30+ Stunning Female Athletes Who Could Easily Be Models

This article appeared in Peoplish and has been published here with permission.

Had these ladies not entered the world of athletics, there’s no doubt that they would have easily been just as successful as models. Keep scrolling to read about these iconic powerhouses…

Natalie Coughlin

A California native, Natalie Coughlin is a competitive swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. With these kinds of achievements under her belt, it’s no surprise that Coughlin has earned the World Swimmer of the Year Award once as well as American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. Since her last big meet in 2016, Coughlin has kept busy with other ventures. Aside from becoming a spokeswoman for C20 Coconut Water and appearing on television, Coughlin has written a book and modeled for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which doesn’t come as much of a shock considering her impressive talent and radiant beauty.

Natalie Coughlin

Blair O’Neal

Raised in Arizona, the ever-so stunning Blair O’Neal has been playing golf since she was just 11 years old. By the time she turned 13, Blair began playing for the American Junior Golf Association and her career only grew from there. After four years of collegiate-level golf at Arizona State University, O’Neal began playing professionally all whilst establishing a modeling career. After all, have you seen her?! Her smile could seriously light up a room! In any event, the blonde bombshell has been quite busy throughout the years. Today, though, she has her hands full taking care of her newborn baby with husband Jeff Keiser.

Blair O’Neal

Kim Glass

Here we have Kim Glass — an indoor volleyball star who joined the U.S. national team in May of 2007. The following year, Glass made her first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, helping Team USA to a silver medal. Aside from becoming a champion in her respective sport, Glass has also dabbled in modeling, which makes sense considering how stunning this woman is. Are we right?! Aside from appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011, Kim had also auditioned for Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model five different times while she was in college.

Kim Glass

Silje Norendal

A Norwegian professional snowboarder, Silje Norendal competes in slopestyle. Now 26 years old, there’s no denying that Norendal has accomplished quite a lot throughout her career thus far. Not only has she won gold during the Winter X Games Europe in Tignes in 2013, but Norendal also finished in fourth place at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. Aside from her indisputable talent, Norendal has also received attention for her breathtaking looks and radiant smile, modeling for various brands and magazines.

Silje Norendal

Lindsey Vonn

Now 35 years old, Lindsey Vonn is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer for the U.S. Ski Team. After beginning to ski at the young age of two, Vonn went on to have an extremely successful career, winning multiple championships and Olympic gold medals. Although Vonn retired in 2019, there’s no doubt that she’ll always be remembered for her insane talent and striking beauty. Throughout the years, Vonn has modeled for various magazines including the 2010 and 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, as well as Maxim.

Lindsey Vonn

Ana Ivanović

Ana Ivanović is yet another star who has dominated in the world of tennis. Originally from Serbia, Ana began competing professionally in 2003 before retiring in 2016. During her career, Ana has won several singles titles and was even ranked No. 1 in the world in 2008. Despite her retirement, Ana hasn’t slowed down. Aside from raising her two sons with husband Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ana has modeled for multiple magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Bella, and Vanity Fair (Spain) among many others.

Ana Ivanović

Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt may have retired from figure skating in the late ’80s but that doesn’t mean her name has been forgotten, especially due to the fact that the German native has worked in film and television since. In any event, Witt rose to stardom after winning two Olympic gold medals for East Germany — the first at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. She also happens to be a four-time World Champion and two-time World silver medalist. With her unstoppable talent and radiant beauty, it’s no surprise that Witt was East Germany’s poster athlete.

Katarina Witt

Gabrielle Reece

Gabrielle Reece, now 50 years old, has not only made a name for herself as a professional volleyball player but also as a sports announcer, fashion model, and actress. After playing collegiate-level volleyball for Florida State University — on scholarship — Reece moved to New York City to pursue a parallel career as a sports fashion model whilst continuing in her pro-volleyball career. Then again, we can’t say that this surprises us so much as she looks like a natural in front of the camera not to mention her insanely gorgeous appearance.

Gabrielle Reece

Danica Patrick

Known as the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, Danica Patrick is an absolute machine. Now 38 years old, the former professional racecar driver dominated in her sport before retiring in 2018. In fact, her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race. A globally recognized athlete, Patrick has become a pop culture icon throughout the years due to her talent and looks. Not only has she done film and television work but she’s also been a cover model for magazines such as FHM, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, and ESPN: The Magazine.

Danica Patrick

Kerri Walsh

Yet another powerhouse is Kerri Walsh, a professional beach volleyball player. Throughout her career, Kerri has impressed fans by becoming a three-time Olympic gold medalist as well as a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. She was even five weeks pregnant during the 2012 London Olympics where she won gold — an impressive feat, to say the least. Considering how easy she is on the eyes, it’s no surprise that Kerri has also gone on to do television and modeling work, appearing in the ESPN: The Magazine “Body Issue, with images taken both before and after giving birth to her third child.

Kerri Walsh

Jennie Finch

Born and raised in sunny California, Jennie Finch is a former professional softball player. During her career, not only did she become a collegiate All-American but also a medal-winning Olympian and two-time pro-All-Star. With this being said, there’s no denying that this blue-eyed beauty was an unstoppable force in her respective sport, so much so that Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. Although Finch retired from the sport in 2010 to focus on her family, she began working at ESPN as a color commentator for National Pro Fastpitch and college softball games.

Jennie Finch

Anna Kournikova

Named one of 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine, Anna Kournikova is a Russian former professional tennis player who has won multiple Grand Slam titles and WTA Championships. Although her career was cut short due to serious back and spinal problems, Kournikova is very much still a household name. Aside from the fact that she does quite a lot of television and modeling work, Kournikova is also known for her relationship with singer-songwriter Enrique Iglesias, from whom she has three children.

Anna Kournikova

Amanda Beard

Ashley Beard first rose to fame as a professional swimmer and seven-time Olympic medalist. Her success has unsurprisingly earned her the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. After a brief hiatus, Beard came out of retirement in 2010 and placed second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the National Championships that year. Apart from being an extremely gifted swimmer, Beard has also been known to do modeling work including walking fashion shows. But then again, do you guys really find it at all surprising considering her incredible bone structure and mesmerizingly blue eyes?

Amanda Beard

Trish Stratus

Born Patricia Anne Stratigeas, Trish Stratus is a fitness master, fitness model, professional wrestler, actress, and television personality. Throughout her childhood, Trish took an interest in wrestling but it wasn’t until after pursuing a career in modeling that she was noticed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Then, in November 1999, the Canadian superstar signed to a multi-year contract with the company. Aside from professional wrestling, though, Stratus has also appeared on a number of magazine covers and been involved in charity work.

