The 25 Most Popular Sports Hotties on the Internet

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2011

The 25 Most Popular Sports Hotties on the Internet

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    The Internet is the new land, the latest place where people can go and stake their claim, establish their fame, or spend hours of their day.

    All of which is fine. But have you ever been sitting around, thinking to yourself, "You know, I wonder which sexy lady of sports is the most popular online?"

    Well, luckily for you, even if you haven't wondered that, I have. And thus, using Google Trends, I have established The 25 Most Popular Sports Hotties on the Internet today.

    Let the browsing commence!

How It Works

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    Using Serena Williams as the baseline, Google Trends determined the worldwide Internet traffic of the women you will see on the following slides from the past year. Thus, Serena will measure with a ranking of 1.00, and the other women will be ranked in accordance. A 0.50, for example, would mean that particular woman had half the Internet traffic of Serena.

    Or, as Google put it, the “scale is based on the average worldwide traffic of Serena Williams in the last 12 months.”

    If you want to try it yourself, go here.

    If you want to see how Google comes up with the numbers, go here.

    Oh, and I only went athletes or media personalities on this, no WAGs.


    Photo from ESPN

22. (tied) Amanda Beard

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    Larry Busacca/Getty Images

    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.08

    Beard is currently in training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, so I would expect this number will increase around that time. Internet popularity is tough sledding for many Olympians, as they are only spotlighted in the mainstream every four years.

    Well, unless you go all Michael Phelps on everyone.

22. (tied) Leryn Franco

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.08

    How do you javelin sexily?

    Leryn Franco, Paraguayan javelin thrower—that's how.

    Franco's Internet popularity probably has something to do with the various modeling she has done throughout her career.

    Just a hunch.

22. (tied) Jenn Brown

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.08

    ESPN's Jenn Brown is a rising star in the ranks of sideline reporters and sports personalities.

    As this list will attest, however, she has a bit of catching up to do, at least in terms Internet popularity.


    Photo from Stare Magazine

22. (tied) Candace Parker

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.08

    One of the WNBA’s most-talented and beautiful competitors, it’s little surprise Parker has a solid Internet presence.

    She also became one of the first women to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game when she did so in 2006, making her a bit of a YouTube sensation as well.

19. (tied) Federica Pellegrini

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.10 

    Would it be wrong to say that, after seeing this picture of Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini, I wish I had the Midas Touch?


    Pellegrini has a Midas Touch of her own, winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Games in the 200 meter freestyle.


    Photo from Vanity Fair

19. (tied) Maria Kirilenko

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.10 

    Some might say that Maria Kirilenko is the most desirable woman in sports today.


    Makes sense to me.

19. (tied) Nastia Liukin

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    Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.10 

    Everyone's favorite gymnast, Liukin is still riding her Internet high in 2008, when she would have ranked a solid 0.70 against Serena's 1.0.


    Apparently, she was the 2008 Olympic individual all-around Champion in gymnastics that year or something, only the third American woman to accomplish the feat.

17. (tied) Michelle Wie

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.14

    Wie became famous as a child star in the golf world, and for attempting to beat the men on the PGA Tour.

    But recently, Wie hasn't been in the spotlight as much as she was in her younger days, causing some to suggest that she might be an interesting subject for a sports-based film.

    Oh man, I just went through that link again. That writer is hilarious.

17. (tied) Skylar Diggins

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.14

    Diggins not only made waves for her play in this year's NCCA Tournament—including her 28 points in Notre Dame's semifinal upset of UConn—but for catching the eye of Lil Wayne, who sent her several tweets during the Tourney.

    This reminds me—I'm waiting for a rapper to write about how he gets the ladies just by tweeting them, in a little ditty I would title "Trick or Tweet."

14. (tied) Natalie Gulbis

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.16

    There is a surprisingly large amount of beautiful female golfers out there, and Gulbis has the distinction of being one of the hottest.

    While she hasn't had the career success to be a household name for her golf game alone (she is currently ranked 110 in the LPGA), she has an LPGA Tour win on her resume and has finished in the top five of LPGA Major Championships on three occasions.


    Photos from FHM

14. (tied) Michelle Beadle

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.16

    Michelle Beadle is beautiful, funny, intelligent and she loves sports.

    In other words, the girl of my dreams, and probably your dreams as well.

14. (tied) Allison Stokke

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.16

    Now a pole-vaulter for the University of California, Stokke became an Internet sensation when photos of her at a track meet appeared online in 2007.

    While we take note of the Internet fame Stokke received based upon the photos posted of her online, we should also take some time to consider what Stokke went through after she was plastered all over the web.

    This 2007 Washington Post piece does a nice job of outlining what the experience was like for her. It is worth a read to note, if nothing else, the true impact the Internet now has on all our lives.

