Gulbis has done wonders for the image of women’s golf. After all, watching golf in itself is incredibly boring. But she’s been able to spice things up a bit during her time in the LGPA. People who didn’t watch golf a day in their lives started tuning in, especially after she released her calendar in 2004, which featured her posing in various swimsuits.
Then, in 2012, she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated covered in just body paint. She also made an appearance on a few TV shows, including the second season of Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’.
Michelle Jenneke, an Australian 100m hurdler, rose to international fame when a video of her doing her pregame dance went viral in 2012. The following year, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. But before everyone in the world knew who she was, she was already well-known in her country for being a talented hurdler. It’s no wonder, considering she started training at the age of 10.
The 26-year old currently studies Mechatronics, which is a branch of engineering, at Sydney University. She’s got over 500,000 followers on her Instagram account, where she stays active and posts pictures of her events and extracurriculars.
This gorgeous Russian former pro tennis player was born with athleticism running through her veins. Her mother ran 400-meter races, her brother plays professional golf and her father, who is a former wrestling champ, teaches martial arts in Moscow.
She was launched to international fame in the late ’90s, when she was still a teenager, and has since shown up on the cover of plenty of magazines, including Maxim and The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. In 2002 she made FHM’s list of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World. She even has a drink named after her – which is a White Russian made with non-fat milk.
Jennie Finch is probably the single most well-known woman in all of softball. The 39-year old 2-time All-Star played for the Chicago Bandits, Arizona Wildcats, and of course, Team USA, who she helped lead to victory on several occasions. In 2004, they won a gold medal and four years later, a silver.
She retired from the sport in 2010 but still remains connected to it through her job as a commentator with ESPN, who covers college games and National Pro Fastpitch. All of her talent and hard work in softball led to her being inducted into its National Hall of Fame. In 2004, People Magazine called Finch one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World'.
Aly Raisman is another huge name in American gymnastics. She was yet another member, and captain of the winning Fierce Five, both in 2012 and 2016. At the games in London in 2012, she went home as the most decorated gymnast, with 2 golds and 1 bronze to her name. But aside from being one of the most talented gymnastics stars in the country, she’s also got a side career as a model.
Clad in a bikini, she appeared in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her floor routine dancing skills came in handy on the 16th season of 'Dancing with The Stars', too, on which she placed 4th with her partner, Mark Ballas.
In 2015, Morgan had already been ranked as one of the highest-paid women’s soccer players by Time Magazine. But 2019 has been one of her biggest and busiest years yet.
The 30-year old California girl has made multiple magazine covers, including Time and Sports Illustrated, she made Time’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People, and she helped lead Team USA to a victory over France in the Women’s World Cup. Plus, she did all of this while looking fabulous – and that’s all just in one year!
This 25-year old has accomplished a lot at a young age, but she’s mainly known for being a UFC strawweight and flyweight fighter, the latter of which she is currently ranked as number 13. She almost appeared on the UFC’s show in 2013, until she was released for being too young (she was a few months shy of 21 at the time.)
She has appeared on a few TV shows, though, including 'Chopped' in 2017, as well as competing on season 22 of 'Dancing with the Stars', where she placed second with pro dancing partner Mark Ballas. In 2018, she released a book that she authored about her life called, 'Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life'.
Even those who don’t really follow pole vaulting more than likely know of Allison Stokke, considering she is arguably the most famous woman in the sport. But that’s mainly because of a photo of her waiting to jump during an event went viral and launched her to stardom. Even though she was shy of 18 by several months at the time, the photo spawned (new) male fans to make “internet crush” sites based on the image.
But, had it not been for that image, she may have not made it into the likes of The New York Times, L.A Times and Washington Post. Sure, it’s very creepy how it happened, but hey – it happened, right? She is now 30 years old and has had all kinds of brand endorsement deals, with major brands like Nike.
Blanchard, like most surfers (and a lot of athletes, for that matter) risks her life pretty much every time she goes out in the water and does what she does. Surfers get injured every day – or worse, attacked by sharks, which actually happened to one of her friends right in front of her. But she didn't let that stop her. She got right back on the board and kept doing what she loves.