Trish Stratus

Maria Sharapova

Are you guys also starting to realize just how many beautiful tennis players there are in the world? Well, here’s another one for you — Maria Sharapova. A Russian native, Maria had an extremely fruitful career before retiring in February 2020, winning a medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Aside from making a name for herself in athletics, Maria has been known for her work with multiple magazines including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has also appeared in several advertisements for brands such as Nike and been the face of several fashion houses.

Maria Sharapova

Ronda Rousey

Often called by her nickname “Rowdy,” Ronda Rousey is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist who won Olympic medals in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics. It wasn’t until 2018 that Rousey began a career in professional wrestling, signing a contract with WWE. Aside from whooping butt in the ring, Rousey has also enjoyed success as both an actress, author, and model. In all honesty, though, how could she not? Not only is she an absolute beauty but she’s also incredibly inspiring.

Ronda Rousey

Serena Williams

Let’s be real — Serena Williams stole our hearts the minute she turned professional in 1995. While we could sit here the whole day telling you guys about all that Serena has accomplished, we’re pretty sure you already know. In any event, Serena is a force to be reckoned with and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Aside from dominating tennis courts all around the globe, this goddess also enjoys her fair share of television and modeling work. Then again, if we looked like her, we also wouldn’t mind posing for magazine covers.

Serena Williams

Aly Raisman

The captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams, Aly Raisman is a retired gymnast and two-time Olympian that made waves in the athletic world after becoming the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor exercise silver medalist. Aside from her unstoppable talent, Raisman has stunned fans with her poise and grace. Not only has she done modeling work over the years, appearing in various magazines, but she was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.

Aly Raisman

Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones has gained public attention throughout the years not only due to her immense talent but also because of her exotic looks. An American hurdler and bobsledder, Jones has won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while attending Louisiana State University. Now 37 years old, Jones has no intention of slowing down in the near future. Aside from essentially ruling in her respective sport, Jones has also done modeling work for magazines including the ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue, as well as the cover of Outside.

Lolo Jones

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie, a professional golfer, began playing when she was just 10 years old. At that point, she became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. Beyond that, Wie also became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest to qualify for an LPGA Tour event. By 2005, shortly before her 16th birthday, Wie finally took her career to a professional level in which she was unsurprisingly accompanied by an enormous amount of publicity and endorsements. Then, in 2014, this knockout won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Michelle Wie

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard is a professional tennis player who has certainly made quite a name for herself over the last few years. In fact, at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, Bouchard became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles. Aside from these accomplishments, including awards that she has received, Bouchard has also been noticed for her effortless beauty. We mean, this gal has a smile that could light up any room — or tennis court, in her case.

Eugenie Bouchard

Miesha Tate

Born and raised in Washington state, Miesha Tate is an American mixed martial arts pundit and former mixed martial artist. Throughout her years in the industry, there’s no question that Tate has solidified her place as a champion. In fact, her fighting technique has only earned her praise from multiple peers and media outlets. Outside of MMA and the UFC, though, Tate has modeled for various different websites and publications including ESPN: The Magazine and Fitness Gurls. Since her retirement, Tate has gone on to become the VP for ONE Championship — Singapore-based mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, and kickboxing promotion.

Miesha Tate

Skylar Diggins

Did your jaws drop at the sight of Skylar Diggins, too? Yeah, we thought so. This beauty queen is a 29-year-old professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). After getting drafted third overall by the Tulsa Shock in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Diggins instantly rose to fame with her fierce talent. Not only has she been named the WNBA All-Star four times but was also recognized as the WNBA Most Improved Player in 2014. When she’s not on the court, Diggins keeps busy with modeling work for several magazines including Vogue.

Skylar Diggins

Hilary Knight

An American Olympian and professional ice hockey player, Hilary Knight is undoubtedly one of the strongest people in the sport. Now 31 years old, Knight has been playing for as long as she can remember. She is currently a forward with the PWHPA — Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association — and the United States women’s national ice hockey team. Aside from shredding ice, Knight also models and is involved in the well-known #LikeAGirl campaign, making her the ultimate role model for girls all over the globe.

Hilary Knight

Torah Bright

Hailing all the way from the land down under — Australia — Torah Bright is a professional snowboarder and Australia’s most successful Winter Olympian. With her aggressive riding style and amplitude, Bright has easily become one of the biggest names in the sport. Throughout the years, she has gone on to win multiple medals, awards, and accolades. With so many accomplishments under her belt, it’s hard to imagine that Bright has time for anything else yet she does! When she isn’t wowing fans with her unbelievable tricks, she’s shocking them with her insanely good looks and modeling work.

Torah Bright

Becky Lynch

Born and raised in Ireland, Becky Lynch might be one of the most charming people to ever grace the WWE. With her adorable accent, powerful skills, and beautiful appearance, it’s no surprise that Becky is beloved by many. Although the red-headed beauty is currently signed to WWE on the Raw brand, she’s been on maternity leave as of May 2020. Aside from wrestling, Lynch also dabbles in acting. Not only did she graduate with an acting degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology but she also attended Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting.

Becky Lynch

Candace Parker

At 34 years old, it’s safe to say that Candace Parker has certainly established herself in not only women’s basketball but also in the world of basketball as a whole. After getting the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, this six-foot-four-inch goddess has helped the Los Angeles Sparks win various titles. With several awards and accolades under her belt, Parker will forever be a household name. When she isn’t bouncing the ball around, she spends her time as the studio analyst for CBS Sports NCAA men’s tournament coverage and NBA on TNT.

Candace Parker

Nastia Liukin

This blonde-haired beauty is named Nastia Liukin, a former artistic gymnast. Throughout her career as a gymnast, Nastia won several awards and accolades including the 2008 Olympic All-Around champion. She was also a five-time Olympic medalist, the 2005 and 2007 world champion on the balance beam, and the 2005 world champion on the uneven bars. After an extremely successful career, Nastia stepped back from the sport in 2012. Since her retirement, Nastia has kept busy with not only television work but also with The Nastia Liukin Cup — an annual gymnastics competition held in the United States that’s hosted by Liukin.

Nastia Liukin

Hope Solo

Another Washington state native to make this list, Hope Solo is a former soccer player. The 38-year-old stunner was the goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 to 2016 in which she became a World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Considering that she’s regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world, we think it’s safe to say that Solo is a name that’ll never be forgotten. Following her impressive feat at the 2011 World Cup, Solo then participated in Dancing With the Stars and posed for numerous magazines, of course.

