The 20 Hottest Champions in Sports
It seems a lot of beautiful female athletes are more model than jock, regularly competing in their events and modeling to pay most of the bills.
That's not always the case though. Some of the most beautiful female athletes in the world are also world champions.
Here are the 20 hottest champions in sports.
20. Alana Blanchard, Surfing
Surfer Alana Blanchard is only 21-years-old but already one of the best female surfers in the world. Her major first place wins include:
- Women’s Pipeline Championships
- Rip Curl Girls Festival Jr. Pro
- Roxy Pro Trials
- Billabong Pro, Pre Trials
- Volcom Pufferfish Surf Series
- T&C Women’s Pipeline Championships
- HASA State Championships
- NSSA Regionals
- Rip Curl Grom Search Nationals
19. Allyson Felix, Track & Field
At just 26, track and field star Allyson Felix is one of the best, and most accomplished, female sprinters in the world. Her specialty is the 200 meters, but Felix also competes in the 100 meters and the 400 meters.
Felix has medaled in a number of international competitions including: Olympics (1 gold, 2 silver), World Championships (8 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), World Indoor Championships (1 gold), World Athletics Final (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), Pan American Games (1 gold, 1 bronze) and the World Championship (1 gold).
18. Fabiola Da Silva, Inline Skating
Brazilian inline skater Fabiola da Silva (Fabby) competes on the LG Action Sports World Tour and has earned over 50 medals in international competitions.
Fabby is responsible for the “Fabiola Rule,” which allowed women to compete in the formerly all-male vert competitions.
She’s also racked up a number of medals at the X Games in the Park Women (2 Gold) and Vert Women (7 Gold) events.
17. Natalie Coughlin, Swimming
At age 25, swimmer Natalie Coughlin became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 meter backstroke gold in two consecutive games.
Coughlin has won a total of 48 medals in international competition–some of the highlights are her showing at the Olympics (3 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze), the World Championships (7 gold, 9 silver, 6 bronze) and the Pan Pacific Games (11 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze).
16. Svetlana Khorkina, Russian Women's Gymnastics
Retired gymnast Svetlana Khorkina is now a deputy at the Russian State Duma.
But almost eight years after her retirement, she’s still one of the most beloved athletes in Russia.
Khorkina is one of the most successful female gymnasts of her era, earning 47 total medals in Olympic competition (2 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), and other global competitions (20 gold, 18 silver, 9 bronze).
15. Hannah Teter, U.S. Snowboarding
Hannah Teter is a 25-year-old snowboarder from Belmont, Vermont. She competed at the 2006 Olympics in Turin (1 gold, Halfpipe) and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (1 silver, Halfpipe).
Teter has also competed at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships in 2005 (1 bronze) and the X Games in 2003 (gold), 2004 (bronze), 2005 (bronze), 2009 (bronze) and 2010 (1 bronze).
14. Katarina Witt, German Figure Skating
Retired German figure skater Katarina Witt is one of the most successful female skaters in history. Witt won gold at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo and the 1988 Olympics in Calgary.
In other international competitions she brought home an additional 13 medals–World Championships (4 gold, 2 silver) and the European Championships (6 gold, 1 silver).
13. Lauren Jackson, WNBA
WNBA superstar Lauren Jackson was drafted by the Seattle Storm in 2001 and since that time has become one of the most successful and recognized women in the sports.
Jackson has racked up countless awards and honors in the WNBA, as well as medals in international competition.
Jackson competed for Australia at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, bringing home silver each time.
She also won gold at the 2006 World Championships and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
12. Lokelani McMichael, Triathlete
Lokelani McMichael is an American triathlete, surfer and model, and in 1995 she became the youngest female to finish the Hawaii Ironman.
The Ironman is no joke, so just finishing it automatically makes her a champion.
11. Julia Mancuso, Women's Skiing
Julia Mancuso is an American alpine ski racer with the U.S. ski team.
Mancuso captured the gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2006 Olympics in Turin and the silver medal in both downhill and combined at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
10. Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh, U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh have been called the greatest beach volleyball team of all time, and their record of success definitely supports the claim.
The duo captured gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing; the pair plan to complete at the 2012 Olympics in London.
May-Treanor and Walsh have also won gold three times at the World Championships as well as one silver.
9. Serena Williams, Women's Tennis
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is a former No. 1 ranked tennis player who has held the No. 1 rank on five separate occasions.
Williams' 27 Grand Slam titles places her ninth on the all-time list.
Her titles include: 13 in singles, 12 in mixed doubles and two in mixed doubles. She has won more major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles than any other active player, male or female.
8. Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics
Nastia Liukin is a Russian-born gymnast who competes for the United States, having immigrated here as a child.
Liukin has tied the record of Shannon Miller for the American gymnast having won the most medals in a non-boycotted Olympic Games.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Liukin won a total of five medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze). She's also medaled in a number of other international competitions such as the World Championships (4 gold, 5 silver), Pan American Games (3 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) and the Pacific Rim Championships (6 gold, 2 silver).
7. Lindsey Vonn, U.S. Women's Skiing
Beautiful blonde ski bunny Lindsey Vonn is the most successful female American skier in the history of alpine skiing, and at just 27-years-old, a lot of her success is still ahead of her.
Vonn competed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and won gold in the women's downhill and bronze in the women's Super-G. She's also medaled a total of five times at the World Championships (2 gold, 3 silver).
6. Stephanie Rice, Swimming
At just 23-years-old, Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice already holds the world record in the 400 meter women's individual medley. She's a three-time Olympic gold medalist, having captured all three at the 2008 games in Beijing.
Between 2007 and 2009, Rice medaled seven times at the World Championships (2 silver, 5 bronze), and in 2006, Rice won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and two bronze medals at the Pan Pacific Games.
5. Anni Friesinger, Speed Skating
German speed skater Anni Friesinger is one of the most successful female athletes in history.
Friesinger has so many medals at this point that she probably needs a separate wing in her home just to house them all.
Friesinger has competed in four Olympics and medaled at each of them: 1998 Nagano (bronze), 2002 Salt Lake City (gold), 2006 Turin (gold, bronze), and 2010 Vancouver (gold). In addition to the Olympics, Friesinger competed in most every World Championship from 1997-2008 and brought home 16 gold medals, 12 silver and 2 bronze.
4. Katy Livingston, Pentathalon
British beauty Katy Livingston is a modern pentathlete who has competed for her native England in the Olympics.
Livingston has medaled in a number of international competitions including the European Championships (2008 gold and silver), the World Cup (2007 silver, 2008 gold) and the World Championships (2007 bronze, 2009 silver).
3. Lolo Jones, Track & Field
American track and field athlete Lolo Jones specializes in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles. At LSU she earned 11 All-American honors.
Jones has won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008, 2009 and earned two gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010.
Jones is currently training for London 2012.
2. Maria Sharapova, Tennis
At just 24-years-old, Russian stunner Maria Sharapova is the richest and most recognizable female athlete in the world.
She's been ranked No. 1 in the world on four separate occasions; today she's ranked No. 4 in the world.
Sharapova has a number of Grand Slam wins under her belt including the 2008 Australian Open, 2007 and 2011 French Open, 2004 Wimbledon and the 2006 U.S. Open.
1. Jennie Finch, U.S. Softball
Before 31-year-old Jennie Finch was the wife of baseball player Casey Daigle and a mother of two young boys, she was the pitcher for the USA national softball team.
Time magazine described Finch as the most famous softball player in history, partly because of her stunning good looks, and partly because she won two Olympic medals with Team USA. Finch won gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.