If you were to describe the physical features of the ideal athlete, what would your description contain? If you are like most people, you probably thought that the ideal athlete ought to be tall and strong, qualities which in most of the competitive sports are a great advantage. Therefore, some of the shorter athletes are usually looked down upon, literally and figuratively, but often these short people have proved they can be as good if not better than their taller counterparts.
With regard to the universal definition of a beautiful woman, the media has made us believe that she has to be tall and slim, qualities which most of the models must possess. This means that if a woman is shorter than 5'8", and happens to have a bit of flesh on her bones, she should forget about making it as a supermodel or even feeling as if she's hot.
However, as people are opening up their eyes to reality, and we're embracing diverse opinions. The idea of how a beautiful woman ought to look like has broadened to include more people. Hopefully, all of us will one day realize that we can never really have a standard definition of who's hot and who's not, since beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder. Here is a list of the 15 shortest and hottest female athletes out there. All these athletes are great achievers and they are a great encouragement to anyone out there who might be feeling as if he or she is at a disadvantage in any way.
15 Candice LeRae
Candice LeRae, whose other ring names include Sweet Candy and Robyn, is an American wrestler whose real name is Candice Gargano. People who are familiar with the American independent circuit have seen Candice in action, especially in the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG). The independent circuit is a smaller version of the major televised promotions like the WWE, and some people refer to it as the minor league in pro wrestling.
This beautiful athlete makes it to this list because she is just 5'2" but in the ring, she beats people up like a giant. When she came together with Joey Ryan back in 2013, the two became what is known today as The World's Cutest Tag Team, which is one of the best tag teams in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and the Independent circuit. In 2014, this team became the PWG World Tag Team Champions, which they successfully defended two times, losing it the following year.
14 Beatriz Recari Eransus
Beatriz Recari is a professional golfer from Spain who started playing golf when she was just 11 years old. As an amateur, she won the 2004 Spanish Amateur Championship and the European Team Championship as a member of Team Spain. The following year, she won the French Amateur Championship and was part of Team Europe, which played in the Junior Solheim Cup in Indiana, USA.
Beatriz turned professional in 2005, while studying at the University of Navarra, and after a year of balancing school with professional golf, she decided to concentrate on her thriving career in golf. This steamy 30-year-old golfer now plays on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour, and boasts of four professional wins: three LPGA Tour wins and one Ladies European Tour win.
2012 and 2013 are two of her most successful years to date, since she had numerous consecutive starts, several wins, and earned close to $1.5 million the two years combined. The beautiful Beatriz is on this list because she's only 5'4" tall.
13 Dominika Cibulkova
The 28-year-old Dominika Cibulkova is a professional tennis player from Slovakia, whose style of play is quick and aggressive. Although you might think that at 5'3" she's too short for the sport, you would then be surprised to learn that she has one ITF circuit and eight WTA singles titles under her belt.
Another achievement Dominika has is reaching the quarterfinals and at times doing even better in four Grand Slam tournaments, and therefore becoming the first Slovak to play in the Grand Slam championship round. In 2016, she became the fourth player in history to win the WTA on her debut appearance.
Dominika started playing tennis when she was just eight and has come to love clay and hard surfaces as her most preferred surfaces to play on. Earlier on in her career, she won the 2005 Amarante, the Portugal event, and the following year the Bratislava event.
12 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Polish professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz, also known as the "Polish Princess," is currently popular for the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), where she is ranked 4th under the strawweight women division. Her MMA career started at age of 16 when she took up Krav Maga training. She also trained in Muay Thai and fought two amateur fights before going pro.
Karolina is on this list because despite taking numerous blows to the face, she is still hot and steamy. She stands at 5'3" and weighs only 115lb. The sensational "Polish Princess" wowed her fans by winning all her first 10 pro fights defeating top UFC fighters like Randa Markos in 2015 and Rose Namajunas in 2016. She also fought Jodie Esquibel in 2017 and won the fight by unanimous decision. Her reign was broken by strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She is on schedule to fight Jessica Andrade on February 24, 2018 at the UFC.
11 Alexa Bliss
Although we know her as Alexa Bliss, her real name is Alexis Kaufman, a 26-year-old wrestling professional who happens to be the reigning Raw Women's Champion in the WWE's Raw brand. This is the second time she is reigning as the women's champion, with the first reign cut short by Sasha Banks on August 20, but she reclaimed it eight days later in Raw's main event.
