Jenn Sterger, Elin Nordgren and Erin Andrews Are 2010's Most Controversial Women
With two weeks left in the 2010 sports year, there has been no shortage of headline-making events that have not only rocked the sports world but have also had a profound effect on those involved.
Incidents ranging from the high-profile divorce of Tiger Woods to the imminent divorce of San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker and Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria made for interesting plot lines. 2010 even saw the longtime marriage of Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre and wife Deanna rocked by allegations of sexual harassment brought on by New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.
2010 may be both the most bizarre and drama-filled year on and off the field in recent memory.
This slide show will feature the top 20 most beautiful and controversial women of 2010, and they come from all walks of life such as sideline reporters, actresses, beauty pageant contestants, serial WAGs and even female athletes themselves.
Now let's take a look at the Top 20 Most Controversial Women in Sports for 2010.
20. U.S. Olympic Snowboarder Hannah Teter
The last woman featured in this slideshow, U.S. snowboarder Hannah Teter proved that the best way to shut up the media is to not only pose in a men's magazine, but also empower women everywhere by showing off her assets.
Backstory: Teter may have said it best when responding to the media backlash over the Sports Illustrated photos with herself, Lindsay Vonn, Clair Bidez and skier Lacy Schnoor.
Teter stated, "I don't believe in the criminalization of bodies and women having to be ashamed of their bodies. That's just so wrong."
Body of Work: Teter would go on to further silence the critics by winning a silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics half-pipe event in snowboarding for the United States as red-blooded men all around the world would loudly rejoice.
Nice way to apply some maple syrup to some bitter haters, eh?
19. The Future Missus Ochocinco, Evelyn Lozada
The soon-to-be Mrs. Chad Ochocinco, former star of Basketball Wives, Evelyn Lozada is a beautiful WAG all her own.
Backstory: The Bronx-born Lozada is of Puerto Rican ancestry. She is the ex-fiancée of basketball star Antoine Walker. She co-owns an upscale shoe boutique in Coral Gables, Florida, called Dulce.
Body of Work: Ochocinco and Lozada have been dating since late 2009 and became engaged around Thanksgiving 2010. There are also Internet reports of nude photos and a future baby Ochocinco on the way.
18. Social Networker Rooney Mara
Although she is not a WAG, married to a famous athlete, or is even an athlete herself, up-and-coming actress Rooney Mara makes the list based on her name alone.
If you are a sports fan then you can take a guess that she is the progeny of two of the most successful and cornerstone franchises in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.
Backstory: She is the daughter of Timothy Christopher Mara, the vice president of player evaluation for the New York Giants, and is the great-granddaughter of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. and New York Giants founder Tim Mara.
Her paternal grandfather, Wellington Mara, was the longtime co-owner of the Giants, succeeded by her uncle, John Mara. She is also the grand-niece of Daniel Rooney, chairman of the Steelers, the United States Ambassador to Ireland.
Body of Work: The 25-year-old actress was featured in the David Fincher movie, The Social Network, and just recently landed the highly coveted role of Lisbeth Salander, the title character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of three Sony Pictures films based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy book series staring Daniel Craig.
17. Upstaged Bride La La Vasquez
It is often considered both a bad omen and very rude to upstage a bride at her own wedding, and yet that is what Miami Heat forward LeBron James did when he was at the summer 2010 wedding of La La Vasquez and Denver Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony.
Backstory: Outside of the church, a small crowd booed James, who was in attendance along with fellow athletes and celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Ciara, Trina, Chris Paul, Amar'e Stoudemire, Serena Williams, Kenyon Martin, Hakim Warrick, Jim Boeheim, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland and Spike Lee.
Talk about having your wedding crashed.
Body of Work: La La also has appeared on the reality show Basketball Wives.
16. Driver Danica Patrick
After a highly anticipated debut in NASCAR stock car racing this past year, Danica Patrick is quickly becoming more known for her good looks and magazine poses than her actual wins.
Backstory: In 2010, Patrick began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala for JR Motorsports part-time.
