Actively participating in meaningful competitions or achieving great feats while in action are apparently not musts as far as the popularity of American’s favorite female sports stars is concerned.
Four of the athletes in the top-ten of this list are technically retired from playing professionally or at the international level. Three of the top-four spots are taken up by tennis players, and one of those athletes is not from the United States. The woman who is arguably the most popular American soccer player – male or female – on the planet cracks into the list for the first time. Last but not least is a volleyball star who called time on her playing days two years ago.
Here are the 10 most popular female athletes in America for 2014.
Information via Harris Poll
10. Misty May-Treanor — Volleyball
Misty May-Treanor is most known for playing doubles volleyball alongside teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings. As a unit, the two made for what was the greatest duo in the history of women’s beach volleyball. Among the numerous honors notched by Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor, the pair won gold medals in the Summer Olympics on three occasions; in 2004, 2008, and 2012.
May-Treanor makes her return to this list for the first time since 2010. While she retired from actively playing in competitions following the 2012 Summer Games, May-Treanor has not walked away from sports entirely. She has since earned her master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration.