50 Steamiest Sex Symbols in Sports

Austin SchindelAnalyst IIOctober 18, 2011

50 Steamiest Sex Symbols in Sports

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    Athletes. Fans. WAGs.

    No matter what they are, or how they are related to sports, these women are the greatest sex symbols around.

    They are hot because they are tough, determined, and they happen to all have incredible bodies. We watch them on TV and while they play or cheer, we wonder what it would be like to be with them. These women are not just attractive, but they make men melt. That being said, here are the 50 steamiest sex symbols of all time.


50. Ashley Force

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    She is part of a racing dynasty and is now behind the wheel herself.

    Everyone is always talking about Danica and how awesome and hot she is. I say, "no more!"

    Let's give Force some due credit here for staying out of NASCAR and IndyCar while still remaining one of the most well known female racers there is.

    Danica who?

49. Misty May

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    Misty May became famous during the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, where she took gold with ease. Watching her slam the ball down opponents' throats was pretty damn cool, and her celebrity followed with her.

    You may not find her to be a super model, but she was very attractive while she dominated her sport.

48. Jeanette Lee

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    There is something about pool that is inherently sensual. Add a hot (and dominant) female to the equation and you have officially made me smitten.

    Lee is definitely one of the most famous members of her sport (if you'd like to call it that), and certainly the sexiest. 

    She is the only reason Sundays on ESPN2 are tolerable. 

47. Biba Golic

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    Table tennis? Really?

    She has Anna Kournikova syndrome; she is a relatively low ranked player, but because of her looks, we gawk over her and make her out to be a very big deal.

    Though most of her accolades have come away from her sport, we will not discriminate. If anything, we should keep the ball rolling and hope that people don't lose interest in her any time soon.

46. Lolo Jones

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    Jones is an American sprinter who won almost every race she was in while at LSU.

    Now, she is competing for Olympic supremacy for the USA. She has yet to medal, but that isn't going to stop her from pursuing her gold medal dreams. 

    In the mean time, we'll sit here and stare.

45. Gabriela Sabatini

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    The tennis star from the late 80s and early 90s was successful on the court, but gets the nod here for being stunningly gorgeous.

    I don't know what it is about tennis players that makes them so attractive. I have played tennis all my life, and while I put myself atop some of the best looking players of all time, it still is a mystery to me.

    That being said, she was one of the first tennis sex symbols that changed the game off the court forever.

44. Michelle Wie

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    At only 22 years of age, Wie has already played in a men's event, and has finished as high as second in a major.

    In time, Wie will become one of the best female golfers in the world. She was deemed a prodigy from a young age, and now she is trying to prove all the doubters wrong.

    She is tall, confident, and beautiful.  

43. Partridge Twins

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    There is nothing nicer than having two instead of one because you can never have enough of twin models.

    When those twin models also happen to be surfers, we really hit the jackpot. These women are quickly becoming household names and, soon enough, should become even more prominent in the modeling and surfing worlds.

42. Jennie Finch

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    Finch was one of the first dominant female athletes with a wide spread sex appeal as well. The former softball star is now retired, but has made her mark on the athletic world.

    Though she is no longer a superstar, we pay homage to a woman who did it all for us at the turn of the century.

41. Jillian Reynolds

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    She has worked as a television host, including Fox NFL Sunday, and has done a lot of memorable modeling.

    You have seen her do cameos on several different television shows, and she has made her name in Maxim Magazine and on the sidelines at NFL games.

    Reynolds is no longer an NFL sideline reporter, but she still has Nutrisystem!

40. Victoria Beckham

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    The wife of David Beckham, Victoria's fame was well established before she even met the soccer star.

    She has solidified herself as the premier WAG in all of sports for almost a decade now, and with her fame and fortune she has created an empire.

    There is something hot about a woman who is married to an incredible athlete while also looking extraordinary and making tons of money herself.

39. Kim Kardashian

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    The serial WAG has finally settled down with Kris Humphries (for the time being). She is everywhere, and on everything. That might sound annoying, but keep in mind that she is very attractive.

    She has become a sex symbol through her reality shows and appearances in countless magazines and photo shoots.

    There is a reason that every athlete has wanted to date her before, and it's not for her brain.