During Patrick's drive at the 2010 Indianapolis 500, she would become more remembered for blaming her own team for her poor qualifying results. Her comments were that the car was "absolutlely awful" and that it was not her fault.
The crowd in attendance would go on to boo her loudly during driving intros, and despite starting in 23rd position, she would finish in 6th.
Body of Work: Patrick finished 10th in championship points for the season.
15. Future Soccer Mom Bianca Kajlich
Most Americans don't really care much for soccer, let alone the World Cup. During the United States' latest run in the tournament, all the attention was focused on Team USA captain and striker Landon Donovan. Not many people know that he was also going through a divorce.
Backstory: Donovan and Slovakian beauty Bianca Kajlich were finalizing the remnants of a highly publicized divorce during the World Cup and, while there was talk of possible reconciliation, the couple officially separated in early 2009.
Body of Work: For Donovan, his divorce from Kajlich helped him develop and mature during the World Cup in 2010 and for Kajlich, it help her acting prospects as she can currently be seen in the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement.
14. Fallen Beauty Queen Carrie Prejean
A former beauty queen stripped of her title and scorned relentlessly by prominent blogger Perez Hilton, former Miss California Carrie Prejean had a rough 2009.
Backstory: As many now know, she was stripped of her Miss USA crown after answering a question from gay blogger Perez Hilton about her thoughts on same-sex marriage.
Not only was her crown taken from her, but it was also discovered that she owed $5,200 for breast implants and was rumored to have a sex tape.
Prejean would go on to settle the case against K2 Productions, producers of the Miss USA Pageant, for an undisclosed amount of money.
Body of Work: In February 2010, Prejean became engaged to NFL quarterback Kyle Boller. Prejean and Boller married on July 2, 2010, in San Diego, CA.
On November 11, 2010, they announced that they were expecting a child in May 2011.
13. Tennis Player Serena Williams
Widely regarded as one of the best female tennis players of this generation, Serena Williams is also without question one of the fiercest.
Backstory: Despite having a shortened year due to a foot injury, Williams won both the Austrialian Open and Wimbledon. Williams reportedly stepped on broken glass while in a restaurant.
Williams received 18 stitches, and the following day she lost an exhibition match to Kim Clijsters 6–3, 6–2 in Brussels before a world-record crowd for a tennis match, 35,681, at the King Baudouin Stadium.
Body of Work: The cut foot turned out to be a serious injury, requiring surgery and causing her to miss all the summer tournaments she had entered, including the U.S. Open.
Tough year for Serena, indeed.
12. Promising Fashion Designer? Venus Williams
One would only hope for a more classy and, ahem, better product in motion than what Venus Williams wore at Roland Garros in 2010.
Backstory: The tennis great and aspiring fashion designer wore perhaps the most hideous and controversial outfit in all of sports during a actual live tennis match.
Body of Work: For all of Venus Williams' accomplishments on the court, let's just hope that she doesn't quit her day job anytime soon.
11. Serial WAG Kim Kardashian
Sex tape with ex-boyfriend? Check. Dating high-profile athletes? Check. One of the faces of a three-headed media conglomerate ranging from fragrances, fashion and even credit cards? Check.
Backstory: Kim, 30, has been in the spotlight since making the now-famous sex tape with former boyfriend, Ray J, and has since had relationships with the likes of Reggie Bush and Miles Austin, and is currently dating New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries.
The daughter of the late O.J. Simpson defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Kim is an American celebutante, socialite, television personality, producer, actress and model.
Whether you like the Kardashians or not, you cannot help but envy and admire their growing media influence and range.
Body of Work: She stars in her own E! reality series, which she shares with her family, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She has guest-starred on numerous shows such as Law and Order and competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She also had roles in movies such as Disaster Movie and Deep in the Valley.
Some may call her a modern-day succubus, others will call her a serial WAG groupie, but you can also call her a up-and-coming mogul as keeping up with Kim in 2010 was not easy to do.
10. Gossip Girl, Candice Crawford
Somewhere, Sophie Bush, Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood are raising a glass together to thank the former Miss Missouri for getting the Tony Romo gorilla off of their backs.
