Top 25 Power Couples in Sports
Thanks to all of the breakups, makeups and casual hookups in 2011, there has been a lot of turnover in the sports power couple hierarchy.
Sure a lot of the traditional standards like Tom and Gisele or D-Wade and Gabby remain intact, but who is going to take the place of Kobe and Vanessa or Tony and Eva?
Youngins like Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy are certainly adorable together, but they've only been together for five minutes, and the same goes with Maria Kirilenko and Alex Ovechkin. If they make it to 2013, they'll earn a place among the couples on this list.
They need to prove they have staying power like these 25 couples.
25. Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker
Years Together: Five. The pair began dating in 2007.
Marital Status: Married, sorry boys. Andy and Brooklyn were engaged in March, 2008 and married in April, 2009.
He is: The No. 2 ranked American male tennis player (see: second-rate) in the world, which is sad because he only won one major and it was a decade ago.
She is: A crazy hot model who has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She has recently turned her attention to acting.
Long-term Outlook: This whole thing isn't going to go the distance in terms of "till death do they part," but these two have already outlasted expectations.
24. Mike Fisher & Carrie Underwood
Years Together: Three. The pair began dating in January, 2009.
Marital Status: Married. Mike and Carrie became engaged in December, 2009 and married in July, 2010.
He is: A Canadian-born hockey player who was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1998, but now plays for the Nashville Predators.
She is: A former American Idol winner, turned country singing sensation.
Long-term Outlook: These two are devout Christians, which suggests they're taking this whole marriage think more seriously than, say, a Kardashian might. The whole marriage thing seemed a little rushed, but these kids just might make it.
23. Lamar Odom & Khloe Kardashian
Years Together: About 2.5. The pair began dating in September, 2009.
Marital Status: Married. Khloe and Lamar began dating in September, 2009 and married in September, 2009. Seriously.
He is: An NBA player who used to ball with the Lakers, but was unceremoniously shipped to Dallas to play for the Mavericks, in exchange for nothing.
She is: Well, Kim is the pretty one, Kourtney is the smart one...and this is Khloe.
Long-term Outlook: Who would've ever thought this mess would last 2.5 years? They could separate tomorrow or last forever...neither would be shocking.
22. Pete Sampras & Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Years Together: 12—the pair began dating in 1999.
Marital Status: Married. Pete and Bridgette were engaged within months of their first date and married in 2000.
He is: A tennis legend. Sampras is one of the best players of all time and by far the best American player ever.
She is: A beautiful blonde actress who you may recognize from Saved by the Bell, The Wedding Planner or The House on Haunted Hill...but probably Saved by the Bell.
Long-term Outlook: Happily ever after.
21. Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece
Years Together: 16—the pair began dating in 1996.
Marital Status: Married. Gabby and Laird were married in 1997.
He is: A Hawaiian big-wave surfer.
She is: A former professional volleyball player, a sports announcer, model and actress.
Long-term Outlook: Gabby filed for divorce in 2001, but the two reconciled within a year and have been together ever since. These two should cruise to 25 years with no problem...then all bets are off.
20. Dario Franchitti & Ashley Judd
Years Together: 14—the pair began dating in 1998.
Marital Status: Married. Dario and Ashley became engaged in 1999, and were married in 2001.
He is: A Scottish race car driver who has competed in the CART series, IndyCar Series and NASCAR.
She is: An actress who you may recognize from Kiss the Girls or Double Jeopardy. Judd is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky.
Long-term Outlook: These two will be together in that great big racing track in the sky.
19. A.J. Feely & Heather Mitts
Years Together: About four.
Marital Status: Married. Heather and A.J. dated on and off for a few years before getting hitched in February, 2010.
He is: A backup quarterback who never made a (good) name for himself in the NFL.
She is: A professional soccer player who plays for the U.S. women's national soccer team and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Long-term Outlook: Outlook not so good—there is a serious mismatch here in terms of professional success. Sorry A.J.
18. Sasha Vujacic & Maria Sharapova
Years Together: About a year and a half.
Marital Status: Dating. Maria and Sasha have been dating since October, 2011.
He is: A Slovenian basketball player who has played in Italy, the United States (Los Angeles Lakers and "Brooklyn" Nets) and Turkey.
She is: A Russian tennis player who was once the No. 1 ranked women's tennis player in the world. She's also one of the world's highest earning athletes.