Hope Solo

Gina Carano

In all honesty, we might be in love with Gina Carano. We mean, look at her! In any event, Carano started her career in the sport of Muay Thai although it wasn’t long before she transitioned into mixed martial arts, where she became the face of women’s MMA. After she retired from competition, Carano decided to keep busy with acting and modeling work. Ranked in fifth place on a list of the “Top 10 Influential Women” of 2008, Carano has been featured in ESPN: The Magazine as well as Maxim.

Gina Carano

Anastasia Ashley

Born in California, Anastasia Ashley began surfing at the age of five right before moving to Hawaii. By the time she turned six, Ashley won a surf contest using a run-down board that she found in the garbage right outside of her house. A year after that, Ashley ultimately picked up a sponsor that would replace her board with new ones. With that being said, it’s clear that talent coursed through Ashley’s veins from the time she was a little girl. Now 33 years old, Ashley has achieved quite a lot as a professional surfer as well as a model, which doesn’t shock us considering her flawless looks.

Anastasia Ashley

Simone Biles

Simone Biles, a Belizean-American artistic gymnast, is a household name at this point. At just 23 years old, she is the most decorated American gymnast and third most decorated in the world, with a total of thirty Olympic and World Championship medals. Having been referred to by many as the “greatest gymnast ever,” Simone continues to work in other industries outside of sports. She is endorsed by Nike and other big brands, and it’s clear that her beauty is just the cherry on top of a wildly successful career.

Simone Biles

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens is an American professional tennis player whose undeniable talent was internationally recognized at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams. She has won multiple awards, including the WTA Comeback Player of the Year, since. Represented by TLA Worldwide, Sloane has been the face of several big brands throughout her career, including Under Armour, Nike, and American Express. Her stunning appearance coupled with a long list of athletic accolades is sure to contribute to her success for years to come.

Sloane Stephens

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is a Haitian and Japanese award-winning professional tennis player who has been successfully ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. The first-ever Asian player to hold the highest ranking in tennis singles, Osaka has become known as the “first” of many athletic endeavors. Her beauty has also not gone unnoticed, as Naomi is endorsed by multiple big brands such as Nissan and world-renowned cosmetics company, Shiseido. Still in her early twenties, it’s safe to assume her career will span for many years to come.

Naomi Osaka

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie is an American former professional basketball player who currently serves as a head coach in the BIG3 professional basketball league. With a long career full of numerous successes and awards, it’s no surprise that she was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. In addition to her incredible sports history, Lisa has also secured a notable reputation in fashion and media, with several roles on TV and numerous appearances in Vogue and Newsweek.

Lisa Leslie

Mia Hamm

Regarded as an icon in the world of soccer, Mia Hamm is a retired professional player who became a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion over the course of her career. During her time as an international player, Hamm signed endorsement deals with big brands including Gatorade, Nike, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Pepsi, and Nabisco among many others. If she hadn’t been a star on the field, though, Hamm could have done extremely well as a model considering her striking appearance and experience posing for magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Time, and People.

Mia Hamm

Gabby Douglas

Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the gold-winning teams at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and is known as the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion. Her incredible achievements and striking beauty have taken her career off the mat and into media and film. An author and star of her own reality TV series, Gabby doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Gabby Douglas

P.V. Sindhu

Pusaria Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player who made her international debut in 2009. At just age 17, she rose to the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in 2012. Since then, she’s won multiple super series titles. Not only is she athletically talented but her beauty has also made waves in the sports industry with her numerous brand endorsements such as those with JBL, Gatorade, and Panasonic. Having already made a Forbes list for the highest-paid female athletes, it’s safe to say her successful career will last.

P.V. Sindhu

Maya Moore

Maya Moore, an American professional basketball player, is a member of the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA. Her athletic talent and hard work led to her being named the inaugural Performer of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2017. In addition to numerous awards and championships won, Maya now continues to use her platform for criminal justice reform. Regardless of her future endeavors, her athleticism and activism – and no doubt, her beauty – are sure to be remembered.

Maya Moore

Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields is an American professional boxer with multiple world championships. She’s won gold medals in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and remains one of only seven boxers – male or female – to hold all four major world boxing titles simultaneously. In addition to her remarkable boxing career, Claressa has been the star of a documentary and continues to find acting work in films and advertisements – not surprising, considering her talent is punctuated by extreme beauty.

Claressa Shields

Allyson Felix

Allyson Michelle Felix is a recognized athlete all around the world. She’s an American track and field sprinter who has won awards in all of her events: 100, 200, and 400-meters. And in 2017, she was recognized as the most decorated athlete in World Athletics Championships history, with a total of 18 career medals. Not only is Allyson a talented, successful, and revered athlete, she just so happens to be undeniably beautiful. If she ever desired a career in modeling, she’d surely rise to the top.

Allyson Felix

Simone Manuel

Professional swimmers are often recognized for their physique, and Simone Ashley Manuel is no exception. She is an American competitive swimmer who specializes in sprint freestyle. In the 2016 Olympics, her talent and hard work won her two gold and two silver medals. Having turned professional in 2018, Simone’s career is only getting started. She also signed with TYR Sport, Inc. — an American manufacturer of swimwear and triathlon apparel — and will no doubt find further success as both an athlete and model.

Simone Manuel

Venus Williams

Venus Williams, older sister to the legendary Serena, certainly deserves her flowers for her incredible athletic achievements. She was discovered at the age of seven for her unusual talent and potential to be a great tennis player, and she went on to do just that. As of today, Venus has been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three separate occasions. An athletic force to be reckoned with, Venus also holds two degrees, one in business administration and another in fashion design – not surprising considering her track record of stylish looks on and off the tennis court. With numerous athletic and professional accolades already under her belt, she doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

Venus Williams

Sydney McLaughlin

Sydney McLaughlin is an American hurdler and sprinter, known for her time at the University of Kentucky before going on to win a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in 400-meter hurdles. In 2018, she broke the collegiate and NCAA record for the same event. Later that year, she became professional. Sydney comes from an athletic family, with both mom and dad having a history of competitive running. In addition to inheriting strong athletic genes from her parents, she can also thank them for her stunningly good looks.

Sydney McLaughlin

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Hailing from Australia, Liz Cambage is a professional basketball player currently playing for the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA. One of her many contributions to the sporting world is her 53-point performance in a game against the New York Liberty – the current WNBA single-game scoring record. Standing tall at six-foot-five-inches, it’s reported that she was teased for her height growing up. But now, with records and multiple achievements to her name including a memorable slam dunk during the Olympic games, it’s clear who came out on top. Beautiful and talented, Liz is sure to continue being a success.

Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage

Laila Ali

Daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila is a former professional boxer who competed from 1999 to 2007 before retiring undefeated. Not only does she have an undeniable presence but she’s also downright beautiful. The powerhouse has also appeared in numerous magazines such as Sports Illustrated, People, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan among many more.

Laila Ali

Courtney Force

The youngest daughter of 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion John Force, Courtney Force isn’t your ordinary 32-year-old. After following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a drag racer, the blonde-haired beauty worked hard to become a household name. During her career, Force also did television work including a feature with her family on A&E’s reality show Driving Force. In 2015, she married fellow racecar driver Graham Rahal and five years later, the couple announced that they’re expecting their first child in November 2020. So, although Force retired from her sport in 2019, there’s no doubt that she’ll be keeping busy.

Courtney Force

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Daniela Hantuchová

Daniela Hantuchová is a retired tennis player from Slovakia. After turning professional, Daniela made her breakthrough in 2002 when she won her first WTA tournament — and that was the first of many accomplishments to come during her 18-year career. While Daniela was making a name for herself as a world-famous tennis star, she also modeled for magazines including Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and ESPN: The Magazine’s “The Body Issue.” It was then that Daniela was also noticed for her undeniably good looks. Although she’s widely considered to be a symbol of beauty, Daniela has never really considered herself as such, saying that modeling is “just fun to do from time to time.”

Daniela Hantuchová

Crystal Dunn

Crystal Alyssia Dunn Soubrier is an American soccer player both wildly talented and strikingly beautiful. She plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Woman’s Soccer League (NWSL). In 2015, she was the youngest player to win both the NWSL Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot awards. With numerous successes in the sport since she first started playing, it’s safe to assume that she will be in the game for a long time. But if she ever decided to take another track, her undeniable beauty would likely keep her a household name.

Crystal Dunn

Brie & Nikki Bella

Nikki and Brie Bella are identical twins and professional wrestling tag team that performed on WWE. The Bella Twins are both former Divas Champions, with Nikki having held the title twice and Brie once. Although they’re now retired from wrestling, both Nikki and Brie are still very much in the spotlight. Other than enjoying a life of motherhood, Nikki and Bella have their hands full with modeling work as well as running their own beauty line — Nicole + Brizee.

Brie & Nikki Bella

Alana Blanchard

Hailing all the way from paradise, also known as Hawaii, Alana Blanchard is an accomplished professional surfer who has taken part in the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour. Aside from riding waves, Blanchard designs Rip Curl swimwear — particularly a line of wetsuits specifically made for surfing. With her naturally beachy hair and flawless facial features, it doesn’t come as a shock that Blanchard does modeling work in addition to her surfing career. She also keeps busy raising her son with fiancé and Australian pro-surfer Jack Freestone.

Alana Blanchard

Alica Schmidt

Alica Schmidt may only be 21 years old but there’s no denying that the German sprinter and hurdler has already made a name for herself, for both her talent and looks. Not only has she represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 London Olympics but she also competed at the World Championships in Athletics on three different occasions — 2005, 2007, and 2011. When she isn’t on the track, Schmidt models, which isn’t a shocker as she’s considered one of the world’s most beautiful athletes.

Alica Schmidt

Alex Morgan

Alright, people — how stunning is Alex Morgan?! Now 31 years old, Morgan is an American soccer player for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States. An unstoppable force to be reckoned with, Morgan has helped the U.S. win their titles at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Besides her accomplishments on the field, though, Morgan has also found success in modeling for a number of magazines including the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, Elle, and Time among various others.

Alex Morgan

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki is yet another powerhouse that the world has fallen in love with due to both her awe-inspiring talent and beguiling appearance. Originally from Denmark, Wozniacki is a former professional tennis player who reached world No. 1 in singles and the 20th in the Open Era. She also happens to be the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top-ranking position. It’s important to note that Wozniacki accomplished all of this despite getting diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018 — talk about inspiring. After her retirement in 2019, Wozniacki tied the knot with former NBA champion David Lee.

Caroline Wozniacki

Soo Yeon Lee

Believe it or not, people, but table tennis — a.k.a. ping-pong — is a professional sport. Meet Soo Yeon Lee, a South Korean former player who shocked the world with her technique and drive before retiring. Lee began playing table tennis at a very young age and was even extensively trained in the sport by an Olympic gold medalist. Since she stepped away from her racket, Lee has gone on to become a coach, actress, and professional model. In fact, she has been featured in advertisement campaigns for a number of prominent brands including Nike, Adidas, K-Swiss, Red Bull, and Target.

Soo Yeon Lee

40+ Talented Female Athletes That Have Dominated the Red Carpet

Dominating the Red Carpet

Let’s be real here — these female sports stars are the embodiment of inspiration and empowerment. Each and every one of these ladies has worked tirelessly to make their way to the top and become some of the best in their respective sports. Not only have these women shocked the world with their endless talent but they’ve also left people stunned when walking the red carpet. We mean, these athletes could have easily been supermodels as well and you’ll see why if you keep reading…

Alex Morgan — Soccer

Nicknamed “Baby Horse” by her teammates, Alex Morgan is a soccer player for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League — the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States. Although Morgan only began playing soccer at the age of 14, she has undoubtedly made a name for herself.

Alex Morgan — Soccer

Not only did she become the sixth and youngest U.S. player to score 20 goals in a single season but she also helped the United States win their titles at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. On May 7th, 2020, she and her husband welcomed their first child into the world!

Becky Lynch — Wrestling

Hailing from Ireland, Becky Lynch is a professional wrestler and absolute powerhouse of a woman. From a young age, she took an interest in professional wrestling when she began watching with her brother, Richy — who later wrestled under the ring name Gonzo de Mondo.

Becky Lynch — Wrestling

After taking some time off due to a severe head injury in 2006, Lynch returned to the ring in 2018. A year later, Lynch set the record for the longest reign as Raw Women’s Champion at 399 days. She has since gone on a hiatus after announcing in May 2020 that she and Seth Rollins are expecting their first child together.

Maria Sharapova — Tennis

In August 2005, she became the top-ranked female tennis player in the world for the first time when she was just 18 years old. Since the start of her career, Maria Sharapova won five Grand Slam titles — two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.

Maria Sharapova — Tennis

Aside from those titles, Sharapova made her way to become an Olympic medalist, having won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. In February 2020, Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis.

