What’s not to like about the stretchy and snugly fabric that makes people comfortable? You can wear them time and time again and they won’t wear and tear on you like those jeans you love. It’s pretty safe to say when a heterosexual male sees a beautiful woman in yoga pants, they revert back to their Neanderthal ways with their mouth open and tongue hanging out. You guys can thank Joseph Shivers for that reaction. In 1949, Shivers was working on a replacement for rubber and after some tinkering and a few years in the lab, he created the fiber that we all know and love today, spandex.
Little did Shivers know at the time when he created spandex it would turn into this phenomenon that we see today. Go to any gym and you’ll find a woman working out in yoga pants, oh it’s true, it’s damn true. Because of Shivers, we now get to see our favorite female athletes rock the fabric in some eye-popping poses. You may have heard of some of these beautiful athletes and if you haven’t, we’re glad we could tell you all about them. So if you’re just finding out about these gorgeous athletes, give them TheSportster bump and follow their careers.
15 Anastasia Ashley
The California native has followed the trend of great surfers coming out of the state when she won her first major national title at just the age of 16. Ashley would start her surfing career at the age of six and would pick up her first sponsor just one year later. Along with her national title win, she won the National Scholastic Surfing Association Championship and the Professional Surfing Tour of America Championship.
14 Antonija Misura
She’s a Croatian sensation and maybe she’ll be good enough to play basketball in the United States but until then, will just have to keep watching her play overseas. The 29-year-old currently plays for the Spanish team Lointek Gernika Bizkaia and is a member of the Croatian women’s national basketball team. She represented her country at the 2009 Mediterranean Games, EuroBasket Women 2011 and 2013, and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
13 Paige Spiranac
The former competitive gymnast has become an internet sensation in professional golf. Her skills and beautiful looks have garnered the attention of the media and fans. People love beauty and spandex aren't in short supply. The daughter of a collegiate football player and ballet dancer, Spiranac grew up in an athletic household. Golf would come naturally to Paige at a young age and she would qualify for the Junior PGA Championship on four occasions.
12 Alex Morgan
The California native became a hero for the United States when she helped the women’s soccer team win the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The forward would take to soccer at a young age and be recognized for her hard work when she was drafted number one overall in the 2001 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. Through the years she has become a household name not only in the United States but across the globe.
11 Leryn Franco
We have to admit, the javelin throw isn’t what people want to see when they tune into the Summer Olympics every four years, however, Leryn Franco put the sport on blast for her beautiful looks and great skills. In 1998, she would set national records in her home country, Paraguay, in both the javelin throw and triple jump. She would represent her country in the javelin throw at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics before retiring.
10 Paige VanZant
It took years before women’s MMA was taken seriously and now that it is, promotions are clamoring for beautiful athletes that can sell tickets as well as put a pounding on someone. Case in point, UFC’s Strawweight contender Paige VanZant. After proving she can bang in the female only promotion Invicta FC, she was signed by the UFC for the newly created Strawweight Division in 2013.
9 Michelle Jenneke
This athletic runner from Australia became an overnight sensation when her pre-race warm-up dance would go viral. She would train as a hurdler from a young age and would break the Australian record in the women’s sprint medley relay at the 2010 Australian Junior Championships. After years of crushing it on the track, she would become a member of Australia’s 2014 Commonwealth Games team.
8 Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn will go down as one of the greatest alpine ski racers in the history of the sport. Since she began her professional career, she's been winning countless competitions. The beautiful blonde not only looks great in snow but also in yoga pants. She won four World Cup overall championships which has been done only twice by female skiers. Vonn also won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
7 Ellen Hoog
We know field hockey isn’t a popular sport, however, Ellen Hoog has helped the industry become more mainstream with her skill as well as her beauty. The Dutch field hockey player would take to the sport at a young age before joining the national team in 2004. Her awesome ability has helped the nation win two gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
6 Danica Patrick
Two decades ago, if you told someone a woman would be a popular driver in NASCAR, you would have been laughed at. Today, Danica Patrick has literally changed the landscape of what the sport can be when she became a full-time driver for the organization. Before NASCAR, she was breaking the mold in the IndyCar Series, becoming the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500.
5 Sally Fitzgibbons
Australia is known for their kangaroos, cricket, and surfing. Of course, we kid and the country has many beautiful features and locations that everyone should visit, however, it’s true that the down under nation is known for surfing. Sally Fitzgibbons is one of those surfers that has torn up the competition while looking as beautiful as ever.
4 Skylar Diggins-Smith
At an early age, playing basketball came naturally to Diggins-Smith. During her high school years, she would light the nation on fire and become the National Gatorade Player of the Year and earn McDonald’s All-American honors in 2009. The point guard would commit to Notre Dame and win several honors, including First Team All-American in 2012 and 2013.
3 Maria Sharapova
Maybe the most decorated athlete on this list, Maria Sharapova is no stranger to the world. The beautiful Russian tennis player will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game. At the age of just 18, she would be ranked the number one women’s player by the WTA. She would earn that honor four more times during her career. Sharapova also is the only Russian and just one of ten women to earn a career Grand Slam.
2 Blair O'Neal
Blair O’Neal may, in fact, be the hottest human that has ever played professional golf. The sultry blonde started playing golf at an early age and would join the American Junior Golf Association at the age of 13. After graduating from Arizona State University, O’Neal would begin her professional career not just in golf but also modeling.
1 Anna Kournikova
It only seems like yesterday when there was no war on terror, AOL was the greatest thing ever, and Napster was the go to program. During those years, a beautiful lady by the name of Anna Kournikova burst onto the worldwide stage. Information didn’t travel as fast back in the 1990s compared to today but one thing is for sure, Kournikova became viral before that term even meant anything.
She was never the greatest tennis player and her highest rank was number eight in 2000, however, her looks brought so much attention to herself that she would become a millionaire nevertheless. After the countless photo shoots, media appearances, and becoming an American citizen in 2010, Kournikova has stayed out of the spotlight in recent years.
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