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Boulder photographer’s images featured in last print ESPN Body Issue

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Professional climber Alex Honnold is photographed by photographer Cory Richards at Kirkwood Lake in California on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Photo by Eric Lutzens

How we live our lives helps shape our bodies. That’s one of the messages behind The Body Issue, which ESPN has released for more than a decade. This year, world class athletes again posed nude or semi-nude for the issue. Notably, this was the last print version of "ESPN The Magazine." Among the naked athletes this year is rock climber Alex Honnold, who's the first person to free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite.

Cory Richards, of Boulder, photographed him. Richards, an accomplished mountaineer in his own right, reflected on what goes into making these photographs.