The 50 Hottest Athletes of 2010

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2010

The 50 Hottest Athletes of 2010

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    Well look at that, this year has just flown right by. Now it's already time to take a look back at this year's hottest athletes. 

    But first, be warned that this is not your ordinary hot list.  

    Our rankings will take into consideration other achievements aside from plainly looking nice and sexy (although that definitely helps).

    We're talking about contributions to sports, news and everything that went on during 2010. 

    Here are the 50 hottest athletes of 2010. Enjoy!

50. Clair Bidez—Snowboarding

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    Unlike the other hot women in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that featured winter athletes, Bidez didn’t qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

    Too bad.

    But with a cute face like hers, and that memorable photo shoot it’s hard not to keep her off this list.

    Unlike the other hot women in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that featured winter athletes, Bidez didn’t qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

    Too bad.

    But with a cute face like hers, and that memorable photo shoot it’s hard not to keep her off this list.

49. Madeleine Dupont—Curling

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    This Danish damsel was a part of the Denmark team that competed in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

    Denmark finished fifth this year but for those of us that paid attention, we got to a good look at this 23-year-old hottie.

    Here's another thing about Madeleine, she loves curling so much she's willing to pose topless on a calendar in order to build awareness for the sport.

48. Summer Sanders—Swimmer

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    Reality television revives careers. It really does. 

    This former gold medal-winning swimmer starred on Celebrity Apprentice this year and looking good while working for the Donald.

47. Kim Glass—Volleyball

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    Her volleyball skills first took nationwide notice after helping Team USA win a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics.

    But her name was thrown around as possible romantic interest of Orlando Magic big man Dwight Howard this year. 

    Well, if it's true, Dwight, you are a lucky man.

46. Kimiko Zakreski—Snowboarder

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    This beauty first endeared herself to young fans in the MTV reality show Summer Sessions. 

    But she quickly proved she also had moves on the snow, making the Canadian snowboarding team and competing in the 2010 Vancouver Games. 

45. Melissa Hollingsworth—Skeleton

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    Despite not winning any medals during the 2010 Winter Olympics competing in the skeleton event, Hollingsworth’s popularity grew because her beauty. 

44. Tyrah Lusby—Lingerie Football League

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    You are looking at the co-MVP of this year's All-Fantasy Game. 

    Lusby plays for the Phildelphia Passion and has a knack for returning kicks for touchdowns and running through defenders like she did en route to winning the co-MVP award of the game.

43. Anonka Dixon—Lingerie Football League

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    The game's other MVP was Miami's Anonka Dixon, No. 12.

    During the game she caught for a touchdown and also picked off a pass on defense and returned it for a score.

    Impressive.

42. Lacy Schnoor—Freestyle Skier

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    This was the year of the sexy Winter Olympian and Lacy was certainly one of them. 

    As a freestyle skier she placed ninth in the Women’s Aerials. It was her Olympic debut. 

41. Claudia Toth—Curling

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    There's no disputing it, this Toth is hot.

    She gets points for looking good and being on the German curling team in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Oh ya, she also did that whole nude calendar thing to promote curling.

40. Daniela Hantuchova—Tennis

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    Don't we all love seeing photos of Daniela from her 2009 Sports Illustrated photo shoot?

    She's just one of dozens of female hotties out there.

    Here biggest highlight this year was making it to the fourth round of Wimbledon. For that reason, she's only going to be on the bottom part of this list.

39. Anni Freisinger—Speed Skater

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    They call her Super Sexy Anni in her native Germany and you can probably see why.

    In this year's Olympics, although Anni didn't medal in any individual events, she's most remembered for falling back in the team pursuit semifinal against the United States and sliding on her belly to the finish line, allowing Germany to make it to the finals.

38. Morgan Pressel—Golf

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    This 22-year-old blonde beauty ranks just outside the Top 10 of this year’s money list. 

    But she doesn’t have any tournament wins to rave about this year. That shouldn’t be a problem, however, since sheer cuteness gets her a spot on this list.

37. Maria Kanellis—Wrestler

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    This wrestler and former beauty queen was released from her WWE contract this year. But she also starred as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice

    This was also the year released a her own album called Seven Sins.

36. Elena Dementieva—Tennis

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    Sadly, this will be the year we will all remembered as the year we lost another tennis hottie to retirement.

    Dementieva announced that she would leave the game on October 29, 2010.