Besides being an incredible surfer, Alana Blanchard is also a swimwear model who appears in ads for Curl Swimwear, and she recently signed an endorsement deal with Reebok, as well. She also stays pretty active on her Instagram, where she has over 1.8 million followers.
Jennifer Lacy’s father, Lee, was a Major League Baseball player, so it makes sense that she would have chosen to go into athletics. After playing basketball during college at Pepperdine University, she joined the WNBA. During the off-season between 2008 and 2009, she went to China where she played for Beijing Shougang.
In 2013, she was attacked by her ex-girlfriend, former WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw, who poured gasoline on and shot into her car when she was in it. Luckily, she wasn’t injured during the attack, and Holdsclaw was arrested for the incident.
This 27-year old Italian pro tennis player won her first International Tennis Federation tournament in 2009 and made her Women’s Tennis Association debut a couple of years later in 2011. That same year, she reached the finals in Raleigh and closed the year with a total of 36 wins.
She won her first WTA title in 2015 and earned the highest ranking of her career - #26 – 3 years later. Giorgi is very active on her Instagram account, where she frequently posts photos of herself for her 237,000 followers, as well as on her official Facebook page that has 280,000 followers.
This Italian pro beach volleyball player has been playing her sport since before she even turned 10 years old. Now, she’s the proud holder of 2 golds, 7 silvers and 7 bronze medals on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. In September of 2015, she and the rest of the Italian women’s national team won their first World Tour title.
For a while, she was dating another pro volleyball player from her country named Alex Rangheri. She stays very active on her Instagram, where she has nearly 50,000 followers.
This amazingly talented professional gymnast was already winning medals at the age of 8, thanks to her older sister, who taught her how to do her first cartwheel when Gabby was just a toddler. She started training full-time at 14 and by 2010, she was earning gold medals in major competitions. 2012 was a huge year for her and the rest of the Fierce Five, who walked away from the Summer Olympics in London with the team gold.
Gabby also racked up one of her own, as the All-Around Gold Medalist. That made her the first African American in the history of the games to do so. She is currently training hard in anticipation of competing in Tokyo in 2020.
Pretty much everyone in the United States knows who Danica Patrick is, even if they’ve never watched a single race in their life. That’s because not only is she a great athlete, but she’s a total babe, which has gotten her a ton of publicity over the years.
She’s graced the covers of a ton of magazines, including Sports Illustrated – on multiple occasions. Including right after her first Indy 500 when she became the first woman ever to lead a lap during the event. She is widely regarded as the most successful woman in the history of open-wheel racing.
Pretty much everyone in the world knows of Serena Williams. She, along with her sister Venus, are two of the most well-known names in professional women’s tennis. To be fair, they’re two of the most well-known in all of professional tennis, and professional sports, period.
Aside from winning more than 20 major titles, Serena has launched her own fashion line, and just earlier this year, a venture-capital investment firm for women, Serena Ventures, which has already invested in over 30 companies according to Inc.com. Some of the companies she’s invested in include Billie, MasterClass and LOLA.
It’s only been a couple of days since former pro alpine skier Lindsey Vonn formally retired, and yet within the same amount of days, it’s been announced that she’s being inducted into The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. She is one of just two female skiers in the sport’s history to win 4 World Cup Overall Championships, not to mention her gold medal for the downhill race at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
But aside from her abundant talent, she’s also gorgeous, which is why she’s appeared in several magazines, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – 3 times, with the latest being earlier this year.
This Canadian pole-vaulting star is a 3-time U Sports national champion. And now, she’s a signed model with The Slu Agency, which has offices in Miami and Los Angeles. She’s also got an Instagram account with nearly 30,000 followers where she posts photos of her daily workout routines and competitions. But before she was famous for the pole vault, she was training in a different sport altogether – gymnastics.
She told CBC that she was forced to give it up, however, after she suffered multiple concussions. The injuries resulted in her wearing a signature helmet during her sporting events.
Sultry Irish wrestling star Becky Lynch, also known as Rebecca Quin, has made quite a name for herself within the WWE, which is the current federation she calls home. She got her start in the industry in 2002 and was signed with the WWE in 2012. Fast forward to now and she is still making waves.
