Top 100 Steamiest Sex Symbols in Sports History
Over the years there have been many sex symbols who have been associated with sports. They have been the athletes themselves, wives, reporters or even fans.
Some of these women have boldly bared it all on the pages of men's magazines, while others have simply maintained their appeal by refusing to appear in the nude.
Who has been in Playboy and who hasn't? You'll find out soon enough.
Here are the 100 hottest female sex symbols in sports.
Honorable Mention: Carmen Schaefer, Curling
Yes, curling is a sport and Schaefer is good at it.
She's quite intense and focused.
You should see her during a match when her tongue ring starts getting exposed.
100. Jamie Sale, Pair Skater
She won a gold medal with her husband as a pair skating in the 2002 Olympics.
During the early 2000s, Jamie was one of the hottest women on ice.
The couple no longer competes, but takes part in ice skating shows.
99. Manon Rheaume, Hockey
Back in 1992, Rheaume, a goaltender, became the first and only female player to appear in an NHL game. She played in two exhibition games for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What was even more impressive about her professional debut was the fact that many fans found her to be quite attractive and sexy.
In fact, she turned down some overtures to pose in Playboy and Penthouse early in her career.
98. Mia St. John, Boxing
As a boxer she has compiled a record of 45-10-2 with 18 KOs, and is known by the nickname "The Knockout."
St. John also has a background in Tae Kwon Do.
But don't be intimidated, she's not all tough. In 1999, St. John showed her softer, more feminine side by posing for Playboy.
97. Haley Cope, Swimming
As a swimmer at UC Berkeley, Cope won Pac-10 Conference Swimmer of the Year honors.
She went on to win a silver medal in the 2004 Olmypics.
Hope is also known for posing the September 2004 edition of Playboy.
96. Katharina Scholz, Field Hockey
She once told media that being in Playboy was a "good opportunity" and that she would look back at the experience a few years later and "be proud of it."
So find yourself the September 2008 German edition of the magazine and help make her proud.
95. Petra Niemann, Canoeist
She is a canoeist and a three-time Olmypian.
So what else is there to do after being in the Olympics multiple times?
Pose in the nude of course. With three other countrywomen, she posed int the buff for Playboy.
94. Romy Tarangul, Judo
Along with three other German athletes, Tarangul posed for the German version of Playboy in 2008.
Playboy released four different covers that month—one for each woman.
Tarangul was eliminated early at the Beijing Olympics.
93. Amy Acuff, Track and Field
She's a long, lean, high-jumping machine.
With long legs that support a 6'2" frame, it's no wonder that high-jumping is the specialty of this two-time Olympian.
92. Hope Solo, Soccer
Aside from looking good in a soccer jersey, Solo is also pretty well-versed in stopping balls as a goalkeeper.
Her biggest career highlight thus far has been a 1-0 shutout against Brazil, which allowed the United States to win the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics.
91. Trish Stratus, WWE
She holds the all-time record for the most WWE championship wins with seven.
Unlike some other WWE Divas who have appeared on the pages of Playboy, Stratus refused to to pose naked and insists that she be remembered solely for her wrestling achievements—not for her body.
What a strong stand.
90. Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating
Kwan is known as one of most widely recognized figure skaters of all time.
However, an Olympic gold medal is the only thing that has eluded her in her successful career.
Her global popularity can no doubt be attributed to her charm and looks.
89. Sophie Horn, Golf
Both a model and a golfer, her desire to improve in the sport of golf is good news to fans.
It's not often models turn to professional golfing as a career move.
Word is, Horn is trying to improve her 6-handicap.
88. Maria Kanellis, WWE
She formerly spent time as a wrestler for the WWE and made several appearance on television and reality shows.
Whatever she does, Maria seems to find herself in front of the camera. Like in April 2008, when she posed for the cover of Playboy.
Now as a retired athlete, Maria is trying to pursue a singing career with the release of her new album Sevin Sins.
87. Alizee Paradis, Tennis
As a senior at the University of Cincinnati, she became the No. 1 tennis player and team captain.
But Alizee is more known for her naughty behavior away from the tennis court.
The Internet is strewn with hot and dirty pictures of this French-Canadian beauty.
86. Jennifer Tilly, Poker
You probably remember her for her high voice on several movies and even animated shows.
But she's also well endowed.
Just imagine how difficult it would be to play poker against her—when concentration is key.
85. Rita Dravucz, Water Polo
She has been a part of the Hungarian national team since she was 17 years old.
This 30-year-old hottie looks great and can also play water polo well. During the 2004 Athens Olympics, she was second on the team in goals scored with seven.
