My List of 10 of the Most Beautiful American Female Athletes
I have had this topic in my to-do list for the nth time but I haven’t been able to pursue it. I have been seriously blogging about my favorite Rafael Nadal since the French Open and lately the Wimbledon Cup that this list went it to the back burner again. Lately though, with my mind on the Women’s World Cup, and with a new favorite in Ali Krieger, I remembered this list again….and yes, I think it’s time I reviewed it and maybe change some of the names on it. Those who have read my past hubs know that I love making my own list…and I actually only do it for my hub pages.
I was planning to do an all-time list of the most beautiful or hottest women sports athlete but then really had a hard time choosing so I had to separate the American athletes from the international athletes, maybe one of these days I can even do a list per sports. Now, let me clarify again, when I make my list it’s not all about the face or the body. It’s also a matter of their accomplishments and how good they really are at their game. And like my typical hubs, the simpler they look and live - sans make up, in cheap and simple t-shirts, and definitely without the notoriety brought about by fame - the more admirable they are.
Alexandra Blaire "Ali" Krieger
Ali Krieger (born July 28, 1984) is a soccer player currently with the US Women’s National Team (USWNT). The 26 year old used to play with FFC Frankfurt of the Frauen-Bundesliga. She scored the fifth and decisive penalty kick after extra time against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.
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Alexandra Patricia Morgan
Alex Morgan (born July 2, 1989) is the youngest player on the USA's roster at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup at 22. She was the number one overall pick in the women’s professional soccer draft in January of this year. Alex is currently a forward for the Western New York Flash. She scored a crucial goal against Italy to secure a spot for the U.S. in the upcoming World Cup in Germany. Check out her Facebook and see the numerous proposals she received since the start of World Cup.
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Danica Sue Patrick
Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is probably the most popular in my list. She has made the biggest inroad and history in the racing world including being the first woman to win an Indy car race when she won in 2008, highest finish by a woman in the event's history when she placed 3rd in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, and the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top-circuit when she finished 4th in series on March 5, 2011 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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Kelley Maureen O'Hara
Kelley O'Hara (born August 4, 1988) was called in to train with full U.S. Women’s National Team in December after a stellar senior season at Stanford women’s soccer team. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hermann Trophy. She was a U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year finalist in 2008 and 2009. Played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in 2009 and for the U-21s in 2007. Ended her U-20 international career as one of the USA’s all-time leading scorers at that level with 24 goals in 35 U-20 caps. Signed with the Boston Breakers for the 2011 WPS season after FC Gold Pride ceased operations.
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Swintayla Marie Cash
Swin Cash (born on September 22, 1979), better known as Swin Cash, is an American WNBA player who plays for the Seattle Storm. A prolific scorer and rebounder, as well as a capable ball handler and defender, she helped lead the University of Connecticut women's basketball team to national titles in 2000 and 2002. In her second WNBA season, she led the Detroit Shock to their first ever WNBA title.
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Candace Nicole Parker
Candace Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an All-American basketball player for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and for Euroleague's UMMC Ekaterinburg club. She is also the younger sister of NBA player Anthony Parker. She is best known as the first woman to dunk twice in a college game and the second player to dunk in WNBA when she did it on June 22, 2008. She was the 2008 WNBA MVP and WNBA Rookie of the Year. Popular with kids, she was chosen as the favorite female athlete in the sports category of the 2009 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice.
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Lindsey Caroline Vonn
Lindsey Vonn (née Kildow, born October 18, 1984) is an Olympic skier and Alpine ski racer who was recently chosen Best Female Athlete in the 2011 ESPY Awards. Last April she also won the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award as the favorite female athlete in the sports category. Last June, Vonn was presented with the 2011 Preis Herbert Award in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. With this award, she has made history with a lot of firsts - at 26, she is the youngest to receive this award, the first female and the first non-European recipient. She received the Laureus World Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year for 2010. She was also honored again as the USOC's sportswoman of the year for 2010. As of March 2011, she has 41 World Cup wins in four disciplines (downhill, Super G, slalom, and super combined). Lindsey Vonn is considered the most successful American skier in ski racing history with her Olympic gold and bronze medals, two World Championship gold medals in 2009 (plus three silver medals in 2007 / 2011), and three overall World Cup titles.
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Allyson Felix (born November 18, 1985) is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for the United States, primarily in the 200 meters. She also competes at the 100 meter and the 400 meter distances. Felix is a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 200 meters, the reigning three-time 200-meter world champion and, as of last weekend, the American women's 400-meter champion. She is also an Olympic gold medalist, winning gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics as a member of the United States' Women's 4 x 400 meter relay team. Three years ago she joined the Project Believe which is an initiative of the US Anti-Doping Agency to prove that some elite athletes are clean. She is regularly tested, through extensive blood and urine tests, beyond the required by World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure that her body is free of performance-enhancing drugs. Despite fame, Allyson is not afraid to stand up for her faith, which she says is the most important aspect of her life.
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Ashley Fiolek is a two time Women’s Motocross Association Champion. The first time she won in 2008 she actually dethroned five-time WMA Champion Jessica Patterson and made her the youngest WMA champion ever at age 18. Profoundly deaf since birth, she has never let it affect her determination to win a sport that is so dominated by sound. In fact in 2009, she won her first X-Games gold medal in Women's Moto X Super X at X-Games 15 and won her second consecutive X-Games Gold Medal in Super X Women's on July 31, 2010 at X-Games 16. Despite her stature and fame, she remains grounded and down-to-earth, and can often be seen in her plain t-shirts and with kids, like her pictures below and on her Facebook page.
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These athletes are not simply beautiful but they are also inspiration to the youth today. All of these women have not only made it big in their sport but are also doing their part in sharing what they can to other kids, encouraging them to be better persons, and making their own effort to ensure that the professional image is upheld especially since a lot of young people consider them as idols.
I know that there are more than 10 women I can put here in the list of beautiful female athletes but I had to limit myself to who are active. I even wanted to add Hope Solo but one might think I am biased for USWNT. Feel free to add your choice or list if you don’t agree with mine. And since I put this list randomly, let me know who you feel is the most beautiful among these women, cast your vote before leaving, thanks.