It would be tough to overstate what a great summer this has been for U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kelley O’Hara. The former Brooklynite who hails from Georgia won her second World Cup as a member of the USWNT. O’Hara and her teammates flew from France to New York, where the team received the key to the city.
Of course, the win led to a number of other moments and opportunities — including O’Hara’s appearance in the ESPN Body Issue magazine.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” the World Cup champion told The Knockturnal at an event in Chelsea to celebrate the magazine’s final Body Issue, sponsored by Grey Goose. “I’m just getting caught up on sleep; I probably still need some more.”
Before that would happen, O’Hara was scheduled to sit on a panel with other current and past Body Issue athletes. The panelists discussed their own participation in the magazine and the bigger picture on the relationship between athletes and their bodies.
“I’ve always wanted to do (the Body Issue),” O’Hara said. “I’ve always wanted to be able to take pictures that in 30 years I could be like, ‘Oh man, back in the day I had it going on!’ you know?”
Of course, the bigger picture wasn’t lost on her either.
“I just love what it stands for,” she continued, “and that’s just this beautiful display of all these different body types.”
The Body Issue is the final installment of ESPN The Magazine in print. It was announced at the event that the Body Issue will continue under the Disney umbrella.