The Outside World Take a Look At The World’s Most Hardcore Female Athletes Published 2 years ago on Aug 6, 2017 By Melina Papadopoulos The entertainment world may be filled to the brim with beautiful women and the sports world is no different except for one thing: athletic women got game. The beautiful female athletes on this list are not only gorgeous, but are also the top athletes in the world, whether their domain is on a track, a court, a field ,or a pool. They’ve worked hard for years to get their bodies into peak condition in order to be the best. They continue to push their bodies and strive for the best. Read on to learn about some of the most beautiful female athletes in the world. 1. Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey is not only gorgeous, she also has packs quite a punch. A versatile martial artist, Rousey has experience in both featherweight and bantamweight mixed martial arts divisions. Although she is most accomplished in the bantamweight division, she has experience in featherweight as well. The Odyssey Online One of Ronda Rousey’s most impressive accomplishments to date was scoring a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, the first woman able to claim such a feat. Moreover, she was the Ultimate Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion in 2012. 2. Hilary Knight This ice hockey forward certainly has a way with the puck. But once she sheds her heavy hockey gear, she doesn’t seem afraid to flash that winning smile either. Indeed, Knight has many hockey achievements to her name. A loyal member of the Boston Pride and the U.S. women’s national hockey teams, Knight started it all at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played for the Badgers. NWHL She performed so well there that her team was able to advance to the National Championship, which they managed to win. In 2010, however, Knight took a hiatus from school to compete in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She was the youngest member of any ice hockey player there and managed to score a bronze medal. 3. Soo Yeon Lee This table tennis superstar started young. Born in South Korea, Soo Yeon Lee picked up the sport at nine years old and very soon found herself caught up in the world of competition. She happened to thrive in this setting. When she was 12, she scored her first win at the National Junior Championship. Splash Magazines From there, her achievements only continued to accumulate. She traveled to such nations as New Zealand and the United States and reigned victorious in both countries. While in the U.S., she enrolled at UCLA. In addition to tennis, Soo Yeon Lee has also enjoys a very lucrative modeling career and has been the face of Target, Nike, and Red Bull. 4. Danica Patrick Danica Patrick’s need for speed has helped her achieve excellence on the racing track. The Wisconsin native has triumphed more than any other woman in open-wheel racing history. In 2008, she competed in the Indy Japan 300 race and became the first woman to ever win such a race. A year later, she went on to compete in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, where she set the women’s record for highest finish. Nascar.com Beyond her racing accolades, Danica Patrick has also established a career as a model and has enjoyed a consistent media presence. From 2005 to 2006, she was a brand ambassador for Secret deodorant. She also made an appearance in a commercial for the Honda Civic Coupe. 5. Lauren Sesselmann Soccer player Lauren Sesselmann has represented Canada since 2010, when she officially obtained citizenship. However, her soccer career began in the U.S. In high school, she excelled at both soccer and basketball. However, it was soccer that she went on to play at Purdue University. SMMSPORT.com Sesselmann scored a bronze medal for Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Today, she is plays for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat. Outside of soccer, she is something of a fitness enthusiast, making a living as a trainer and by creating a series of fitness DVDs. 6. Paige VanZant Paige VanZant ranks as another top fighter who can also turn heads. Although VanZant was raised as a dancer, she quickly learned that her interests lied elsewhere. One of these happened to be fighting, because it helped her feel less vulnerable. The Ledge VanZant only recently entered the world of professional fighting, beginning her career in 2012 at the age of 18. She is currently part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where she belongs to the strawweight division. In that division, she currently ranks No. 10. 7. Voula Papachristou This master triple and long jumper hails from Greece. In 2008, she competed in the World Junior Championships and took home a bronze medal. Just a year later, she proceeded to win bronze at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and gold at the 2009 European U23 Championships. She won EU23 gold once again in 2011. Daily Mail Of course, Papachristou has also had her share of defeats. At the 2009 World Championships she unable to advance to the finals. The same thing happened at the 2011 European Indoor Athletic Championships. Still, she managed to set a personal best with 14.72 meters, which rocketed her to the top percentile of Greek female triple jumpers. 