The 50 Best Female Bodies in Sports

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2011

The 50 Best Female Bodies in Sports

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    What makes for a great body?

    Truthfully, that question could be answered many ways. Some prefer thin, some thick; some like tall, others short; some emphasize certain parts of the body, and others disagree.

    It isn't an exact science, that is for sure.

    But in sports, when stiff competition dictates an athlete's body be trained, toned, and strengthened, the ideal body is both sexy and muscular, appealing and chiseled.

    And so with this in mind, I present The 50 Best Female Bodies in Sports. These women may not be supermodel thin or busty like Kim Kardashian, but they are pretty darn sexy nonetheless.

    To the slides!

50. Serena Williams

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    Let the arguments begin.

49. Jade Johnson

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    I love Wikipedia.

    The second sentence on Johnson's profile, after they point out that she is an English long jumper, is this:

    "She is allergic to sand."

    Glad you didn't let that pressing information get buried at the bottom of the article, Wikipedia. Good looking out.

48. Candace Parker

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    The thing I like about this photo of Candace Parker is that you can check her out four different times.

    I do always enjoy a sexy double-mirror photo.

47. Nastia Liukin

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    Let's just Nastia has a leg up on most of the other ladies on this list.

46. Claire Bevilacqua

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    With a body like that, Bevilacqua doesn't just ride a wave, she pushes it around.


    Photo from ESPN

45. Natalie Coughlin

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    Natalie Coughlin can swim faster than you can, and she could probably take your hardest punch right to her stomach without so much as wincing.

    Natalie Coughlin - 1

    The lazy bum writing this and you lazy bums reading it - 0

44. Carolina Salgado

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    Guess what?

    Carolina Salgado is not rocking the hottest Brazilian, beach-volleyball body on this slideshow

    It only gets better.

43. Christine Arron

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    I often find myself thanking the French for the following things:

    Crepes, Brioche, Champagne on special occasions, and sprinter Christine Arron.

42. Danica Patrick

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    You may not think a race car driver would be as cut as some of the other ladies on this list, but Danica Patrick won't be getting flabby any time soon, according to MSN Sports:

    Patrick runs for at least an hour a day during racing season to stay trim and fit, then follows that up with exercises to strengthen her shoulders, arms and back. Like many top-level athletes, she's passionate about nutrition, too. Her high-protein diet starts with a three-egg white omelette every morning, plus oatmeal and a scoop of peanut butter.

41. Gabrielle Reece

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    "I'm not just a model who plays volleyball, or a volleyball player who supports herself modeling. I'm a female athlete personality."

    -Gabrielle Reece

40. Talita Antunes

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    In shocking news, a Brazilian beach volleyball player has a rocking body.

    Who knew?

39. Amy Taylor

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    Apparently, they have some pretty sexy soccer players Down Under, as Amy Taylor attests too.

    Feel free to make your own "Down Under" jokes.

38. Amy Acuff

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    "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America..."

    Amy Acuff makes sure that the high jump is not only sexy, but also patriotic.

    We salute you, Amy.

37. Miesha Tate

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    Hey, listen up, Miesha—you aren't the only one rocking a nice six pack. That's right, I've got a pretty solid one going myself.

    Sadly, my six pack is of Heineken Keg Cans, so it doesn't look nearly as nice as yours does.

36. Flavia Delaroli

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    Just another gorgeous woman from Brazil with a perfect body.

    Delaroli is a swimmer who participated in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

35. Alicia Sacramone

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    There isn't a muscle on this body that isn't highly tuned and prepared for crazy, gymnast-flipping action.

34. Allison Baver

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    Even her competition can't deny her smoking body, occasionally slowing down and allowing Baver to pass to get a better view.

33. Lindsey Vonn

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    In my ever-so-humble opinion, Lindsey Vonn is the all-around hottest of all the winter Olympic athletes out there.

    And she has a rocking body for sure, though as you will see, another winter Olympian has her beat in that regard.

32. Ana Ivanovic

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    Ana may not have the muscle definition of some of the other ladies on this list, but she certainly isn't flabby.

    No, there isn't a non-sexy aspect of Ana Ivanovic, that's for sure.

31. Laure Manaudou

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    This former French Olympic Swimmer won three medals at the 2004 Athens Games, including a gold in the 400 meter freestyle.

    There was also a bit of a scandal surrounding Manaudou in 2007, when naked images of her found their way onto the Internet after she had broken up with boyfriend Luca Marin. Marin denied releasing the photos.

    What a strange, strange place the Internet has become, eh?

30. Misty May-Treanor

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    She was always the sexier of the pairing between herself and Kerri Walsh, in my opinion.

    Poll in the comments alert! Poll in the comments alert!

    Who was sexier: Misty May-Treanor or Kerri Walsh?

29. Allison Stokke

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    Everyone's favorite pole vaulter has gotten pretty buff during her college years, but she is as hot and curvaceous as ever.