38. Sasha Cohen

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    Yup, this is really happening right now. 

    The former Olympic silver medalist took the world by storm in 2006 and despite retiring from competitive competition, she has been an American sweetheart. 

    Though there are a lack of skaters prominently displayed in this show, she has done enough to represent all of them.

37. Lokelani McMichael

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    She is an Ironman triathlete. Since seeing that in writing has become the highest level of physical activity I get these days, McMichael impresses me more and more.

    McMichael has been featured in dozens of health magazines, in addition to GQ. 

    The girl has a killer body, but then again, are we surprised? 

36. Lauren Jackson

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    Jackson became a sex symbol after she posed nude in an Australian magazine, came to America, and made her way to the SI Swimsuit issue.

    At 6'5'', she has made tall sexy, and showed the world that WNBA players should be seen as both athletes and beautiful women.

    Well done, Ms. Jackson.

35. Gina Carano

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    If you have ever watched an interview with her, she comes off as an absolute sweetheart. Then, right after, watch a video of her destroying her opponent in the ring with no remorse.

    These two very different sides to her leave us wanting to know more, and then wanting to watch her kick some ass again.

    Only a certain type of person can be the best at MMA, and Carano has mastered the balance of being both a beauty and a beast.

34. Alyssa Milano

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    Milano is one of the well recognized sports fans on the west coast.

    You can catch her at Dodgers and Lakers games. Or, you can scour the internet to find her plastered in FHM and other online publications. 

    She is the epitome of an American sports fan, decked out in full gear for the games. She is one of the top sports fan sex symbols around.

    This is all in addition to her sports dating record which spans from Barry Zito to Brad Penny.

33. Caroline Wozniacki

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    She is the number one female tennis player in the world, and despite never winning a major, she is highly regarded for her work on and off the court.

    Wozniacki has done her fair share of modeling and looks to eventually reach the same success playing tennis as she has during her photo shoots.

32. Amanda Beard

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    Amanda Beard is no slouch in or out of the water.

    If you prefer her swimming achievements, look no further than her two gold medals. That's not doing it for you? How about her spreads in FHM, SI, and Playboy?

    That's what I thought. 

31. Gemma Atkinson

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    Show me a soccer star and I'll show you someone that Gemma Atkinson has dated.

    She has been in television, film, and her modeling has been seen by every male in the world, but she is most well known in the sports world as a WAG.

    Her incredible modeling shoots have made her one of the most desirable women in the world and a true sex symbol.

30. Alex Morgan

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    I don't think she is the type that is trying to be a sex symbol with photo shoots or having her name in the tabloids.

    She burst onto the scene during the 2011 Women's World Cup and now has a place in every soccer fan's heart. I remember seeing hundreds of tweets and Facebook posts dedicated to her beauty and awesome goal scoring abilities.

    Going forward, Morgan is going to be the main reason that most tune in to the matches.

29. Anna Benson

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    How is it that throughout the course of her husband Kris Benson's career, she was always the one who seemed to be getting more play in the media?

    Sure, she was and still is very hot, and her FHM magazine spread is ridiculous, but she was a huge distraction during her husband's time in New York and created a media frenzy.

    That being said, any Mets fan would prefer her over her husband any day.

28. Eva Longoria

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    Before she split up with Tony Parker, you used to be able to see her at tons of Spur games, rooting on her man and the team.

    Not only did the team lose a good cheerleader, but they lost a seriously good looking member of the crowd. I don't think we will be seeing her at too many games when the lockout is settled, but make sure to catch her on reruns of Desperate Housewives.

    I'm kidding. She'll be a WAG again before you know it. 

27. Michelle Beadle

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    From her first day on the air, it was easy to have a crush on Michelle Beadle because she was cute and knew a lot about sports. For me, she started by covering the lowly New Jersey Nets, a deed that I consider the most honorable in the world.

    From there, she only got more attractive during her time on Sportsnation. I might be in the minority in thinking that she is flawless, but I think I'll keep it that way.

26. Arianny Celeste

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    The UFC octagon girl and model is one of the most beautiful women in all of sports. She does not fit into the conventional category as a WAG or athlete, but in her field, she is very important.

