‪The 100 Hottest Female Olympians Ever‬

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJuly 12, 2012

‪The 100 Hottest Female Olympians Ever‬

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    It's easy to see what Zeus and the rest of the Ancient Greek gods hoped for when they created the beloved Olympic Games...a melting pot of athleticism shoved into several weeks of ruthless competition.

    But what they didn't realize was that beauty would eventually take over and dominate every field of play like sand on a beach. Quite an unexpected maturation of the most illustrious competition in the world.

    Whether we're discussing the steamy rubber of the track at the Summer Games or the powdery snow of the slopes at the Winter Games, sexy female athletes have always been ready to impress nearby cameras.

    And for good reason.

    Here are the 100 hottest female Olympians ever.

    They've already medaled in beauty.

100. Lauren Cheney, Soccer

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    As a promising 20-year-old thrust into the national team lineup due to an injury to American star Abby Wambach, playmaker Lauren Cheney had plenty of eyes to impress. And she did, earning a gold medal along the way.

99. Margherita Granbassi, Fencing

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    Welcome to the elegant world of fencing, where we have the beautiful Margherita Granbassi flooding the headlines. With two bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, this talented Italian is only just getting started.

98. Kajsa Bergqvist, Track and Field

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    This Swedish former high jumper won a bronze at the 2000 Games in Sydney and remains the world indoor record holder (2.08 meters).

    She seems to be enjoying her legacy.

97. Hope Solo, Soccer

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    A legendary name and determined nature are quickly carrying U.S. national team goalie Hope Solo toward immortality. She eats her haters with toast and coffee before getting started.

96. Amy Acuff, Track and Field

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    Competed in the '96, '00, '04 and '08 Summer Olympics as an American high-jump specialist, with her greatest finish coming in 2004 (fourth place). Distantly related to the King of Country Music, Roy Acuff.

95. Luciana Aymar, Field Hockey

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    She's the only player in history to receive the International Hockey Federation World Player of the Year award seven times, but Argentine field hockey star Luciana Aymar still lacks an Olympic gold. Two bronzes and a silver can't be satisfying enough.

94. Hannah Teter, Snowboarding

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    This comely snowboarder won a gold medal in halfpipe at the 2006 Turin Olympics and a silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Hannah Teter rarely expresses anything other than a generous smile.

93. Lauren Jackson, Basketball

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    As a member the 2000 and 2004 Australian national teams and captain of the 2008 team, 6'5" baller Lauren Jackson helped secure three silver medals. Few can dominate the paint like her.

92. Haley Cope, Swimming

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    American swimmer with a silver medal from the 2004 Summer Olympics. A world-class smile.

91. Alona Bondarenko, Tennis

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    Since losing to Jelena Janković in the second round of the '08 Games, Ukrainian tennis beauty Alona Bondarenko must be shaking to get another chance. It's almost time.

90. Kelly Sotherton, Heptathlon

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    An English former hepathlete with a bronze at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Kelly Sotherton is a sight to behold.

    Her worldly athletic prowess can't be ignored.

89. Erika Cristiano Dos Santos, Soccer

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    As part of the silver-medal Brazil squad of 2008, Erika (as she's called for short) is quite experienced in the intricacies of Olympic competition. Her sheer focus comes from years of practice.

88. Penny Taylor, Basketball

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    Down under is a bevy of beautiful Australian basketball players and Penny Taylor is the best of the bunch.

    We can only assume with a name like Penny that the two-time silver medalist admires Anfernee Hardaway's style.

87. Tara Lipinski, Figure Skating

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    Winning the Ladies' Singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the age of 15 is no easy feat, but Tara Lipinski got it done at the 1998 Winter Olympics. She remains the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games and the separated-at-birth sister of Miley Cyrus (we'd like to think).

86. Tugba Karademir, Figure Skating

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    This Turkish former figure skater carried the flag for her native Turkey at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Now she's evidently determined to master her balance.