Jennie Finch — Softball

Described by Time Magazine as the most famous softball player in history, Jennie Finch began playing softball at the age of five. She pitched for the Arizona Wildcats, the USA national softball team — which she led to a gold and silver medal in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics — and the Chicago Bandits.

Jennie Finch — Softball

Although she retired from softball in 2010 to focus on her family, in August 2011, Finch began working at ESPN as a color commentator for Nation Pro Fastpitch and college softball games.

Paige Spiranac — Golf

Paige Spiranac is known for more than just her golf skills. After initially creating social media accounts to post trick-shot videos, she basically became an overnight sensation, gaining two million Instagram followers by 2018.

Paige Spiranac — Golf

Spiranac played golf for both the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, winning All-Mountain West Conference honors during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons. A bombshell on and off the field, it’s clear that Spiranac is a natural when it comes to walking the red carpet.

Caroline Wozniacki — Tennis

The first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top ranking position, Caroline Wozniacki began playing tennis at the age of seven! After making her debut on the ITF Junior Circuit in October 2003 at 13 years old, it was clear that Wozniacki was a superstar.

Caroline Wozniacki — Tennis

With a career that spans over 16 years, it’s no surprise that Wozniacki made her way to the top by reaching No. 1 in singles and the 20th in the Open Era. In December 2019, though, Wozniacki announced that she would be retiring from professional tennis after the 2020 Australian Open, which was held a month later.

Anastasia Yankova — MMA

We think it’s safe to say that Anastasia Yankova is a real-life warrior. Inspired by a childhood fascination with Xena: Warrior Princess on television, Yankova began training when she was just six years old.

Anastasia Yankova — MMA

After a brief hiatus to focus on school, Yankova then began training in Muay Thai before competing in kickboxing tournaments. It wasn’t long before she transitioned to MMA. Today, she competes in Bellator Fighting Championships and of course, rocks the red carpet in her spare time.

Candace Parker — Basketball

The younger sister of former NBA player Anthony Parker, Candace Parker has been making waves in the WNBA since 2008. Not only was she the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game but she also became the second woman in WNBA history — after her teammate Lisa Leslie — to dunk during a regulation WNBA game, against the Indiana Fever.

Candace Parker — Basketball

Aside from that, Parker won the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player award two times throughout her career. Still, if you think that she’s impressive on the court, check her out on the red carpet…

Nastia Liukin — Gymnastics

Considering that Nastia Liukin was born to two former Soviet champion gymnasts, it comes as no surprise that she began gymnastics by the time she was three years old. During her career, Liukin undoubtedly made a name for herself — she is the 2008 Olympic All-Around champion, a five-time Olympic medalist, a four-time all-around U.S. national champion, and so much more.

Nastia Liukin — Gymnastics

Although the 30-year-old retired from the sport in 2012, there’s definitely no forgetting who she is, especially after seeing her in this velvet number.

Anastasia Ashley — Surfing

A California native, Anastasia Ashley began surfing when she was only five years old. A year later, she won a surf contest using a run-down board that she found in a trash can outside of her house.

Anastasia Ashley — Surfing

By the time she turned seven, Ashley picked up a sponsor to replace her run-down board with new ones. Aside from catching waves, Ashley also models, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering her natural beauty and beachy vibes.

Barbara Blank — Wrestling

Best known by her stage name, Kelly Kelly, Barbara Blank is a former professional wrestler who actually started out as a model although she took an interest in professional wrestling from a young age.

Barbara Blank — Wrestling

With a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, it’s no surprise that Kelly Kelly has been dominating the ring since she entered the world of WWE in 2008. Aside from modeling and wrestling, Kelly Kelly is also a reality television personality appearing in shows including WWE Tough Enough and Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp.

Urszula Radwańska — Tennis

Now 29 years old, Urszula Radwańska is a professional tennis player from Poland. Throughout her career, Radwańska has won the doubles title on the WTA Tour, as well as four singles and ten doubles titles on the ITF Women’s circuit.

Urszula Radwańska — Tennis

By October 2012, Radwańska reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 29. With these stats, there’s no denying that Radwańska is considered one of the most popular tennis players on the court today. Aside from her career as a tennis player, Radwańska also dabbles in business, creating the UR brand of luxury handbags.

Miesha Tate — MMA

Dubbed “Cupcake” and “Takedown,” Miesha Tate’s career as a wrestler began when she was still in high school. Not only has Tate competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but she also had an unbelievably successful career in MMA — winning the bantamweight championship of the Freestyle Cage fighting promotion in ’09 as well as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship.

Miesha Tate — MMA

Although she’s now retired, Tate has also done modeling work for various websites and publications including ESPN The Magazine and Fitness Gurls.

Laila Ali — Boxing

Daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali is perhaps the most famous female boxer of all time. After competing for eight years — from 1999 to 2007 — Ali retired undefeated.

Laila Ali — Boxing

She held the WBC, WIBA, IWBF, and IBA female super middleweight titles, as well as the IWVF light heavyweight title. Since her retirement from the sport, “Madame Butterfly” has dabbled in modeling, television, writing, and more. Today, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their children.

Silje Norendal — Snowboarding

Now 26 years old, Silje Norendal is a snowboarder from Norway. Whether she’s competing at the Winter X Games in Colorado — where she has won gold medals various times — or the Winter Olympics, there’s no denying that Norendal has been excelling in the sport since her career began.

Silje Norendal — Snowboarding

She stomps her landings and lays down solid 900s, and even added a Cab 1080 — which generally refers to any switch-frontside spin — to her repertoire in 2018. Aside from her indisputable talent, Norendal is a woman of style and class.

Camila Giorgi — Tennis

A professional tennis player from Italy, Camila Giorgi made her senior international tournament debut in 2006 at the ITF Women’s Circuit. A few years later, in 2009, Giorgi won her first ITF title before making her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

Camila Giorgi — Tennis

Now 28 years old, Giorgi is considered to be one of the hardest hitters of the ball on the tour. In any event, just from one look at this picture, it’s clear that Giorgi knows how to make a statement on and off the court.

Carmen Jordá — Racing

Now 32 years old, Carmen Jordá is a former motor race car driver originally from Alcoy, Spain. From 2015 to 2017, Jordá was a development driver for the Lotus and Renault Sport Formula One teams.

Carmen Jordá — Racing

She has also competed in other motor racing series including GP3, Firestone Indy Lights, and the Le Mans Series. At this point, it’s safe to say that Jordá tore it up on the race track throughout her thrilling career. And let’s be real here — she’s absolutely stunning.

