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.
The beautiful athlete would appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2014 and become a national star. The beauty has gone on to model for other publications as well as appear on the popular cooking television program, Hell’s Kitchen, in 2014. Nothing beats a beautiful surfer babe in yoga pants and we doubt anyone would disagree with us.
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.
The multi-talented guard is usually considered one of the hottest athletes in Europe and judging by the photo, it seems to be quite true. She even got former NBA player Nate Robinson to tweet about her looks after he watched one of her games in 2012. Sorry boys, but this beautiful woman married her longtime boyfriend in 2015.
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.
She would become a viral hit on the web after a YouTube video produced by her college, San Diego University would showcase her trick shot skills. Spiranac would win her first professional tournament, Cactus Tour, when she shot a final-round of 68 at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in 2016. At just 24 years old, Spiranac’s future is as bright as the sun.
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.
Today, she's on loan from the Orlando Pride in the NWSL and plays for Olympique Lyonnais of Division 1 Féminine. Her success and fame on the field have carried over to pop culture as Morgan has been featured in popular magazines such as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Vogue, and Fortune. At just 27 years old, Morgan will be around and rocking yoga pants for a long time.
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.
During her time as an athlete, Franco would place in the top three in countless competitions until she retired in 2014. While becoming one of the best javelin throwers in the world, Franco would also participate in beauty pageants. In 2006, she was runner-up of Miss Universo Paraguay and was also a model for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2011.
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.
It would be false to say looks don’t get you fans and the attention of the media because VanZant is a perfect example of it. Considered more of a looker than a fighter when she signed with the UFC, VanZant went on a tear, winning three straight matches before losing to Rose Namajunas. Her last fight came in a lost to Michelle Waterson but she has shown to be a true warrior and not just a hottie.
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.
As the youngest competitor in the final, she would place fifth with a time of 13.36. She would compete in her first Summer Olympics in 2016 but failed to get out of the heats. At just 23 years old, Jenneke could be a name to watch in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Did we fail to mention she also looks stunning in yoga pants?
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.
She’s not only a standout in the downhill competition, Vonn also has achieved success in the super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined. At 32 years old, she holds the record for most World Cup victories with 77 in the Female Division. She has just ten more victories to go before passing Ingemar Stenmark for most ever.
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.
They almost won a third straight gold medal in 2016 but placed second in the competition. If you don’t remember, Hoog famously ended the 2012 Summer Olympics semi-final game against New Zealand with a winning shot when she became the first player to decide a major championship by a penalty shootout in the sport. With countless achievements and the beauty of an angel, Hoog has represented the sport better than anyone else.
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.
In a racing world full of men, Patrick has done a great job mixing her driving skills with her beauty. She can be seen as tough as well as sweet and has been involved in some great commercials. As much as we like seeing her drive in circles all day, we also love seeing her in yoga pants. The beauty is only 35 years old and still has a long time ahead of her before retirement.
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.
At just 14 years old, she would win the ASP Pro Junior Open and just two years later, she would win the Icon All-Girls Open Event Lennox Head. In 2007, she would make her country proud by winning the gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in the 800m and 1,500m. Basically, she’s a surfing Goddess that looks great in yoga pants and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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.
The Notre Dame product has become one of the best basketball players in the WNBA since being drafted by the Tulsa Shock in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She's a two-time All-Star, has one All-WNBA First Team award under her belt, and won best WNBA Player ESPY Award in 2015. Diggins made headlines when she was the first female athlete to sign with Roc Nation Sports in 2013. She would also sign an endorsement deal with Nike that same year, making her an instant star.
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.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she won the silver medal in the singles division. Although she’s a beast on the court, Sharapova has the looks to be featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. At 30 years old, Sharapova still plays the sport she loves so don’t be surprised to see her earning more accolades in the near future.
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.
An injury would turn her attention to more of a personality star in the world of golf but don’t get it confused, she could probably hit the ball better than most people on this earth. O’Neal would show her beauty off at fashion shows, become a television host for the program Big Break, and be seen in countless commercials. Considered one of the hottest athletes of our time, O’Neal has no problem finding work these days.
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.