She had a hell of a year last year, with several wins under her belt, including defending her Smackdown Women’s Championship title. The wrestler has also appeared on screen a few times, once to perform stunts for an episode of 'Vikings', and another for a role on 'Marine 6: Close Quarters'.
This 5-time Grand Slam Champion has been playing professional tennis since before her 15th birthday. The Russian pro player is a serious contender, winning at least one title per year over the course of her career, which is still going strong today. She has signed all kinds of modeling/endorsement deals with several major brands, including an 8-year, $70 million contract with Nike, as well as appearing on multiple magazines, such as The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The 32-year old has earned nearly $300 million over the years. Forbes called her one of the highest-paid female sports stars in the world. She launched her own mentorship program for female entrepreneurs in 2018, as well.
Hope is pretty much the face of women’s soccer in the United States - for people who have never watched a women’s soccer game in the United States. One of the top goalies in the world, Solo has competed across the globe in several major competitions – including the Olympics, which she has earned a spot in 3 times, and walked away from with 2 gold medals.
She has also played in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, 2008 and 2011, when she became the second goalie in history to reach 100 caps. She has appeared on a number of magazines and TV shows, including 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show', 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'Piers Morgan Tonight'.
The 30-year old Croatian pro basketball player got her start in the industry because of her older sister. She began her professional career in 2005, and by 2009, she was representing her national team at the Mediterranean Games, where she was named “Miss Mediterranean.” In 2012, she competed in the Olympics and was called the “most beautiful woman” at the games by The Bleacher Report.
But they’re not the only ones who’ve noticed her stunning appearance, because she’s widely regarded as Croatia’s most beautiful sports star. And some people may even say she’s the best-looking female basketball player period – just ask NBA star, Nate Robinson.
If you saw Hilary Knight in a restaurant and weren’t aware of who she was, you probably wouldn’t have the slightest clue that she spends most of her time body checking people into walls on the ice. Why? Because she has this gorgeous, sweet smile that doesn’t scream “I could definitely injure you,” – but she totally could, which is part of what makes her so awesome.
Well, that and the 8 gold medals she’s won over the past several years; one of which was in the 2018 Winter Olympics, when she scored the first goal for the team and won. The other 7 were at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Championships.
Born in Denmark, pro tennis player Caroline Wozniacki two-handed and backhanded her way straight to the number 1 singles player in the world. She’s won 30 Women’s Tennis Association singles titles, and she was the runner up to Serena Williams in the 2014 US Open. She and Williams have had a long-standing friendly rivalry on the court, but they’re actual friends in real life.
According to her dating roster, it’s clear she prefers to date athletic men, as well. She was with Irish pro golfer Rory Mcllroy for 2 years, from 2011-2014, and later went on to date NBA champ David Lee.
Gina Carano is a huge name in the world of MMA. She’s had some notable rivalries with other huge characters in the business, like Ronda Rousey and The Cyborg. But even those who don’t follow MMA may know of her, thanks to her numerous acting roles over the years.
She started appearing in films as an extra in the 2003 hit Quentin Tarantino movie, 'Kill Bill'. But as the years progressed, so did her roles, until she was co-starring in movies like 'Fast & Furious 6', in which she has two pretty cool fight scenes with Michelle Rodriguez.
McKayla Maroney is a 23-year old retired American Olympic gymnast. Yep, you read that right. You may remember her as being a member of the winning “Fierce Five” team from the 2012 London Olympics. Or, you may remember her from the viral meme that circulated the web not too long ago, which featured her receiving her silver medal with a sour expression on her face.
The meme was aptly dubbed, “McKayla is not impressed,” and is still used today under relevant circumstances. She dabbled in some acting in 2012, as well, appearing on the CW’s primetime show, 'Hart of Dixie', in a 6-episode recurring role.
This 27-year old American pro swimmer is a 3-time gold medalist and former member of the U.S Olympic team. She’s got nearly 15,000 followers on her Twitter page, where she’s recently been posting pictures of her marriage to new husband Jake.
She also has her own website, chloesutton.com, where she blogs about swimming tips and techniques, as well as current events and experiences, including what she’s doing to help people in her community, like the swim camp she operates for children.
This Canadian pro tennis player has been called one of the best-looking women in the sport, period. She became the 2012 Junior Wimbledon Champion. In fact, 2012 was a great year for her, considering she won plenty of doubles and singles matches, not to mention winning her first $50,000 prize at the ITF Challenger.