85. Julia Mancuso, Skiing

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    This alpine ski racer warms any chilly set of slopes. Julia Mancuso was the gold medalist in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the silver medalist in both downhill and combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Enough said.

84. Magdalena Neuner, Biathlon

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    Three Olympic medals (two gold) and two German Sportswoman of the Year awards (2007 and 2011) for Magdalena Neuner. A legendary biathlete.

83. Tatiana Grigorieva, Pole Vaulting

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    With a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, retired Australian pole vaulter carved her exotic name in the record books for good.

82. Swin Cash, Basketball

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    With a 2004 gold medal tightly secured, WNBA superstar Swin Cash has achieved essentially every level of success necessary to be considered great. Yeah, she's great.

81. Lacy Schnoor, Skiing

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    A freestyle skier who's competed since '03, Lacy Schnoor was first spotted at the Olympics in 2010, where she finished ninth in the Women's Aerials event.

80. Nadia Comaneci, Gymnastics

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    After winning three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics and becoming the first female gymnast to earn a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event, Nadia Comaneci went on to win two more gold medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Like a fine wine...

79. Shelley Rudman, Skeleton

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    With Britain's only medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics was Shelley Rudman, with a silver in skeleton.

78. Anni Friesinger-Postma, Speed Skating

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    German speed skater with three gold medals (one every Winter Olympics since the '02 Salt Lake City Games). Photo-shoot extraordinaire.

77. Fabiana Murer, Pole Vaulting

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    She may hold the South American record in the pole vault with an indoor best of 4.82 meters and an outdoor best of 4.85 meters, but Fabiana Murer seems more focused on her lack of Olympic medals than she does with her breathtaking air-defying stunts. She can't be stopped.

76. Liu Xuan, Gymnastics

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    She was China's first Olympic Champion on balance beam and first All-Around medalist. Liu Xuan is China.

75. Marsha Marescia, Field Hockey

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    Her squad may have finished ninth at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but South Africa midfielder Marsha Marescia seems confident in her promising future.

74. Gisele Marvin, Ice Hockey

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    Beautiful forward for the United States national women's hockey team. Silver medalist. Granddaughter of Hall of Fame coach Cal Marvin.

73. Britta Heidemann, Fencing

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    After winning a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, German fencer Britta Heidemann evidently decided she wasn't pleased. The result: a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

72. Laure Manaudou, Swimming

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    She won one of every type of medal at the '04 Athens Games and remains the world record holder for the 400-meter freestyle (short course). Laure Manaudou is quickly becoming an athletic god in her native France.

71. Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton

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    This smiley skeleton racer came in fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games in her discipline. Let's just say she kept pace.

70. Therese Johaug, Skiing

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    Norwegian cross-country skier with a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Any dentist's model patient.

69. Melissa Hollingsworth, Skeleton

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    For an encore to her bronze medal in the women's skeleton at the 2006 Turin Olympics, Mellisa Hollingsworth found herself earning a fifth-place finish at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Just missing that podium. 

68. Ashleigh McIvor, Skiing

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    After becoming the first gold medal winner of women's ski cross at the 2010 Winter Olympics, freestyle extraordinaire Ashleigh McIvor naturally began to creep toward greatness.

67. Marta Menegatti, Volleyball

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    Italy's Marta Menegatti is set to make her Olympic debut in London this year. She can clearly handle any terrain.

66. Erin Phillips, Basketball

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    As a pivotal and daring member of the Australian national basketball team, Erin Phillips helped her team win a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Her defense is clearly impregnable.

65. Victoria Azarenka, Tennis

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    Since becoming the first Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam in singles earlier this year, tennis star Victoria Azarenka had her sights on a gold medal at the '12 London Games. It's only a matter of time.

64. Logan Tom, Volleyball

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    Competing on the volleyball circuit since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Led U.S. Team to a silver medal as the best scorer at the 2008 Beijing Games. Doesn't resemble a Logan or a Tom.

63. Hannah Whelan, Gymnastics

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    She was the youngest member of the ninth-place British team in 2008. Now artistic gymnast Hannah Whelan is ready to lead her club to the promised land, the illustrious podium.

