There's something stirring about an athlete in motion -- the ferocity of a wrestler shooting on his opponent, the grace of a guard dribbling in traffic, the bravado of a gymnast dismounting the beam. But an athlete in stillness can be just as moving. We took a 3-D scan machine to Penn State, one of the nation's largest (325-plus scholarship athletes) and smartest (82% graduation rate) athletics programs, to capture the forms of one Lion from each of the school's 29 varsity sports. What's the cut of a women's fencing champ? How does a women's All-Big Ten soccer star compare to a men's all-conference lacrosse attacker? And what does a 256-pound tackling machine look like stripped of his armor? All good questions, with awesome answers offered by the 29 athletes representing PSU's singular Student Body.
In ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, Penn State athletes let us do 3-D renderings of their bodies. Here is the result.