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The Hottest Female Athletes
The Hottest Women In Sports
Last year I did a couple of the most beautiful women in sports articles, so I thought I would update this years and see who's moved up, who's new and who has fallen out of sight.
Like last time we have a lot of tennis players.
But we also have two alpine ski racers, a race car driver, a female MMA fighter and a couple of figure skaters.
1. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova made her name in Tennis when at the age of 17; she defeated Serena Williams at the Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title in 2004.
She started practicing tennis at the age of four.
Maria has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and appeared in ads for Nike, Prince and Canon.
People named her one of the 50 most beautiful celebrities in the world in 2005, Maxim ranked Sharapova the hottest athlete in the world in 2003, 2004,2005 and 2006.
In 2010, Maria became engaged to Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujačić, who plays for the New Jersey Nets.
Australian Open Women's Final 2015-Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova
2. Serena Williams
Serena Williams, the younger sister of former WTA World No. 1 player Venus Williams comes in at number two.
As of this article, Serena is ranked World No. 1 in both singles and doubles in tennis.
As far as talent goes, c'mon, we all know she has it.
Serena has played the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open multiple times and won gold at the Olympics twice.
And as far as hot goes, remember when she walked into Arthur Ashe Stadium back in 2002 in that black Lycra outfit?
3. Gina Carano
Female MMA fighter Gina Carano may have been destroyed by Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos back at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15, 2009, but that doesn’t seem to have hurt her popularity very much.
The "Face of Women's MMA." comes in at number six.
Even though Cris beat her, and she hasn’t fought since then, she still came in at number three in the Unified Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Rankings.
During her career in MMA, Gina appeared as "Crush" on the NBC show American Gladiators, she was voted "Hottest Woman In America" in 2008 by Big Biz Magazine, ranked very high in Google and Yahoo! searches, appeared in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Natasha, ranked #16 in Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2009, appeared in the new Michael Jai White film Blood and Bone, and will be appearing in the spy thriller movie "Knockout" directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Gina is expected to return to the steel cage in 2011.
Update: That never happened. But she is making movies.
4. Danica Patrick
Race car driver, model and spokesperson Danica Patrick comes in at number four.
She competes in the IndyCar Series, the ARCA Racing Series, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and won Rookie of the Year for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season.
Danica is also the first woman to win an Indy car race (the Indy Japan 300 in 2008).
She's appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice; she has appeared in FHM's 100 sexiest women in the world list twice and even appeared in an episode of CSI: New York.
Danica Patrick at Amazon
5. Lindsey Vonn
American alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn comes in at number five.
The most successful American woman skier in history, Lindsay won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in downhill (she is the first American woman to accomplish this) and in 2008, 2009, 2010 she won three consecutive overall World Cup championships.
So far she has racked up Olympic gold and bronze medals, 33 World Cup wins, two World Championship gold medals and two World Championship silver medals.
Lindsay was in the Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition that featured Winter Olympians in 2010 and was voted in at number 59 on Maxim's Hot 100 list.
6. Anna Kournikova
The woman whose name was one of the most common searches on Google for three years, Anna Kournikova, made her tennis debut at the age of 15 at the 1996 US Open.
She was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People four times (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003), voted "hottest female athlete" and "hottest couple" (with Enrique Iglesias) on ESPN.com and she came in at number one in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World in U.S. and UK editions in 2002.
But despite the fact that Anna won over three million dollars in prize money during her career, ESPN rated Anna number 18 in its "25 Biggest Sports Flops of the Past 25 Years" and she was ranked number one as one of sport's most overrated athletes.
As of 2011, Anna is still dating pop star Enrique Iglesias.
7. Ana Ivanović
And we are back to tennis again with a former World No.1 Serbian tennis player, the beautiful Ana Ivanović.
Ana has played the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and I thought Anna Kournikova making a lot of money during her career was good, but so far Ana has racked up over seven million.
She has appeared in the video games Smash Court Tennis 3 (PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360) in 2007, Virtua Tennis 2009 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC) and Grand Slam Tennis for Wii (2009).
8. Kim Yu-Na
South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na comes in at number eight.
This 19 year old from Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea is the current record holder for ladies in the short program, free skating, and combined total.
Her scores were so high (the highest scores ever since the ISU Judging System was created), that they were automatically registered in the Guinness World Records.
As of this article, she is ranked 1st in the world by the International Skating Union.
Besides being beautiful and incredibly talented, Kim has a big heart as well.
She has donated over a million dollars in the past three years charities like scholarships for young skaters, school uniforms to low-income-family youths, sent 800 children from Seoul Boys Town to Everland Resort (a theme park in Korea), sent one year’s worth of food products to low-income-family children, donated over 1,000 dolls to juvenile cancer wards in hospitals in Seoul, and trust me, the list goes on and on.
9. Sasha Cohen
U.S. figure skater Sasha Cohen (no not Borat, that's Sacha Baron Cohen) was born on October 26th, 1984 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.
Sasha is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion.
Sasha has kinda played around with an acting career, appearing on an episode of the NBC drama, Las Vegas, and like Danica Patrick, she appeared on an episode of CSI: NY.
She was also in the films Moondance Alexander (2007), Blades of Glory (2007) and Bratz: The Movie (also 2007).
Sasha will be joining Kim Yu-Na, Michelle Kwan, Brian Joubert and Stéphane Lambiel at the "All That Skate Summer" ice show in Goyang, South Korea from July 23rd to the 25th.
10. Julia Mancuso
Rounding out the top ten is alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso.
Julia won the gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the silver medal in both downhill and combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics, giving her the most medals won by a female American alpine skier.
She also won three medals (silver and two bronzes) at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
11. Milka Duno
Milka Duno is a Venezuelan race car driver who currently competes in the IndyCar Series.
She was born on April 22nd, 1972 in Caracas, Venezuela and was a model before becoming a driver.
Milka holds the record of highest finish for a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Besides racing and modeling, she has a master's degrees in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Maritime Business, and Marine Biology.
She also worked as a naval engineer.
This has to be one of the most multi-talented women I have ever featured on a Hub.
12. Jessica Ennis-Hill
British track and field athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was born on January 28th, 1986 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
Currently she is the Olympic and world heptathlon champion.
At one time she was also the European heptathlon champion and the world indoor pentathlon champion.
13. Jaqueline Carvalho
Brazilian volleyball player Jaqueline Carvalho was born on December 31, 1983 in Recife, Brazil.
She is six foot one and weighs 150 pounds.
Jaqueline was part of the team that won Gold at the 2008 Beijing games and the 2012 London games.