack Crawford, pictured above — have also appeared as our magazine’s “Lead Athlete” profile over the past couple of years. Kind of proud of that, even if our images were only 2-D.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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