The 50 Hottest Tomboys in Sports
When you get right down to it, most of us ladies can be pretty easily classified into one of two categories—high maintenance or low maintenance. Circumstances might cause us to deviate from that path on occasion, but generally speaking most of us are one or the other.
Kim Kardashian, for example, is high maintenance. She's the kind of broad who gets her hair and makeup done before going to the gym. She's the type that will make you wait downstairs for 45 minutes while she finishes doing whatever she spends hours in the bathroom doing. Kim is the kind of person who you shouldn't even bother shopping for because she's just going to return whatever you get her.
Personally, I prefer a low maintenance lady. Perhaps that's because I'm a low maintenance lady myself but with a bit of a narcissistic edge. I don't like sitting in a chair for hours getting my hair done, and I really don't like going anywhere with a strict dress code. I actually had a panic attack once when I was trying on business suits—literally allergic to formality. Okay, now I'm veering off course.
Back on track. My overarching point was that Kim Kardashian is awful, and that when I think of what's sexy I usually try to picture the exact opposite of her. Which is what I've done for this entire list.
Here are 50 of the hottest tomboys in sports.
50. Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki is a world class athlete, and her fitness routine is having a positive impact on another world class athlete—PGA golfer Rory McIlroy, her boyfriend of almost a year.
The pair hit the gym together whenever they can, and McIlroy thinks it's really paid off for his conditioning and golf game.
49. Sally Fitzgibbons, Surfer
48. Sara Price, Motocross
Motocross racer Sara Price is a California girl who has been traveling the country with Kawasaki Team Green since she was just 12 years old.
Price lives for the sport and has made history as the first female racer to pit under the same tent as Supercross and Motocross Champion Chad Reed under the Factory Monster Energy Kawasaki Rig.
47. Mimi Knoop, Skateboarder
Mimi Knoop is one of the top female skateboarders in the world and has five X Games medals to prove it. Knoop notably won the ProTec Pool Party in 2008.
Outside of competition, Knoop is a talented multimedia artist and the creator of the skateboard brand, "hoopla skateboards."
46. Fabiola Da Silva, Inline Skater
Brazilian inline skater Fabiola da Silva is such a tomboy that she actually competes against the boys.
Her dominance in vert competition forced the Aggressive Skaters Association to create the "Fabiola Rule," which allowed women to compete in the formerly all-male vert competition.
45. Jenny Jones, Snowboarder
British snowboarder Jenny Jones has been competing professionally for over a decade. She specializes in slopestyle, and has three X Games medals in the event, but has also had success in halfpipe and big air competitions.
Jones has also appeared in several snowboarding movies, including: Dropstitch, Transfer, Last Winter and Float.
44. Leticia Bufoni, Skateboarder
At just 18-years-old, Brazilian skateboarder Leticia Bufoni is one of the most promising up-and-comers in the sport. She won her first X Games medal in 2010 and finished first overall in the World Cup rankings.
Bufoni is currently living and competing in the US and considers moving abroad and learning the language as big an accomplishment as any competition.
43. Kyra Gracie, MMA
Brazilian fighter Kyra Gracie is one of the most decorated grapplers in the history of Jiu-Jitsu and has recently shifted her focus to MMA.
Gracie is very well known in Brazil and hopes to become well known in the US after making her MMA debut sometime in mid-2012.
42. Chelsey Haardt, LFL
Chelsey Haardt is coming off her rookie season with the LFL Championship-winning Los Angeles Temptation. She's a Southern California native who absolutely lives for football.
Haardt has worked as a coach for a youth flag football team and hopes to play for the Temptation for years to come.
41. Hope Solo, US Women's Soccer
Over the last year, US women's national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has rocketed to fame.
Solo's had a lot of success on the pitch, but non-soccer fans might best recognize her from a stint on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and her appearance in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue in 2011.
40. Emily Schromm, MTV Challenges
Say what you will about MTV's neverending "Challenge" series, but if you've ever seen the show you know there's no question that each season is a physically grueling exercise in endurance. So what if it's supplemented with mass quantities of alcohol?
Some participants are more athletically gifted than others, but challenge newbie Emily Schromm is one of the few girls that can hang with (if not straight up beat) the boys. Her performance on the most recent challenge was particularly impressive.