28. Jenny Fletcher

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    Bicycle! Bicycle! Bicycle!

    I want to ride my bicycle!

    (Jenny Fletcher is a triathlete and model, by the way.)

27. Luciana Aymar

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    Because of the type of guy I am, I found you multiple perspectives on this Argentinian field hockey player.

    I do it for you, faithful reader.

26. Malia Jones

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    I'd like to surf with Malia, that's for sure.

25. Erin Densham

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    Who knew there were so many sexy triathletes out there?

24. Anastasia Ashley

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    It's hard for me to put Anastasia this low, as she's more scorching than liquid hot magma.

    But if muscular definition and tone are coming into our rankings, Miss Ashley certainly is a bit thinner than most on this list.

    I'm nitpicking, but criteria is criteria, damnit.

23. Niki Gudex

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    Niki Gudex is a professional mountain biker, which officially gives her the hottest bike rack I've ever seen.

22. Kyra Gracie

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    I submit!

21. Diana Taurasi

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    Immediately, this song came to mind.

    Except after seeing this photo, I'd rather just be a ball.


    Photo from ESPN

20. Blair O'Neal

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    Blair O'Neal's beauty is almost angelic, though as a golfer she doesn't require quite the chiseled frame of many of the athletes on this list.

    And yet, it's pretty hard to believe that I have two female golfers rated higher on this list.

19. Heather Mitts

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    This is what that soccer ball is thinking right about now.

18. Sara Galimberti

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    Not only is this Italian beauty a beauty pageant winner (Miss Lombardia 2009), but she's also a talented long-distance runner.

    Yeah, and she's been running through your head all afternoon, blah blah blah.

17. Karina Petroni

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    I'm fairly certain that surfer Petroni is about 0.5 percent body fat.

    And even that might be an overestimation.

16. Maya Gabeira

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    The whole stereotype of the burnt-out, lazy surfer can probably be put to rest now.

15. Lolo Jones

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    Thank you, Lolo Jones, for making hurdles sexy.

    And thank you, ESPN the Magazine Body Issue, for this picture.


    Photo from ESPN

14. Alana Blanchard

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    I've said it before, and I'll say it again (and again, and again, and probably again after that):

    I really need to take up surfing.

13. Anna Rawson

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    Ssshhh ... Anna is deep in meditation.

    Just enjoy this picture, and quietly move along, please.

12. Maria Kirilenko

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    Kirilenko might be the hottest female tennis player a lot, which is no small feat.

    But she's got a sleek physique as well, well suited to gliding around the court.

    But you don't have to take my word on either of the above statements if you don't want.

11. Stephanie Rice

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    Swimmers need to have strong, aerodynamic frames to propel themselves quickly through the water.

    As Stephanie Rice exhibits, the resulting figures are often quite sexy.

10. Amanda Beard

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    We're all rooting for you to make your fifth Olympic team, Amanda.

    Go get 'em!

9. Maria Sharapova

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    Sharapova isn't just some pretty face or blood-curdling screamer during matches—she's pretty jacked.

    Thankfully for men everywhere, she isn't this sort of jacked.


    Photo from Nike

8. Michelle Waterson

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    Don't let the sexy bikini fool you—this MMA fighter could knock you cold faster than you could ask "Did it hurt?"

    And when you came to and tried to mutter "When you fell from heaven..." she would be standing above you smirking, leaving you with, "Why don't you tell me?"

    This is why you should always avoid the corny pick-up lines, fellas—you never know when they'll get you knocked out.

7. Laisa Andrioli

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    I'm not going to lie, I have no idea whether or not Laisa Andrioli is a talented soccer player.

    Let's just say I never quite got an answer to that question in my research.

6. Bia and Branca Feres

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    As twins, they certainly have the "synchronized" aspect of synchronized swimming down, no?

5. Natalie Gulbis

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    If bodies were rated in golf parlance, Gulbis' figure would be an eagle.


    Photo from FHM

4. Gretchen Bleiler

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    As the snowboarders might say, Gretchen Bleiler has a "totally rad body, man."

    I highly doubt the snowboarders would say that, but just go with it.

    Toned, shapely, sexy—it's a good thing Bleiler has to wear layers out on the snow, because her body would be responsible for causing more than a few snowboarders to lose focus and wipe out.

3. Gina Carano

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    Believe me—you don't want to be that punching bag.

    Gina is ripped and sexy, and that is one combination I don't mind being hit with in the least.


    Photo from ESPN

2. Lokelani McMichael

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    Ladies, it isn't hard to get a body this smoking hot and toned—all you have to do is train for triathlons year in and year out.

    It's that easy.

1. Leryn Franco

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    In my opinion, Franco is the perfect combination of sexy and toned. Great stomach (my girl's got some chiseled abs), full hips, a bodacious behind—what's not to love here?

    Plus, she could literally kill a man with a javelin.

    Or a trident, I'd guess.


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