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Kim Clijsters and the 10 Most Successful Moms in Sports

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2010

Kim Clijsters and the 10 Most Successful Moms in Sports

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    While it's not Mother's Day, there's no reason we can't pay homage to the Mothers out there that not only raise a child or two but can also juggle dominating their respective sport.

    Take Kim Clijsters for example. A mom and not a bad tennis player either. Come to think of it, she may end up winning back-to-back US Open championships. Not bad looking on her resume and a pretty good story to tell her kids when they're old enough to understand.

    Instead of going through all of them on this introductory slide, how about we get started with 10 of the most successful sports moms.

Dara Torres

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    Dara Torres, mother of one, is one of the most well-known female swimmers in US Olympic history.

    She's the winner of eight gold, five silver, and four bronze medals during her long career in swimming.

Jennie Finch

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    Arguably one of the most popular, if not sexy, female athletes in a long time.

    Not only is she a mother, a model, but the best softball player to come along in some time.

    At the University of Arizona she was a three-time All American and two-time player of the year.

    In 2002, she set an NCAA record after landing her 51st consecutive victory. She finished her college career with 112 victories, good for 12th all time.

Lisa Leslie

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    As a member of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, she's won two WNBA titles.

    She's a three-time WNBA MVP, eight-time WNBA All-Star, and she's the first player ever to dunk in a WNBA game.

Juli Inkster

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    One of the most decorated female golfers of all time. Juli Inkster has won 31 times on the LPGA Tour ranking her second all-time as well as winning three straight junior amateur titles.

    She has seven LPGA Major Championship victories. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000, named LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1984, Female Player of the Year in 1989, ESPY Award for the Best Female Golfer in 2000, and won the LPGA William and Mousie Powell Award in 2004.

Tina Thompson

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    Tina Thompson led the WNBA Houston Comets to four WNBA titles and was an eight-time WNBA All Star.

    She's been a member of the USA Women's basketball team, winning two gold in the olympics and one bronze in the World Championships.

Kim Clijsters

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    Kim Clijsters only needed one single hour to win her third, and her second straight, US Open Championship on Saturday night.

    She has a career record of 454-109 and now has 39 WTA titles. Good for 13th all time.

Kristine Lilly

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    A long time teammate of another famous female soccer player, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly has made her own name in the soccer world.

    Lilly began her international soccer career with Team USA in 1987. BY the time she was done, she broke the all time appearance record of 151 for women's soccer in May 1998 and then broke the men's record of 164 in January 1999.

    She's a two-time World Cup champion, and is the only woman to have participated in five different World Cup Finals.

Mia Hamm

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    Not that she needs an introduction, but Mia Hamm is the most popular US women's soccer player in history.

    She was the face of Team USA for quite some time and she was the very humble, very quiet, star.

    In three summer Olympic appearances, Hamm has won two gold and one silver medal with Team USA.

    She's a four-time NCAA National Champion with the University of North Carolina and two-time FIFA World Cup champion.

Candace Parker

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    Candace Parker was well known before she even hit the WNBA hardwood. She was a star at the University of Tennessee and sought after by just about every WNBA team there was.

    She landed with the Los Angeles Sparks and continues to make a name for herself even there.

    In college she won the Player of the Year award twice, the John Wooden Award twice, as well as the Naismith and Honda-Broderick Cup award once each.

    She also won the WNBA Rookie of the Year and WNBA MVP awards in the same year (2008).

Jenny Potter

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    A very decorated athlete in hockey is Jenny Potter. A four time Olympian with the women's hockey team as well as playing at the University of Minnesota-Deluth, she has amassed a lot of awards and recognition.

    In college, she was the leading scorer in school history and a four-time All-American.

    As a professional, she's appeared in four straight winter Olympics with Team USA winning a gold, two silver, and a bronze medal respectively.

    She's also appeared in seven IIHF World Women's Championships in hockey where she won four silver and three gold medals including back-to-back gold medals in 2008 and 2009.

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