    Celeste has done a lot of promotional work for UFC, which has made me want to watch. I still am not much of a fan, but she keeps telling me to watch and I keep doing it. It is like she has hypnotized me.

    I am at her mercy.

25. Brooklyn Decker

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    Who says that you need to be the best in the world to get the hottest women? Apparently Andy Roddick didn't get the memo, so it gives all of us normal people some hope.

    Decker was the cover model on Sports Illustrated's 2010 swimsuit issue, an honor that has brought her into the limelight for good. 

    There are many WAGs out there, but she stands amongst the elite.

24. Hannah Cornett

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    Cornett is (you guessed it) a surfer and a model. 

    She was rumored to be dating entourage star Adrian Grenier, though those reports were merely speculative, and her sexy pictures have us wondering where we are going to see her next.

    Also, the girl knows how to run up a tab! According to Deadspin, Cornett ran up over 20k in loss Vegas.

    This list has made me really evaluate the lack of surfing that I am watching on the regular.

23. Natalie Gulbis

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    She is a renaissance women. Gulbis wrote an advice column in FHM, had her own reality show on the Golf Channel, and is actually pretty successful on the course.

    While I'm sure you are interested what her handicap is, I think we are all much better off taking a look at her and just letting our jaws drop.

22. Anna Kournikova

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    Some say Biba Golic is the Anna Kournikova of table tennis. Well, I'm going to flip this one around and call her the Biba Golic of tennis.

    No majors, no problem. She has made her mark on the world in several other ways that have nothing to do with tennis including modeling and as a trainer on The Biggest Loser.

    She can whip me into shape any day.

21. Larissa Riquelme

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    She gives a whole new definition to the idea of a super fan.

    Not only is she a die hard Paraguayan fan, but she vowed to run through the streets naked if they won the 2010 World Cup; now that is dedication.

    On top of being a ridiculous fan, she is also a model and spokesperson. She is the full package.

20. Ana Ivanovic

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    She might have slipped in the WTA rankings since her stint at number one, but that is not going to keep her away from any list that involves sexy athletes.

    Ivanovic has made it clear that she is one of the best looking players on the tour, and although she isn't number one in those rankings, she makes the cut.

19. Heather Mitts

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    Lost in the midst of the frenzy surrounding Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, Heather Mitts was one of the original soccer hotties.

    At 33, her time as a sex symbol is waning, but that won't exclude her from receiving our praise. If anything, this should be a like a lifetime achievement award for Mitts, who has done so much for both the Women's National Team and men everywhere.

18. Sophie Horn

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    For those of you who do not follow women's golf religiously (you're not missing out on much), Stephanie Horn is a professional golfer.

    Though she is not one of the best in the world, Horn is well known in several other facets of the sports and entertainment world. She has been voted on of the sexiest golfers in the world and has contributed to GQ Magazine's gold section.

17. Gabrielle Reece

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    Reece is no longer in the spotlight, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't give homage to the former volleyball player and model.

    She gave up the game in 2009, but not before taking the volleyball world by storm and posing in several magazines and internet photo shoots. She may be gone, but certainly not forgotten.

16. Leryn Franco

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    Alright, so she isn't an Olympic medalist or a world renowned javelin thrower, but her time as a model has made her equally, if not more, famous.

    She was in the 2011 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and has developed a reputation for being both a great athlete and a beautiful woman. Paraguay has produced two different women from this list. There must be something in water.

15. Julia Mancuso

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    Mancuso won the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic games for the giant slalom. That means that not only is she fearless, but she has a crazy competitive side to her.

    After winning gold, of course the world wanted to see what she looked like behind all of her winter coats and goggles. Mancuso said, "I think underwear is my calling. You can be feminine and fast."

14. Erica Hosseini

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    She may not be the most popular surfer in the world, but at only 24 years of age, she has a lot of growing left to do.

    Then again, as an actress, model, and surfer, it is only a matter of time before she bursts onto both the surfing scene and is in every magazine in America.

13. Jenn Sterger

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    Long before Brett Favre indecently exposed himself to Sterger, she was well known for her sport journalism, and work in television.

    Now, she has become a member of the tabloid culture. While the actions taken by Favre are reprehensible on all levels, she was introduced to the public like never before.