39. Rosy Hodge, Surfer
Roxy-sponsored surfer Rosy Hodge is a South African native who has been competing professionally since 2007 and often competes in men's surfing events.
Hodge finished second on the Women's World Tour for four consecutive years from 2007 to 2010.
38. Jonelle Filigno, Canada Women's National Soccer
Jonelle Filigno is an up-and-coming star on the Canadian women's national soccer team who competed in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Currently Filigno is attending Rutgers University—she's about to complete her junior year and is a leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights.
37. Jolene Van Vugt, Motocross
Jolene Van Vugt is a Canadian motocross rider that currently appears on the MTV (Canada) show Nitro Circus. She has been competing professionally for almost a decade.
Van Vugt holds a number of Guinness World Records, and she is the first CMRC Women’s Canadian Motocross National Champion and first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike.
36. Logan Tom, US Women's Volleyball
Logan Tom plays both indoor volleyball and beach volleyball and has competed for the US in each of the last three Olympics—winning team silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
If you've never seen Tom play volleyball, you've probably seen her photos in FHM.
35. Kellie Covington, Miami Dolphins Cheerleader
Kellie Covington is a three year veteran of the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders squad and one of the team captains. She traveled a very long way to shake it in South Beach for the 'Fins—Covington was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.
Don't let her looks fool you: she's definitely an outdoorsy girl. Covington was an avid snowboarder growing up and two of her favorite hobbies are hunting and fishing—Sarah Palin would be very proud.
34. Torah Bright, Snowboarder
Australian snowboarder Torah Bright turned pro at the age of 14 and has medaled four times (two gold, two silver) in superpipe at the X Games.
In addition to her X Games success, Bright took home gold in halfpipe at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
33. Kerry Vera, MMA
Kerry Vera got her start in Muay Thai as the winner of the Oxygen reality show Fight Girls in 2007. She later went on to appear on the Ultimate Women Challenge reality show in 2009.
Vera began her MMA career with Bellator Fighting Championships in 2009 but later signed to Strikeforce where she currently competes.
32. Chemmy Alcott, Alpine Skier
Chemmy Alcott is a British alpine skier who competes on the World Cup circuit.
She competes in all five disciplines—downhill, super G, slalom, giant slalom, and combined—and has medaled in each.
31. Allyson Felix, US Women's Track & Field
American track and field star Allyson Felix has been racking up medals in international competition since she won her first gold medal at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Hungary.
Felix medaled at both the 2004 Olympics in Athens (silver) and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (gold, silver) and she is currently training for the 2012 Olympics in London.
30. Silje Norendal, Snowboarder
Silje Norendal is a professional snowboarder from Norway who has been traveling the globe for international competitions since 1999.
Norendal has medaled at the X Games and the Norwegian beauty is currently a member of the Planet Sports team.
29. Jenna Downing, Inline Skater
By the ripe old age of 21, British inline skater Jenna Downing was an X Games silver medalist and a 10-time British Champion. Not too bad, right?
Downing turned pro at age 12, which made her the youngest female skater in the world to ever turn pro. Outside of competition, Downing devotes time and resources to mentoring and coaching kids in the sport.
28. Penny Taylor, WNBA
Penny Taylor is an Australian basketball player who currently plays for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Turkish team Fenerbahçe Istanbul.
Taylor plays alongside fellow Aussie Lauren Jackson for the Australian national team which has medaled (silver) in the last two Olympics.
27. Katie Peterson, Long Beach State Soccer
Katie Peterson is a sophomore at Long Beach State where she plays defense for the university's soccer team. She was redshirted as a freshman in 2010, giving her an extra year of eligibility.
Peterson was a standout player in high school and led her team to four consecutive Sunset League titles and an appearance in the CIF finals.
26. Miesha Tate, MMA
MMA pro Miesha Tate is the former Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion and the current Freestyle Cage Fighting Women's Bantamweight Champion. She's currently ranked the No. 5 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com.
Tate has no problem navigating the male dominated world of MMA because she's got experience wrestling with the boys—literally. Tate wrestled on the boys team in high school and won both a state and national title.
25. Jennie Finch, US Women's Softball
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Softball star Jennie Finch pitched for the US women's national softball team and the Chicago Bandits for six years before retiring to spend more time with her family in 2010.
