The Most Talented Athlete-Athlete Couples

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2013

The Most Talented Athlete-Athlete Couples

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    We've seen star athletes date supermodels, entertainers and movie stars.

    They may not always turn into thriving, long-term relationships, but they grab the headlines and are fun to watch.

    In this slideshow, we will be focusing on the most talented athlete-athlete relationships. Let us know if we missed any!

    Note: This slideshow is in no particular order.

Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Hotell

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    Gretchen Bleiler is an Olympic silver medalist and four-time X-Games gold medal-winning snowboarder. To say she knows how to shred would be an understatement.

    Her husband, Chris Hotell, was also a pro snowboarder and now heads up the Oakley team.

Laila Ali and Curtis Conway

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    You might just recognize Laila Ali's last name. The former boxer also happened to be 24-0 in her career.

    With Curtis Conway, the former NFL wideout of 12 years by her side, it's a pretty safe bet that their kids will have some serious athleticism.

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy

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    Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy might be one of the top athlete-athlete couples around.

    Wozniacki, 22, is a former world No. 1 on the tennis circuit.

    McIlroy, 23, also reached No. 1 in the world golf rankings. He has recently been passed by Tiger Woods (more on him later).

Bode Miller and Morgan Beck

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    Former party boy skier Bode Miller did the right thing by choosing to settle down with the drop-dead stunner Morgan Beck. She's not only a model but also a pro beach volleyball player.

    Miller owns a total of five Olympic medals, one of which is gold. His wife, meanwhile, earned a number of accolades for her volleyball skills during her time at Cal-Berkeley in college.

Ray Ferraro and Cammi Granato

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    There's a good chance some of you out there don't know who these two former hockey players are. Trust us, they're pretty damn talented.

    Cammi Granato led the U.S. women's hockey team to the country's first-ever Olympic gold in 1998. She also won a silver medal in 2002.

    Her husband, Ray Ferraro, was an 18-year NHL vet who finished his career with over 400 goals and nearly 500 assists.

Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm

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    With Mia Hamm being named the greatest female athlete in history by ESPN, that pretty much speaks for itself.

    As the former beloved shortstop for the Red Sox, Nomar Garciaparra earned six All-Star appearances and won back-to-back American League batting titles in '99 and '00 during his 14-year MLB career.

Shelden Williams and Candace Parker

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    We're not trying to knock the guy, but even as a former first-round pick, Sheldon Williams can't match Candace Parker's exploits.

    After all, Parker won the Wooden and Naismith Awards while playing in college at Tennessee. She went on to earn both the league MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in her first year in the WNBA.

    For his part, Williams has the Duke record for most career rebounds.

Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova

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    Maria Sharapova is the world's current No. 2-ranked player, and she is a four-time Grand Slam winner.

    Her new beau, Grigor Dimitrov, may not have all the career success that Maria does. But at just 21 years old, he was the world's No. 1-ranked player during his junior career.

Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross

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    One is a two-time Super Bowl-winning cornerback. The other is a multiple gold medal Olympian in track and field. Tell us if you'd want to take them on in an athletic competition?

    We'll go ahead and save ourselves the embarrassment. Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross are pretty damn good at what they do.

Servando Carrasco and Alex Morgan

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    When Servando Carrasco and girlfriend Alex Morgan ended up in Seattle for their soccer careers, they were aptly labeled "Seattle's first couple of soccer."

    Though Morgan's since moved on to Portland, a couple that's getting that kind of attention is doing something right on the pitch. Morgan's Olympic gold medal with Team USA certainly qualifies.

Bryan Caraway and Miesha Tate

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    Miesha Tate is a big name in UFC after agreeing to join last month. She's scheduled to take on Cat Zingano in the second UFC women's fight in April.

    Her UFC boyfriend, Bryan Caraway, isn't a star, but his lady definitely has his back.

Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko

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    Alex Ovechkin used to be one of the biggest partiers in all of sports. After meeting tennis star Maria Kirilenko, though, he slowed his roll and focused on making it work with her.

    We have a good feeling they're treated like royalty anytime they're together over in Russia.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick

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    The two racers kept their relationship quiet for a while, but the former Nationwide Series competitors are all-in together now.

    Danica Patrick is a superstar, combining her good looks with her racing acumen.

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is no slouch himself, winning eight races in the last two seasons. He also won two consecutive Nationwide titles.

Casey Daigle and Jennie Finch

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    With two Olympic medals—one gold, one silver—Jennie Finch is generally regarded as one of the most dominant pitchers of her era.

    Her husband, Casey Daigle, might not be enshrined in Cooperstown, but we don't feel bad for him. At all. 

Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece

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    Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece might not beat you in a typical sport like basketball.

    But just challenge them to anything nontraditional like volleyball or surfing, and see what happens.

Matt Treanor and Misty May-Treanor

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    Matt Treanor isn't a star at his sport (baseball) like his more famous wife is in hers (volleyball), but he's still been able to hold down a nine-year career in the majors with various teams.

    Wife Misty May-Treanor won three straight gold medals with her beach volleyball partner, Kerri Walsh.

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn

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    It's finally good to be Tiger Woods again.

    After a couple rough years, Woods is atop the world golf rankings, coming off a win at Bay Hill last weekend. He seems to be happy with two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

    Hoping to avoid those crazy dating rumors, the two announced their relationship last week.

Andrew Luck and Nicole Pechanec

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    As if both attending Stanford to play sports wasn't enough, Andrew Luck had to go get selected No. 1 overall in last year's NFL draft. He also led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs.

    His gymnast girlfriend, Nicole Pechanec, captained the Cardinal squad. She was named team MVP while collecting her first two All-America honors.

Alex Rodriguez and Torrie Wilson

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    Love him or hate him, Alex Rodriguez put up some gaudy numbers in his MLB career.

    Though his current lady, Torrie Wilson, doesn't wrestle anymore, that's where she made a name for herself.

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf

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    We could only imagine walking into the house of these two tennis superstars.

    With 30 Grand Slam singles titles between them, we wouldn't be surprised if Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf actually use some of the hardware as silverware for visiting guests.


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