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Ranking the Most Athletic Couples in Sports

Amber LeeSports Lists Lead WriterJuly 19, 2013

Ranking the Most Athletic Couples in Sports

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    Sometimes opposites do attract. Which is the only way to explain the happily ever after story of Serbian basketball player Marko Jarik and Brazilian bombshell Adriana Lima, Victoria's sexiest angel.

    Sometimes opposites don't attract. Which is why so many athletes end up dating or marrying fellow professional athletes. They share a common bond that makes their coupling such a natural fit.

    That being said, not all athlete and athlete relationships are created equal. More often than not, one half of the pair has had substantially more impressive career achievements than the other.

    But there are a few of these couples in which each side is pulling equal weight in terms of athletic ability and career accomplishments. Naturally, I've ranked the top 20 just for you.

    Each athlete is given a score of 1-10 based on their careers to date, so it's a combined score of 20.

    Just keep in mind that as a non-athlete, your athletic ability would be ranked from 0 to -10 (maybe even -20) on the same scale. Meaning that a 2 or 3 isn't nearly as low as it sounds—so don't freak out.

    Anyway. Enough about my not-so-scientific methods. Let's do this.

20. Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle

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    His Score: 2
    Her Score:
    7

    Jennie Finch was the pitcher for the American women's softball team that won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Casey Daigle is a baseball pitcher who has played for a number of Triple-A affiliates since 2004.

    Finch and Daigle have been together for over a decade and were married in January 2005. The couple have twin sons—named Diesel and Dean—and they welcomed a baby girl in early 2013.

    Diesel and Dean are probably going to be impressive athletes, too. Which is good, because you don't really give a kid a lot of options when you name him Diesel.

19. Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens

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    His Score: 3
    Her Score:
    7

    Hope Solo has been the starting goalkeeper of the U.S. women's national soccer team since the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, although she's been a part of the team (including her time as a junior) since 2000. She was an alternate for the Olympic team that won gold in Athens and in net for the teams that won gold in Beijing and London.

    Jerramy Stevens is a free-agent tight end who last played for the Buccaneers in 2010. Widely considered a massive bust, he was drafted out of Washington by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2002 NFL draft. Stevens is more accomplished as a criminal than a professional football player, meaning his free agent status is likely permanent.

    Solo and Stevens began dating in the summer of 2012 after she returned from competing at the London Olympics. On November 12th, he was arrested for a domestic assault incident in which she was injured. And on November 13th, the couple pledged 'till death do they part in what may be the most ill-timed wedding of all time.

    Let's hope Solo (see what I did there?) wises up and divorces this dude before he makes good on that pledge.

18. Heather Mitts and A.J. Feeley

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    His Score: 2
    Her Score:
    10

    Soccer star Heather Mitts was a defender on the U.S. women's national soccer team from 1999-2013; she announced her retirement in March via Twitter. She was a member of the Olympic teams that won gold in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

    A.J. Feeley is a free-agent quarterback who played his college ball at Oregon; he was selected by the Eagles in the 5th round of the 2001 NFL draft. He played in just 28 games in the six years he was in the league. Feeley last played for the Rams in 2011.

    Mitts and Feeley first began dating in 2002. Their relationship was on again-off again for several years, but eventually they kicked it into high gear and decided to take the matrimonial plunge in February 2010. They'll either be divorced or expecting their first child by summer 2014.

17. Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Hotell

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    His Score: 4
    Her Score:
    8

    American snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler won the gold medal in Superpipe at the X Games in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010; she took silver in 2007. Bleiler also took silver in Halfpipe at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

    Chris Hotell is also a snowboarder who has been the team manager for the Oakley team for over five years. After five years of dating, Bleiler and Hotell married in a beach ceremony in Costa Rica in June 2009.

    The wedding may or may not have been an excuse to get out of the snow for a few weeks. Although it's been four years and they're still going strong...so probably not.

16. Laila Ali and Curtis Conway

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    His Score: 5
    Her Score:
    8

    Boxer Laila Ali is the daughter of world-famous fighter Muhammad Ali—obviously the sport is in the genes. She retired in 2007 with an undefeated 24-0 record.

    Curtis Conway is a retired wide receiver who played his last season with the 49ers in 2004. He was drafted out of USC by the Bears in the first round of the 1993 NFL draft.

    The couple met at a party in 2005 which was held by Conway; Ali attended the gathering at his home with a mutual friend. They were married in July 2007 and have two children together.

    Hopefully those kids get their grandfather's wicked way with words! Those are mighty big trash-talking shoes to fill.

15. Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Casey Jennings

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    His Score: 3
    Her Score:
    10

    Paired with recently retired teammate Misty May-Treanor for over a decade, Kerri Walsh-Jennings won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the 2008 Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. Casey Jennings is also a beach volleyball player, but his career peaked in 1999 as a member of BYU's NCAA National Championship team.

    Jennings and Walsh have been married since December 2005. The couple has three children—not that being a mom has hindered Walsh-Jennings in any way. She actually gave birth to two of them between Beijing and London and was five weeks pregnant with her daughter Scout during the London Olympics.