13. Simona Halep

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    Julian Finney/Getty Images

    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.20

    Halep isn't well-known for her merits on the court. No, Halep made waves on the Internet in 2008 for reasons you've probably noticed, though she did have breast-reduction surgery in 2009 due to back pain and a desire to increase her speed on the court.

    Clearly, the Internet is a nostalgic place, as men around the world fondly recall the good old days of 2008.

12. Lindsey Vonn

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.24

    Vonn was one of America's stars during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  She won two medals in skiing, including a gold medal in the Downhill competition, making her the first American ever to win gold in the event.

    She also wowed American males by appearing in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition with several other Winter Olympians, and made Maxim's "Hot 100" list in 2010 at No. 59.


    Photo from ESPN

11. Gina Carano

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.30

    Despite the fact that I am about to satirize them, I guarantee at least one Gina Carano fan will write the following in the comments section:

    "C'mon man, how could you have Gina Carano out of the top 10? She's totally hot and awesome! She would kick the crap out of any of the women ranked higher."

    So yes, even though this list is based solely on Google's Internet traffic statistics, at least one Gina Carano fan will complain.

    Death, taxes and fiercely loyal Gina Carano fans.

10. Ana Ivanovic

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.42

    One of the world's most beautiful tennis players, Ivanovic is also one of the most talented, with 10 WTA titles, one Grand Slam (the 2008 French Open) and a stint as the top-rated player in the world in 2008.

    And if she were ever to become a swimmer, we'd support that as well.


    Photo from Maxim

9. Danica Patrick

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.44

    The iconic female racer sped into our hearts in 2005 and hasn't left since. Although, I for one think she needs to take a pit stop with her agent and stay away from the annoying GoDaddy ads for a while.

    Still, the fact that I know one of her major endorsement deals says a whole lot about how Patrick has marketed herself, making it no surprise she appears at number nine on this list.


    Photo from FHM

8. Caroline Wozniacki

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.60

    Caroline Wozniacki is currently the top-rated female player in the world—a ranking she has held since October 11, 2010.

    Wozniacki is still looking for her first Grand Slam title, but it should only be a matter of time before this Danish beauty wins one of the big ones.

7. Venus Williams

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.65

    The less-publicised Williams sister, Venus has had an extremely successful career herself, winning seven Grand Slam singles titles, 43 WTA titles, a gold medal in Olympic singles tennis, 12 Grand Slam doubles titles, 19 WTA doubles titles, two gold medals in Olympic doubles tennis and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.


    There was a time where it appeared as though she would be the better Williams sister, when she won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships until the 2001 US Open.

    But it is hard to argue against Serena's 13 Grand Slam singles titles.

6. Maria Sharapova

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.74

    Few combine beauty and talent like Maria Sharapova, making her one of the truly iconic women in sports.

    But those two elements are the perfect recipe for Internet popularity as well, and all Sharapova lacks to make her a top five Internet force is probably a bit of controversy—another Internet favorite.

    But we're sure she's okay without the drama.

5. Sania Mirza

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.80

    If you are surprised to see Indian tennis player Sania Mirza ranking this high, consider this:

    In India, Sania Mirza's Internet traffic earned her a number of 122.00 compared to Serena Williams' ranking of 1.0. In other words, Mirza gets 122 times the amount of coverage there.

    I think it is safe to say Mirza is very popular in India, which, as of March 1, 2011, had a population of 1,210,193,422 (17.49 percent of the world's population)—second only to China.

    Still surprised to see Mirza this high?

4. Erin Andrews

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 0.95

    Quite simply, ESPN's sideline reporter extraordinaire is the sporting world's Queen of the Screen.

    Or is she?

3. Serena Williams

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 1.00

    The baseline for our slideshow comes in at number three, which isn't much of a surprise given the iconic status of Serena (though you may be surprised at the ladies that top her).

    Serena blends all of the necessary elements it takes to be dominate the Internet: She is hot; she is one of the best tennis players in the world, thereby making her famous; and she's had a few controversies throughout the years to make her an intriguing public figure.

2. Ines Sainz

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 1.40

    Interestingly, Sainz dominated Serena Williams in traffic right here in the United States (and she beat out Erin Andrews, surprisingly), while Serena won out around the world.

    While I would like to think that is due to her lengthy and successful career as a sports journalist in Mexico, I'm guessing it may have something to do with other assets she brings to the table.

1. Sara Carbonero

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    Average Worldwide Traffic: 2.20

    Spanish television sports reporter Sara Carbonero is an Internet sensation, with more than double the worldwide traffic of Serena Williams.

    The world has spoken—the International Queen of the Screen is undoubtedly the lovely Carbonero.


    Photo from FHM


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