Long-term Outlook: They've probably got a better shot at tying the knot than Maria Kirilenko and Alexander Ovechkin.
17. Cole & Heidi Hamels
Years Together: About seven. The pair began dating in 2005.
Marital Status: Married. Cole and Heidi married in December, 2006.
He is: A starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.
She is: A former contestant on the CBS reality show Survivor who once posed for Playboy with fellow contestant Jenna Morasca.
Long-term Outlook: They've got two sons, Caleb and Braxton, so at least the next 18 years. They seem like the type to say together for the kids.
16. Carmelo Anthony & Lala Vasquez
Years Together: Eight...or so.
Marital Status: Married. Melo and Lala became engaged in 2006 and were married four years later in 2010.
He is: A professional basketball player who played for the Nuggets until he was traded to the Knicks in 2011.
She is: A former MTV personality, a current VH1 reality star and absolutely desperate to become an actual actress.
Long-term Outlook: Would be surprised if they make it to 10 years.
15. Matt & Misty May-Treanor
Years Together: Eight. The pair began dating in January, 2006.
Marital Status: Married. Matt and Misty May wed in December, 2006.
He is: A professional baseball player who currently plays catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
She is: A professional volleyball player who has won more tournaments than any other female player in history.
Long-term Outlook: She looks happy to see him and he looks happy to stare at her butt. Marriages built on less have lasted forever.
14. Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf
Years Together: 13—the pair began dating right after the 1999 U.S. Open.
Marital Status: Married. Andre and Steffi wed in October, 2001.
He is: A retired American professional tennis player who was once ranked No. 1 in the world. Agassi is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
She is: A retired professional tennis player from Germany who was once ranked No. 1 in the world. Graf holds the record for the longest stay at the No. 1 spot; having held it for a total of 377 weeks.
Long-term Outlook: If these two can't make it, nobody can.
13. Nomar Garciaparra & Mia Hamm
Years Together: 11—the pair began dating in 2001.
Marital Status: Married. Nomar and Mia married in November, 2003.
He is: A retired professional baseball player who was an All-Star shortstop and played for the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers and A's.
She is: A retired American soccer player who scored more international goals in her career than any other player, male or female, in the history of U.S. soccer.
Long-term Outlook: Well since they both retired in their 30's, they have a lot of time to work on their marriage. Man that must be sweet.
12. Irina Shayk & Cristiano Ronaldo
Years Together: Two. The pair began dating in early 2010.
Marital Status: Dating. Cristiano and Irina have been seen together all over the world, but he's yet to put a ring on it.
He is: The most excessively groomed, overly tanned and entirely waxed soccer player in the world. Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid and is captain of the Portuguese national team.
She is: A Russian model who appeared on the cover of the 2011 issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Long-term Outlook: It'll never last. These two are just too beautiful...it's bound to get competitive at some point.
11. Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto
Years Together: About five. The pair have been together since 2007.
Marital Status: Engaged. MJ and Yvette became engaged in December, 2011.
He is: A retired NBA legend. His Airness is the best to ever play the game.
She is: A beautiful model of Cuban descent.
Long-term Outlook: These two will probably make it down the aisle and who knows from there. Five years is probably a lot longer than most people thought they would last.
10. Jeff Gordon & Ingrid Vandebosch
Years Together: About 10 years. The pair met while Gordon was still married to his first wife, so the timeline is a bit hazy.
Marital Status: Married. Jeff and Ingrid wed in November, 2006.
He is: A professional NASCAR driver. Gordon is a four-time Spring Cup Series champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner—he's third on the all-time wins list.
She is: A former model and actress who was the next big thing in 1990, but today is best known as Mrs. Jeff Gordon.
Long-term Outlook: All seems well at the moment, but we all know how seriously these two take vows of marriage.
9. Casey Daigle & Jennie Finch
Years Together: A little over seven. The pair began dating in 2004.
Marital Status: Married. Casey and Jennie were married in January, 2005.
He is: A minor league baseball pitcher for the Fresno Grizzlies, which is the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
She is: A retired softball player who pitched for the U.S. national softball team. Finch won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and won silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Long-term Outlook: Jennie gave up her career to focus on her marriage and two children, Ace and Diesel (seriously). This girl doesn't fail at anything, including being married.