In 2015, she was forced to withdraw from the U.S Opens after she slipped and hit her head, which caused a concussion that she later sued the Tennis Association for. The 25-year old is still very active in the sport, and just got done playing a match in Dubai earlier this year.
This woman has led a pretty amazing life, blazing many trails for girls in Germany, and really, everywhere. She was already playing at an international level for the German Ladies Ice Hockey National Team when she was just 16 years old. The goalie was the only female on the Bad Tölz team for a few years before that.
She earned the title of Top Goaltender at the 2009 Women’s Four Nations Tournament in Slovakia. Harrer hasn’t played a professional game in a while, but she’s certainly earned her place on this list.
The 29-year old Canadian pro soccer player is a pretty big deal in her country, thanks to her making the winning goal against Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Canada defeated France that year and she, along with the rest of the team, walked away with the bronze medal.
She recently signed a brand partnership deal with Adidas, and actively promotes them on her social media accounts, where she’s got nearly 50,000 followers. She recently gave birth to a child with her husband, Hunter Hopkins.
The “Karate Hottie” is known for looking amazing while simultaneously destroying her opponent in a match. She’s got over 1 million followers on her Instagram account, where she frequently posts pictures posing in bikinis, along with pictures of her family and daily life. Waterson is married to former Armed Forces boxer Joshua Gomez, with whom she has a daughter.
During the 2013-2014 season, she was the world’s #1 women’s atomweight fighter. In 2016, there was a documentary made about her called 'Fight Mom'. She’s appeared on a few other shows as well, including 'American Ninja Warrior' and 'Bully Beatdown'.
Kayla McBride always loved playing basketball, but she started to get really serious about it during high school, where she was named the District 10 Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. She played all through college at Notre Dame as well, and was drafted into the WNBA in 2014 when she was placed on the San Antonio Stars.
But it wasn’t just her playing ability that got her noticed, it was her awesome smile, as well. In 2018, she signed with the Las Vegas Aces and moved to Nevada.
This professional snowboarder made history in 2018 when, at the Winter Games in South Korea, she became the first woman to win 2 golds in snowboarding and the youngest woman to win a gold in the sport at the Games, period. She is currently a 4-time X Games gold medalist and holds the titles of halfpipe World Champion, Olympic Champion, and X-Games Champion. Phew!
Last year, she was honored with several ESPY awards, including that for Best Female Athlete. She recently announced that she’s putting her snowboarding career on pause to head to Princeton University. Amazing!
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey was the first woman to ever win a medal in judo at the Olympics in 2008 and then started to develop her MMA career. In 2011, she was named the UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and several years later she was inducted into their Hall of Fame. How could she not be, though? Considering she is pretty much the face of Women’s UFC.
As if being a judo and MMA champion wasn’t enough, she decided to launch a pro wrestling career with the WWE in 2018, where she, of course, became the Raw Women’s Champion. She’s also dabbled in some acting, like her role as Kara in 'Furious 7'.
Winifer is a talented volleyball player that hails from the Dominican Republic. In 2010, she won several awards at the NORCECA U20 Championship, including Best Digger and Receiver. Two years later, she won the gold medal at the same event, along with the award for Most Valuable Player.
But that wasn’t her only gold medal that year, because she won another at the U23 Pan-American Cup. Then, in 2016 and 2017 she won two more, including one from the Bolivarian Games. She is one of the most searched for female athletes on the internet to this day.
The 31-year old former pro swimmer from Australia found herself swimming in gold medals at the end of her career. In fact, she won 3 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics alone. She officially retired from the sport in 2014 but went into coaching so that she could still be a part of it.
Like many of the other women on this list, she appeared on 'Celebrity Apprentice', on the 3rd season of Australia’s version of the show. Nowadays, the gold medalist resides in sunny Los Angeles, although she is reportedly set to open up a swimming academy in India, to help future Olympians win some medals of their own at the 2024 Games.
Gracie Gold, who was born as Grace, holds up to her name on the ice. She’s got several medals under her belt, including an Olympic team bronze from 2014, and the NHK trophy that same year – making her the 1st and only American woman to ever win it.