8. Winifer Fernandez Born in the Dominican Republic, Winifer Fernandez has excelled in the competitive world of volleyball. When she competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics, the internet quickly took a liking to her because of how well she wore those short shorts that make up the women’s volleyball uniform. Fernandez proved to be quite the star of the real net as well. Speakers’ Corner Fernandez was only 21 when she competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics. However, she already had several games under her belt, including 15 World Championship matches in her home country and 45 matches abroad. At the ripe age of 15, she was crowned Best Defensive Player at the North, Central and Caribbean Federation U-18 Championship. 9. Amanda Beard This all-star swimmer has certainly made a splash, in more ways than one. In fact, she has almost two dozen medals to her name. Of course, none of this came completely easy to her. When she was attending the University of Arizona to swim on its team, she developed severe insecurities about her body. Eventually, she was diagnosed with bulimia, which Beard admitted affected her performance in the pool. celebritybabyscoop.com Still, Beard fought through it. Not only did she succeed, she thrived as a swimmer. She crushed a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke. Moreover, she competed in the Olympics several times and scored several medals, including two gold. Beyond this, she has been named American Swimmer of the Year on two separate occasions. 10. Alex Morgan A member of the soccer team Orlando Pride, Alex Morgan has racked up many accolades over the years. A natural-born athlete, Morgan took to soccer quickly and started making a name for herself at 14. Next, she enjoyed a productive collegiate soccer career at UC Berkeley. With Morgan’s abilities on the field, the team reached the NCAA Tournament for four consecutive years. ESPN.com After graduating Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in economics, Morgan made an excellent impression at the 2011 West New York Flash draft. She lead the club to victory once she became a player. Also in 2011, Morgan competed in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and was the youngest woman represented on the U.S. team. At the 2012 Olympics in London and Rio in 2016, she led Team USA to a number of wins. 11. Eugenie Bouchard This Canadian tennis star knows how to swing that racket. In 2012, Eugenie Bouchard took home the ultimate winning title for girls at Wimbledon Championships. She also managed to be a semifinalist at the 2014 French Open and the 2014 Australian Open. Because of these great achievements, the Women’s Tennis Association recognized Bouchard with its WTA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2014. Toronto Star When Bouchard played at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, she made her country proud by becoming the first player from Canada to to go on to the finals of a Grand Slam, particularly in the Singles category. She has also promoted brands such as Coca-Cola. 12. Michelle Jenneke There is no stopping this Australian hurdler in her tracks. Many people might recognize Michelle Jenneke for the dance she performs during her warm-up routine. Her dancing skills turned her into a viral phenomenon in 2012, earning her a sport on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. That warm-up dance also seems to do Jenneke good in terms of performance. Jason McCawley Getty Images In 2010, she competed in the Summer Youth Olympics. There, she took home a silver medal for the 100 m. hurdle. In 2016, after completing rigorous training, she went on to compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio. Sadly, she did not make it far. Still, that same year, she managed to claim first place at the Australian Athletics Championships. 13. Leryn Franco Although she has since retired, Leryn Franco made quite the name for herself as a javelin thrower. Hailing from Paraguay, this Olympic athlete set some notable records. Perhaps most notable was in 2012, when she achieved a throw of 57.7 m. at the Ibero-American Championship. It promptly set a new record in Paraguay, which used to be 55.66—also set by Franco in 2011. Pinterest Today, Leryn Franco enjoys a quiet but rewarding career for the Club Sol de America, where she specializes in athletics. Beyond this, Franco has also performed exceptionally well in the world of modeling. She competed in Miss Paraguay 2006 and achieved the runner-up title. Additionally, Franco enjoyed a prominent spot in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 14. Natalie Gulbis Gorgeous golf star Natalie Gulbis started playing golf when she was only four and her love for the sport hasn’t died down. By high school, she was playing on the boys’ team and consistently ranked as the top player. Gulbis qualified to graduate high school early and did so, eager to begin a collegiate golf career at the University of Arizona on scholarship. However, Gulbis did not see her collegiate career take flight. The GP Golf Report Instead, she left the University just a year later and pursued a professional career. She managed to perform well enough at the Ladies Professional Golf Association Final Qualifying Tournament and went on to the 2002 tournament, where she tied for third place. In 2007, the golfer hit it big by winning the 2007 Evian Masters held in France. That win came with a $450,000 prize too. 15. Skylar Diggins A member of the Dallas Wings, Skylar Diggins’s basketball career started relatively early. While she was still in high school, she was awarded many lofty titles, including the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, the National Gatorade Player of the Year, and named the McDonald’s All-American. Pinterest After graduating from Washington High School, Diggins pursued her education and basketball talent further at the nearby University of Notre Dame. She quickly became a top player, earning the title of Miss Basketball for the 2009-10 year. By sophomore year, she was unstoppable and began receiving national attention. 16. Shelina Zadorsky A Canada native, Shelina Zadorsky has seen success in the soccer world in both the United States and Canada. She was a member of the Perth Glory in Australia and currently plays for the National Women’s Soccer League team, the Washington Spirit. The West Australian In college, she spent time at the University of Michigan, playing for the Wolverines. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Zadorsky played for her home country and led the team to take home a bronze medal. Also in 2016, she was selected as the Spirit Newcomer of the Year. 17. Kassidy Cook Kassidy Cook is truly at home in the water and has been recognized as a talented, world-class diver. Although she just missed out on competing in the Summer Olympics of 2012, she did manage to get there in 2016 for the games in Rio. NY Daily News Her results were commendable. She competed in the women’s 3 m. springboard event and scored 13th place. As it turns out, she is following in the footsteps of her sister, who was also a diver at Purdue University. Cook is still young and continues to train while also studying at Stanford University. 18. Serena Williams No top athletes list would be complete without Serena Williams, a woman who has become the champion face of women’s tennis—and for good reason. She has consistently ranked as the top tennis player in Singles, according to the Women’s Tennis Association and has held onto this title since 2002. masricas-com Williams has the numbers to support the acclaim. She currently holds a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other tennis player. But most impressive, Williams has won more Grand Slam singles titles than just about any other player ever except Margaret Court of Australia, whose total sits at 24. 19. Jessica Ennis-Hill Although she has recently retired from her illustrious career as a track and field star, Jessica Ennis-Hill still shoulders a glittering legacy as one of England’s top track and field athletes. Specifically, she managed to crush multiple British records in her sport. To this day, she boasts the British national heptathlon record. BP Global Of course, her achievements go beyond records. She won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She also reigned as world champion in 2009, 2011, and 2015. She also took home the heptathlon gold at the European Championships in 2010. 20. Hope Solo Hope Solo not only has plenty of awards to her name, she has also been regarded as one of the best female goalkeepers of her time. Her soccer career proved to be auspicious even in high school. With 109 goals to her name, Hope Solo was courted by many universities who longed to have a player like her on their teams. Ultimately, she chose to play for the University of Washington. US Soccer Solo graduated from the university in 2002 and thus embarked on a promising professional soccer career. From 2000 to 2016, she was goalkeeper for the United States women’s soccer team. Her grandest achievements include two Olympic gold medals, the title of World Cup Champion, and was a major factor in helping the U.S. reach victory at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007, 2011, and 2015. 21. Ali Krieger It looks as though the women soccer stars have topped this list, and Ali Krieger is no exception. Krieger enjoyed a successful collegiate soccer career at Pennsylvania State University. Currently a player for the Orlando Pride, this champion defender has accomplished so much because of her unflinching perseverance. Heavy.com In 2012, Krieger injured her knee so severely that she had to miss the 2012 Summer Olympics. By 2016, she was healed and ready to go. As the oldest Olympics first-timer on her team, she proved to be a valuable player. What’s more, she holds the title of World Cup Champion. 22. Michelle Waterson It turns out that Ronda Rousey is not the only mixed martial arts fighter worthy of recognition. That is where Michelle Waterson comes in. Skilled in both the atomweight and strawweight divisions, Waterson is a prolific Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor. With an Invicta Champion title to her name, she consistently ranks as a premier female martial artist. Mixed Martial Arts Specifically, she came in sixth place in the UFC women’s strawweight division. She also holds the 23rd place for best women’s strawweight fighter in the world. When it comes to the atomweight division, her stats are even more impressive. For two consecutive years (from 2013 to 2014), she held the title of the world’s top women’s atomweight fighter. 