    Her celebrity status is at an all time high, and made her the household name for one reason or another.

12. Erin Andrews

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    Putting aside all of the extra attention that she received, she became loved by the male population because she is what every man dreams of: a beautiful woman that also knows sports.

    She has the girl next door charm and a knowledge of football that beats most men's.

    What makes her great is that all men desire her, but they all know she is out of their league. 

11. Bruna Schmitz

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    She is another one of those coveted surfers, but this time she is Brazilian.

    When I look at her, I can't help but think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture. She has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, an honor in its own right, and her work in the ocean isn't too shabby either.

    Overall, perfect 10.

10. Lindsey Vonn

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    Her dominance is unparalleled and her sex appeal is overwhelming.

    The Olympic skier gives a whole new meaning to taking my breath away. I would love to know if she is interested in taking up surfing as well. She already has the look and the balance, now all she needs to do is try.

    I do not think there is anyone out there who would mind her becoming a two sport athlete.

9. Alana Blanchard

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    At 21 years old, she has a bright future ahead of her both on her surf board and in front on the camera. She has already been anointed one of the best female surfers in the world, and I think it is fair to say that this title can also apply to her looks.

    This is only the beginning for Blanchard, who will remain on the top of Bleacher Report lists for years to come.

8. Sara Carbonero

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    It is usually the case that the star athlete dates the cheerleader and they live happily ever after. 

    For Carbonero, her story is a bit different. She is dating the star goalie for Real Madrid and the Spanish National soccer team, Iker Casillas, but she reports on his game instead of cheering him on.

    She has been voted one of the sexiest reporters in the world, and is internationally known for more than just her journalistic work.

7. Maria Kirilenko

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    Do they have a factory in Russia where they produce hot tennis players?

    I know Putin is in charge and he is a man's man, but come on, this is just getting ridiculous. Kirilenko is ranked 24th in the world right now, but that comes in second to this photo you're looking at right here.

    She should probably just move to professional modeling and call it a day.

6. Gisele Bundchen

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah, Tom Brady is the man and everyone wants to be him. Can you tell I'm a little bitter?

    What does being one of the best quarterbacks in the world get you? How about a world famous model wife any man would do terrible things to be with.

    She has become the desire of football fans everywhere and a staple of any iconic list.

5. Adriana Lima

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    To this day, I do not know how she ended up with Marco Jaric. Maybe she has a thing for mediocre point guards, or she might actually be going for personality. Either way, I am baffled.

    As you can clearly see, she is one of the world's most well known models and someone that will leave you drooling uncontrollably.

    Stop staring... seriously, you look ridiculous. 

4. Danica Patrick

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    Most people didn't know the difference between the Indy Series, NASCAR, or motorcycles before she came along.

    It didn't matter whether she won or even finished a race, as long as we got to see her angry during the post race interview.

    She has been featured in every racing magazine and her photo shoots makes everyone go crazy. She is racing, and the reason I have lobbied for them to race without helmets. I want to see her face the whole time!

3. Maria Sharapova

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    She has the rare mixture of beauty and a killer forehand. Some find her grunting appealing, while others find it annoying. I am more or less indifferent, but I can certainly understand the argument of the former.

    Sharapova has become a modern sex symbol because not only is she a good tennis player, but when she gets dressed up, she is one of the best looking female athletes in the world.

    Game. Set. Match.

2. Hope Solo

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    This woman is on fire.

    First, we get to see her dominate in the Women's World Cup (too soon?), followed by an appearance on Dancing With The Stars, then she was featured in ESPN's Body Issue, and now, she has made this prestigious list. 

    Her intense attitude and insane abilities make her a sex symbol that every man can appreciate. 

1. Marilyn Monroe

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    Bear with me here.

    If we are talking about sex symbols and sports, there isn't a greater sex symbol than the original one.

    Marilyn Monroe was married to the Yankee clipper, Joe DiMaggio, for a whole 274 days. Anyone who has read up on Joltin' Joe knows how difficult of a person he was. Well, that didn't settle well with Monroe, who divorced him, and then went on with her life.

    She is the classiest and most desirable woman of her time.

    I rest my case.