The 100 Hottest Female Olympians Ever
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
American swimmer with a silver medal from the 2004 Summer Olympics. A world-class smile.
91. Alona Bondarenko, Tennis
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
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
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
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
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
85. Julia Mancuso, Skiing
84. Magdalena Neuner, Biathlon
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
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
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
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
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
78. Anni Friesinger-Postma, Speed Skating
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
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
She was China's first Olympic Champion on balance beam and first All-Around medalist. Liu Xuan is China.
75. Marsha Marescia, Field Hockey
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
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
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
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
70. Therese Johaug, Skiing
Norwegian cross-country skier with a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Any dentist's model patient.
69. Melissa Hollingsworth, Skeleton
68. Ashleigh McIvor, Skiing
67. Marta Menegatti, Volleyball
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
65. Victoria Azarenka, Tennis
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
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
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
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
60. Flavia Delaroli, Swimming
59. Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis
58. Kim Yuna, Figure Skating
This South Korean figure skater is the 2010 Olympic champion in Ladies' singles. And she's never finished off the podium in her career.
57. Becky Hammon, Basketball
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
49. Stephanie Rice, Swimming
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
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
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
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
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
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
This Australian pole vaulter is moments away from her renowned London debut.
42. Kim Glass, Volleyball
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
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
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
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
Last seen competing for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, snowboarder Kimiko Zakreski continues to demand attention.
37. Summer Sanders, Swimming
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
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
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
Expect to see this stunning Italian runner at this year's London Games. And expect plenty of cheers.
33. Elena Dementieva, Tennis
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
31. Sasha Cohen, Figure Skating
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
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
Breathtaking Greek pole vaulter with a nonchalant stare.
28. Amanda Beard, Swimming
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
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
She missed the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but you can bet freestyle skier Kristi Leskinen is ferociously preparing for 2014.
25. Niki Gudex, Cycling
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
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
22. Laure Boulleau, Soccer
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
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
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
18. Amy Taylor, Soccer
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
16. Maria Sharapova, Tennis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
8. Christina Vukicevic, Hurdling
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
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
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
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
3. Darya Klishina, Long Jumping
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
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
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.