To quote Mia Hamm, the famous American Soccer Player, “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl, who fell in love with the game and never looked back. Play for her.”
Women sportspersons have been around since quite some time now. In this patriarchal society, female athletes and other players have not always been encouraged by everyone to follow their passion. However, in recent times the number of women in various kinds of sports has increased manifold. Some of the females in this list are treated at par, if not greater than men, in terms of popularity, fame, social status and even earnings.
The misconception that female sportspersons are generally stocky and have male-like built is very much baseless. Women who play sports score extremely well even in the looks department. With their well-maintained physique, brusque looks and even tan, most could easily beat actors in the glamour department and effortlessly give them a run for their money.
Here’s a list of the top 10 hottest sportswomen from various sports all around the world.
10. Caroline Wozniacki
Danish by nationality, this tennis player has held the number one position on the WTA tour for more than 67 weeks. She has won many titles, including 21 WTA Singles, Wimbledon Girls Singles etc. She is still yet to win a Grand Slam title. This Scanidavian beauty with blonde hair and a charming smile is surely one great sportswoman.
9. Kim Yuna
This South Korean figure skater is one of the hottest Asian women in this list. She is the current record holder for figure skating, and has recently won a silver medal in the ladies’ singles in Sochi Olympics. She is also referred to as Queen Yuna due to her creditable accomplishments. With her charming looks and beautiful eyes, she can very well be called the Queen of hearts too.
8. Allison Stokke
Incase you were thinking all these sportswomen were way beyond your generation, take another look. One of the youngest women in our list, Allison Stoke turned from a young high school teenager to an online celebrity just because one of her pictures leaked online. This picture-perfect pole vaulter has been in the game since she was in her teens, and broke several national records at the mere age of 15. Stokke now is a student for the University of California at Berkeley, whom she represents at pole vault competitions.
7. Danica Patrick
Danica Sue Patrick is an American auto racing driver, model and media spokesperson. She holds many records including the maximum consecutive races won at the finish, in the years 2008-2011. Her win in the Indy Japan 300 is the only women’s victory ever in an Indycar race series. Her jet black hair and stunning aura make her a personal favourite. What could be hotter than a woman racer anyway, right? Danica has modelled several times, and even featured in a video with Jay-Z.
6. Maria Sharapova
A lot of tennis players seemed to have hogged this list! However, it’s truly a Herculean task to resist this Russian tennis player’s gorgeousness. Currently ranked World No.6 by the WTA, Sharapova has won five grand slam titles so far, the only close contender to Serena Williams. She has already featured in many modelling assignments. Did you know that she actually won her first title at the mere age of 17 years? To think teens are considered useless these days.
5. Erica Hosseini
Ever imagined a female surfer with the perfect tanned body, kind of like lifeguards from Baywatch? Well, here’s your real-life candidate. This aspiring actress is also a professional surfer. She got her first surfboard at the mere age of 11, after which she has broken a world record of being the youngest surfer to reach the finals. A stunning height of 5”10, blonde hair and startlingly blue eyes make her a full-on head turner.
4. Leryn Franco
A javelin-thrower and a model all rolled into one. What more could a guy want, right? She became an internet sensation in the year 2008 in the Beijing Olympics. Not so much because of her prowess at her game, but more so because of her looks. Many hunks don’t even know or care to find out that this beauty is actually from Paraguay. She was runner up at the Miss Universo Paraguay pageant in 2006. Who knew Javelin throwing could be this intersting a sport?
3. Hope Solo
A fantastic goal keeper and a staunch Arsenal supporter, Hope Solo is a proud member of the women’s football team of America. Regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in the world, she has won Olympic Gold medals twice in her career. Along with this, she has 103 caps to her credit and has also won the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper. She is very well recognised due to her participation in the reality tv show “dancing with the stars”, in which she got eliminated a week before the finale.
2. Amanda Beard
One of the hottest women in a sport where there is heavy competition for this title, Amanda Ray Beard has conquered them all. This seven time Olympic medalist scores full marks in all departments, be it looks or sport. The American Swimmer of the Year award has been presented to Beard twice in her career. Long featured on the list of hottest sportswomen, she has also held a former world record for the 200m breaststroke. The above picture shows Amanda at a fashion show.
1. Laisa Andrioli
The winner of the hottest sportswoman goes to a footballer again, Laisa Androili. It’s really hard to believe she’s not an actress or a model-turned-social-activist or something. She really scores well both on and off the field, as she is a Brazilian striker for the national team. A bold and daring one too, she has modelled for many magazines, birthday suit pictures included. We really will never be able to figure out what is so attractive about Brazilian women, anyway!
2014 has been an eventful year in terms of sports. With the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Russia; the Football World Cup at Brazil, the Australian Open, The French Open and so many more such events happening in this year. The above mentioned sportswomen have not just won accolades and wide media coverage at the above mentioned events, but also caught many eyeballs.
As a conclusion, women sports is very much in the limelight now. Not just because of the strength and athletic prowess, but also because of the oomph-factor. Hollywood actresses better watch out!