She led the US to gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Finch also turned heads with her appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2005.
24. Leanne Pelosi, Snowboarder
Canadian snowboarder Leanne Pelosi has been competing professionally in the sport since 1996. Pelosi is very popular in the sport and founded the MGT all-girl snowboard camps.
Despite her popularity and dedication to the sport, Pelosi has never placed higher than sixth in slopestyle competition.
23. Niki Gudex, Mountain Biker
Australian Niki Gudex is a professional mountain biker from Sydney who competes in both the downhill and cross country disciplines.
Outside of competition, Gudex is a successful graphic designer and a sometimes model who has appeared in a number of publications, including FHM.
22. Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarder
Ohio native Gretchen Bleiler is a professional snowboarder who specializes in halfpipe and superpipe. She's medaled five times at the X Games (four gold, one silver) and brought home a silver medal from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Bleiler is also a sometimes model who has made memorable appearances in FHM and ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue in 2011.
21. Candace Parker, WNBA
WNBA superstar Candace Parker is the younger sister of NBA player Anthony Parker and was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game while playing for Tennessee in 2006.
Today, Parker plays for the Los Angeles Sparks and is married to New Jersey Nets forward Shelden Williams.
20. Lindsay Czarniak, ESPN
Lindsay Czarniak is one of the latest additions to the ESPN team, having been lured away from NBC4 in Washington, DC. Czarniak is a legit talent who knows her sports, having worked her way up through the ranks for over a decade.
In addition to her anchor experience, Czarniak has also been a pit reporter for TNT's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, a co-host for the syndicated The George Michael Sports Machine, and she served as host and reporter for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
19. Roberta Mancino, BASE Jumper
Italian adrenaline junkie Roberta Mancino is a skydiver, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer with more than 7,000 jumps and a number of world records under her belt.
Mancino has no problem paying the bills thanks to a successful career as an international model. In 2010, she was named the World's Sexiest Female Athlete by Men's Fitness.
18. Britta Steffen, Germany Women's Swimming
German swimmer Britta Steffen is a three-time Olympic medalist (two gold, one bronze) who currently holds the world record in women's 50 and 100 metro freestyle.
Steffen has been competing professionally for over a decade and has amassed over two dozen medals in international competition. She is currently training for the 2012 Olympics in London.
17. Angela Rypien, LFL
Angela Rypien is the daughter of Mark Rypien, retired Super Bowl-winning Redskins quarterback. She has followed in her father's footsteps, having just completed her first year as quarterback of the LFL's Seattle Mist.
Rypien became an instant star in the league and is definitely coming back for more. She recently announced via Facebook that she was moving east to play next season for the Baltimore Charm.
16. Lolo Jones, US Women's Track & Field
Lolo Jones is a track and field athlete who specializes in hurdles and garnered an impressive 11 All-American honors while at LSU. She's medaled twice (both gold) at the World Indoor Championships and once (silver) at the Continental Cup.
Jones was the favorite to win the 100 meter hurdles at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but finished a disappointing seventh after stumbling on the final hurdle. She hopes to put that behind her at the 2012 Olympics in London.
15. Laura Enever, Surfer
At just 17-years-old, Australian surfer Laura Enever is already competing professionally in events around the world. In 2008, she was the ISA Junior World Champion and the 2008 Triple Crown Rookie of the Year.
But it wasn't surfing that first captured Enever's attention—she was a dedicated gymnast until deciding to "retire" at the ripe old age of nine to focus on surfing full-time.
14. Leilani Münter, Race Car Driver
Leilani Münter is an American race car driver who began her racing career in 2007 with the development league of IndyCar, the Firestone Indy Lights.
Today, Münter is a driver for the Tony Marks Racing, of the ARCA Racing Series.
13. Ashleigh McIvor, Alpine Skiing
Canadian skicross star Ashleigh McIvor has been competing professionally since 2007 and has medaled at the Olympics (gold), the World Championships (gold) and the Winter X Games (silver).
McIvor has been injured for most of the last year but remains one of the most popular female athletes in Canada. When she isn't skiing, McIvor's hobbies include mountain biking, surfing and dirt biking.
12. Laurel Stucky, MTV Challenges
I've already made my point about the ridiculous MTV "Challenge" series being as serious as it gets in terms of athletic competition—and if you don't agree with me, that's fine. Sometimes that happens in life.
