The female athlete, like the male version, is a beautiful thing. These types of women have a certain confidence about them. They have exquisitely defined triceps, gluts and shoulders. They have beautiful healthy hair and a clear complexion. They are hard-working risk takers and adrenaline junkies. They are modern women and women who shape the sports industry. But why are they are so sexy, you might ask? Why are they so intriguing to us? Is it because of their perfectly crafted bodies and beautiful faces? Is it because of their drive and discipline? Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. We love to love them. We want to be their best friend. We try to be them. We root for them, and hey, if they’re good looking we like them even more!
Below we’ve complied a top 20 list of the sexiest female athletes of 2015. Let me tell you, this was not an easy task. This list is a compilation of the most beautiful, intelligent and athletic women from all around the world. Though most of these women are not the best in their sport, or maybe they have already retired, they still are incredibly recognizable, some are even considered legends. It is important to still give them credit for shaping the women’s sports industry and having the ability to juggle multiple careers like modelling or fashion designing. While this is a subjective list and no doubt you might rate these women differently than I have, remember that aside from their gorgeous looks or hot bods, they are some of the most competitive and ferocious women out there in 2015!
20. Hope Solo – Soccer
Born and raised in Washington, U.S., Hope Solo is the USA women’s soccer team goalie. She helped lead her team to win not one but TWO Olympic gold medals and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Surprisingly, she started her early career as a forward but then switched to goalie when playing at the University of Washington for the Washington Huskies. First selected as an alternate, she eventually made it to first string goalie on the National team. At this position she was awarded (twice) the honour of the World Cup Golden Glove Award. Not only is she a soccer player but she’s also appeared in 2011 on the show Dancing with the Stars (she made it to the semifinals) and she’s done multiple photo shoots including a nude ESPN shoot! (Hell, why not!)
19. Serena Williams – Tennis
Serena Williams is one of the most loved female athletes of all time. Born in 1981, she became the #1 ranked 10 and under in the United States Tennis Association. Since this remarkable debut she beat out her sister Venus for the Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in 1999 at the age of 17. Serena plays the sport alongside her older sister Venus and together they’ve won the 2000 Olympics doubles competition with their father as their coach. In 2002 Serena won 4 straight Grand Slam titles, making her only one out of six women to ever do this- clearly marking herself in a league higher than her sister. Notably, she is also a certified fashion designer (her fashion line is named Aneres, Serena spelled backwards), an actress and model. Rumour also has it that she dated the musician Drake! With that hot bod, who wouldn’t want her?
18. Alana Blanchard – Surfing
Alana Blanchard is a professional American surfer and model. Though better known for her modelling nowadays, she has some serious titles under her belt. She has won the Women’s Pipeline Championships in Hawaii, the Rip Curl Festival Junior Pro in Spain, The Roxy Pro Trials in Hawaii, The Billabong Pro Pre Trials in Maui and the Volcom Pufferfish Surf Series in Kauai. Not only that, but she designs and models Rip Curl swimwear, more specifically wetsuits for surfing. Her character has also been played on screen in the movie Soul Surfer. In the film, surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in a shark attack. Hamilton is one of Blanchard’s good friends in real life and Blanchard was there the day the attack happened.
17. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet – CrossFit
This 5’2″ CrossFit athlete was born in Quebec, Canada. In her childhood, Bazinet was a competitive gymnast for roughly 14 years until she unfortunately tore her hip. Though that did not stop her from conquering the world of sports – she continued on to play volleyball, soccer, rugby, skiing and she even ran half marathons. Her versatility as an athlete is probably the reason as to why she is such an amazing CrossFit athlete. In 2014, she became the CrossFit Games Champion at the World Finals and is easily regarded as one of the best in the sport. Interestingly enough, her career in CrossFit reportedly started when a man at a party told her she was not in shape. Ha! I’d love to see that man’s reaction now!
16. Lolo Jones – Hurdling & Bobsledding
Lolo Jones, born in Iowa, excelled early at an early age with sports. In high school she won numerous NCAA championships in indoor and outdoor hurdles. This success led her to the USA and World championships and the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics. Though she did not place at either of these Olympics, she returned in 2014 to participate in the Winter Olympics as a Bobsledder. Again she did not receive a medal and it is unclear whether she will continue with bobsledding, but is she versatile or what? Interestingly enough, Jones is apparently the most-followed U.S. track athlete on Twitter.
