'Hurdling over a supermodel - not what you do every day': Olympic stars on the stunts behind their epic Vogue shoot
In celebration of U.S. Vogue's Olympic-themed June cover, the magazine has released a behind-the-scenes video showing the elaborate sets that were used to make photographer Annie Leibovitz's vision come to life.
Swimmer Ryan Lochte is captured swimming on a sheet of plastic, while soccer star Hope Solo and tennis champion Serena Williams giggle as they stride down a Miami beach.
A highlight is watching the serious-faced Ashton Eaton as he hurdles over a floating Karlie Kloss.
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One, two, three jump: Ashton Eaton hurdles over supermodel Karlie Kloss for his Vogue feature
The final image: A perfectly poised Ms Kloss looks nonchalant as the 24-year-old strides over her in seriousness
The 24-year-old Olympic decathlon hopeful joked in the candid video: 'Hurdling over a supermodel in the water, not what you do every day'.
The video also highlights the incredible digital post-production that goes into a Vogue shoot.
Many of the images in the Olympic feature consist of two action shots, one of the star athletes, and one of Ms Kloss, which are then re-worked and put together to create effortless looking portraits.
Filming the Olympic gold hopefuls as they swim, jump, serve, and run with Ms Kloss, the heartwarming video also captures the graciousness of each athlete.
Sheet swimming: Ryan Lochte pretends to swim laps on plastic for an underwater effect
Great lengths: Vogue's talented digital team turn a plastic swimming Mr Lochte into underwater magic
Grand set: The video gives a glimpse of the elaborate on-location sets used for fashion features
Model swimmer: The pair make a great team under the cascading water
Ms Williams said: 'Working with Ryan and Hope was really cool. Having such great athletes and amazing Olympic gold medal hopefuls, and bringing us all together, is really awesome.'
The athlete's also had messages for young sporting hopefuls, and touched on how they got into the business.
While Ms Williams' dad started her on tennis at the age of three, basketballer Dwyane Wade revealed: 'My father put the ball in my hand and kind of said, go play.
Mr Lochte offered: 'My dad was a swim coach when I was growing up.'
Shooting hoops: Dwyane Wade slam dunks minus a supermodel for photographer Annie Leibovitz
Act two: Karlie Kloss sits upon a basketball hoop with the help of a ladder for the second part of the image
Stylish shooting: The final image puts the two stars together for a glamorous game of basketball
Love all: Brothers Mike and Bob Bryan are vying for tennis Olympic gold
Tennis match: The brothers look on as Ms Kloss gets her picture taken for round two of the portrait
Mucking around: The fun final picture shows the brothers' light-hearted personality
The swimmer continued: 'My message that I want to get across to kids is just have fun. Life's too short, you've gotta live life to the fullest.'
Gymnast Johnathan Horton also had words of advice: 'There have been days when I've just been down in the dumps. But it was worth it to me and worth fighting every bit of effort that I had.
'Once I realised, wow, I can make the Olympics, my confidence level changed. Believing is a big part of it. If it's important to you, its worth fighting for,' he added.
Mr Eaton admitted he sometimes questions his profession as a decathlete.
Messing around: The cover stars have fun on set while trying different outfits for cover options
All smiles: Getting ready to stride along the sand, the soccer, swim and tennis stars relax
Going for gold: The trio run arm-in-arm along the beach in Miami, in their third cover try
Cover stars: Hope Solo, Ryan Lochte and Serena Williams final newsstand-worthy shot
He said: 'Sometimes in competition I get so nervous, and the event is so long, I'm like, ah, why am I am doing this again?
'But then I do something like preparing for the Olympics, and I'm like, alright, this makes sense now. Being an athlete is so cool.'
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