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9 Female Athletes Who Don’t Just Get By On Their Looks (But Could)

by: Howard Cosmell On  Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Don’t hate them cause they’re beautiful. Hate them because they are beautiful and more successful than you are. And most of them could probably kick your butt on and off the court.

Hate them for that.

Though these ladies have looks, don’t write them off as eye candy, as they are among the most decorated and talented athletes in the world. In case you’re not willing to take my word for it, see below for the proof.

9. Maria Sharapova

At 17, she took down Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Though she’s no longer number one, she’s still killing it, with a resume that includes over 20 titles, including victories in the Australian Open, the US Open, and Wimbledon. She’s currently holding strong at number six in the world, with a serve that could bring her back to the top at any moment. Look out, numbers 1-5.

8. Jennie Finch

Sure, she’s got great looks in a sport that gets little media attention, so it’s easy to write her off as something of a novelty. She is currently retired, but led the US National softball team to a gold medal in 2004 and a silver in 2008. In 2002, she won her NCAA-record 51st consecutive game. Since softball has been pulled from the Olympics beginning in 2012, Finch has crusaded to see its return in 2016 in her retirement.

On the flip side, she has many times over been voted the nation’s most attractive athlete and, in 2004, was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People.

7. Misty May-Treanor

Treanor has won more tournaments than any other beach volleyball player in history. That should be enough right there, but in case it’s not, I’ll keep going. She won gold with her partner Kerri Walsh at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. As early as 1994 in high school, Misty was voted as the best female volleyball player in the nation by USA today.

Sure she’s a little tall for the some, but she’s a pro athlete. It comes with the territory. Maybe you’re just too short.

6. Serena Williams

While her body type might not be for everyone, she’s got an inordinate number of admirers, including famed producer/director Brett Ratner, who dated Williams for some time. Some guys just like a girl that can kick their ass.

Williams has notched an astonishing 27 Grand Slam titles in her career, putting her among the most successful female tennis players of all time. She has a $40 million contract with Nike to show off their wares and has a fashion line of her own. Oh yeah, and once she threatened to “kill” a ref that called her for a foot-fault. Pretty awesome.

5. Paula Creamer

At 24, she’s the defending US Open champion, with 9 LPGA Tour victories. 2010 was her only year to earn less than $1 million on the tour, but don’t expect that trend to stick. She’s demonstrated that she is still on the rise, so don’t let the looks fool you. Further, her last name is “Creamer,” which makes me happier than any other name on this list does. Yup, even happier than “Wozniacki” makes me.

4. Caroline Wozniacki

This Danish tennis player is ranked number one on the WTA Tour and has kept that ranking for 36 weeks. At 20 years old, she has earned almost $10 million in winnings. She also is a backer of Liverpool in the Premiere League, so don’t go running your mouth about Arsenal or Man U if you are lucky enough to speak to her. Also, don’t bring up doubles tennis around her – she’s not that great at it, having established a losing record of 36-53 in her career.

3. Lindsey Vonn

This 26 year-old downhill skier has notched three consecutive World Cup downhill championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Overall, she has 41 victories in events such as the downhill, Super G, slalom, and super combined. She is regarded as the most successful racer in US skiing history, a stat that is backed up by a gold and bronze medal for her Olympic performances.

Also, she’s a hot girl that skis. What’s not to like?

2.Stephanie Rice

Rice might not be as well-known a name as some of these other athletes, but rest assured, she’s got both looks and success in spades. The Australian holds the record in the 400 M individual medley and has three gold medals. She might be the most important swimmer not named “Phelps.”

However, she’s got a bit of a mean streak as she tweeted after an Australian team beat a South African team in rugby, “Suck on that, f*gg*ts.” Yikes. That cost her more than a little goodwill and a few of her sponsors.

1. Gina Carano

Though she only competed in a handful of matches, she had established herself as one of the premiere fighters in the world of MMA. However, after some time away from the sport, her return was waylaid in April of this year after failing to receive medical clearance to fight. Both the medical issue and her return date are unknown, but Carano is keeping busy as a star of what is expected to be director Steven Soderbergh’s last film, an action movie of all things.




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