Oh yeah, she's also pursuing a modeling career. Think she has potential?
84. Jeanette Lee, Pool
Lee earned herself the nickname "Black Widow" for her preference for black outfits—not for knocking out her male opponents. Of course, she's pretty capable of doing that as well.
During the '90s she rose to become the No. 1 female pool player in the world.
83. Sania Mirza, Tennis
This tennis star is one of the hottest female athletes to come out of India.
With her charm and sex appeal drawing your attention, it's hard to click over to the next slide.
Don't worry, you can always click back.
82. Claudia Toth, Curling
Claudia is another cutie that has come out of the curling circuit.
It's been rumored that Toth turned down a chance to appear in Germany's Playboy. She instead posed nude for a calendar to promote curling.
81. Sara Galimberti, Track
She's an 18-year-old track star and a beauty queen, Ms. Lombardi.
To many Italians, she is their answer to the United States' Allison Stokke.
With both beauty and athleticism, she'll likely be on her way to stardom in her native country.
80. Jessica Gysin, Volleyball
She captured attention as a volleyball player for the USC Trojans.
Not too sure if it was because she was good. Or, if she just looked good in a bikini.
79. Fatima Moreira De Melo, Field Hockey
This Dutch hottie was on the field hockey team that beat China at the Beijing Olympics for a gold medal.
She also has a law degree, and is a singer and television personality.
Talk about a woman who can do it all.
78. Guo JingJing, Diving
She is one of the most popular athletes in China and is the most decorated female Olympian diver in the nation's history.
And she's sexy.
77. Torrie Wilson, WWE
For eight years, Wilson was a wrestler for WWE and WCW.
During that time, her success and popularity got her photo shoots with FHM and Playboy.
FHM even ranked her as one of the 100 sexiest women in the world—obviously this list agrees.
76. Dai Fei Fei, Rhythmic Gymnastics
As a gymnast, she's capable of contorting her body into many different ways an average person just cannot.
You can just use your imagination.
75. Maryse Oullet, WWE
She's French-Canadian, she was in Playboy and she is a wrestler for the WWE.
That means she's a good-looking gal that can hurt you.
Now, don't you want a proper introduction?
74. Anna Paula Oliveira, Referee
Most referees get on players' nerves.
Oliveira is the kind of referee's assistant that players dream about.
She's got to be the hottest official around.
As an advocate for women's rights, she posed for Playboy and got into a little bit of trouble in the process.
73. Ana Paula Mancino, Volleyball
Ms. Mancino is a Brazilian-born volleyball player that has aspirations of being a model.
As a result, she's done a nudie calendar spread to jumpstart her career.
What do think? Good move?
72. Karina Petroni, Surfing
Petroni's website bio says that she has been surfing since she was two and competing since she was nine.
No wonder her abs look great, she has been working them out practically since birth.
71. Gabrielle Reece, Volleyball
Gabby is one of the most popular volleyball players around.
Athletic and attractive, she's gone on to have a successful career as a player and has even been able to get work as a model and actress.
She posed for the January 2001 edition of Playboy.
70. Lokelani McMichael, Triathlete
Born in Hawaii, Lokelani is a serious surfer and triathlete.
She's in the Guinness World Book of Records for being the youngest female to finish the Hawaii Ironman.
69. Ashley Harkleroad, Tennis
She owns the distinction of being the only WTA player to pose nude in Playboy.
With so many notable beauties in professional tennis, it's a surprise to learn that only Harkleroad has graced the pages of the men's magazine.
After being somewhat inactive from tennis, Harkleroad is now trying to find a balance between being a parent and resuming her tennis career.
68. Victoria Pendleton, Track Cyclist
As a world champion track cyclist, it's not often you get to see Victoria without her helmet, glasses and outfit.
She sure looks a lot better with a dress on.
67. Elizabeth Hatch, Cyclist
Liz, although she looks good in that t-shirt, looks even better in her cycling outfit.
Check it out here
Gotta love a girl that looks hot in tight clothing.
66. Amy Mahinalani DeGroot, Volleyball
As a college volleyball player at the University of San Diego, DeGroot has gained notice as one of the hottest college athletes in San Diego.
She may not be getting the same kind of buzz as Allison Stokke, but DeGroot's definitely still someone worth talking about.
65. Maria Verchenova, Golf
Most Russian hotties are known for tennis—not swinging golf clubs.
But hey, I'm not complaining.
64. Alina Kabaeva, Gymnastics
As a rhythmic gymnast, she became one of the most successful athletes in Russian history.