    Walsh-Jennings actually posed nude before and after the baby for ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue in 2013, and dag her husband is a lucky man. This woman is a fitness machine.

14. Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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    His Score: 7
    Her Score:
    6

    Former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick made the leap to NASCAR in 2010 as part of the Nationwide Series. She began competing in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012. Patrick has competed in approximately 90 races to date and is still looking for her first win; she's finished in the Top 10 eight times.

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a driver that began competing in NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2009. He was named the Rookie of the Year in 2010 and was the champion in 2011 and 2012. Stenhouse Jr. is currently competing in the Sprint Cup Series and is still looking for his first win.

    Patrick officially confirmed she and Stenhouse Jr. were dating in February 2013…and two months later her divorce to physical therapist Paul Hospenthal, her husband of seven years, was finalized. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

13. Shelden Williams and Candace Parker

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    His Score: 4
    Her Score:
    10

    Candace Parker was a starter on the Tennessee women's basketball team that won the NCAA Championship in 2007 and 2008. She was selected No. 1 overall by the L.A. Sparks in the 2008 WNBA draft and was a member of the U.S. women's national team that won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Games in London.

    Shelden Williams is also a basketball player; he played his college ball at Duke and was selected No. 5 overall by the Hawks in the 2006 NBA draft. Having played for seven teams in six years, it's safe to say Williams largely disappointed in the NBA. He's currently playing for the French team Elan Chalon.

    Parker and Williams first met when she was on a recruiting visit to Duke in 2003 but didn't begin dating until they reconnected again in 2006. The college sweethearts were married in November 2008 and welcomed their first child the following May. Shotgun weddings are always the most romantic.

12. Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor

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    His Score: 4
    Her Score:
    10

    Beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor retired in 2012 after winning gold at the London Olympics—her third consecutive Olympics and third consecutive gold medal with partner Kerri Walsh-Jennings. Matt Treanor is a free-agent MLB catcher who last played for the Dodgers in 2012.

    May and Treanor met at a Southern California sports rehab facility in 2003. In an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2005, May said that their first date was in January, and they were engaged in March.

11. Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece

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    His Score: 6
    Her Score:
    9

    Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece was a standout sensation during her collegiate career at Florida State. She went on to forge an impressive career in the 1990s as a volleyball player, model, broadcaster and occasional actress.

    Laird Hamilton is a big-wave surfer who innovated the sport by pioneering the tow-in-surfing technique. Well, technically he co-pioneered it. Whatever.

    Reece and Hamilton have been married since 1997, and the couple have two (likely perfectly bronzed, blonde and extremely popular) daughters together.

10. Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov

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    His Score: 7
    Her Score:
    9

    Russian tennis goddess Maria Sharapova is currently ranked No. 2 in the world—right behind her longtime nemesis Serena Williams. She has been playing professionally for a decade and has won four Grand Slam titles during that period; her last coming at the 2012 French Open.

    Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov was ranked No. 26 in the world by the ATP in May 2013, the highest ranking of his career to date. He has yet to win a Grand Slam, but he did make it to the third round of the French Open in 2013.

    Sharapova was actually engaged to be married to professional basketball player Sasha Vujacic for two years before the couple announced their split in August 2012—just months before they were to be married. Dimitrov reportedly dated Serena Williams (awkward!) at some point in the past.

    And now Sharapova and Dimitrov are something of an item, though this relationship doesn't seem built to last.

     

9. Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

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    His Score: 9
    Her Score:
    8

    Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has been heralded by many as "the next Tiger Woods" since he turned pro in 2007 at the age of 19. He has already won two major championships—the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship—but has struggled mightily throughout 2013.

    Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish tennis player that is currently ranked No. 10 in the world by the WTA. At age 23, she has yet to win a Grand Slam title, although she achieved the No. 1 ranking for a period of time in late 2010.

    McIlory and Wozniacki have been dating since 2011 and have been spotted together all over the world the last two years. Their relationship once seemed destined for a walk down the aisle, but recent reports indicate they may actually be heading for a split.

    It's probably for the best. Not rooting against young love or anything, it's just that this relationship is killing both of their careers.

8. Alex Morgan and Servando Carrasco

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    His Score: 7
    Her Score:
    10

    American soccer sweetheart Alex Morgan burst onto the scene in 2011 as the youngest member of the U.S. women's FIFA World Cup team that ultimately lost to Japan in the finals. She became a full-time starter in 2012 and was a key player in the national team's gold medal performance at the London Olympics.

    In December, U.S. Soccer announced that she was their Female Athlete of the Year—the first time Morgan was on the ballot.

    Servando Carrasco is a professional soccer player who has played for MLS' Seattle Sounders FC since he was drafted No. 27 overall by the team in January 2011.

    They don't speak publicly about their relationship that often, but Morgan and Carrasco have been dating for at least four years. They are both 24 years old and attended the University of California from 2007-10, so it's likely they've been dating since college.

    Sorry boys! Looks like Miss Morgan is pretty serious about this one.

