The time and effort Paige Selenski has put into her athletic career has shown with her performances on the field, including on the goals she scored as a member of the United States women’s field hockey team at the 2012 London Olympic Games and in the recent World League Semifinals in Spain.
That work is made clear on the pages of ESPN The Magazine as well.
Selenski, a 24-year-old Dallas graduate from Shavertown, was one of 24 athletes who are part of ESPN The Magazine’s seventh annual Body Issue. The issue, which features nude or semi-nude photos of elite athletes in an array of athletic poses was released July 6 and will hit newsstands July 10.
“I kind of wanted to showcase our sport, not just me as individual, but my entire team and how much work we put in on a daily basis, which is a testament to how your body looks,” Selenski said in a phone interview from Florida where she’s vacationing and visiting family in a break after the completion of the World League Semifinals.
Once offered the opportunity to appear in the issue, which also features Major League Baseball star Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals and Olympic gold medalist gymnast Aly Raisman, among others, Selenski said the decision was automatic.
“We put in so much work on a daily basis, which is why our bodies look the way we do,” Selenski said. “We put so much work into that every day in the gym, on the field, doing yoga.”
Brant Feldman, Selenski’s agent, said ESPN has developed a sterling reputation for its respectful handling of past photo shoots of some of the world’s most famous athletes. Feldman represents multiple Olympic athletes through his American Group Management, and has had other Olympic athletes appear in past issues.
“The first year ESPN did it, there were a lot of people nervous,” Feldman said. “Nothing has ever leaked out.
“Now, it’s really an honor to be asked.”
Selenski and other athletes kept that honor secret for months so that ESPN could announce the participants on its own terms.
The forward, who uses her speed and athleticism to make her a scoring threat on the world’s fifth-ranked women’s national field hockey team, will be surprised when the photos are released and she sees what was selected for her. Selenski was alone with a crew of ESPN staffers through a six-hour March photo shoot at a remote location in Lancaster County.
“They make sure no one else can see the photo shoot while it’s going on,” she said. “They make sure everything is blocked off. They really respect your privacy.”
During breaks in the shoot, Selenski saw some photos on a computer screen, at times to help in making adjustments on poses. A photo editor, photographer, videographer, make-up artist and hair artist were among her teammates for the day.
Following her brief vacation, Selenski will be back at work trying to help the United States gain a spot among the 12 teams in the Olympic women’s field hockey tournament in Rio de Janeiro. The team has made progress by improving its world ranking and by recovering to win its last two games and take fifth at the World League Semifinals, but has not clinched a spot. It can do so by winning the July 13-25 Pan American Games in Toronto.
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