15. Alex Morgan – Soccer
Alex Morgan, born in 1989, is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist and a FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion. At age 22, she was the youngest player on the national team at the 2011 FIFA World Cup, and not only that but she scored the game-winning goal in the 2012 London Olympics semifinals against rival team Canada. That year, she finished with 28 goals and 21 assists, joining fellow teammate Mia Hamm as the only American women to score 20 goals and also collect 20 assists in the same year! She met her husband, soccer player Servando Carrasco, at the University of Berkeley which they both attended and she is only one of 3 women to make the cover of FIFA video games- she is posing next to Lionel Messi on the covers of FIFA 16 in the U.S.
14. Miesha Tate – MMA
From Washington, U.S.A. Miesha Tate started her professional MMA career in 2007. From early on her training as an MMA fighter and her extensive training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu made her one of the best bantamweight contenders. In 2009 she won the bantamweight championship of the Freestyle Cage Fighting promotion and she further gained recognition in 2011, when she won the Strickforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Aside from the sport, she is also a successful fitness model. Tate has modelled in the 2013 ESPN Body Issue and has been on the cover of Fitness Gurls magazine in December 2013 which labeled Tate as the most beautiful woman in MMA! As of August 2015, she is the #1 contender in official UFC women’s bantamweight rankings. Wow.
13. Maria Kirilenko – Tennis
Maria Kirilenko is another tennis player added to the list. Born in Moscow, Russia, she’s easily one of the best and most attractive tennis players of this generation. She’s successfully reached three Grand Slam singles quarterfinals and two Grand Slam doubles quarterfinals. She’s also well known for winning the 2012 WTA Tour Championships and winning a bronze at the 2012 Olympics. In June 2013, Kirilenko reached her career high – she was named #10 in the world. Aside from tennis, Kirilenko has a busy modeling career and dating life. She was reportedly engaged to hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals, but it was unfortunately called off. Seriously, Ovie? Your loss!
12. Hilary Knight – Hockey
Hilary Knight is by far one of the best female hockey players of our time, and coming form Canada – we know our hockey! This beautiful “girl next door” forward, has set multiple scoring records at her alma matter, University of Wisconsin, in the NCAA and has helped lead the American women’s hockey team to two Olympic medals. Not only that, but a city in Idaho, Sun Valley, has declared May 19th 2011 as Hilary Knight Day! Crazy or what!? Like many of the athletes on this list, she has also posed for Sports Illustrated! And why not? She is easily one of the most attractive athletes of our time!
11. Eugenie Bouchard – Tennis
Eugenie Bouchard, born in 1991 and raised in Montreal, Quebec is a Canadian idol. Currently ranked #48 in the world, this blonde, blue eyed, leggy tennis star is the first Canadian to reach a Wimbledon final and the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final. With a promising start to her professional tennis career, in 2013 she was named WTA Newcomer of the year and the following year she was named Most Improved Player! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what see has in store for us in the next couple of years!
10. Lindsey Vonn – Skiing
Lindsey Vonn is one of the most noteworthy female skiers! From the early age of 9 she began her international career racing in competitions. As a 14-year-old she received a lot of buzz from winning the slalom at Trofeo Topollin in Italy, making her the first American female to receive this honour! She has won many competitions including four World Cup titles and a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Though she’s had a couple of hiccups with knee injuries, this has not stopped her dating life! She was reportedly dating golf pro Tiger Woods from 2012-2015, but that relationship has since fizzled out. Your loss, Tiger!
9. Malia Jones – Surfing
Born in California but raised in Hawaii, Malia Jones is an American model and professional surfer. She began to surf competitively as a teen and at the early age of 15 she won the girls’ division of the United States Amateur Surfing Championship. This championship alone is what jump started her modeling career. While competing, Surfing Magazine spotted her and asked her to model for their swimsuit issue. Since then, she has been named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People magazine, one of America’s “10 Sexiest Athletes” by Esquire magazine and has been featured many times in Sports Illustrated magazine. Not only that, but she has worked on commercials and has a line of swimwear. That’s not even the best part! She’s currently engaged to one of the hottest male actors out there; Hawaii Five-O’s Alex O’Loughlin! Can her life get any better? Seriously.
8. Danica Patrick – Race Car Driver
Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, Danica Patrick is one seriously badass female race car driver. She dropped out of high school to pursue her racing career in England. Following this, she has set records upon records for female race car drivers, including becoming the first women to ever lead the infamous Indy 500 and winning the time trials at the Daytona 500, which earned her the title of being the first woman to win the pole position in this NASCAR event! She’s been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, acted on commercials, music video and been a host for Spike TV. In 2006 she was also named Female Athlete of the Year by the United States Sports Academy.