Ellen Hoog — Field Hockey

Let’s get one thing straight — Ellen Hoog dominates in the world of field hockey. After all, she’s 34 years old and has been a part of the national team for 16 years – yet Hoog shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Ellen Hoog — Field Hockey

A Dutch field hockey player, Hoog has played 127 matches and scored 32 goals since becoming a national team member. Aside from that, she has also won the Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, as well as a silver medal in 2016. At this point, we can all agree that Hoog is a powerhouse both on the field and the red carpet.

Gabby Douglas — Gymnastics

Now 24 years old, Gabby Douglas began training as a gymnast when she was only six years old. It paid off, though, considering that she made the U.S. Gymnastics Team in 2008 — when she was 13 years old. Since her international debut, Douglas has been turning heads and shocking the world with her talent and grace.

Gabby Douglas — Gymnastics

Not only is she the first African American to become the Olympic individual all-around champion but she’s also the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the very same Olympics. It’s obviously not a surprise that she cleans up well, too…

Eugénie Bouchard — Tennis

Yet another household name, Eugénie Bouchard is a Canadian tennis player who has certainly made a name for herself. By 2014, she became the first Canadian-born player — representing Canada — to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles at the Wimbledon Championships.

Eugénie Bouchard — Tennis

Bouchard also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open as well as the 2014 French Open. Due to the fact that she won the 2012 Junior Wimbledon title, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year at the end of the 2013 WTA Tour.

Heather Watson — Tennis

Heather Watson is a 28-year-old British professional tennis player. Watson began playing the sport at seven years old before attending the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida a few years later.

Heather Watson — Tennis

Since her professional career started, Watson has established herself as a leading player in the tennis world. In October 2012, Watson won her very first WTA singles title at the Japan Open, becoming the first British woman to win a WTA singles title since Sara Gomer in 1988.

Sally Fitzgibbons — Surfing

A professional surfer from Australia, Sally Fitzgibbons is a sensational athlete. She rode the waves all the way to the No. 1 spot in women’s surfing after winning the 2019 Rio Pro. She began competing for the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour in 2009 when she was only 19 years old.

Sally Fitzgibbons — Surfing

Aside from a successful surfing career, Fitzgibbons has also played a number of different sports — touch football, soccer, surfing, and cross-country running. In 2019, this superstar placed fifth at the Women’s Championship Tour leaderboard.

Katie Ledecky — Swimming

Despite the fact that she’s only 23 years old, Katie Ledecky has proven herself as a professional competitive swimmer. Not only has she won five Olympic gold medals but she has also earned herself 15 world championship gold medals — the most in history for a female swimmer.

Katie Ledecky — Swimming

With her skills, it’s no surprise that Ledecky took home the Swimmer of the Year Award in 2018. Today, Ledecky represents DC Trident, which is part of the International Swimming League. Although she spends most of her time in the water, Ledecky clearly has an eye for fashion.

Chelsea Pezzola — Golf

It’s no secret that Chelsea Pezzola — a professional golf player — has turned heads not only for her talent but for her beauty, too. A Florida native, Pezzola attended the University of Michigan.

Chelsea Pezzola — Golf

While she was a student there, this showstopping athlete played on the women’s golf team before graduating in 2014. Today, she’s working on her game and splitting time between the Sun Coast mini-tour and the Symetra Tour – aside from turning heads on the red carpet, of course.

Gina Carano — MMA

Often called “Crush,” Gina Carano was the first women’s MMA “it” girl long before Ronda Rousey entered the scene. She began training in Muay Thai before transitioning to competitive MMA where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. Aside from a successful career in the ring, Carano has modeled for magazines including ESPN The Magazine and Maxim. After she retired from competing, Carano went on to do television and film work.

Gina Carano — MMA

Ranked fifth on a list of the “Top 10 Influential Women” of 2008, Carano won’t be forgotten any time soon, especially after spotting her in this number. Does she not look like Princess Belle?!

Anna Kournikova — Tennis

As soon as she turned pro in 1995, Anna Kournikova basically became the face of the WTA not only because of her moves on the court but also because of her stunning appearance, plus the fact that her longtime partner is the international singer-songwriter, Enrique Iglesias.

Anna Kournikova — Tennis

Although she retired when she was 21 — due to serious back and spinal problems — Kournikova is known as one of the best tennis stars worldwide, reaching No. 8 in the world before retiring. Now an American television personality, Kournikova resides in Miami with Enrique and their three children.

Lolo Jones — Bobsledding

At 37 years old, there’s no arguing that Lolo Jones put the sport of bobsledding on the map with her unbelievable performances. Jones is an American hurdler and bobsledder who won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while studying at Louisana State University.

Lolo Jones — Bobsledding

Aside from that, Jones received a gold medal in the mixed team event at the 2013 World Championships. Since she also represented the U.S. at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jones became one of the few athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

McKayla Maroney — Gymnastics

A former member of the American women’s gymnastics team that was dubbed the Fierce Five at the 2012 Summer Olympics, McKayla Maroney began training in the sport by the time she was two years old.

McKayla Maroney — Gymnastics

With that being said, it’s no wonder why she became the first U.S. female gymnast to defend a World Championship vault title after winning the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships. Although she’s now retired, there’s no denying that McKayla has made a name for herself in the world of gymnastics.

Nikki Bella — Wrestling

Some of you may recognize her as John Cena’s ex-girlfriend but believe it or not, Nikki Bella worked her way to the top as a professional wrestler in the WWE alongside her twin sister.

Nikki Bella — Wrestling

During her career, Nikki became a two-time WWE Divas Champion and holds the record for the longest reign with that title. Since her retirement, Nikki has continued to work in television. She’s also expecting her first child with partner and Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev — Nikki’s partner from Season 25’s Dancing With the Stars.

Brie Bella — Wrestling

We can’t possibly talk about Nikki without discussing Brie! A one-time WWE Divas Champion, Brie first signed to developmental contracts by WWE — alongside her sister — in June 2007 and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). A few months later, The Bella Twins made their in-ring debut.

Brie Bella — Wrestling

Aside from wrestling and television, the twins have also competed in bikini contests, which ain’t much of a surprise considering that they initially started out as models before entering the world of wrestling. Today, she resides in Phoenix with her husband and their baby — and there’s another one on the way!

Angela Ruch — Racing

If anyone understands what it’s like to push the pedal to the metal, it’s Angela Ruch. An American professional stock race car driver, Angela and her twin sister became the first set of twins to ever race in NASCAR’s top three series. Then again, that doesn’t come as much of a shock considering that they’re the nieces of legendary race car driver Derrike Cope.