She has since found her way into Russian politics, and in 2008 a rumor surfaced that she would get married to Vladimir Putin—a rumor which both Kabaeva and Putin denied.
63. Lauren Jackson, Basketball
This Aussie stands at 6'5" and is quite the basketball player.
She's also not afraid to show off her body, appearing nude in an Australian magazine and also posing for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
62. Shannon James, Fan
She is a Pennsylvanian that roots for her Phillies.
She's a Playboy model and Hooters billboard model with love for her hometown team.
That's not fair. Unless you're a Phillies fan, wouldn't you want her to root for your favorite baseball team?
61. Venus Williams, Tennis
Venus has found herself dealing with controversy regarding revealing outfits during tennis games.
At least there's nothing wrong with an old-fashioned bikini.
60. Angela Sun, Sports Broadcaster
She may not be an athlete but she knows her sports.
Angela hosts a five-minute program called Yahoo! Sports Minute. Her segment reportedly gets 2 million views each weekend.
There's nothing hotter than a girl that can talk sports.
59. Jennifer Barretta, Pool
Barretta is definitely one of the hottest women to hold a pool cue.
Here's an idea the pool people need to employ: Bikini Billiards.
Why not—there's a lingerie football league.
58. Serena Williams, Tennis
For your viewing pleasure, Serena Williams.
Like her or not, she's definitely a sex symbol.
She's got a powerful tennis game with her own unique style and considerable assets.
57. Melanie Adams, Pole Vaulting
An Olympics appearance and a possible shot at competing in the Miss Universe pageant?
That's what they're saying about this 20-year-old Australian athlete.
Can't wait to see her pull that off.
56. Kiira Korpi, Figure Skater
UPDATE: It's come to our attention that the photo we had of Kiira before was not actually her.
Our apologies to Ms. Korpi, as she's beautiful enough that she can keep her shirt on and still easily make our list.
55. Nicole Reinhard, Kayaker
When you ride a kayak in the Olympics, it must be hard to get noticed.
No wonder she posed for the German edition of Playboy.
After that, everyone probably tuned in to watch her row.
54. Stacy Kamano, Sports Host
Ah, yes. Stacy from Baywatch.
It was a good decision to add her to the cast in 1999.
How is she associated with sports, you ask?
She's been the host of a television show called Extreme Sports and Hotlines.
53. Michelle McCool, WWE
By the look of this girl, she doesn't look like she can harm a fly.
But I guess she can. McCool is a teacher -urned-pro wrestler, capable of making you hurt.
52. Allyson Felix, Track and Field
She is a world champion and Olympic medal-winning track star.
With speed and looks, she's destined to go places.
51. Ashley Force, Drag Car Racing
Hard to imagine that the high school cheerleader would grow up to become a drag racer.
But her line of work runs in the family: Her father is John Force, a 14-time NHRA funny car race division champion.
50. Missy Gibson, Surfer
Otherwise known as Mysterious Missy. She always seems to find her way on sexy and all-time lists.
With a face like that and a body that's been known to ride a few waves, how can she not draw attention?
49. Dallas Friday, Wakeboarding
At 24, she is already one of the most successful wakeboarders around.
She's already got plenty of pro tour wins and X Games medals.
It's amazing when you consider that she started her wakeboarding career at 13.
48. Jennie Finch, Softball
Known for throwing a softball, Finch passes off well in her swimsuit.
But Jennie is done on the softball mound, as she's decided to focus on family and retire.
47. Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarder
Bleiler supposedly discovered her love for snowboarding at 11 years old.
How old were you when you developed your love for her?
46. Daniela Hantuchova, Tennis
This Slovakian tennis player currently sits ranked at No. 29 in the world.
Earlier in her career, there were rumors that she was anorexic.
She looks fine to me.
45. Jillian Barberie, Sportscaster
If you're a football fan, you know Barberie as the woman that gives you weather updates on Fox NFL Sunday.
With her sexy voice and good looks, it's a joy to watch her on television.
44. Heather Mitts, Soccer
Not only is she an soccer player, she's also a WAG.
Mitts is married to NFL quarterback A.J. Feeley.
She was also named one of ESPN's Hottest Female Athletes of 2004.
43. Jenn Sterger, Gameday Host
She first gained fame as a hot Florida State fan rooting from the stands of a nationally televised college football game.
Since then she has found a job with the New York Jets as a "Gameday Host."
And then there was that little sext-messaging scandal involving Brett Favre.
