In the sports world, we inevitably run across female athletes who are as easy on the eyes as they are talented at what they do. For many, that means a spread in a magazine at some point. For others, it can mean a second career.
Here is a salute to the women who have made it something more than just something they did once. The ones who have taken taking it off to the next level.
Here are The 10 Hottest Female Athletes-Turned-Models of All Time.
For those of you who think it's all the same women in these slideshows, I'd like to introduce you to Mo Wandan. This former high jumper quit the sport altogether at age 23 to focus on her modeling.
From this picture here and the other ones I've found online, it's safe to say that Mo made the right choice.
Mo modeling, mo happiness.
Speed skater Anni Friesinger has garnered the nickname "Super Sexy Anni," and I guarantee you it wasn't because of her appearance in her uniform. It was because of her bikini pics in various publications and her famous topless display in Stern magazine.
She's known for her powerful thighs so, if that's your thing, you can look forward to seeing more of them when she's completely done skating.
Natalie Gulbis is the name most people know in the world of female golfers as the main hottie, but she's got nothing on Rawson, who is basically a golfer on the side.
Rawson first got my attention with this picture right here. Then I realized she's been modeling for a while and has even more hot pictures out there.
Needless to say, it was a good day.
Probably the most successful woman on this list, Beard has participated in four different Olympics and captured seven different medals, including two golds.
Beard has appeared in seemingly every publication intent on showing women in next to nothing (or in Playboy's case, nothing).
Her modeling career seemed on hold for a little bit but she recently stripped down for PETA, which is really the only time that organization contributed anything to the world.
Ana Ivanovic hasn't gone completely over to modeling, but she's certainly heading there. Ranked No. 1 in the world as recently as two years ago, she has dropped to No. 45.
I don't know if she has a comeback left in her, but she certainly has a career ready for her when she's done. The pictures she's taken for Maxim, various foreign magazines, and, of course, her own personal collection, are just stunning.
She needs to just forget about this whole "tennis" thing altogether.
When you're this naturally stunning (and don't argue with me on this, she is, even supermodels can't help talking about how beautiful she is), it's only natural that you're going to segue right into modeling.
While she's still alive and kicking in the tennis world, I think we and Maria would be much better off if she spent more time in front of the camera instead of on the court.
Let's be honest, synchronized swimming isn't really a sport. However, we pretend it is for a couple of reasons: Bia and Branca Feres.
These twin sisters have been turning the pool to steam with their scorching hotness for years, yet they still haven't taken off in the U.S. because nobody gives a crap about synchronized swimming, even when these two are involved.
They need to just get rid of the athletic ruse and go straight to modeling.
We all knew this day was coming. The day when Anna Kournikova quit being just a hot tennis player who dated celebrities and just started modeling.
It was a day we longed for, frankly, so we didn't have to pretend we cared about her as an athlete any more.
We'll always be grateful that she broke onto the tennis scene for no other reason than we may not have ever noticed a scrawny teenager.
Oh, who am I kidding, she was already pretty hot.
Anna Semenovich is quickly turning into one of my favorite women of all time. This former ice dancer quickly realized that God gave her a talent, and it had nothing to do with being cold.
She soon became one of the hottest Russian models of all time (in my eyes), and continues to astound with how she ever managed to move around with all that luggage in front.
Leryn Franco's legs don't fit in my window. I just want to go ahead and bring that up, because it's amazing.
This javelin thrower isn't just a "take pretty pictures" kind of model, but also one who does her little dance on the catwalk. That's bonus points in my book. That ain't easy.
She is just incredible, and not very good at javelin either, so I'm sure we'll see her doing only modeling pretty soon.