Angela Ruch — Racing

In other words, racing is basically in their blood. Today, Ruch competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado/Toyota Tundra for Reaume Brothers Racing.

Lisa Leslie — Basketball

Now 47 years old, Lisa Leslie is a former professional basketball player who now spends her time as the head coach for Triplets in the BIG3 professional basketball league. She’s also a fashion model and studio analyst for Orlando Magic broadcasts on Fox Sports Florida.

Lisa Leslie — Basketball

Before these endeavors, though, Leslie played in the WNBA. During her career, she became a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The first player to dunk in a WNBA game, Leslie was voted in by fans as one of the top 15 players in WNBA History.

Nancy Lopez — Golf

After going professional in 1977, Nancy Lopez blazed trails in the golfing world, becoming one of the first women to make a living from the sport. Her talent was evident from an early age, winning her first amateur tournament by the time she was 12 years old.

Nancy Lopez — Golf

She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1977 and won 48 LPGA Tour events, including three major championships. Now retired, Lopez was recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, she resides in Florida where she hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the charity AIM (Adventures in Movement).

Queen Harrison — Running

With her stats, there’s really no getting around the fact that Queen Harrison is an absolute powerhouse. An American hurdler and sprinter, Harrison was a natural athlete from a very early age. In 2010, Harrison made NCAA history by becoming the first woman to ever win both the 100m and 400m hurdles titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Queen Harrison — Running

She also became the first track and field athlete from Virginia Tech to compete at the Olympics. Today, Harrison resides in South Carolina with her husband and fellow U.S. athlete, Will Claye.

Clair Bidez — Snowboarding

A Colorado-native, Clair Bidez is a former professional snowboarder and research analyst. Being that she grew up around the snow, it’s no surprise that Bidez began competing in snowboarding competitions by the age of 10. By the time she turned 16, Bidez placed fifth at the U.S. Open at Stratton Mountain and was consequently asked to join the U.S. Snowboarding Team soon after.

Clair Bidez — Snowboarding

She became the Halfpipe Junior World Champion in 2006 and placed fourth in the halfpipe competition at the Winter X Games XX. After recovering from an injury, Bidez made it to finals in every Olympic qualifier and was even featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition as a potential Olympian.

Leryn Franco — Javelin Throwing

Now an actress and model, Leryn Franco is a Paraguayan-native former athlete who competed in the Olympics — 2004, 2008, and 2012 — in the sport of javelin. Since retiring from the sport, Franco has turned her focus towards her work for the athletics department of Club Sol de América, as well as modeling and acting.

Leryn Franco — Javelin Throwing

Not only has Franco posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition but she was also cast in an Irish Film called Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay in which she portrays the role of the younger Eliza Lynch.

Allison Baver — Speed Skating

Since Allison Baver started her professional career as a speed-skater, she has been a force to be reckoned with. In the 2005/06 season, Baver was ranked third overall in the world rankings.

Allison Baver — Speed Skating

During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, Baver finished seventh in the women’s 500m competition, following a third-place finish in Semifinal A and a collision with the Czech Republic’s Kateřina Novotná in Final B — which ultimately took her out of the race for fifth place. Since then, Baver has continued to stun the world and was even elected to a four-year term as vice president of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association.

Ashley Wagner — Figure Skating

Ashley Wagner’s ice-skating career began in 1996 when she was only five years old. Throughout the years, Wagner won medals in all types of international competitions including the Olympics.

Ashley Wagner — Figure Skating

Not only was she the 2012 Four Continents champion and the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in the team event, but she was also the 2016 World Championship silver medalist. She won five Grand Prix events and is a three-time U.S. national champion — proving that just because she retired in 2019 — doesn’t mean she’ll be forgotten.

Serena Williams — Tennis

Let’s be real here — everyone knows who Serena Williams is. If you don’t, there’s a chance you live under a rock. A professional tennis player, Serena is known for having won over 23 titles, which is more than any man or woman has ever gotten in the Open Era!

Serena Williams — Tennis

Also known for her body-positivity and fashion sense, there’s no denying that Serena is an inspiration to girls and women all around the world. Despite the fact that she’s 38 and has a baby girl with husband Alexis Ohanian, Serena has shown no signs of slowing down. Then again, are you guys really that surprised?

Rose Namajunas — MMA

Nicknamed “Thug Rose” as a child, Rose Namajunas is a mixed martial artist and basically a total rockstar. Currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Rose competes in the women’s strawweight division and is actually a former champion.

Rose Namajunas — MMA

As of February 2020, though, Rose is #2 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings and #6 in UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Today, Rose fights out of Colorado and is engaged to her training partner and former UFC heavyweight, Pat Barry.

Carli Lloyd — Soccer

Carli Lloyd is an exceptional soccer player who has been playing the sport since she was a little girl. After attending the opening U.S. match of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Lloyd became inspired to play for the national team.

Carli Lloyd — Soccer

Today, she’s a player for the Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and the United States women’s national soccer team as a midfielder. Not only is she a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, she’s also a two-time FIFA Player of the Year and a three-time Olympian.

Regan Smith — Swimming

A Minnesota-native, Regan Smith is a swimmer and current world record holder of both the 100 and 200-meter backstroke. In 2019, Smith won the title of Swimmer of the Year — an impressive feat considering that she’s only 18 years old!

Regan Smith — Swimming

She has a third world record as a part of the USA women’s 4x100m Medley Relay. Knowing all of this, it’s clear that Smith is going to make it very far not only in swimming but in life, as well. With that kind of drive and charisma, there’s no telling what else she’s going to accomplish.

Daniela Hantuchová — Tennis

Now retired, Daniela Hantuchová is a former professional tennis player who played for Slovakia. After tagging along to one of her big brother’s tennis lessons as a child, Daniela began playing herself. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough a few years later, in 2002, when she won a WTA tournament.

Daniela Hantuchová — Tennis

In January 2003, Daniela reached her highest ranking of world No. 5 after playing the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Since then, Daniela continued to stun fans with her performances until announcing her retirement from professional tennis in July of 2017.

Megan Rapinoe — Soccer

A California-native, Megan Rapinoe is a 34-year-old soccer player and superstar. She currently plays as a winger and captains OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team.

Megan Rapinoe — Soccer

Named the Best FIFA Women’s Player in 2019, Rapinoe won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics as well as the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Aside from her athletic career, Rapinoe is a co-founder of the gender-neutral lifestyle brand — re-inc.

