Not all female athletes are sex symbols. We would never intimate such a ridiculous thing. But some… well, some are. The mixture of sporting excellence and physical pulchritude is a rare and beautiful gift, and gifts should be celebrated. In this feature, we’ll shine the light of appreciation on eleven of the most gorgeous lady athletes from all over the world of sport. You could learn something from these ladies.
Tennis is a great place for hot ladies to compete, and the courts have seen a number of foxy females dominate. One of the most famous is Russian Maria Sharapova. Sharapova made her professional breakthrough at 17, beating Serena Williams at Wimbledon, and she’s continued to perform at the top of the scene. When she’s not whacking balls at insane speeds, Sharapova has been signed to model for a number of fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. She even got a feature in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Oh, and she’s also the world’s highest-paid femae athlete.
When you think of golf, you typically don’t think of hot chicks. But there’s always an exception, and the lovely Australian Anna Rawson is one. Rawson first started modeling at the age of 16, but she’s not just a pretty face. She started golfing at around the same time and began to rack up several major wins. She was a member of the 1999 Australian National Squad, moved to California for college and turned pro in 2004. In 2008, she qualified for a full-time LPGA slot and has been impressing us ever since.
We’re really going to reach deep into some obscure sports for the hotties. Are you ready for this? The gorgeous Leryn Franco is a Paraguayan javelin thrower who has competed since 2001. Her biggest exposure came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where sports fans the world over marveled at her bodacious phsyique and her skill with the pointy rod. When she’s not competing, she works as a model and beauty pageant contestant.
The Pennsylvania-born short track speed skater Allison Baver won a U.S. National Championship in 2007 and won our hearts with her good looks and awesome attitude. Speed skating makes competitors wear skin-tight lycra bodysuits, which are typically not all that flattering, but this hottie makes it work. She also looks foxy when she’s not working, as evidenced by this picture. Baver came to ice skating through roller skating, having competed in the National Roller Skating Championships at the young age of 11.
Reno-born Julia Mancuso is one of the hottest downhill skiers in the world. She has three Olympic medals to her credit and a host of other wins around the world, so you know she’s legit. Mancuso started out in the World Cup at the tender age of 15, but she had a rough life growing up. When she was five years old, her dad was arrested for operating a $140 million marijuana smuggling operation. She took all of her rage out on the slopes, which was probably a good thing. She’s also done some lingerie modeling on the side, which we approve of.
Yes, MMA is a sport, and no female fighter is as hot as Gina Carano. When an ex-boyfriend got her interested in Muay Thai, she quickly developed an aptitude for kicking ass. She started her professional MMA career in 2006 at World Extreme Fighting and went on to rack up an impressive record before taking her first loss to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in 2009. She was supposed to return to the cage in 2011 but was pulled from the card for unknown reasons. She’s developed a powerful second career in acting, including recently starring in Haywire.
Swimming is a sport that’s basically guaranteed to give you a completely slamming body. One of the hottest female swimmers on the scene these days is Australian Stephanie Rice. Rice has been competing professionally since 2007, where she broke the Australian record for the 200m individual medley. Her career has continued to soar since then, and she currently holds the world record for the 400m women’s individual medley. She’s also sporting three Olympic gold medals.
Surfing is another good sport for hot girls, because they get to wear bathing suits. One of the foxiest ladies in the surfing scene is the blonde Anastasia Ashley. After moving with her family to Hawaii at the age of 5, Anastasia was bit by the surfing bug and started ripping the curl. As one of a relatively small number of female surfers in the professional world, she gets a lot of attention. Oh, and the fact that she’s hot as hell probably has something to do with it. Only one downside: she’s a vegetarian.
One of the most heartbreaking moments at the 2008 Beijing Olympics came courtesy of Lolo Jones. The Iowa-born track and field competitor was favored to take home the gold in the 100 meter hurdles, but she tripped on the final jump. Thankfully, the lovely Lolo has rebounded since then, beating her personal record for the 60m hurdles and performing well all over the world. She’s also worked to help out her hometown, donating significant sums of money to Iowa charities.
One of the hottest female soccer players in the world, Heather Mitts has been winning games since she brought the Florida Gators to their first NCAA championship in 1998. She went pro in 2000 and was one of the players in the first season of the Women’s United Soccer Association. She’s also a two-time winner at the Olympics. In 2004, ESPN viewers voted her the hottest female athlete in the world, and the next year she showed the goods in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Yes, ice dancing is considered a sport. Live with it. The comely Tanith Belbin started skating at the age of three (not uncommon for Canadians) and ice dancing at eight or nine. She moved to Detroit in 1998 and met skater Benjamin Agosto, who would become her long-term partner. The pair found tremendous success, most notably winning a silver medal at the 2006 Turin olympics, becoming the first American ice dancers to take home a medal in thirty years. She retired from competition in 2010 but continues to skate in exhibitions.
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