Backstory: Multiple media outlets are reporting that the love-crazed Dallas Cowboys quarterback is now officially off the market with news of his engagement to 24-year-old Candace Crawford.
Maybe now Romo can simply concentrate on getting back on the field and helping Dallas get to the Super Bowl in 2011 in Indy.
Body of Work: A former beauty pageant contestant in her native Texas, see represented the state of Missouri in the 2008 Miss USA pageant.
Crawford is also the younger sister of Gossip Girl actor Chase Crawford, who plays Nate Archibald.
9. Lange Girl, US Olympic Skier, Julie Mancuso
Julie Mancuso or Lindsay Vonn?
If you were a fan of the U.S. womens skiing team, that was the question a lot of men were asking as they enjoyed watching the fast and openly lingerie-wearing skier.
Backstory: The 26-year-old, Reno, Nevada, native was given a plastic tiara as a good luck charm for a competition and has since parlayed that into a lingerie line called, "Kiss My Tiara."
Mancuso has also posed in men's magazines such as Sports Illustrated alongside fellow skier Lindsey Vonn.
And since 2006, Mancuso has been a spokeswoman for Lange, which would make Mancuso the first-ever "Lange Girl Athlete."
Body of Work: Mancuso would go on to win silver medals for the U.S. in downhill and combined events in Vancouver this past spring.
8. Lady of Winter, U.S. Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn
If there ever was an over-hyped and marketed athlete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, it was the 28-year-old Minnesota native Lindsay Vonn.
Backstory: The three-time World Cup Championship-winning skier was everywhere from posing in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition that featured Winter Olympians in 2010 to being ranked No. 59 on Maxim's Hot 100 list.
Body of Work: On the slopes, Vonn didn't nearly deliver as advertised as she would win only two medals—a gold medal in alpine skiing and a bronze in the Super-G.
Vonn was just recently named the AP Female Athlete of the Year.
7. Friday Night Delight Minka Kelly
Minka Kelly sure is lucky, huh?
Backstory: Kelly was recently voted as Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive." Daughter of Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and the former cheerleader on NBC's hit show Friday Night Lights, the 30-year-old Kelly has most certainly led a charmed life.
Body of Work: Kelly is also the fiancee of a certain New York Yankee shortstop and icon, some dude named Derek Jeter.
Sometimes life just ain't fair.
6. Desperate Housewife No More, Eva Longoria
Even the French are fallible when it comes to women—just ask Tony Parker.
Backstory: On November 19, 2010, Tony Parker filed for divorce from Eva Longoria on the grounds of "discord or conflict of personalities."
Longoria, 36, is simply a very beautiful and stunning Latin woman, and it is a real crime that Tony Parker was busted sneaking around on her with Erin Barry, the wife of former teammate, Brent Barry.
Body of Work: Tony Parker, the four-time NBA champion point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, was married to Eva Longoria, better known worldwide as Gabriella Solis on the ABC prime-time show Desperate Housewives.
Longoria became nationally recognized in the 2000s after appearing in several high-profile advertising campaigns and numerous men's magazines, reaching No. 14 in the FHM "Sexiest Women 2008" poll, and having appeared on the cover of various international women's magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar.
5. Rachel Uchitel
Home-wrecker, mistress and forever known in the media as the "other" woman in Tiger's marriage to Elin Nordegren, the 35-year-old former New York City hostess really made a name for herself in 2010.
Backstory: Before becoming involved with Woods, she was a nightclub hostess and manager in some very exclusive clubs in both New York and Las Vegas.
Body of Work: It was first reported that Uchitel would pose for Playboy magazine back in May 2010, as of right now, no new information has yet been released on when the photo shoot will be published.
4. TV Azteca Reporter Ines Sainz
The finest thing to come from south of the border since tequila, TV Azteca news reporter Ines Sainz may not be as well known in the United States as she is in Mexico, but after her recent charges of offensive "cat calls and rude comments" and filing a NFL complaint against the New York Jets, Sainz is a lot more well-known to the American public.