Alexa's passion for competitive sports probably started when she was a child since at the age of five, she was already competing in track, softball, gymnastics, and kickboxing. When she was a bit older, she competed in cheerleading and bodybuilding.
Although she's only 5'1", she's arguably the best female wrestler we've seen in a long time, because before her transfer to Raw, she was the SmackDown Women's Champion, and the first wrestler to hold the title two times. Therefore, Alexa is the first female wrestler to win both titles and hold them each two times, and we celebrate her as a four-time WWE champion.
10 Camille Leblanc- Bazinet
Canadian Cross Fit Games Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and winner of the 2014 Cross Fit Games is also a respected weightlifter. Her career started in her early years where she was a gymnast at a high level for almost 14 years. After tearing her hip, she stopped competing in gymnastics and played in AA soccer and volleyball. She was the captain of her Flag Football team in college. Camille has also had her share of running half marathons, playing rugby and skiing.
While she is strong and muscular, Camille is only 5'2", weighing only 130lb. This hot athlete says that she joined Cross Fit after a man told her that she was out of shape during one of the team parties, but she has had a great deal of success in it. She holds the championship for world 2014 Cross Fit games, she's a 2-time South Regional champion in 2015, 2016, and a 3-time Canada East Regional Champion 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She is married to a fellow Cross Fit athlete Dave Lipson.
9 Amanda Bobby Cooper
Professional mixed martial artist Amanda Bobby Cooper competes in the Strawweight division of the UFC. The 25-year-old Amanda is on this list because she stands at 5'3" and weighs 115 pounds. However, short as she is, she is hot and steamy and she packs quite a punch, making her an outstanding asset to the UFC's women's division.
This cute blonde made her debut in the professional mixed martial art scene in 2014 where she defeated Brittany Dugas in the second round by armbar submission. In 2015, she fought for Invicta FC and lost to Aspen Ladd at Invicta 14. She redeemed herself in 2016 when she defeated Mellony Geugjes and gained entry into the reality series The Ultimate Fighter on Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia.
On the second season, she defeated Jamie Moyle and Lanchana green but she lost to Tatinia Suarez in the final round. She had her first win via TKO in the second round on December 2, 2017 where she defeated Angela Magana.
8 Gabby Douglas
Gabby Douglas is an American artistic gymnast who, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, won the team and individual all-around and team competitions gold medals. The win made her the first African American woman in the history of the Olympics to win gold in the Individual All-Around competition. In addition, the win made her the first American to win gold in team and individual all-around competitions, making her a very big deal, despite being just 4'11" tall.
Gabby's love of the amazing stunts can be traced back to the years when Arielle, her older sister who was a competitive cheerleader and gymnast, taught her a bit of gymnastics when she was a toddler. After a few years of engaging in the sport just for fun, two years into formal training led to Gabrielle winning the 2004 Gymnastics State Championship. In addition to the two gold medals she won in London in 2012, she won another gold medal in 2016 for being on the winning team.
Carmella is the ring name of the American professional wrestler, model, dancer, and manager whose real name is Leah Van Dale. She is a member of the WWE community and performs on SmackDown. When she joined the WWE in 2013, she was sent to WWE's NXT division in Orlando, Florida later that year and announced her ring name in December.
In 2014, Carmella became Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady's manager. In 2016, Carmella debuted on SmackDown's main roster, and in June 2017 she became the first winner of the women's Money in the Bank ladder match.
Carmella is not only very beautiful and athletic, but she's also very short since she is just 5'5". She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a bachelor's degree in marketing, joined the New England Patriots as a cheerleader for three seasons, and later became a Los Angeles Lakers dancer from 2010 to 2011.
6 Danica Patrick
Legendary Danica Patrick is an American professional race car driver, model, and actress. She is the most influential and successful woman in the history of American Open Wheel racing. She competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series where she is the first ever woman to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. She won the Indy Japan 300 and placed third at the Indianapolis 500.
The fact that Danica is only 5'2" has sparked controversy in her career when Robby Gordon claimed that her low weight gave her unfair advantage, but the claims were dismissed by Barnhart, the Racing League president. She is one of the most sought-after hot athletes since she's not only successful in her career, she is also practically a supermodel.