7. Ray Ferraro and Cammi Granato

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    His Score: 7
    Her Score:
    10

    Retired center Ray Ferraro played 18 seasons in the NHL before calling it a career after the 2001-02 season. Twice he scored 40 goals in a single season, and twice he accumulated well over 100 penalty minutes in a single season.

    Cammi Granato was a member of the U.S. women's hockey team that won gold at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano and took silver at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2010, she was the first woman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    These two have been married since 2004 and have two children together. Ferraro also has two sons from a previous marriage; his relationship with Granato is rumored to have predated the dissolution of his first marriage.

6. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf

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    His Score: 8
    Her Score:
    10

    Both Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf had exceptional tennis careers, but her accomplishments certainly outweigh his. She won 22 Grand Slams in her career—in 1988 she won all four Grand Slam events and the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Seoul.

    At 377 consecutive weeks, Graf also still holds the record for the most successive weeks spent ranked as the No. 1 player in the world. Agassi won eight Grand Slam titles and was one of the most well-known athletes in the world at the peak of his career in the '90s.

    Agassi and Graf met at the French Open winner's ball in 1999 (they both won) and have been together ever since. They married in October 2001, and Graf gave birth to their first child just four days later. Today they are happily married and have since added two more kids to their family.

    Hopefully one of them will one day rock the glorious mullet their proud papa made famous back in the day—tennis hasn't been the same since he cut the party off the back of his dome.

5. Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

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    His Score: 9
    Her Score:
    9

    At this point it's tough to say whether or not Tiger Woods will surpass the 18 major championships won by the great Jack Nicklaus. He is only four short with his 14 majors, but at age 37, there are no guarantees in the sport. And Woods' current drought in between since his last championship is closing in on five years.

    American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn has won nearly a dozen medals in international competition, including a gold in the Downhill and bronze in the Super-G at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She was injured in the first race of the 2013 World Championships in February and is still recovering. Vonn believes she will be ready to compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

    Woods and Vonn have been dating since late 2012, but they finally confirmed their relationship via mutual Facebook posts in March 2013. It's the first high profile romance for Woods since his very nasty, scandalous split from ex-wife Elin in 2010.

    Don't let those ridiculous K-Mart studio portraits these two released fool you, though! Vonn has been adamant in a recent interview with Vogue magazine that she has intentions of making this official. Hopefully she's serious about that, because Woods isn't great with commitment.

4. Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra

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    His Score: 8
    Her Score:
    10

    After playing professionally for 15 years, soccer star Mia Hamm retired in 2004 after leading the U.S. women's soccer team to another gold medal at the Athens Olympics. Until recently, she held the record for the most international goals in the history of soccer. Hamm was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Nomar Garciaparra played 13 years in MLB before retiring in 2009. The best years of his career were from 1996-2004, which were the eight years he played for the Red Sox. Garciaparra was named an All-Star six times and was given a Boston World Series ring in 2004, despite having been traded to the Cubs at mid-season.

    Hamm and Garciaparra have been together for over a decade—they were married in November 2003. The couple have twin girls that were born in 2007, and they welcomed a son in January 2012.

3. Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross

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    His Score: 9
    Her Score:
    10

    Cornerback Aaron Ross won the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes college's top defensive back, in 2006 and went on to be selected by the Giants in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He won two Super Bowls in New York, which is where he'll return in 2013 after playing last season with the Jaguars.

    Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican-born track and field star who has competed for the U.S. in the last three Summer Olympics and brought home gold in each of them. She has medaled over a dozen times in international competition—most of them being gold—and had the best year of her career to date in 2012.

    Richards and Ross were college sweethearts that met while attending the University of Texas back in 2003. They were married in February 2010, and their lavish wedding was featured on an episode of a terrible sounding show called Platinum Weddings.

    Apparently the reality bug bit these two because they're slated to star in an upcoming WE television reality show entitled Sanya's Glam & Gold, which premieres in late July 2013. Ugh, that sounds awful.

2. Brianne Theisen and Ashton Eaton

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    His Score: 10
    Her Score:
    9

    American decathlete Ashton Eaton is a world-class athlete who won the silver medal in decathlon at the 2012 Olympics in London and the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships. He garnered gold again at the 2012 World Indoor Championship in heptathlon.

    Brianne Theisen is a Canadian track and field star who has competed in both the heptathlon and pentathlon in various competitions dating back to 2007. She finished second in the heptathlon at the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Championships and placed 11th at the 2012 Olympics in London.

    Eaton and Theisen met while they were both attending the University of Oregon in 2007—she was a freshman and he was a sophomore. They've been together ever since and were finally married in July 2013.

    If they have kids that only want to compete in...say...triathlons, do you think they'll be disappointed? "Your mother and I used to compete in seven different events! And every race was uphill, both ways!"

1. Kevin Durant and Monica Wright

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    His Score: 10
    Her Score:
    10

    In July 2013, it was announced that Thunder big man Kevin Durant was engaged to his longtime love Monica Wright, a guard for the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. They were high school sweethearts who have been dating since their senior year.

    At their respective schools, both Durant and Wright were named All-Americans—he was the MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game, and she was the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and the MVP of the WBCA All-American Game.

    Talk about selective breeding! If these two end up having kids, the sports world better watch out.

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