By Danielle Zoellner For Dailymail. Basketball player Sue, 37, and soccer player Megan, 32 - who have five Olympic gold medals between the two of them - officially announced they were a couple in July after several months of dating. In an interview with ESPN's Jemele Hill, the couple admitted they were surprised the magazine wanted both of them for the cover. Power couple: The pair, who both live in Seattle, Washington, has five Olympic gold medals between the two of them. Sue echo'd her girlfriend's statements about what it means to break down this barrier by appearing as a couple on the cover.
Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe first same-sex couple featured on cover of ESPN's BODY Issue
Partners Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe Strip Down for ESPN Mag's Body Issue
ESPN's Body Issue features same-sex couple on cover for first time
The women are the first same-sex couple to be featured on the cover of the publication. Congrats to Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe — the first openly gay couple to be on the cover, and featured in the issue. You want it to not be an issue. You want it to just be, Oh, another couple is on there. You know, I think for us to be on it is the first step in that direction.
Bird admits she had no problems posing nude, but Storm teammate Breanna Stewart said she was cold being naked on the photo shoot. And we all look different. Bird, 37, and Rapinoe, 32 who stars for the Seattle Reign, are the first openly gay couple on the Body Issue cover , which debuted in and reaches The more normalized it becomes, the easier that becomes. Rapinoe, who came out publicly in at age 27, has been a vocal ambassador for Athlete Ally, an organization devoted to ending homophobia in sports.