Backstory: A former model in her native Mexico, Sainz would become one of TV Azteca's most respected journalists as she would cover six Super Bowls and the 2010 World Cup.
However, her incident within the Jets locker room when she was trying to interview Mexican-American QB Mark Sanchez instantly thrust her into the American sports lexicon.
Body of Work: Sainz has been featured in various men's magazines covers, such Spanish-language magazines as Revista Gente y la Actualidad, H Para Hombres, Maxim, and Esquire Mexico. Sainz would also be voted the fifth-sexiest reporter in the world by men's magazine FHM.
3. ESPN Sideline Reporter Erin Andrews
She can dance, she reports from various college and professional locations throughout the sports world—is there anything that ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews can't do?
Apparently, her rabid and ever-growing fan base can't get enough of her, either.
Backstory: In 2009, Erin Andrews was videotaped nude while in her hotel room. The video would go on to become a Internet sensation, and the man behind the videotaping, 47-year-old Michael David Barrett would end up being sentenced to 30 months in jail and will have to register as a sex offender.
Andrews, who is very popular among male fans for her beauty, was also allegedly stalked while on the popular reality show Dancing With The Stars, where she would place third with dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Andrews was one of three contestants to make it to the finals, where she placed third.
Body of Work: In the aftermath of the Barret stalking, Andrews is working with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to enact a new federal anti-stalking law.
Also, it was just announced that starting in late 2010, Andrews will host ESPN's College Gameday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays on ESPNU and be a Good Morning America correspondent.
2. $100 Million Divorcee Elin Nordegren
When word started spreading throughout the sports world of former No. 1 golfer in the world Tiger Woods' alleged cheating with multiple mistresses last Thanksgiving, all of the sports world just simply stood in awe.
Backstory: How in the world can Eldrick cheat on his very hot and attractive former wife who is from Sweden, and who is also the mother of his two children?
Did I forget to mention that she has a twin sister named Josefin, too?
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren officially finalized their divorce in the Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Florida, on August 23, 2010.
Body of Work: But everything has worked out just fine for the 30-year-old former model, who not only got full custody of their two children, Sam Alexis and Charlie, but also received a full $100 million divorce settlement.
Can you just imagine the alimony and child support?
1. New York Jets Sideline Reporter Jenn Sterger
Not many people can rock the sports world and the marriage of a NFL football legend quite like the 27-year-old former FSU cowgirl and current New York Jets sideline reporter, Jenn Sterger.
Backstory: In October 2010, Sterger brought forth allegations of inappropriate sexual text messages from Brett Favre when he was the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.
For Favre, this may be the epitome of having a midlife crisis, as he is currently battered and bruised in Minnesota. Sterger has not brough forth any actual charges to the NFL.
Body of Work: Sterger has also been featured in various men's magazines, MAXIM and Playboy, has secured two roles in upcoming movies, The Tenant and Don't Fade Away.
Conclusion: Crazy, Sexy, Beautiful and Talked-About, These Women Ruled 2010
These 20 women helped shape and influence the sporting world in 2010, whether it was from accusing a NFL legend of inappropriate text messages or having a couple of superstar husband athletes commit infidelity in high-profile relationships.
2010 may have emerged as the Year of the Woman in Sports.
New areas are now being explored in protecting against stalking and corporations will now keep a keen eye on text messaging between colleagues and monitoring the treatment of sideline reporters inside of locker rooms.
Mistresses will always lurk in the shadows to prey on vulnerable and lonely athletes in hopes of making a name for themselves, and while there were also fashion malfunctions, sex tapes and random meltdowns, this year was truly special.
There was a football-playing Romeo who may have finally found his true love and a Bengal who may have found his perfect senorita.
2010 was anything but short on drama and media backlash for exposing one's own body. There was also the discovery of someone special who was simply born into the sport because of the surname of her respective families.
2010 was definitely the Year of the Woman in Sports and may 2011 be even more promising and exciting.
UPDATE - Please check out my follow-up column, "Sports Illustrated's Brooklyn Decker is 2010 Hottest WAG" also currently featured on Bleach Report.