She has featured in TV shows, fashion magazine covers, sports magazine covers, commercials, video games, comics, and music videos. When she's not racing cars, Danica enjoys cooking, traveling, doing yoga and she owns her own brand of wine called Somnium, which is Latin for Dream.
5 Michelle Waterson
Michelle E. Waterson is an American Mixed Martial Artist ranking 6th in the UFC women's Strawweight division. She was ranked 1st in women's atomweight division between 2013 and 2014. Earlier on, Michelle was a model then she graduated to karate and MMA. She is a member of the Jackson Wink MMA Academy, where she fights alongside stars like Jon Jones and Holly Holm.
You may be tempted to underestimate Michelle because of her small physique, but her training in MMA and other tackle sports make her a dangerous woman to take on. Besides being a champion in MMA, she is also trained in Muay Thai, WuShu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and boxing. Standing at only 5'3", and weighing 115lb, she can hold her ground and she has defeated top fighters such as Paige VanZant and Jessica Penne. The brunette beauty is also a former champion of the Invicta FC atomweight championship tournament.
4 Nikki Bella
Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, otherwise known as Nikki Bella is an American professional wrestler, actress, and model. She is currently signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand alongside her twin sister Brie Bella, forming The Bella Twins duo. They are a common name in the WWE where they were drafted on the ECW, RAW, and WrestleMania brands. The Bella Twins are also a part of the reality show Total Divas and they star in their own spinoff reality show, Total Bellas.
The sensational Nikki Bella stands at 5'6" and she weighs 120lb. Besides being a professional wrestler, she has appeared in movies, TV series, and music videos and she is a qualified real estate agent. The Bella twins also have a YouTube channel featuring fitness, beauty, travel, fashion, relationships, and health. Nikki has been dating professional wrestler John Cena and they got engaged in April 2017.
3 Simone Biles
When you learn about Simone Biles' achievements as a gymnast, you can appreciate that though she's just 4'8", she's definitely the biggest name in gymnastics in the United States today.
Biles has won the all-around and the floor exercises at the World Championship three times each from 2013 through to 2015, and the beam balance World Championships two times in 2014 and 2015. In addition, she has won the all-around United States National Championship four times from 2013 through to 2016, and she is a member of the 2014 and 2015 gold medal-winning American team at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship.
At the 2016 Olympics, she won Gold in the all-around, vault and floor, and was part of the "Final Five," the gold medal-winning team at the Olympics in Rio. Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, since she has 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, and she is the sixth woman in history to have won the individual all-around title at the Olympics and World Championships.
2 Cristie Kerr
American professional golfer Kristie Kerr has made it on this list because despite being 40, she can still swing a club and she looks rather steamy for her age. At just 5'3", she is one of the shortest women golfers. She plays on the LPGA tour, in which she has 20 wins including two major championships. She emerged the number one golfer in the Women World Golf rankings for three time periods in 2010.
Cristie Kerr is originally from Miami, Florida where she started playing golf at the age of eight. She had a successful amateur career since 1994 to 1996 when she graduated high school and after she tied for sixth place at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her career picked up slowly from there and in time she has won numerous LPGA championships. Apart from golfing, Cristie is well known for her appearance on The Apprentice as well as founding the Birdies for Breast Cancer Foundation, where she donates $50 per birdie.
1 Schillonie Calvert
Schillonie Calvert is a 29-year-old athlete from Jamaica whose specialty is the short races, especially the 100-meter races. She recorded her best 100-meter performance in the United States in 2017 when she finished in an impressive 10.94, a very good speed on any standard. Jamaica seems to be the country to beat when it comes to short races, a title that the runners from the United States want to take back.
Usain Bolt has undoubtedly owned the 100-meter men's races, and his retirement leaves questions as to whether another sprinter will ever break his record. However, he has the advantage of being tall and having long legs, one that the short Calvert does not have the luxury of depending on because she's just 4'5".
She was part of the 2011 World Championship in Athletics Jamaican team in Daegu, as well as in the 2012 Summer Olympics team in London. She won gold for Jamaica at the 2013 World Championships, where her team won the 4 x 100m race.