Top 25 Reality Show Sports Hotties

Scott HowardContributor IMay 11, 2011

Top 25 Reality Show Sports Hotties

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    You can't deny that our culture is fascinated by two things: sports and reality shows.

    So it's only natural that the two arenas combine, and when they do the results are fantastic. There are reality shows dedicated to sports like Shaq Vs. and Basketball Wives, but there are also connections that exist off-screen.

    Female reality show contestants constantly find themselves romantically linked to athletes, and the list grows every day. It's about time somebody ranked them.

    Here is a look at the top 25 reality television sports hotties.

25. Heidi Strobel

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    Heidi Strobel went the usual route of going from a Survivor appearance to a Survivor-themed spread in Playboy.

    After that she started dating World Series MVP Cole Hamels and the two were married in 2009.

24. Johanna Botta

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    Johanna first appeared on the Real World: Austin, but quickly turned that into a career in what Bill Simmons calls the fifth major sport: The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

    She's competed in several of them and is best known for dumping Wes and then dating Kenny, which caused the two men to become the biggest rivals in the history of the show.

23. Stephenie Lagrossa

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    The Philadelphia Phillies must hold screenings of Survivor in the clubhouse.

    First Cole Hamels marries former contestant Heidi Strobel then Kyle Kendrick marries another contestant, Stephenie Lagrossa.

22. Jennifer Williams

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    Jennifer Williams is a Basketball Wives star known for her troubled marriage to former NBA player Eric Williams.

    She also took some nude photos of herself which are now floating around the internet, which you have to expect from any self-respecting reality star.

21. Kristin Cavallari

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    Jay Cutler took a lot of flak when he took himself out of last season's NFC Championship game against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.

    Despite all the criticism, however, one lady stuck by his side: his girlfriend Kristin Cavallari, star of MTV reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills.

    Now, Jay Cutler is returning the favor by doing the honorable thing. Cutler reportedly whisked her away to Cabo and proposed to her, and the couple is now engaged.

20. Monica

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    Monica is a popular R&B singer who dabbled in reality television in 2008 with Monica: The Single, which was a single-episode reality show on Peachtree TV.

    She had a whirlwind relationship with Lakers guard Shannon Brown which began in June 2010 and resulted in their marriage just five months later.

19. Carrie Underwood

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    Carrie Underwood is a country superstar who got her start when she won season four of American Idol. She's also known for dating Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher.

    While Underwood is much more than a reality star, we can't forget that she got her start on a television show.

18. Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander

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    Hoopz has the rare distinction of being the winner of two separate reality television shows: Flavor of Love and I Love Money.

    Needles to say things with Flavor Flav didn't work out, so Hoopz was on the market for an athlete to come sweep her off her feet.

    The lucky man was Shaquille O'Neal, who has been dating Hoopz since 2010. But it looks like Hoopz is the one sweeping him off his feet.

    That's just ridiculous.

17. Nicola Tappenden

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    Nicola is a singer, actress, model and most importantly a well-known WAG. She's made appearances on WAGs Boutique and a WAG version of Come Dine With Me.

    After her breakup with Fullham's Bobby Zamora, she bounced right over to another soccer player, Plymouth Argyle player Simon Walton.

16. Jessica Simpson

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    You may have forgotten, but Jessica Simpson became ultra-famous for her stint on the reality show Newleyweds with then-husband Nick Lachey.

    Since then she's become a full-on WAG, first dating Tony Romo and then becoming engaged to tight end Eric Johnson.

15. Kellyanne Judd

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    Kellyanne went from the Real World: Sydney to the Challenge, where she quickly went from a meek rookie to a powerful veteran competitor.

    She's known for dating Wes and also being certifiably insane.

14. Evelyn Lozada

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    Evelyn Lozada was on the reality show Basketball Wives because she is the ex-wife of former NBA player Antoine Walker.

    She's recently found love with brash receiver Chad Ochocinco, and the two are poised to have a reality show of their own as they lead up to their wedding.

13. Kim Zolciak

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    If you're a young man looking to date an older woman, there's no better place to look than the Real Housewives franchise.

    That's exactly what Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann did when he found Kim Zolciak on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

    The couple is currently expecting their first child.

12. Royce Reed

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    Royce Reed is known for being Magic center Dwight Howard's baby mama, which earned her an appearance on Basketball Wives.

    Though the two were never married, they're in a fierce custody battle over their son. Odds are that he's going to be 7'0" tall, so the custody battle could be worth millions of dollars.

11. Ashley Massaro

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    Ashley is known as a WWE Diva, but she also competed on Survivor: China where she was just the second contestant to be voted off.

    You'd think that being a finely tuned athlete that competes in the WWE would translate well into survival skills, but apparently not.

10. Kendra Wilkinson

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    Kendra made her reality debut as one of Hugh Hefner's three Playmate girlfriends on Girls Next Door.

    After breaking up with Hef, she moved on to NFL receiver Hank Baskett and began another reality venture; the aptly named, Kendra.

9. Imogen Thomas

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    Imogen Thomas is known for dating soccer player Jermain Defoe, but she was first a contestant on the UK version of Big Brother.

    She's also been in Playboy and has a sex tape out there somewhere. Pretty standard reality star progression.

8. Jenn Grijalva

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    Jenn was a cast member on The Real World: Denver and has done several Challenges since then. She's known as a feisty competitor who makes up for a lack of athleticism with veteran guile.

    As if that sports connection weren't enough, she is also a former Raiderette.

7. Abigail Clancy

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    Abigail Clancy is another famous WAG, known for being engaged to English soccer player Peter Crouch. She was also on Britain's Top Model, where she finished in second place.

    Who came in first? This girl.

    I don't think the people voted on that result. 

6. Nicole Scherzinger

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    This Pussycat Dolls star tried her hand at reality television when she competed on Dancing With The Stars...and won.

    Some might say it's unfair that someone who gets paid to sing and dance for a living was allowed to compete against 80-year-old astronauts like Buzz Aldrin.

    But I'm sure her boyfriend, Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton, tells her it was a fair fight.

5. Cheryl Cole

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    Cheryl Cole is one of the most famous WAGs in the world for her marriage to Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole.

    Before that, however, she gained her fame on the British reality show Popstars: The Rivals. After that she was chosen as a judge on The X-Factor and has been in the reality spotlight ever since.

4. Kim Kardashian

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    Kim Kardashian's reality career needs no introduction. She's also a notorious athlete-dater, having been connected to Reggie Bush, Miles Austin and most recently Kris Humphries.

    When you think of reality and athletes, you have to think of Kim K.

3. Gemma Atkinson

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    Gemma has been a welcome sight on a number of reality shows including: I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Weakest Link, Celebrity Masterchef and Soapstar Superstar.

    She loves being on TV as much as she loves dating soccer players-- two of her former men are Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Bent.

2. Lauren Pope

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    Besides being an accomplished DJ (apparently), Lauren Pope is known for being the girlfriend of Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips.

    She was also on the reality show, Tycoon, where she finished in fourth place.

1. Aida Yespica

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    Aida Yespica is known for dating Italian soccer player Matteo Ferrari. She won the Miss Venezuela contest which earned her an appearance on the Venezuelan version of Celebrity Survivor.

    If the American version of Survivor had girls like this on it, I think it would do much better with the 18-24 demographic.