Sloane Stephens — Tennis

Florida-born Sloane Stephens is easily one of the most successful American tennis players ever, following in the footsteps of the Williams sisters, of course. Born to athletic parents with backgrounds in collegiate swimming and professional American football, Stephens quickly became a household name to tennis fans worldwide.

Sloane Stephens — Tennis

Not only was she the 2017 U.S. Open champion but she also achieved a career-best ranking of No. 3 in the world after Wimbledon in 2018. Now 27 years old, Stephens has no signs of leaving the court anytime soon unless it’s for a red carpet appearance such as this one…

Ashlyn Harris — Soccer

Ashlyn Harris is yet another leading name in the soccer world. After playing college soccer for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Harris went on to play professionally for the Saint Louis Athletica, Washington Freedom, Western New York Flash, and more.

Ashlyn Harris — Soccer

Since 2016, Harris has been playing for the Orlando Pride of the NWSL — the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States — and the U.S. women’s national soccer team. She was also a member of the championship-winning team at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada as well as at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Jessie Graff — Stuntwoman

Jessie Graff made this list for being one of the coolest faces in Hollywood. An athletics-based television personality and professional stuntwoman from New York, Graff has a black belt in Taekwondo and is trained in five other styles of martial arts. If that wasn’t enough, Graff is also a championship pole vaulter and competitive gymnast.

Jessie Graff — Stuntwoman

With these kinds of skills, it makes sense as to why Graff began doing stunt work in 2007 — appearing in several television shows and films including X-Men: First Class, Make it or Break It, Bridesmaids, Knight and Day, and Bad Teacher among many others. She’s also one of the biggest stars, male or female, on the hit TV show American Ninja Warrior.

Chloe Kim — Snowboarding

Chloe Kim is an unstoppable force from California. She became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at 17 years of age.

Chloe Kim — Snowboarding

Kim is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first-ever woman to win gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Now 20 years old, Kim is the current World, Olympic, Youth Olympic, and X Games champion on the halfpipe — an impressive feat, to say the least!

Tarah Gieger — Motocross Racing

Let’s be real here, people — Tarah Gieger is an absolute renegade. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gieger is a professional motocross racer. Although she began practicing surfing at first, Gieger quickly switched to motorcycles by the time she was 10 years old.

Tarah Gieger — Motocross Racing

Clearly, her training in the mountains of San Sebastián paid off because Gieger is now the only girl to ever backflip a motorcycle and has more X Games medals than any other female motocross racer in history, leaving everyone else behind in the dust.

Breanna Stewart — Basketball

Known for her humble spirit, Breanna Stewart is a beloved star who has undeniably established herself in the world of basketball.

Breanna Stewart — Basketball

After a successful high school career — National Gatorade Player of the Year, the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, and a McDonald’s All-American — Stewart was the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, and she now plays for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. Due to an injury, though, she didn’t play the entire 2019 season and instead was a league ambassador.

Hope Solo — Soccer

Regarded as one of the top female goalkeepers in the world, Hope Solo played for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2000 until 2016. Not only is Solo a World Cup champion but she’s also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Hope Solo — Soccer

Aside from playing on the field, Solo had her chance to dance on stage when she participated in the television show Dancing With the Stars. Solo has also posed for various magazines and published her own autobiography called Solo: A Memoir of Hope.

Aly Raisman — Gymnastics

Best known for being a captain of Team USA’s “Fierce Five” in the 2012 London Olympics — as well as the “Final Five” in the 2016 Rio Games — Aly Raisman is an all-star gymnast.

Aly Raisman — Gymnastics

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Raisman managed to not only lead her team to victory, but grab a medal herself. With six Olympic medals, she is the second-most decorated Olympic gymnast in American history behind Shannon Miller. Although she retired in January 2020, Aly Raisman will go down in history as one of the most skilled gymnasts of our time.

Lindsey Vonn — Skiing

Considering that she has received many awards over the years, famed alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn is completely accustomed to red carpet events. In any case, we think it’s safe to say that Vonn has built quite an impressive resume over the years, winning four World Cup overall championships — one of only two female skiers to do so!

Lindsey Vonn — Skiing

At this point, it’s no surprise that Vonn received the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2010 and was the United States Olympic Committee’s Sportswoman of the Year.

Tori Bowie — Track

Tori Bowie is a track and field athlete who first got her start in Sand Hill, Mississippi. She began running track for her high school before going on to join and win contests all over the globe. After competing at a collegiate level, Bowie went pro.

Tori Bowie — Track

Not only did she become a 2016 Olympian but she would also go on to establish herself as a three-time Olympic medalist. Aside from that, Bowie is also the 2017 100m world champion. Today, the 29-year-old resides in Florida and continues to compete.

Danica Patrick — Racing

Known as one of the most famous race car drivers of all time, Danica Patrick is an absolute media sensation and — let’s be honest — fan favorite. Throughout the years, Patrick has not only broken the gender barrier in NASCAR but she’s also paved the way for women in the sport.

Danica Patrick — Racing

Patrick became one of the most successful women in the history of American open-wheel racing after zooming her way to victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race. When she’s not shredding rubber, Patrick is evidently lighting up the red carpet.

Simone Biles — Gymnastics

You didn’t actually expect to get through the list without landing on Simone Biles, did you? If you did, you thought wrong! In any event, Biles climbed her way to stardom when she was only 19 years old and competed in the Olympic games.

Simone Biles — Gymnastics

Part of the gymnastics team that was lovingly nicknamed the “Final Five,” Biles is by far one of the most beloved athletes in American history! Now 23 years old, Biles certainly doesn’t seem like she’s slowing down. In fact, she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Allison Stokke — Pole Vault

Allison Stokke is not only a track and field athlete but a fitness model, as well. After beginning her career as a pole vaulter as a teenager, Stokke broke a number of American records throughout high school.

Allison Stokke — Pole Vault

She continued the sport while attending college — University of California, Berkeley — while also competing for their California Golden Bears collegiate track team. Although Stokke did well at a college and national level, she failed to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012. Since then, she has worked as a model.

Ronda Rousey — MMA

Nicknamed “Rowdy Ronda Rousey,” this fighter is a well-known name whether or not you’re a big sports fan. Today, she’s basically the face of WWE. Before that, though, she started out somewhere else.

Ronda Rousey — MMA

After becoming the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo, Rousey decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. In 2018, Rousey began a career in professional wrestling, signing a contract with WWE. What’s more, Rousey is the only woman to win a championship in both the UFC and WWE.