7. Christmas Abbott – CrossFit
Christmas Abbott not only has a dope-a$$ name, but also a killer tattooed bod. She’s the kind of person you just want to be friends with. Born in Virginia but living in Montreal, Quebec, Abbott is a renowned CrossFit athlete and coach who has led her team to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals for three consecutive years. That’s not all… she is also a pit crew member for NASCAR! Rumour has it that she is the first woman to be seen on a NASCAR pit crew! Pretty cool, right? Reportedly she does not have a deep athletic background but hey, she’s clearly doing something right.
6. Ronda Rousey – MMA
Born in 1987 in Riverside County, California, Ronda Rousey was an Olympic Judo champion. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she won multiple awards and medals on the Judo stage. But after a couple of difficult years living out of her car, Rousey came into the MMA scene in August of 2010 and became the first woman to sign with the UFC. Rousey had gone undefeated until recently with her loss to Holly Holm on November 15, 2015; she was knocked out in the second round by her opponent. Aside from MMA fighting, Rousey has a vibrant career in acting (Furious 7) and has posed for magazines such as Maxim.
5. Anastasia Ashley – Surfing
Number 5 on our like is none of than the beautiful Anastasia Ashley- pro surfer. Born in 1987 in California but emigrated to Hawaii, she began surfing when she was only 5 years old. At the age of 6 she won her first surf contest with a board that she allegedly found in a garbage next to her house. By the age of 7 she was already being sponsored and clouded with endorsement deals. At the age of 16, Ashley won her first major national title and was later awarded two National Scholastic Surfing Association championships and the Professional Surfing Tour of America championship. She’s modelled for Sports Illustrated, Maxim and she’s even been on the reality TV show Hell’s Kitchen teaching contestants how to surf.
4. Gina Carano – MMA
Born in Dallas, Texas, Gina Carano is probably one of the most popular female athletes ever. She is seriously loved in the Italian Community, and honestly who wouldn’t love her? Carano started off as essentially being the face for women in mixed-martial arts. She dominated competitions such as Strikeforce but has since retired from fighting. Despite retiring from her athletic career, she has branched off into being an extremely successful actress (in 2008 she was nominated for best actress in an action movie Haywire), she’s played the role of Crush in the reality TV show American Gladiators and she has been widely successful as a model.
3. Skylar Diggins – Basketball
Skylar Diggins made a huge name for herself in women’s basketball as she led Notre Dame University to three consecutive Final Four appearances and captured the title of All-Time Leading Scorer in Notre Dame History. Ranked second in the league in terms of scoring average, Diggins had another massive breakthrough moment in her career when in 2014 the WNBA named her an All-Star as she averaged 20.1 points per game! Notably, she also won the WNBA 2014 Most Improved Player award. Aside from basketball, she has posed for Sports Illustrated in a multi-page spread and has become known for not only her skills on the court but her knockout body and good looks.
2. Anna Kournikova – Tennis
Anna Kournikova is and will forever be a classic. Born in Moscow, Russia in June 1981, Kournikova is a former professional tennis player. She has never won a singles title, but at the height of her athletic career she peaked at #8 in the world in 2000. She was however very successful in doubles as she won two titles in Australia, one in 1999 and one 2000 with her partner Martina Hingis. Unfortunately, at the age of 21, and before her possible amazing tennis career could have happened, it was cut short due to serious back and spine injuries. Even though her tennis career was over, Kournikova gained a huge additional following when she appeared in Enrique Iglesias’ music video “Escape” and rumour has it that they secretly married, but shortly after were divorced.
1. Leryn Franco – Javelin
Finally #1 on this list is none other than Leryn Franco! Born in 1982, this beautiful native Paraguayan is another track and field athlete. At the young age of 16, she broke Paraguay’s records for the javelin and triple jump while competing in the South American Youth Champions in Brazil. She continued on to win bronze medals at the junior championships and she also won the South American Junior Championship javelin title in 2001. Most notably, she competed in the 2008 summer Olympics for javelin throwing, though only placing 51st she gained worldwide recognition and a massive fan base with her impressive throwing skills. Since then she’s modelled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition which quickly turned her into an international modelling sensation. It’s no wonder why she’s first on the list!