35. Candace Parker—Basketball

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    Not only does she look sexy, she can also ball it up.

    Parker was this season's go-to gal for the Los Angeles Sparks, where she led the team in scoring and rebounding.

    Who knows what would have happened if she didn't dislocate her shoulder after 10 games. She was on quite a tear, averaging 20.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

    She also gets extra points for being married to the NBA's Sheldon Williams.

34. Ashley Force—Funny Car Racer

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    What did this funny car racer do this year?

    She beat her own dad, John Force, for the Funny Car title at the US Nationals in September. 

33. Dallas Friday—Wakeboarding

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    It’s already been 10 years since Dallas turned pro as a 14-year-old. Since then she’s matured into a beautiful young woman.

    After a strong start to the season, Friday suffered a season-ending wakeboarding injury that will keep her out for a while. 

32. Victoria Azarenka—Tennis

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    This 21-year-old Russian is still on the rise and in 2010 reached the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in her career.

31. Gretchen Bleiler—Snowboarding

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    After coming away with a silver medal in the 2006 Turin Olympic Games, the beautiful Bleiler was expected to do some serious damage in the women's snowboarding halfpipe competition in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

    But she went down on each of her runs and fell out of contention, finishing 11th.

    She did, however, grab a gold medal in this year's 2010 X-Games.

30. Paula Creamer—Golf

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    Miss Creamer won the U.S. Women’s Open this year by four strokes; it was her the first ever major championship win of her career.

    There’s no question we’ll be seeing and hearing more about this 24-year-old golfer in the future.

29. Natalie Gulbis—Golf

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    Gulbis had somewhat of a slow year professionally as she only competed in nine LPGA Tour tournaments. 

    This former contestant on Celebrity Apprentice had made quite a few celebrity appearances in 2010 but has had to pull out of of this year's LPGA Tour Championship and the Women's British Open because of a bad back.

28. Gina Carano—MMA, Muay Thai

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    She's hot and she can hurt you.

    Gina didn't do much fighting this year, because she was busy shooting for a major motion picture.

    The movie is by Steven Soderbergh and was first called Knockout—sounds like a total made-for-Gina movie. But the movie's title was later changed to Haywire, which sounds more like another American Gladiator.

    So give her a pass for doing little actual sporty work this year; she's still definitely an all-time hottie. One thing's for sure, we know we'll definitely see more of her as Haywire is due for release in 2011.

27. Diana Taurasi—Basketball

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    Diana wasn't thought much of a sex symbol until she posed for ESPN's Body Issue. Then viola, she crept up on everyone's hot list.

    This 2009 WNBA MVP's hotness stock definitely does get a boost with this picture.

26. Maya Moore—Basketball

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    This cutie sure can ball!

25. Amanda Beard—Swimming

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    We thought that this Olympic hottie was officially retired. 

    But wait. She’s back!

    This was the year that she made a comeback. She competed at the 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships. 

    Welcome back, Amanda. Glad to have you on this list. 

24. Tanith Belbin—Ice Dancer

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    There will be no more Belbin skating competitively. She announced her retirement after placing fourth in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    At least we still check her out as a color commentator on Skating with the Stars.

23. Michelle Wie—Golf

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    This young golfing sensation continues flourish; this year she ranks in the Top 10 in money list rankings and has won the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

22. Kiira Korpii—Figure Skating

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    She may be the No. 8 ranked figure skater the by the ISU but is clearly one of the hottest.

    This year she placed first in the Trophée Eric Bompard competition as well as first in the Nebelhorn Trophy competition.

21. Ana Ivanovic—Tennis

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    Ivanovic hasn’t exactly been on a tear since becoming the world’s No. 1-ranked tennis player.

    But this Serbian beauty still doubles as a hot athlete and a hot WAG. This was the year Ivanovic went back on the market when she reportedly broke up with Australian golfer Adam Scott in August. 

20. Maria Kirilenko—Tennis

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    Beautiful? Yes. Talented? Yes.

    This year, Kirilenko has played some of the best tennis of her career, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the third round of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

19. Cheryl Barnard—Curling

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    She may be 44 years old, but the sex appeal is still there. 

    This sexy Canadian gets love on this list for being a hot Cougar with a silver medal in this year's Olympic games.

18. Serena Williams—Tennis

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    How can we not give Serena any love? She’s busty and curvaceous. 