62. Fatima Moreira De Melo, Field Hockey

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    As a striker for the Dutch field hockey team, Fatima Moreira de Melo has seen her club improve upon every performance in the Olympics. Bronze in '00, silver in '04 and a gold in '08. What's next for the ferocious stick-sters?

61. Sanya Richards-Ross, Track and Field

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    With a gold medal in the relay at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2008 Beijing Games and an individual bronze medal for the 400-meter sprint, Sanya Richards-Ross is beginning to overshadow NFL husband Aaron Ross.

60. Flavia Delaroli, Swimming

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    After representing her native Brazil at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and coming up empty, freestyle swimmer Flavia Delaroli is undoubtedly psyched for another shot. Third time's the charm.

59. Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis

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    Losing to eventual gold-medalist Elena Dementieva at the '08 Games must've left a rough taste in Caroline Wozniacki's mouth. And the Danish tennis star seems eager for revenge.

58. Kim Yuna, Figure Skating

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    This South Korean figure skater is the 2010 Olympic champion in Ladies' singles. And she's never finished off the podium in her career.

    Bravo.

57. Becky Hammon, Basketball

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    With a bronze at the '08 Games, WNBA and Russian national team star Becky Hammon has obviously gotten her feet wet in Olympic intensity. Now it's time for that gold.

56. Almudena Cid Tostado, Gymnastics

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    The only rhythmic gymnast in history to make the finals at four consecutive Olympic Games (Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing 2008), Almudena Cid Tostado is a force to be reckoned with. Spain should be quite proud.

55. Allyson Felix, Track and Field

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    To complement a silver medal at the '04 Games, sprinter Allyson Felix secured a glistening gold medal at the '08 Games. She's ready for more.

54. Dominique Dawes, Gymnastics

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    The first black athlete of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics, retired artistic gymnast Dominique Hawes is remembered best as a pivotal member of the gold medal-winning Magnificent Seven at the '96 Olympics.

53. Allison Baver, Speed Skating

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    A bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a date night with NBA superman Dwight Howard—Allison Baver's most spoken-about accomplishments.

52. Misty May-Treanor, Volleyball

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    With 110 individual championship wins and two Olympic gold medals, volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor is pretty much battling for pure enjoyment at this point in her career.

51. Shawn Johnson, Gymnastics

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    This lovable artistic gymnast secured one gold and three silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. But to top it off, Shawn Johnson won the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, which was easily her greatest achievement. 

50. Vera Zvonareva, Tennis

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    Following a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, tennis star Vera Zvonareva began to attract just as much attention for her tongue-twisting name as she did for her breathtaking forehand.

49. Stephanie Rice, Swimming

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    Three golds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics made fans immediately aware of how prolific Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice truly was.

    Her vibrant aura only cements her budding legacy.

48. Victoria Pendleton, Cycling

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    The reigning Olympic and World Champion for the sprint competition, track cyclist Victoria Pendleton will look to coat her 2008 gold with another vibrant medal at this year's Games. With a name like Pendleton, she was born to ride a bike.

47. Candace Parker, Basketball

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    Eight straight victories at the '08 Beijing Olympics was all it took for WNBA phenom Candace Parker to achieve the illustrious gold medal. But with an average win margin of 38.8 points, it was never even close.

46. Paola Espinosa, Swimming

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    After representing Mexico at the 2004 Olympics, diver/synchronized swimmer Paola Espinosa was offered the chance to carry her country's flag at the '08 Games where she naturally won a bronze.

45. Natalie Coughlin, Swimming

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    First American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics? Check. First woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics? Best smile in sports? Check.

44. Catalina Ponor, Gymnastics

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    Three gold medals at the 2004 Athens Games was all this Romanian gymnast needed to secure her place in Olympic history. Spot cemented.

43. Melanie Adams, Pole Vaulting

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    This Australian pole vaulter is moments away from her renowned London debut.

42. Kim Glass, Volleyball

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    This excited volleyballer led her U.S. squad to a silver medal at the '08 Beijing Olympics. Now she's ready for a spike-heavy encore.

41. Alicia Sacramone, Gymnastics

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    This seemingly-down-to-Earth artistic gymnast has won every accolade under the sun...except an Olympic gold. Time to add that.

40. Lindsey Jacobellis, Snowboarding

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    This rebellious boarder won the silver medal in the Women's Snowboard Cross' at the 2006 Games, the event's Olympics debut. She's been a legend ever since.

39. Jessica Ennis, Track and Field

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    After missing the 2008 Beijing Games because of a fracture in her right ankle, we can only assume that multi-disciplined British track athlete Jessica Ennis was fuming for a chance to dominate the '12 London Games. It's almost time.

38. Kimiko Zakreski, Snowboarding

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    Last seen competing for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, snowboarder Kimiko Zakreski continues to demand attention.

37. Summer Sanders, Swimming

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    Most young adults remember her as the host of the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out, but Summer Sanders is also a former gold medalist swimmer (two gold medals at the '92 Barcelona Games). And an obvious fashionista.

36. Lara Gut, Skiing

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    Swiss skiing icon who missed the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 due to a dislocated right hip. Always ready to gut her competition.

35. Elisa Di Francisca, Fencing

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    Fencing is a precise art that takes patience and understanding. Italian sensation Elisa Di Francisca has clearly mastered all of it.

34. Sara Galimberti, Track and Field

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    Expect to see this stunning Italian runner at this year's London Games. And expect plenty of cheers.

33. Elena Dementieva, Tennis

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    With a silver medal at the '00 Sydney Games and a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, it's assumed that this former tennis pro gave her opponents dementia during matches. Not really, but that would be perfect if she did.

32. Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding

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    American snowboarder with a silver medal in the women's halfpipe from the 2006 Winter Olympics and a naturally carefree demeanor. Always a cool cat.

31. Sasha Cohen, Figure Skating

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    The 2006 Olympic silver medalist who has been dominating the U.S. figure skating scene for awhile. Just ask Will Ferrell.

30. Lolo Jones, Hurdling

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    The American record holder in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72, Lolo Jones was expected to dominate the 2008 Beijing Olympics, before she tripped on the next-to-last hurdle and came in seventh place.

    We believe she and The Office gal Rashida Jones were separated at birth.

29. Erika Prezerakou, Pole Vaulting

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    Breathtaking Greek pole vaulter with a nonchalant stare.

28. Amanda Beard, Swimming

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    The postergirl of American swimming since '96, Amanda Beard is a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver and one bronze). She's been there, done that.

27. Gabrielle Reece, Volleyball

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    If competing domestically at the 1999-2000 Olympic Challenge Series makes volleyballer Gabrielle Reece an Olympian, then sign her up. Done.

26. Kristi Leskinen, Skiing

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    She missed the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but you can bet freestyle skier Kristi Leskinen is ferociously preparing for 2014.

25. Niki Gudex, Cycling

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    Since taking baby steps in the cross country discipline at the '96 Olympics, Niki Gudex has been working on several other parts of her game. A vicious stare is priority No. 1.

24. Tsvetana Pironkova, Tennis

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    Bulgarian tennis beauty known for defeating Venus Williams three times at Grand Slam tournaments. She'd obviously like to be known for winning an Olympic gold medal following this year's Games.

23. Tanith Belbin, Ice Dancing

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    A 2006 silver medalist ice dancer, American-Canadian Olympian Tanith Belbin can now be heard color-commentating on Skating with the Stars.

22. Laure Boulleau, Soccer

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    A defender for the French national soccer team, Laure Boulleau clearly doesn't mess around. All-white everything for this fashion queen.

21. Lindsey Vonn, Skiing

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    With a smile that could light up numerous venues at once, Lindsey Vonn winning the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics (the first American woman ever to do it) was icing on the cake.