Since appearing on one of the "Fresh Meat" challenges a few years ago, Laurel Stucky has been the most dominant female in every challenge she's participated in. Stucky is a fierce competitor who has the ability to beat you down physically and emotionally. You don't want to be on her bad side.
11. Monyca Byrne-Wickey, Surfer
Monyca Byrne-Wickey is a professional surfer from Hawaii who has been making a name for herself in the sports over the last few years.
In addition to her competition success, Byrne-Wickey has been working as a sometimes model and has been featured in Gatorade advertisements.
10. Gina Carano, MMA
Since beginning her career in Muay Thai in 2005, Gina Carano has become one of the most famous faces in MMA history. She has been referred to as the "Face of Women's MMA" and appeared as "Crush" on the NBC reboot of American Gladiators.
Today, Carano isn't just an MMA star: She's a legit movie star. She played the lead role in Steven Soderbegh's 2011 action film Haywire and received relatively favorable reviews. Impressive, especially considering it was her first major movie.
9. Natalie Coughlin, US Women's Swimming
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin is an 11-time Olympic medalist, and in 2008 she 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 Olympics.
Away from the pool, Coughlin has appeared on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and donned nothing but body paint for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
8. Ashton Torres, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Ashton Torres might look like a girly girl, but she's no high maintenance broad. The Texas girl enjoys kicking back in comfy clothes and dining on her favorite meal of chicken friend steak and mashed potatoes.
Torres' hobbies include volleyball, dancing and kickboxing, and the one thing she's always wanted to do is go skydiving.
7. Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skier
Alpine ski racer Julia Mancuso medaled at both the 2006 Olympics in Turn (gold) and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (two silver). Her three Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier.
Mancuso has also worked as a model on occasion and even launched her own lingerie line in 2010. She's been quoted as saying, "I think underwear is my calling."
6. Alana Blanchard, Surfer
Alana Blanchard is a 22-year-old professional surfer based on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. She is considered one of the best female surfers in the world.
Blanchard is an ASP World Tour surfer and gained fame as the best friend of Bethany Hamilton, the teenage surfer who lost her arm to a shark. Hamilton and Blanchard were depicted in the 2011 film Soul Surfer.
5. Michelle Beadle, ESPN
ESPN's Michelle Beadle is best known for her role as co-host of SportsNation. Thankfully, ESPN found someone to wear the pants on that show and counterbalance the relatively prissy presence of Colin Cowherd.
Beadle is a guy's girl. She's into most sports that involve physical contact—the more extreme, the better. Beadle actually got her start at Fox Sports Net hosting Big Game Hunters.
4. Alex Morgan, US Women's Soccer
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Professional soccer player Alex Morgan plays forward for the Seattle Sounders Women and is a member of the US women's national team. She was the youngest player on the USA's roster at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Morgan has become one of the standout stars of the American women's team, and she made a lot of admirers very happy in 2012 when she appeared in a body paint bathing suit in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
3. Liz Gorman, LFL
Liz Gorman has played for the LFL's Tampa Breeze since 2010. She's a two-time All-Star and has been named the Defensive Player of the Year (2010). Gorman was also a nominee for the award in 2011.
When she's not cracking skulls on the football field, Gorman is a successful fitness model who was recently featured in a three-page spread in Women's Running magazine.
2. Alicia Sacramone, US Women's Gymnastics
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone has been a member of the US national women's gymnastics team since 2003. She racked up over a dozen medals in international competition between 2004 and 2008. Her most recent medal came at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.
Sacramone, along with her teammates Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin, became the first female athletes to be signed as CoverGirl spokesmodels. She also appeared in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue in 2011.
1. Sabrina C., Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader
Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Sabrina C. obviously doesn't look like a tomboy, but I assure you she is. When she's not cheering on the Falcons you can expect to find Ms. Sabrina kicking it outdoors with her dogs or chilling at home with Monte, her famous pet Python.
Sabrina prefers the casual atmosphere of a diner to a trendy restaurant and if she's shopping on Saturday you can probably find her at Gander Mountain or a Bass Pro Shop. She also enjoys handling reptiles and mud truckin'.
I'm sure all you country boys out there are drooling. You can follow Sabrina on Twitter if you promise to be polite.