You may be surprised to learn that these 15 athletes have been in the public eye in more than one way. Total domination in professional sports and command of the Playboy centerfolds, these hot athletes have more than just the ability to excel in athletics. The over sixty year old magazine that was founded in Chicago back in the fifties, allowed for these sexy women to show off more than their athletic abilities. These ladies were born with not only God-given athletic talent, but God-given beauty. Their flawless figures and striking good-looks made them a force to be reckoned with. When attributes were being handed out, the hotties listed sure got the good ones! Blonde, brunette, and the ever-fiery redheads listed here can be competitive and irresistible all at the same time. Winning gold medals and men’s hearts, these seductive stars weren’t afraid to show the world that they can be fierce on the field and powerful on the pages of Playboy. The following 15 athletes are women who made heads turn as they graced the covers of the world’s most scintillating entertainment magazine and posed with nothing more than a smile on their face.
12 Rena Marlette Lesnar
Regarded as one of the most popular Divas to step foot in the ring, Rena Marlette Lesnar, called Sable by her WWE fans, started performing for audiences in 1996. Born as Rena Greek in Jacksonville, Florida, Rena was always active, participating in softball, horseback riding and gymnastics. Her beauty was quickly noticed and she began modeling at the age of twelve, appearing in ads for Guess Clothing, L’Oréal Cosmetics and Pepsi. Perhaps her modeling at such a young age gave her the confidence to pose scantily clad in Playboy in 1999, making it one of the best selling issues in history. She didn’t stop there, however, Rena has posed a total of three times for the well-known entertainment magazine, making her a WWF Women’s Champion and an alluring blonde bombshell.
11 Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle Beckman, better known by her stage name as Candice Michelle, is a retired professional wrestler for the WWE and the much-loved Go Daddy Girl. In 2007 this beautiful brunette won her very first WWE title. Candice is quite an athlete, playing basketball while in high school and college. At just sixteen the German and Costa Rican athlete won a modeling competition and soon after moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling and acting. Candice was a fierce competitor for WWE, and her ability to entertain as a Diva gave her the confidence to pose for Playboy. Stunningly attractive, this Wisconsinite was named the Cyber Girl of the Week in her 2002 Playboy issue.
10 Haley Cope
An Olympic swimmer and world record holder for the 50-meter backstroke, this blonde babe posed for Playboy in 2004. Haley Cope was born in 1979 in Chico, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and honed her swimming skills on the Golden Bears swim and dive team. This silver medal winner is something of a real life mermaid, she is gorgeous and can effortlessly glide through water. It isn’t too surprising that this beauty had little trouble posing nude for the September issue of Playboy, after all she competes in nothing but a swimsuit.
9 Romy Tarangul
Romy Tarangul is a talented and beautiful judoka. In other words, she is a fine-looking, kick butt athlete who won the silver medal at the 2008 European Championships for Judo. She was born in October of 1987 in Frankfurt, Germany and represents Germany in women’s judo. She is more than a mixed martial artist, however, she is also a centerfold. Romy posed for the September 2008 issue of Playboy and had us all awe-struck. Her martial art skills and her beauty could take anyone down. This brunette bombshell proves that you can be tough and pretty.
8 LaTasha Marzolla
A fierce fighter trained in mixed martial arts and kickboxing, this beautiful blonde hails from the sandy beaches of the Golden State. LaTasha Marzolla was born in Paradise, California, in 1956. At just 5’6’’, LaTasha is a professional MMA fighter whose talent goes beyond the ring. She became simply irresistible when she posed as a Playboy model back in 2002. Since then she has been tantalizing men around the world with her striking physique by gracing the covers of the popular magazine on several occasions, appearing in Playboy’s Special Edition Series and winning 2004 Model of the Year. She is strong and sexy and impresses her fans with ability to strike and be striking.
7 Mia St. John
Mama Mia! The beautiful and talented Mia St. John is a professional boxer who has an impressive record for throwing punches. Mia is a Mexican-American born Mia Rosales St. John in 1967, in San Francisco, California. Not only can she fight but she can pose. Melting the hearts of many by posing in her birthday suit, Mia decided to appear in Playboy in November of 1999, gracing eleven pages of the magazine. She has a black belt, is skilled in Taekwondo and can still be gorgeous. This multi-talented athlete is a sexy super welterweight and lightweight champion.
6 Katarina Witt
Katarina Witt is a former figure skater who represented East Germany in the Sarajevo and Calgary Olympics, back in 1984 and 1988. She won two gold medals for her gracefulness on the ice and was easy on the eyes. Perhaps this is why the European cutie chose to pose for Playboy at 33. Katarina’s issue became the second issue of Playboy to ever be totally sold out. One of the very best figure skaters of all time, Katarina makes hard work and determination look good, proving that beauty is more than skin deep.
5 Anita Marks
This golden-haired hottie made it clear that women can be both amazing athletes and desirable models. Anita Marks is a Floridian who competed in flag football her four years while attending the University of South Florida. She then played women’s professional football for the Miami Fury and The Florida Stingrays. Just a couple years before she hung up her jersey, this former quarterback was asked to pose for Playboy. In 2002 Anita showed everyone how footballers can be sexy with and without a uniform on.
4 Torrie Wilson
Torrie Wilson is another wrestling Diva that makes the list as a hot athlete who appeared in Playboy. Torrie is one blonde you won’t forget. With curves and charisma she gained fans in the world of wrestling and quickly became a favorite. From Boise, Idaho, Torrie is a model, actress, fitness competitor, professional wrestler and centerfold whose good looks won her the title of Miss Galaxy in 1999. In 2003 she posed for Playboy and then again the following year alongside fellow Diva, Sable. Terribly shy as a child, Torrie quickly grew comfortable in her skin and brought smiles to faces all over as a sexy Playboy cover girl.
3 Victoria Vanucci
Victoria Vanucci was born in Argentina in 1983. She had a short-lived tennis career due to some major back injuries. However, she is still remembered as one of the hottest athletes to ever grace the cover of Playboy. In 2006 this beauty posed for the Argentinian edition of Playboy, looking oh so sexy with her shiny brown hair, perfect figure, and South American curves. Though she might not be remembered for her abilities on the tennis court, Victoria sure is remembered for her magnificent beauty between the pages.
2 Nicole Reinhardt
Nicole Reinhardt isn’t the only German on the list who won a medal and a spot in Playboy. Asked to pose in 2008, Nicole bared all with her gold medal in hand. She was born in Lampertheim, Germany, in January of 1986. She has been competing since 2003 and eventually became part of the Olympic Canoe Team. Representing Germany, Nicole won thirteen medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, taking home eight golds. This German gem is one highly attractive athlete.
1 Ashley Harkleroad
The beautiful professional tennis player, Ashley Harkleroad made headlines in August of 2008 when she became the very first United States tennis player to pose for Playboy. Ashley was born in the small town of Rossville, Illinois, in 1985 and first picked up the racket at the ripe age of four. At just 15, she became a pro tennis player, debuting in 1999 at the ITF tournament in Florida. Ashley decided to pose for the sexy men’s magazine after being inspired by Amanda Beard, another beautiful athlete on this list, chose to bare it all. Long legs and a striking face made this athlete one to watch on the court and on the pages.