23. Camila Giorgi Hailing from Italy, Camila Giorgi is a natural on the tennis court. Like many of the most skilled athletes named so far, Giorgi took to tennis at a very young age. She saw her first major win in 2009, at the International Tennis Federation, where she won her first title. Minas Panagiotakis / Stringer Do not let Camila Giorgi’s air of grace deceive you, however. The tennis player is a notoriously fierce player who will not go down without a fight. In fact, many who have been fortunate enough to play against her regard her as one of hardest hitters around. 24. Ellen Hoog This Dutch hockey player has been on quite the winning streak over the past several years. Her professional career took off in 2004, when she was selected to be part of the Dutch national team. From there, her achievements began to accumulate. In an impressive amount of time, she racked up 32 goals. Readabook.nl What’s more, Hoog took home Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. Although in 2016 her team claimed a silver medal, Hoog enjoyed much of the spotlight herself when she scored the goal that put her team ahead of Germany. 25. Emily Batty This Canada native enjoys a sport that some might consider a little rough: cross-country mountain biking. Emily Batty took to the mountain bike at the age of 11 years old. Just two years later, she was already competing in the Canada Cup Series. Red Bull In 2016, Batty competed in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and claimed third place.Under her belt are medals from both the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan Am games where she took home the silver and gold medals, respectively. 26. Kelly Cartwright Australian athlete Kelly Cartwright has had to overcome a lot to reach her phenomenal accomplishments. When she was 15, she was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer that proved difficult to treat. It affected her right leg, which she had to be amputated. Still, this obstacle did not stand in Cartwright’s way for long. Alchetron Since then, she has competed in the Paralympics twice: at Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. It was at the London Paralympics that she took home two medals. Today, she plays a major role in the Australian Paralympic Committee. Beyond this, Zoo Weekly magazine proclaimed her a top pick on its sexiest Paralympians list. 27. Sydney Leroux A player for FC Kansas City, Sydney Leroux has established herself as one of the finest soccer players of her time. Although she was born in Canada and played in her home country for a while, she eventually went on to compete in the United States. There, she enrolled at UCLA in 2008 and began a fruitful soccer career as a Bruin. ESPN.com During her time in college, Leroux became the sixth highest team scorer while only a freshman. In 2012, she saw victory at the London Olympics, where her team won the gold medal. Perhaps most impressive, Leroux was the youngest player on her team and managed to score a goal against the opponent, which was New Zealand. 28. Leilani Mitchell A dual citizen in both the United States and Australia, Leilani Mitchell began a promising basketball career while in high school in Washington. There, she earned much recognition for her excellence on the court. Mitchell attended the University of Idaho and the University of Utah, establishing herself on the teams of both schools. Daily Telegraph As a senior at Utah, Mitchell was required to sit out much of the time. Still, she went on to claim a total of five Mountain West Conference Player of the Week awards, a record number. Presently, she plays for the Phoenix Mercury. 29. Sue Bird Sue Bird’s basketball career took off when she was in high school. At the time, many coveted titles were heaped upon her: the New York Daily News Player of the Year, the New York State Player of the Year. She was also named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American. After high school, Bird went on to play for the University of Connecticut. swishappeal.com Since then, she has only continued to blossom on the court, taking home gold medals from four different Olympic games: 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. She also twice claimed the champion title at the WNBA Championships in 2004 and again in 2010. 30. Maria Kirilenko Originally from Russia, Maria Kirilenko has enjoyed much international success as a tennis player, and she certainly has the achievements to show for it. Her career began in 2002, when she competed in the Canadian Open and US Open Junior tournaments. Not only did she win; she happened to be the youngest player among those who placed top. Joe Dorish Sports In 2005, Kirilenko accomplished every talented tennis player’s dream: her very first Women’s Tennis Association Tour title. In total, she has reached five Grand Slams: three Singles and two Doubles. In 2012, she competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and took home a bronze medal. Did you enjoy this article? Be sure to SHARE it with friends! Sources: The Athletic Build, Journalistate, Maxim, Total Sportek UP NEXT Gunsmoke: Top Facts Behind The Longest-Lived Show on Television... 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