With Independence Day upon us, we are reminded of the various ways Americans express patriotism.
Hotdog eating contests. Fireworks. Barbecues and picnics with family and friends. Beer.
And now, you can add the beautiful American ladies of sports to your list, as I have compiled for your USA-loving pleasure The 25 Hottest Ladies to Represent America in Sports.
God Bless America.
Here's hoping you have a fun, safe and patriotic-as-hell long-weekend.
Serena Williams won a Gold medal for doubles tennis with sister Venus in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics Games.
Hence the gold bikini.
Diana Taurasi won Gold with the US Women's National Basketball team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Wouldn't you like to strip her of that ball?
Cope earned a Silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics by participating in the 4x100 meter medley relay, though she only participated in the heats, not the finals.
No matter—we're glad to see her represent her country in as many fashions as possible.
Meissner competed at the 2006 Olympics in figure skating, placing sixth overall.
She likely had the hottest outfit in those Games, however.
Alicia Sacramone helped the Women's National team in gymnastics earn a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
She is also so patriotic that she had every wall in her house painted in the style of an American Flag.
Okay, so I can't back that up. But she does have a bald eagle for a pet.
Nope, that's a lie as well.
Ski racer Julia Mancuso has earned herself three Olympic medals, bringing home the Gold in the Giant Slalom in 2006 and earning Silvers in both the Downhill and Super Combined in 2010.
A ski bunny with talent to boot—how sexy is that?
Sue Bird won Gold with the US Women's National Basketball team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Bird is the word, ya heard?
The lovely Bleiler won the Silver medal in the Halfpipe at the 2006 Turin Games.
She also has one of the most rocking bodies in all of sports.
Sasha Cohen won a Silver medal at the 2006 Olympics in figure skating.
She also has the distinction of being the cuter half of her doppelganger pairing with Calista Flockhart.
Let's keep the teammates together.
This pairing took home the Gold in both the 2004 and 2008 Games, making them the most famous, hottest, and arguably the most successful American beach volleyball team ever.
Boom! Trifecta of awesome.
High-jump specialist Amy Acuff competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, though her highest finish was fourth in 2004.
No worries, Amy—we still love you.
It's not hard to see why.
Poor Lolo Jones.
The favorite to win the 100 meter hurdles at the 2008 Olympics, Jones wiped out on a late hurdle, costing her a sure Gold and leaving her to finish in seventh place.
Keep working, Lolo—2012 is all you.
Tom has been a member of the Women's National Volleyball team since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, earning a Silver medal in 2008.
She also makes me wish I was an American Flag.
Solo is the goalie for the Women's National Soccer team, representing America in both the Olympics and in the World Cup.
Go get 'em, Hope—bring the Cup home!
Candace Parker won Gold with the US Women's National Basketball team at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Her husband—NBA player Shelden Williams—once opened up a candy bar hoping to find a gold wrapper inside, but he didn't even win that.
(Yeesh—it's Friday, I'm staring at a three-day weekend, and I'm completely out of even half-decent jokes. Sorry folks.)
Alex Morgan is currently repping the good ole US of A at the Women's World Cup taking place as we speak.
Kick some butt and ball for the stars and stripes, Alex!
Amanda Beard has won seven medals as an Olympic Swimmer (two gold, four silver, one bronze), and is making a bid to come back for her fifth Olympics at the 2012 London Games.
Can't wait to see you there, Amanda.
Well, on my television, that is.
Golfer Wie made the Stars and Stripes proud, helping lead the 2004 Curtis Cup team and the 2009 Solheim Cup team to glorious victory.
Nope, I don't know a thing about those tournaments either, but it said she represented the United States, so we will proudly take it!
(Plus, Michelle Wie is super hot and I was happy to find an excuse to include her.)
Heather Mitts has seemingly been on the United States National Women's Soccer team forever, earning two Olympic Gold medals along the way.
We're glad she's stuck around.
Oh Lindsey Vonn, could you be more gorgeous?
The answer is no, by the way.
This lovely skier scored a Gold medal in Downhill and a Bronze in Super-G at the 2010 Olympics.
Liukin made America proud in 2008, when she took home Olympic Gold as the individual all-around champion.
She also earned a Silver in the team competition, a Bronze in the individual floor exercise, a Silver on the uneven bars, and a Silver on the balance beam.
Whew, that was a mouthful. Oh, and you totally rock, Nastia!
Belbin is an Olympic ice-dancer, and earned a Silver Medal at the 2006 Games.
Technically speaking, she was born in Canada (Happy Canada Day!), but she has duel-citizenship and has competed for the US since 1998.
In other words, we are claiming her Canada.
Baver has competed at the last three Olympic Games, earning a Bronze in 2010 in the 3000 meter relay.
Allison, I just want you to know that I have never once ice skated in my life, but I would skate 3000 miles, and I would skate 3000 more just to be the man who skated 3000 miles to fall down incredibly exhausted at your door.
(Seriously, I'm totally devoid of decent jokes, even I'm disappointed in myself today.)
The Queen of the Softball herself, Jennie Finch led the US Women's Softball team to a gold at the 2004 Games and a silver in 2008.
She is the hottest, most famous, and one of the most talented softball players ever—is it any wonder she graces the top of this list?
Because it shouldn't be.
Happy Independence Day, everyone!
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