    She's already an icon; now she's headed for greatness.

20. Heather Mitts, Soccer

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    This elegant footballer has been gracing her scene for quite some time now. She's a two-time Olympic gold medalist, hoping for her third U.S. victory.

19. Annette Gerritsen, Speed Skating

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    Since winning a silver medal in the 1000-meter at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Dutch speed skater Annette Gerritsen has naturally set her sights on the '14 Games. She's already dominating.

18. Amy Taylor, Soccer

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    As part of the Australian women's national team known as "The Matildas", Amy Taylor shocked the world. And even after retiring, she continues to surprise her crowd.

17. Gabriela Sabatini, Tennis

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    Following her silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games, Argentine tennis legend Gabriela Sabatini was the talk of the town. And she still is.

16. Maria Sharapova, Tennis

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    This beautiful tennis legend is set to expand her resume by carrying Russia's flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Expect it to be graceful.

15. Dominika Cibulkova, Tennis

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    With a career record of 245-152, Slovak wunderkind Dominika Cibulkova is winning more than just the dripping hearts of awe-inspired fans. London in 2012 is the stage for miracles.

14. Hilary Knight, Ice Hockey

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    A former Wisconsin product, forward Hilary Knight helped lead her squad to a silver medal as the youngest member of the U.S. national team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She's ready to approach greatness.

13. Katarina Witt, Figure Skating

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    German figure skater with two Olympic gold medals for East Germany (one at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and one at the 1988 Calgary Olympics). Dabbled in Playboy posing.

12. Alexandra Orlando, Gymnastics

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    After participating in the 2008 Beijing Games and escaping without a medal, Canadian rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Orlando began to focus on '12. The time is now.

11. Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics

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    Once the 2008 Olympic individual all-around Champion, now Subway's most exciting spokesperson. Artistic gymnast Nastia Liukin has traveled quite the athletic road.

10. Ana Ivanovic, Tennis

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    After having to withdrew from the '08 Beijing Olympics because of a thumb injury, you can bet Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic was looking to dominate the '12 Games.

9. Kiira Korpi, Figure Skating

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    Considering her father, Rauno Korpi, coached the Finnish women's hockey team to a bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics, it's only a matter of time before three-time European medalist figure skater Kiira Korpi finally stands tall on that Olympic podium.

8. Christina Vukicevic, Hurdling

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    This Norwegian hurdler impressed at her first Olympic Games in 2008 with a then-personal-best 100-meter time of 13.05 seconds. Natural ability to absorb all eyes.

7. Jennie Finch, Softball

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    Arguably the greatest softballer ever to approach the diamond, Jennie Finch used a rising heater and breathtaking windup to lead her U.S. squad to a gold medal in 2004 and a silver in 2008.

6. Yelena Isinbayeva, Pole Vaulting

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    As a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008) and the current world-record holder in the pole vault, Russian legend Yelena Isinbayeva left a deep mark on the illustrious Games.

5. Leryn Franco, Javelin Toss

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    She may have left China without a medal, but the Beijing Games in '08 were a place for Paraguayan javelin tosser Leryn Franco to share her beauty. And she's far from finished.

4. Tina Maze, Ski Racing

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    The current world champion in giant slalom, Slovenia-bred ski racer Tina Maze has two silver medals from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics under her belt. And a threatening stare.

3. Darya Klishina, Long Jumping

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    With legs and nails 'till infinity, Russian long-jumper Darya Klishina is ready for the big show. She's set for her first Olympic appearance and yes, you guessed it, the 2012 London Games is the spot.

2. Alex Morgan, Soccer

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    She was the youngest player on USA's roster at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and now she's ready for her Olympic debut. Alex Morgan is subtly climbing the charts of soccer greatness.

1. Alina Kabaeva, Gymnastics

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    A former rhythmic gymnast with two Olympic medals (one gold and one bronze), Russian beauty Alina Kabaeva now finds herself a State Duma deputy from the United Russia party. Athletics to politics, yet another intriguing transition.