It's entirely coincidental that I get around to posting this just as a story about über-gay friendly icon Ben Cohen is announced to be appearing on the UK's version of Dancing with the Stars. I have always admired dancing as an athletic art and dancers as artistic athletes. That so many current and ex-athletes are into dance does not surprise me at all. Dance is also about coordination and memorization of movements. What NFL player doesn't need to know that?
So I'd like to see some of your favorite photos of athletes as art, whether in motion or still life; on the job or off. I'll start with two of my recent favorites - AFL (that's Australian Rules Football League) Aussie king of sports) and African wrestling.
For me this is the iconic photo of a sport that couldn't be more erotic if Robert Mapplethorpe himself had written the rules. And this unknown wrestler is the archetype if one exists.
Though similarly-attired this is a different Senegalese wrestler applying a magical concoction that they believe will bring them luck on the field. Athletes are superstitious worldwide but not always as sexy practicing it. Tebowing never looked this sexy to me.
I would thing that this photo would have any sculptor salivating. It reminds me of Greek gods in battle, or gladiators fighting to the death in the coliseum, which were events depicting the same era when this form of wrestling evolved.
Aussie model Corey Gabbert no doubt played footy in grammar school to hone those gluteals that reveal a fawn west of his wedgie. Deer would be banned in nature-conscious Australia, as a threat to the indigenous species, had early settlers not already brought them in. Does this fawn mean he's soft or a fan of deer-hunting, very popular in eastern Aus.
More aerobic than any other form of football, with the possible exception of the original - soccer, the AFL produces some of the hottest bodies in sport; and the physicality some of the most erotic situations.
No dance choreographer could have designed this better.