    And this year she won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

17. Kim Clijsters—Tennis

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    She gets props for being a mom and still being able to win the U.S. Open. A year after winning the Open after taking time off to give birth to her child, Clijsters proved she could do it again. 

    And while she was at it, she also won the WTA Tour Championships.

16. Kim Yu-Na—Ice Skating

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    Meet the No. 1-ranked ice skater by the ISU. She’s petite, pretty and a gold medal winner. And she’s only 20 years old.

15. Hannah Teter—Snowboarding

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    Like Lindsey “Super Sexy” Vonn, Teter also was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

    There she impressed us with her hot body, but on the slopes she won herself a silver medal in halfpipe during the 2010 Winter Games.

14. Julia Mancuso—Ski Racer

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    Mancuso spent the the 2010 Winter Olympics winning a pair or silver medals: one for downhill and another for combined skiing.

    It was a great encore to her gold medal in giant slalom for 2006.

    And that lingerie shot looks great. She can do no wrong.

13. Esther Vergeer—Wheelchair Tennis

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    Vergeer won three Grand Slam tournaments this year: the French Open, US Open and the WTA Championships. She’s also the No. 1-ranked wheelchair player in the word.

    She’s become one of the most dominant players the game has ever seen. 

12. Sue Bird—Basketball

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    Hot chicks look great in basketball jerseys; they even look hotter when they can actually beat you at HORSE.

    This year, Sue and the Seattle Storm won the 2010 WNBA championship; she was also one of the key members of this year's U.S. team that won gold in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

11. Ashleigh McIvor—Freestyle Skier

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    During this year's Vancouver games, Ashley won the first ever gold medal in women's ski cross. 

    That will put her in the history books. 

    But she's also on this list for looking hot.

10. Alex Morgan—Soccer

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    You are looking at one of the best college soccer players in the country. And also one of the best-kept secrets in terms of beauty among athletes.

    Not only is she hot, she's among the leaders in goals per game.  

    Cal has Allison Stokke, but they also have Alex Morgan, who has been a much bigger star than Stokke this year.

9. Therese Johaug—Cross Country Skier

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    She won a gold medal in the 4 x 5 km relay during the 2010 Vancouver Games.  

    Not bad for a 22-year-old cutie from Norway.

8. Lauren Jackson—Basketball

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    This Australian sensation is a three-time WNBA MVP; her most recent MVP award came this season when she along with Sue Bird helped lead the Seattle Storm to the WNBA championship.

    Plus, she likes to pose in pictures with her top off.

7. Danica Patrick—NASCAR

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    Ah yes, Danica. How can we not mention her on this list.

    Her best races this year were at Texas and Homestead-Miami, where she finished in second place. It would be the first time in three years that she stood on the podium in multiple races.

    This year, Danica also made her telvision debut as a guest actress on CSI: New York.

6. Caroline Wozniacki—Tennis

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    This year, this Polish-born cutie with a pretty Girl Next Door face became the No. 1-ranked tennis player in the world. 

    That’s definitely worthy of getting high marks on this list.

5. Anastasia Ashley—Surfing

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    Most of us loyal sports hottie followers already knew about how sexy Anastasia was—after all, she’s a surfer and wearing hot bikinis is a prerequisite to the profession.

    But she’s turned in quite the sensation now that she’s been featured on MTV’s World of Jenks.

4. Jennie Finch—Softball

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    What’s a hot athlete list without this softball legend?

    This may have been the year she retired from the sport. But she went out with a bang. 

    Finch threw a perfect game another perfect game on July 9, 2010, against the Akron Racers—less than two weeks later she announced her retirement.

3. Lindsey Vonn—Ski Racer

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    Who can forget the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition photos that Lindsey took this year? Ya, exactly—too many people fell in love.

    On the slopes she has also excelled: Vonn won a gold medal in downhill skiing and a bronze in the Super-G during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

2. Roberta Mancino—Skydiving

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    According to a poll by Men's Fitness magazine this 30-year-old Italian goddess is the sexiest woman in all of sports.

    What does she like to do? 

    Take her clothes off. And skydive naked.

    She's a pro at it.

1. Maria Sharapova—Tennis

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    Every year is always a big year for Sharapova; people can’t stop talking about her. 

    This year she was once again named as the world’s highest-paid female athlete by Forbes magazine: Her earnings are estimated to be $24.5 million. 

    This was also the year she went off the market, announcing her engagement to Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic.