25 Female Athletes Who Would Destroy You in Sports

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2013

25 Female Athletes Who Would Destroy You in Sports

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    After seeing what All-World baller Brittney Griner did the other night against Kansas State, it got us thinking about some of the females who would be fearsome opponents for anyone in their sport, including some of their male counterparts.

    While we've seen the likes of Cheryl Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Mia Hamm over the years, these are the current lady athletes they've passed the torch to.

Cheyenne Cordes (Softball)

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    It's hard to believe that a sophomore in college could be as successful as Cordes has been in her sport, but with a nod to play on the U.S. national team, she's proven it.

    While in high school, she earned all the national awards, meaning if any of us think we'd try and blow one by her at the plate, don't be surprised if she purposely smoked it right up the middle to prove her point.

    That's how scary good she is while on a diamond.

Michelle Jenneke (Track & Field)

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    Known for her warm-up dances before a race, this hurdler from the land down under is an up-and-coming star on the track.

    At just 19, she's already won a silver at the '10 Junior Olympics, and is definitely a name to remember for the 2016 Games in Brazil.

    We'd guess she'd be crossing the finish line while any of us were just hopping over the first hurdle.

Leryn Franco (Javelin)

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    OK, so she's not exactly tearing it up in her sport–and recently announced she's walking away from it–but still, Franco's talented enough to beat your sorry ass in throwing a javelin.

    Not only would you look really awkward trying to out-toss her, but we're guessing you'd be more than just a bit distracted when looking out the corner of your eye doing it.

Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics)

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    Everyone loves Gabby these days.

    After winning over everyone from her performances at the Olympics in London–which included both team and all-around gold medals–this now 17-year-old should have at least two more Olympics to retain her spot as one of the world's best.

    We're sure none of us are knocking down the doors to try our hand at gymnastics, but considering we can't walk in a straight line on the sidewalk, we wouldn't even want to attempt doing it on an elevated balance beam.

Deena Kastor (Long Distance Running)

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    Congratulations on your little half-marathon you accomplished last weekend.

    While we're proud you set a PR by finishing in under two hours, that isn't anywhere near the accomplishments Kastor has in her back pocket.

    With a bronze medal from the '04 Olympics and multiple U.S. records, trying to outrun this girl is like trying to beat Kobayashi in a hot dog eating contest–it just isn't going to happen.

Missy Franklin (Swimming)

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    Just as U.S. male swimmer Ryan Lochte thrust himself into the spotlight during last year's Olympics, the 17-year-old Franklin did the same thing on the women's side.

    Flashing her trademark smile after each race, she took home five total medals–including four gold–and would you believe it, still actually swims for her high school team.

Claressa Shields (Boxing)

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    There are girls that are intimidating, and then there are girls that are intimidators. 

    We're not sure the gold-medal winning boxer Shields would appreciate that kind of praise, but at just 17 years old, we have a feeling she's quite scary to talk to for any adolescent high school boy.

    With a career record of 26-1–with 14 by knockout–it's clear she doesn't need anyone around to just protect her.

Allyson Felix (Track & Field)

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    Who knows if Felix will be the American women's version of Usain Bolt, but with six Olympic medals–four golds–around her neck, she definitely has a good start.

    With that type of bling on her resume, we dare anyone to stretch it out, lace them up and not get embarrassed by her.

Maya Moore (Basketball)

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    It's easy to have forgotten about Maya Moore over the past couple years–thanks to her playing overseas now–but rest assured, she can still dominate on the pines.

    Adding pretty much every major college award from her years at UConn, she not only led the Huskies to two national titles, but upon her arrival in the WNBA in 2011, captured Rookie of the Year honors and a championship in the process.

    Adding in another title with current club Shanxi Xing Rui Flame in her first season in China, it's clear Moore wins no matter the competition.

Danica Patrick (Auto Racing)

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    We've always known about Danica's heat off the track, but recently she's been burning rubber on it thanks to her becoming the first female to ever capture the top pole position for the Daytona 500 a couple weeks ago.

    Dudes love things that go fast, and Patrick just happens to do it for a living–very, very well.

Natalie Coughlin (Swimming)

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    The U.S. had recently-retired swimming domino Michael Phelps on the men's side, and they have Natalie Coughlin on the women's end absolutely drowning the competition.

    Just as formerly mentioned Missy Franklin did, Coughlin captured numerous medals in London, giving her a U.S. record-tying 12 in all.

    At 30 years old, it's still unclear if she'll take another stab at breaking the Olympic medals record in 2016, but here's to hoping she gives it a shot.

Candace Parker (Basketball)

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    Parker not only has basketball pedigree–with older brother Anthony enjoying a longtime NBA career and husband Shelden Williams enjoying some success–but she's probably the most talented of the trio mentioned.

    Winning numerous major college awards, two national titles while at Tennessee bringing home the WNBA Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in 2008 and finally capturing two gold medals with the U.S. Olympic team, Candace is aces when it comes to basketball.

Ana Ivanovic (Tennis)

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    The sexy Serbian may have fallen in the rankings over the past several years, but we assure you none of us would be able to handle her on the court anytime soon.

    In addition to her four Grand Slams, her serve alone would probably burn a hole in any return attempt, as she was once clocked as fast as 124 mph.

    Not too bad for someone who looks like she couldn't pack a whole lot of heat.

Alex Morgan (Soccer)

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    As great as Alex is to look at, she's even better when on the pitch.

    Morgan is still only 23 years old, but she's on her way to great feats for a U.S. team that has been defined by its stars over the past couple decades.

    Get ready for No. 13 to be the next one, earning plenty of face time for the world to see–which is totally cool with us.

Diana Taurasi (Basketball)

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    To put it simply enough, when UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was asked why his team would win the '04 national title, he replied, "We have Diana and you don't."

    If that's not a stamp of approval by one of the most accomplished coaches in basketball, we don't know what is!?!

    Taurasi won back-to-back Naismith Awards ('03, '04), along with three-straight national championships ('02, '03, '04), and finally besides just a WNBA league MVP in 2009, she's already captured two rings to go along with the individual praise.

    Oh yeah, we forgot about the two Olympic golds too, meaning she'd more than happily blind you with the shine off all her awards.

Lindsey Vonn (Skiing)

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    With 59 career wins to her credit already, the Olympic gold-medal and two-time World Champion winning Vonn needs just three victories to tie the most ever individual wins by Annemarie Moser-Proll.

    After sustaining a gruesome knee injury early in 2013, we have a hunch this blonde beauty could still beat us down the slope with just one good leg–though she has her eyes on using both of them at next year's Winter Olympics.

Yani Tseng (Golf)

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    For all of us scratch golfers out there, we dare not even try teeing it up against Tseng.

    With a total of six Majors under her belt–and the world No. 1 ranking–this 24-year-old from Taiwan is just a few points away from already qualifying for the Hall of Fame under the current LPGA Points System.

    Not bad for someone who isn't even in her mid-20s.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (Beach Volleyball)

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    We all may try our hardest to look cool on the beaches while playing volleyball, but even with a Zack Morris leading the squad, it has nothing on these three-time Olympic gold medal winners.

    As the perfect combo of size, agility and precision, these ladies would absolutely make you want to bury yourself in the sand they'd beat you so badly.

Venus Williams (Tennis)

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    Not only has Venus won nine individual Grand Slams and one gold medal in her career, but she's shown that regardless of her world ranking or doubters about her game, she's always a threat to win a tournament.

    Even scarier than just one Williams sister is the terrifying combo of both on the same side of the net, as proven by the pair's 13 Grand Slam titles and three Olympic gold medals together.

Abby Wambach (Soccer)

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    Who the hell doesn't love Abby?

    The current Captain of the women's national team, Wambach has overseen three Olympic gold medals in her international career, while being awarded with the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year five-times, along with the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012.

    All of this, and she still has time to cook!

Gina Carano and Ronda Rousey (MMA)

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    Don't let the word "former" fool you, because even though Carano calls Hollywood home now, doesn't mean she can't still kick some serious ass.

    With Gina's career MMA record at 7-1—three by knockout—and Rousey still yet to lose (7-0), and currently holding down the Women's Bantamweight title, it's clear these two know what they're doing inside the octagon.

    They may look good, but they definitely aren't afraid to knock someone around.

Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

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    If her tennis skills weren't enough to take you down–and they are–maybe her looks or grunting would be the ultimate demise if ever given the chance to play her?

    Sharapova is a four-time Grand Slam champ, and the current No. 3 player in the world.

    At just 25, she has plenty of years left in those long legs of hers to win even more.

Brittney Griner (Baylor Basketball)

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    When people throw around the words, "Best Ever," then you know you're pretty damn good at your sport.

    Whether she is or isn't the G.O.A.T. in women's hoops, Griner's currently the most dominating force on the hardwood.

    She's eclipsed the all-time blocks list in women's history, sits just a few hundred points away from leading the NCAA in all-time points, has won a national title and will certainly be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming WNBA Draft.

    That's quite a resume that us backyard ballers just can't stack up with.

Marta Vieira Da Silva (Soccer)

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    Most of us know how the Brazilian men have changed the game of soccer thanks to their creativity, pace and individuality, but don't overlook how its affected some of their own female players as well.

    As successful as the previously mentioned Wambach has been for the U.S., it pales in comparison to what Marta has done.

    With five FIFA World Player of the Year awards, and a top-10 finish in the Best Female Athletes of the 2000s, the 27-year-old is like the Cristiano Ronaldo of women's soccer.

Serena Williams (Tennis)

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    Does anyone else remember when Serena took some time off from tennis to focus on getting healthy before coming back in 2007 as the 81st-ranked player in the world?

    We do, and look at where she's gone since!

    Her unprecedented run through the '07 Australian Open–where she shocked top-seeded Sharapova–all but defined her greatness.

    With a competitive desire like few in all of sports, the 15-time Grand Slam champ and current No. 1 player in the world mixes power, finesse and endurance to bury opponents.