12 Impressive Sports Power Couples
Here at Total Pro Sports, we enjoy coming up with lists of sports WAGs—i.e., athletes’ wives and girlfriends—for our readers. That’s because pro athletes tend to date very attractive people, so every time we do one of these lists it’s a win win—you guys get you look at photos of hot women…and so do we. But the other day I got to thinking: what do you call it when the wife or girlfriend is herself an accomplished athlete? I mean, you can’t exactly go around calling Steffi Graf “Andre Agassi’s wife.” She won 22 freakin’ Grand Slam titles, making her the most successful tennis player of the modern era. Agassi won a measly 8. So if anything, you should call him “Steffi Graf’s husband.”
You see my point. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to call athlete couples like this HABOWAGs, which of course stands for husbands and boyfriends or wives and girlfriends.
Actually, on second thought, let’s just call them sports power couples. HABOWAG doesn’t have a pleasant ring to it.
In any case, here are 12 of the biggest power couples in the world of pro sports. They’ll pretty much make you and your significant other look like a pair of losers.
Okay, I gave this one away in the intro. Sorry. I've ranked them at #12 because they've both been retired for a while now. Still, you have to wonder who wears the pants in their house. On the one hand, while Agassi was busy brushing his hair and experimenting with crystal meth, Graf was winning titles with German efficiency. On the other hand, Agassi is better looking. So I guess that's deuce.
12. Steffi Graf & Andre Agassi
Conway was a wide receiver for the Bears, Chargers, Jets, and 49ers during his 11 year NFL career. His wife? She's the daughter of Muhammad Ali. No big deal. Also, she is pretty good looking for a former ladies' boxing champ.
11. Laila Ali & Curtis Conway
Without Mia Hamm, women's soccer wouldn't be what it is today (mildly popular every four years). She was one of the first modern superstars in women's sports, helping lead the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to World Cup glory in 1999. Her husband, of course, is Nomar Garciaparra, who was the favorite son of Red Sox Nation who helped end the cures of the Bam...wait, Nomar didn't help end the curse. The Sox finally won the World Series the same year they traded the shortstop. I bet that probably really bums Nomar out when he thinks about it. (At least his wife is hot and has a normal name.)
10. Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra
Remember Bret Hedican? He played D for the Blues, Canucks, Panthers, Ducks, and Hurricanes, with whom he won a Cup in 2006. And man, that dude could fly. He was always one of the fasters skaters in the NHL. But who is the better skater in his house? Him, or his wife, Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi? Pound for pound, I'm going to have to say Yamaguchi is probably the better skater.
9. Kristi Yamaguchi & Bret Hedican
Candace Parker, the first women to ever dunk the NCAA Tournament, is definitely the more famous member of this sports power couple. I mean, Shelden Williams, is a solid basketball player, for sure, but he's not as dominant in the NBA as Parker is in the WNBA.
On a side note, why aren't there more WNBA-NBA couples? On paper, these folks are perfect for each other: both like basketball, both travel a lot, and NBA dudes are some of the only guys around who aren't going to be dwarfed by WNBA women.
8. Candace Parker & Shelden Williams
Maria Kirilenko is currently the #22-ranked women's tennis player in the world. She's also currently really hot. So I'm not going to lie: it kind of bums me out that she's with Alex Ovechkin. And it's not just because Ovie's celebrity look-alike is Richard Kiel (the guy who played Bond Villain "Jaws" in The Spy Who Loved Me). It also bums me out because Ovie is just a wiener. Have you seen his god-awful CCM/Reebok clothing line?
7. Maria Kirilenko & Alex Ovechkin
Heather Mitts is one of the biggest stars currently on the U.S. Women's Soccer Team. And, human nature being what it is, her celebrity is not entirely due to her skill (though she does have lots of that). She's also super hot. Mr. Heather Mitts is career backup NFL QB A.J. Freeley, currently of the St. Louis Rams.
6. Heather Mitts & A.J. Freeley
Our younger readers probably don't remember her, but Gabby Reece was the first ever superstar of beach volleyball back in the mid-90s. It's arguable that without her becoming a household name and bringing attention to beach volleyball, the sport might never have been added to the Olympics. So, obviously, we owe her A LOT, because beach volleyball is amazing. Her husband, Laird? He's just some pro surfer dude from Hawaii. Who's name is Laird.
5. Gabrielle Reece & Laird Hamilton
Our #4 sports power couple is easily the most mismatched in terms of looks. I mean, Sasha isn't terrible looking (well, not always), but Maria is a stone cold fox. This couple is also a mismatch in terms of athletic accomplishments. The better half is a former world #1 and current #2 who has 3 Grand Slam titles under her belt at the ripe old age of 24. Vujačić, meanwhile, got to play with Kobe Bryant for 6 years with the Lakers, but now he's playing ball in Europe. And that's respectable, it just doesn't compare to his fiancé's success.
4. Maria Sharapova & Sasha Vujačić
Female athletes do not come any hotter or any more accomplished than Jennie Finch. The gorgeous pitcher helped lead the U.S. to a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympics, and is pretty much the only softball player any non-softball player has ever heard of. Her husband? Yeah, not so accomplished. He's a minor league pitcher for the Fresno Grizzlies (the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants). But at least he knows his hot wife didn't just marry him for his fame and money.
3. Jennie Finch & Casey Daigle
At #2 we have Wozilroy, the most talented and promising couple on the list. Both Caroline and Rory are among the best athletes under the age of 23, having already risen to the top of their respective sports (tennis and golf, in case you live under a rock). So yeah, they are pretty much the dream team of athlete couples.
2. Caroline Wozniacki & Rory McIlroy
Another tennis-golf pairing, Ana Ivanovic and Adam Scott are not the most accomplished couple on this list. But they most certainly are the most attractive. That's quite an accomplishment for Aussie Adam. It's no small feat to be considered in the same league as the incredible Ana Ivanovich.