8. Phil Jackson & Jeanie Buss
Years Together: 11—the pair have been dating since 2001.
Marital Status: Dating. Phil has done the marriage and divorce thing and doesn't seem eager to wander down the aisle again.
He is: A retired professional basketball coach and former player. Jackson has won a total of 11 NBA titles as a coach and is considered one of the greatest coaches in league history.
She is: The daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and an executive with the organization. Buss posed for Playboy in the early 90's.
Long-term Outlook: These two will probably live in non-wedded bliss for awhile, like Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon...but hopefully it ends better for Jeanie and Phil.
7. Wayne & Janet Gretzky
Years Together: An epic 25 years. The pair began dating in 1987.
Marital Status: Married. Wayne and Janet became engaged in January, 1988 and married in July, 1988.
He is: The "Great One." Gretzky is generally considered the greatest hockey player of all time.
She is: A former model and actress who was implicated in a seedy gambling ring in 2006.
Long-term Outlook: These two will last forever. No matter what kind of nonsense Janet gets into, Wayne is always there at her side.
6. Anna Kournikova & Enrique Iglesias
Years Together: 11 years. The pair have been dating since 2001.
Marital Status: Dating? Anna and Enrique might be engaged or married…but they are strangely secretive about the whole thing.
He is: A pop star who has been making cheesy music for over a decade. Iglesias is the son of famous Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
She is: A retired Russian tennis player who has always been better known for her blonde hair and her bikini body than her athletic abilities.
Long-term Outlook: It seems there's no breaking these two up. Sorry guys.
5. Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union
Years Together: Two or three years. There was some overlap with his marriage to Siohvaughn Funches.
Marital Status: Dating. D-Wade and Gabby are happily dating and will appear on the February 2012 "Love Issue" of Essence magazine.
He is: A professional basketball player who plays alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh for the Miami Heat.
She is: An actress who is best known for her role in Bring it On.
Long-term Outlook: It's never best to bet on the long-term possibilities of a relationship that started while one or both parties were married.
4. Derek Jeter & Minka Kelly
Years Together: About five (off and on).
Marital Status: Dating! After a well publicized split in August 2011, Derek and Minka were rumored to be back together within weeks. It wasn't confirmed until the pair were spotted together in Paris in December 2011.
He is: The face of the New York Yankees for almost 20 years! Jeter began his career in NY in 1995 and has won four World Series, five Golden Gloves and is a 12 time All-Star.
She is: An actress who got her start on NBC's Friday Night Lights and has since been seen in The Roommate and the short lived CBS remake of Charlie's Angels.
Long-term Outlook: Oh please let it work! What kind of monster doesn't love these two?
3. David & Victoria Beckham
Years Together: 15—the pair began dating in 1997.
Marital Status: Married. David and Victoria became engaged in January, 1998 and wed in July, 1999.
He is: One of the most recognizable athletes on the planet. Beckham is a footballer who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, the Los Angeles Galaxy and A.C. Milano. He won the MLS championship with the Galaxy in 2011.
She is: A former Spice Girl who gave up her career as a pop star to focus on her family. She's also one of the most forgiving women in the entire world.
Long-term Outlook: They've weathered an awful lot of storms in their marriage and Victoria just gave birth to their fourth child in 2011. The Beckhams are in it for the long haul.
2. Tomy Brady & Gisele Bundchen
Years Together: About five. The pair have been together since Brady left Bridget Moynahan, an actress who was four months pregnant with his child, in late 2006.
Marital Status: Married. Tom and Gisele married in February, 2009.
He is: The three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New England Patriots. Brady is a future Hall-of-Famer who is generally considered one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
She is: One of the world's most recognizable supermodels who was recently projected to become the first model/billionaire ever.
Long-term Outlook: These two will be together for all eternity...or until Tommy Terrific decides to upgrade in a decade.
1. Beyonce & Jay-Z
Years Together: About 10. The pair began dating in 2002.
Marital Status: Married. Beyonce and Jay-Z wed in April, 2008.
He is: A rapper, entrepreneur, co-owner of the "Brooklyn" Nets and, quite simply, the single coolest guy in any room.
She is: The former lead singer of Destiny's Child who ditched the trio in favor of a solo career. Since then Beyonce has become one of the biggest stars in the world.
Long-term Outlook: The couple welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy, in January 2012. Surely the little diva will be the first of many for them!