42. Miwa Asao, Beach Volleyball
Asao has gained nationwide celebrity in her native Japan for being very good at her sport, and looking good while playing it.
Because of Asao, beach volleyball has gained more popularity in the country.
The good news here is that there'll be more Miwa Asaos in a few years.
41. Stephanie Rice, Swimming
Rice won three gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Just recently, she lost her sponsorship from Jaguar for using Twitter to make a derogatory remark about a rugby team.
40. Meagan Major, Wakeboarding
She's a top-ranked wakeboarder that also has interest in pursuing a modeling career.
And when you are as hot as her, why shouldn't you try to go for both?
39. Linda Zueblin, Heptathlete
Love her toned body—that's what happens when you compete in heptathlons for a living.
But her tats are even cooler.
Guess what she's got on her backside?
38. Anna Rawson, Golf
At the ripe old age of 16, she broke into a career in modeling. Not golf.
With work in print, billboards and television, she still had time to work on her game and go to college at USC.
37. Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Ski Racer
She won a gold medal in downhill skiing during the 2010 Winter Games.
But prior to the start of the games, she got some negative reaction from people after posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Apparently her downhill pose was too suggestive and offensive to some.
36. Blair O’Neal, Golf
Blair is, in fact, a pro golfer and not a swimsuit model.
Despite appearances, she not only looks good—she can also swing a golf club.
35. Niki Gudex, Mountain Biker
Gudex is another model/athlete hybrid. She is a pro mountain biker and also dabbles with graphic design.
Although it may sound like hot-looking model-and-athlete types are at a surplus, that is not the case.
These women don't grow on trees. Enjoy them while you can.
34. Anna Semenovich, Ice Dancer
This fiery-hot former ice dancer is now working as an actress, model and singer.
The worst thing about her retirement from ice dancing is that we won't be able to see her wearing all those cute outfits anymore.
33. Katarina Witt, Figure Skating
She was a well decorated and very successful figure skater during the 80s.
And in 1998, Witt agreed to pose for Playboy.
That issue became the second-best-selling copy in the magazine's history—the first one being Marilyn Monroe's issue.
What does that say about her sex appeal?
32. Natalie Gulbis, Golf
She's the most successful golfer out of all the sexy golfers on this list.
Not only does she have the talent to succeed at a high level, she also has the looks to attract anyone.
31. Alyssa Milano, Sports Fan
This former Who's the Boss? darling has grown up to be quite the hottie.
She also has a passion for baseball—even dating baseball players—and roots for the Dodgers.
On any given night, she's there at the stadium cheering for the Boys in Blue.
Too bad the baseball season is almost over.
30. Kimiko Zakreski, Snowboarding
There's nothing like a girl that can navigate her way in the snow.
Yes, a girl with plenty of good moves and boarding tricks is hot!
That means Kimiko is sexy hot.
29. Biba Golic, Table Tennis
She's got the looks of a supermodel and the speed and hand-eye coordination of Forrest Gump.
Golic is one of the top players in table tennis.
This Serbian beauty definitely makes anyone want to watch more video of table tennis matches.
28. Stacy Keibler, Wrestling, Cheerleading
First she was a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens.
Then she became a wrestler. And after that she tried dancing.
In all of her endeavors, one thing has remained constant: Those long legs have been great!
27. Amanda Beard, Swimming
She is an Olympic favorite that has appeared in four different Olympics.
Beard also became an instant sex symbol after posing for Playboy in the July 2007 issue.
That launched a modeling career and further opportunities.
26. Gabriela Sabatini, Tennis
This raven-haired beauty was one of the top female tennis players of the '80s and early '90s.
The combination of her game and good looks won her plenty of fans during her career.
She won one Grand Slam event—the U.S. Open in 1990.
25. Tanith Belbin, Ice Dancer
With blonde hair or brown hair, Belbin is stunning.
Definitely one of the hottest ice dancers around.
24. Jenny Fletcher, Triathlon
Is she a model that does triathlons to stay in shape?
Or, is she a triathlete that models because she can?
I guess it doesn't really matter. All you need to know is that she's for real and she's absolutely gorgeous.
23. Eva Longoria, WAG
They say the San Antonio Spurs are getting old.
With Tim Duncan at 34 years old, the window to contend for another NBA title appears to be closing.
But one thing that doesn't get old for the Spurs is having Eva in the crowd.
22. Sasha Cohen, Figure Skater
Cohen was the winner of a silver medal in the 2006 Olympic Games.
Much of her flexibility can be attributed to her early gymnastics experience as a child.
