Sports' 10 Biggest Power Couples
Celebrity and power couples have crossed over into sports in recent years from the world of entertainment. Paparazzi now chase athletes almost as often as they do entertainers. The whereabouts and doings of these couples are of interest to fans everywhere.
Honorable Mention: Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor
Misty May is half of the greatest female beach volleyball team ever. With partner Kerri Walsh, they teamed up to win gold in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She has 103 career victories, and her career earnings are $1,751,408. May-Treanor appeared on "Dancing with the Stars," but she had to withdraw with an injury.
Matt Treanor is a journeyman catcher who currently plays for the Florida Marlins. He met his superstar wife at a sports therapy clinic in California in November of 2003. They wed the following March and welcomed their first child, a son, in September of 2009.
Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton
Gabrielle Reece is one of the biggest names in the world of athletic modeling. Reece began her modeling career while in college at Florida State. In 1989, Elle magazine named her one of the five most beautiful women.
Laird Hamilton is one of the world's best surfers. Hamilton is also well known as a model. He and Gabrielle have two young daughters, and Laird has a 15-year-old daughter from his first marriage whom he and Gabrielle are raising together.
Honorable Mention: Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle
Jennie Finch is one of the hottest female athletes of the last decade. She played for Mike Candrea as part of the University of Arizona's powerhouse softball program. Finch was also a part of the 2004 Gold Medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and the 2008 Silver Medal team. Finch appeared in the 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and was named the hottest female athlete by ESPN in 2002.
Daigle has spent most of his career in the minor leagues. After a four-year absence, he made it back to The Show this season with Houston. In three seasons with Arizona and Houston (2004, 2006, 2010), Daigle is 2-4 with a 6.62 ERA.
10) Roger and Mirka Federer
Roger and Mirka (Vavrinec) Federer met while competing for Switzerland at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. They later competed together in the 2002 Hopman Cup.
Since being forced to retire from the WTA Tour, Mirka has been Roger's press and public relations manager. On July 23, 2009, the Federers welcomed twins, Myla and Charlene.
9) Heather Mitts and A.J. Feeley
When it comes to sports power couples, A.J. Feeley definitely moved up in the world when he married Heather Mitts.
Feeley is a journeyman quarterback who has played for four teams and started more than six games in a season only once in his career.
Mitts is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and has 100 caps for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. In 2004, ESPN named Mitts the hottest female athlete. She also was a part of the 2005 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
8) Candace Parker and Shelden Williams
Coming out of Duke in 2006, great things were expected from Shelden Williams in the NBA. The Atlanta Hawks made him the fifth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Williams has averaged 4.5 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game during his five-year career.
Only two years removed from college, Candace Parker is already considered one of the greatest women's basketball players ever. In her two WNBA seasons, Parker has posted 16.2 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, 2.2 blocks per game, and 1.0 steals per game.
7) Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti
Although not an athlete, Ashley Judd has had a presence in the sports world before meeting her husband. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Judd is their most prominent fan.
Dario Franchitti grew up in Scotland. He began his racing career on the Formula Nauxhal circuit at the age of 18 in 1991. He started racing CART in 1997, IRL in 2002, and he has also raced in various NASCAR series events.
Franchitti won the Indy Car Series in 2007 and 2009 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2007 and 2010.
6) Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker
Andy Roddick has been the face of American tennis for most of the 21st century. When he won the U.S. Open in 2003 at age 21, many thought he was on his way to becoming tennis' next great superstar. He finished the 2003 season ranked No. 1. A-Rod became the youngest American to finish a season on top.
He has made only four more Grand Slam final appearances since, losing each time to Roger Federer.
He helped the United States to the 2007 Davis Cup, their first in 12 years. Roddick holds the fastest recorded serve ever at 155 mph during the 2004 Davis Cup.
Decker and Roddick were first spotted together when Decker was seen in the crowd supporting A-Rod at the 2007 Davis Cup. They were married on April 17, 2009 in Austin, TX. Decker was the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl for 2010.
5) Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm
Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra were married in a private ceremony on November 22, 2003 in front of 300 guests. The marriage is Hamm's second and Garciaparra's first. They welcomed twin girls, Ava and Grace, on March 27, 2007.
Hamm's 258 caps are the most in American history, and her 158 international goals are the most by any player, male or female.
Garciaparra was a great player in his own right. He won back-to-back American League batting titles in 1999 and 2000 after finishing second in the AL MVP voting in 1997. Nomar finished his career with six All-Star Game appearances.
4) Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
The moment they connected, Graf and Agassi became tennis' royal couple. They met for the second time at the 1999 French Open Champions ball. They started dating shortly after that. Agassi and Graf married on October 22, 2001 with only their mothers as witnesses. Their son Jaden was born four days later. They have an amazing 30 combined Grand Slam wins.
The Agassis are amazingly philanthropic. Agassi has built schools in his native Las Vegas and Graf has a foundation for children that have suffered from war or other traumatic events.
3) Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen
Tom Brady definitely has an eye for the ladies. After conceiving a son with actress Bridget Moynahan, Brady left her for supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Bundchen is originally from Brazil and worth $70 million herself.
Brady is a true American success story. He wasn't a highly ranked recruit when he arrived at the University of Michigan. After sitting on the bench his first two seasons behind Brian Griese, Brady started his final two seasons in Ann Arbor.
In the NFL, Brady had to prove himself again. He became the starter in 2001 after an injury to starter Drew Bledsoe and led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl win.
Brady and Bundchen married in February of 2009 and had their first child together, a son, in December of the same year.
2) Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones Gretzky
Simply "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky transcends hockey. He is the greatest player in the history of the NHL and one of the best athletes in all of sports. Gretzky holds 61 National Hockey League records and won four Stanley Cups as a member of the great Edmonton Oiler teams of the 1980s.
He was so good that he entered the Hockey Hall of Fame immediately after his career ended. The five-year waiting period was waived for him.
As a coach, Gretzky hasn't been able to extend his greatness. His winning percentage is only 47.3.
Janet Jones was a successful actress during the 1980s. She was most well known for her part in "The Flamingo Kid." Janet Jones and Wayne Gretzky married in Edmonton, Alberta on July 17, 1988.
They were implicated in a gambling ring that involved former Phoenix Coyotes assistant Rick Tocchet. The ring involved betting on Super Bowl XL. Ultimately, the Gretzkys were never proven to be guilty of anything.
1) Victoria and David Beckham
Although David Beckham is the only professional athlete in the family, it's hard to argue with Becks and Posh's combined influence on the sports world.
David Beckham began his professional soccer career with Manchester United in 1993. Over the next 11 years, Beckham would score 62 goals in 265 games. In 2003, he moved on to Real Madrid and scored 13 goals in 116 games over a five-year span. In 115 caps with the British National Team, he scored 17 goals.
Beckham's 59 caps as England's captain ranks fourth all time, just six away from third place. In 2006, he became just the 21st player ever to score in three different World Cups.
In 2007, he brought his game to the United States to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has scored seven goals in 41 games for L.A.
Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham met her husband in 1997 at a charity football match. Her husband requested her number and they eventually married in 1999. She is not the traditional half of the couple on this list. Victoria Beckham was known as Posh as part of the '90s UK Super Group the Spice Girls.
Together the couple is worth 125 million pounds.