Even though she’s openly dealt with some personal struggles with depression and anxiety, she’s still going strong and continues to do what she loves. She will be competing in the Eastern Sectional Championships in 2020. She’s had plenty of brand endorsements, such as being named the face of Cover Girl in 2013.
This pro soccer player was the captain of her college team when she was a senior at Penn State. Right after graduation, her career began with the Washington Freedom and by 2008, the U.S women’s national team was calling her up to play in the Summer Olympics. FOX named her one of Soccer’s Best 11 for her incredible efforts as a right back in the FIFA Women’s World Cup match.
She had a serious injury to her knee a few years later, which is terrible for any athlete to experience (or anyone, for that matter) but she was right back on the field not long after her surgery. Aside from being an awesome soccer player, she’s also got a huge heart, which she makes apparent through her philanthropic work. She works with several non-profit organizations, including MiracleFeet and Athlete Ally, which fights for the equality of all sexual orientations within the pro sports world.
Hoog represents the Dutch Women’s Field Hockey Team, which she originally joined in 2004. And since then, she’s played in over 125 matches and brought home several medals, including 2 golds, which she won during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. A few years earlier in 2006, she helped her squad to the Women’s Hockey World Cup victory. Then, in 2016, she won another Olympic medal, this time, silver, when she scored the game-winning shot.
Hoog is sponsored by Ritual Hockey, with whom she discussed her pregame rituals, one of which is putting her right shin guard on before her left. The other? She watched famed rom-com, 'The Notebook' with the rest of her team.
This 37-year old retired Olympian is one of the greatest female swimmers of all time. She’s won 12 Olympic medals over the course of her career, not to mention becoming the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke in less than 60 seconds – before she even turned 20.
She’s also got numerous titles to her name, including 3 American Swimmer of the Year awards, and 1 World Swimmer of the Year. She’s scored a number of brand deals and was the face of C20 Coconut Water. She’s also appeared in a few magazines and TV shows, like 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'Chopped'.
Duggan is a 28-year old professional English soccer player that got into the sport at a very young age. In fact, she was already playing in the FIFA World Cup when she was just 15-years old. She was given the title of the FA Women’s Young Player of the Year in 2009, and England’s Women’s Under-23 Player of the Year in 2012.
A few years later, she became the first of England’s women’s team to exceed 100,000 followers on social media. She represents a few different non-profit organizations, including Kick it Out, which works to fight discrimination in football.
Erika Dos Santos
Érika Cristiano dos Santos, who commonly just goes by Érika, is a major professional soccer star from Brazil. She helped lead the Brazilian women’s national team to a silver medal victory at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Aside from being a talented, award-winning athlete in her country, she’s also an advocate for gender equality, both in sports and Brazil as a whole.
She was involved recently in a major open letter written by 100’s of female athletes condemning the country for investing in much more in men’s football and not giving the women a fair and equal opportunity.
With Misty May-Treanor being born and raised on the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she became one of the best beach volleyball players in the country. She played in her first tournament when she was just 8 years old and continued on with the sport through high school and into college, when she played for The Long Beach State 49ers.
She helped her team win the first undefeated season that the NCAA had ever seen in 1998, set the tournament record of service aces (20) and won the Most Outstanding Player award. She and her husband, pro baseball player Matt Treanor, live in Florida with their 3 daughters.
This 34-year old California girl still holds the record for the last woman to earn a medal in singles figure skating at the Olympics, as of earlier this year. Her amazing talent on the ice snagged her several of them, including 3 World Champion medals, an Olympic silver medal, and a Grand Prix Championship.
Aside from her successful pro-ice-skating career, she’s acted in a few TV shows and films, including appearances and roles in 'Las Vegas', 'Sharknado 5', 'Blades of Glory' and 'Bratz: The Movie'.
This blonde beauty is a multi-talented athlete that’s mastered the art of more than one sport – among other things. She got her start in the industry during college, when she began her professional wakeboarding career. In 2012, she entered and won the Miss United States pageant, alongside her athletic competitions.
Afterward, she started training in kickboxing, and later Jiu-Jitsu, in which she went on to earn a black belt. Talk about being an overachiever! Is there anything this woman can’t do?