It is that ability to flex, along with her charm, that makes her one of the sexiest athletes around.
21. Erin Andrews, Sports Reporter
Andrews is arguably one of the hottest reporters out there.
Much like Ines Sainz, who has been stealing a lot of attention, Andrews is always a topic of interest for most fans.
I mean, she's hot and she talks sports. No wonder sports fans love hearing about her.
20. Shanelle Lorraine, Pool
Unless you're keeping your eye on the ball, you know exactly why Ms. Lorraine belongs on this list.
19. Victoria Beckham, WAG
She's Posh Spice. And she's married to one the most famous players to come out of the UK.
That's one heck of a power couple.
For some reason, I sometimes wish we'd have the Victoria from her Spice Girls days back instead of this current version.
18. Arianny Celeste, Ring Girl
If you didn't notice, ring girls are hot.
And Arianny is one of the hottest around
Doesn't she make you want to show up to a fight just so you can take a look at her?
17. Allison Stokke, Pole Vaulting
Whether she wanted it or not, Allison became the recipient of a lot of extra attention.
When photos of her in her sexy skin-tight track outfits surfaced on the Internet, the entire Web saw reads and views of her pictures go up like crazy.
Before you knew it, she was an Internet hot topic.
It's hard to blame anyone really—she's just hot. Plain and simple.
16. Maria Kirilenko, Tennis
Maaaa-ri-aaaa. Why is every hot tennis girl named Maria?
Fathers, if you have issues with your daughters being objectified by men, don't name them Maria.
15. Sara Carbonero, Sports Reporter
This poor Spanish reporter was blamed for an early loss in the World Cup for distracting her boyfriend—goaltender Iker Casillas.
Good thing they ultimately won, because we got to see more of Sara.
14. Kristin Cavallari, WAG
Kristin knows what's up.
She has an eye for talent.
That's why she dumped Matt Leinart years ago since she knew he wouldn't have a successful NFL career.
So what does this say about Jay Cutler?
That's he a lucky man. Could Cavallari be the cure for Chicago?
13. Kim Kardashian, WAG
Look at that, Kim K. has a boo-boo on her left knee.
Anyone want to make her feel better?
I hear she's single again.
12. The Feres Twins, Synchronized Swimmers
You're not having double vision.
There really are two of them and they like to do things in sync, especially underwater.
Now don't get any dirty ideas.
11. Cheryl Cole, WAG
Cheryl was the ultimate catch: a popstar, model, actress and perfect woman.
But hubbie Ashley just couldn't help but cheat.
Now they're divorced and she's back on the market. Any takers?
10. Ana Ivanovic, Tennis
Here's Ana, another tennis hottie. Is tennis just a breeding ground for hot athletes?
There must be something about moving laterally and swinging a racket that somehow triggers your hot genes.
9. Maria Sharapova, Tennis
Don't you just love the way that heart on her right hip just holds it all together?
Guys, please don't break Maria's heart.
8. Gemma Atkinson, WAG
She may not be an athlete and she may not be dating an athlete right now.
But she's definitely a sex symbol.
Give her time—she'll find another footballer to mess around with.
7. Adriana Lima, WAG
Otherwise known as Mrs. Marko Jaric.
Last time I checked, Marko wasn't even in the NBA anymore.
Hey, Adriana. It might be time to leave him.
6. Anna Kournikova, Tennis
No else in tennis speaks sex appeal more than Anna.
Though she never met expectations as a tennis player, her presence off the tennis court was felt everywhere because she became a sex symbol. She appeared in commercials, music videos and made the jaws of grown men drop to the ground.
5. Leryn Franco, Javelin
When she's not holding black feather boas, Leryn has been known to throw a javelin or two.
I wouldn't want to make her mad. She probably has deadly aim.
4. Ines Sainz, Sports Reporter
More Ines. She's been the hot topic all month long.
She is hot and her outfits have been form-fitting.
But c'mon Jets. Haven't you already learned from Joe Namath?
3. Gisele Bundchen, WAG
If you were Tom Brady, wouldn't you do whatever this woman told you to do?
Even grow your hair out so long that you start to look like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.
2. Brooklyn Decker, WAG
Andy Roddick, you are a lucky man.
First Mandy Moore and now a supermodel.
I guess after getting her to marry you, it's all downhill from here.
1. Larissa Riquelme, Super Fan
There's no greater sex symbol than a super-hot woman that promised an entire nation she would run through the streets of Paraguay naked if the team won the World Cup or reached the quarterfinals.
Too bad they didn't.
But she's going to do it anyway. Now that's hot and sexy!