Women's sports have come a long way in the past century. That's an obvious statement, but it remains hard to believe that, just over 120 years ago in the 1896 Olympics, women weren't allowed to compete. Four years later, women's events were added to the Olympic program, but it still took as many as 60-70 years for women to have full equality with men at the Olympics. The rise of the WNBA has helped create celebrities out of women basketball players and a pair of women's hockey leagues have recently sprung up, one of which recently expanded to China. In some instances, like soccer, the women's game can be just as compelling as the men's game, but that doesn't mean men are only watching to experience high-level athletes at their best.
Saying men don't watch women's sports to check out the beautiful women participating in them is just as absurd as saying no women watch professional sports to glance at the men. If a woman tells you she watched an LA Galaxy game years ago for any reason but to check out David Beckham, she's lying. And you can likely say the same about the men who watch these 15 world-class athletes. Some of them are well-known and certainly more than just eye candy, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate their assets - yes, we mean their backside.
15 Snežana Rodič
Chances are you aren't watching the IAAF World Championships to see who wins the triple jump and, in fact, there's a very good chance you haven't ever turned into the event. However, if you did, it's likely it was to catch a glimpse of Snežana Rodič, a 34-year-old Slovenian who had a career-best finish of ninth.
If you're looking for a fine set of ... let's say, "assets," then track and field is the sport to keep an eye on. Athletes need strong, powerful legs, especially in the triple jump, and, as such, often have bountiful backsides. Rodič is a prime example of that. The blonde beauty is a finely-tuned athlete who can stop wars with her booty - presumably. She hasn't competed since the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland, but that shouldn't stop you from admiring her.
14 Serena Williams
Make no mistake, Serena Williams is the best athlete on this list and we'll even go as far as calling her one of the best athletes of all-time. Her dominance on the WTA Tour is unprecedented and she's a treat to watch every time she steps on the court - for a number of reasons. Aside from her impressive abilities, Serena is a beauty whose booty is far and away her greatest asset off the court.
It's easily noticeable on the court, but she recently showcased her beach bod in a trip to the Bahamas, months before announcing her pregnancy, which prompted TMZ to declare "Serena Williams' bikini bod on Election Day is something we can all agree on." They aren't wrong. There's a reason she was heavily courted by Drake in 2016.
13 Stephanie Rice
Australia has produced a number of dominant swimmers. Long before Michael Phelps dominated the pool on the men's side, it was Ian Thorpe who was regarded as the best competitive swimmer in the world. It's no surprise, then, that Brisbane native Stephanie Rice is a three-time Olympic gold medal winner, all of which were won at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Unfortunately for Rice, that was the peak of her athletic excellence, as she failed to medal in 2012, although she won numerous bronze and silver medals at the World Championships from 2007 to 2011. She announced her retirement in 2014, but is incredibly active on social media with over 100,000 followers on Instagram. We suspect some are fans of hers, but most are probably fans of the Lululemon pants she sports.
12 Leryn Franco
Paraguay's Leryn Franco is a model and actress who rose to prominence as a javelin thrower in three straight Olympic Games from 2004 to 2012. A gold medal winner in javelin in the 2001 South American Junior Championships, Franco finished a career-high second in the South American Championships in 2009, but her Olympic success was limited. Although she qualified for three Olympic Games, she finished a high of 34th during the London Games in 2012.
Outside of athletics, however, Franco is universally lauded. She appeared in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and you can see why above. She was also runner-up for Miss Universo Paraguay in 2006. The 35-year-old has over 200,000 followers on Instagram, where she showcases a mix of photos of her incredibly-toned body and something we can all agree on: pizza.
11 Jaqueline Carvalho
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho has played for the national volleyball team since 2005 and last competed at the 2015 Pan Am Games, two years after giving birth to her first child. The 33-year-old wing spiker received the Best Spiker award at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix and has won a combined 13 gold medals with the national team.
Volleyball might be the sport which attracts the best-looking women and that's even more accurate in Brazil; the 6-foot-1 Carvalho is a prime example of that. She has played professionally at the club level since 1999 and currently represents Camponesa/Minas in Brazil. She doesn't have an Instagram account, but she posts plenty of photos on Twitter, where she has over 360,000 followers, and for good reason.
10 Liliana Fernandez
Keeping with volleyball, we move to the beach, where it's even more likely - and easy - to spot a bountiful beach bum. Liliana Fernandez is a 30-year-old Spanish beach volleyball player who has won a bronze and silver medal at the European Championships and a silver medal at the 2016 FIVB World Tour in Long Beach, California. She competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics with Elsa Baquerizo and reached the round of 16 before being eliminated by Italians Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti.
Because of the nature of beach volleyball, there are numerous photos of Fernandez which leaves little to the imagination in regard to what she's working with below the waist. The 5-foot-10 beauty has a strong set of legs which extends into her backside. She's 30-weeks pregnant, but that hasn't stopped her from training, as evidenced by her Instagram posts.
9 Kim Glass
We told you volleyball is where it's at in regard to awe-inspiring booties, and there might be none better than former United States national indoor team member Kim Glass. At 6-foot-3, the 32-year-old Glass is a strong and powerful athlete whose talent is matched by her beauty. She was part of the 2008 American team which won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics and recently played professional in Brazil.
Glass is currently a personal trainer and model, which is no surprise given her stunning body. In fact, while attending the University of Arizona, she tried out for Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model five times. She was also featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Glass has 15,000 followers on Instagram, where she really doesn't mind showcasing her bikini bod.
8 Kaylyn Kyle
Kaylyn Kyle was a spare player with the Canadian women's Olympic soccer team during the London Games in 2012, and, despite the team winning a bronze medal, Kyle received a lot of attention from men on social media, who found the long-haired blonde to be one of the best-looking women in the Olympics that year.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyle played nine years with the Canadian national team and starred for the Seattle Reign FC and Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. The 28-year-old announced her retirement from international play in April of 2017, but she likely won't have to worry about finding work in the near future. She's still a quality player, but she's arguably one of the most beautiful Canadian women athletes today.
7 Julia Mancuso
The best American alpine skier not named Lindsay Vonn, Julia Mancuso has won four Olympic medals, including a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin. Beyond the Olympic medals, she boasts an impressive resume that includes five gold medals at the Junior World Ski Championships, two silvers, and three bronze at the World Championships. The 33-year-old is on the backside of her career and missed all of 2016 due to recovering from surgery, but looks-wise she's at her peak - and her backside is just perfect.
The Olympic Champion is working harder than ever to get back to competition and, thankfully for her male fans, she has been posting workout updates on Instagram, where she has over 210,000 followers. It's clear Mancuso isn't skipping leg day aka glute' day.
6 Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey's career in the octagon is uncertain at this point, but even if it's over, there's no question she'll remain in the public eye given her level of popularity. Rousey rose to prominence after dominating women's MMA bouts and ultimately forcing Dana White's hand to create a women's division in the UFC. Soon after, she became the biggest star in the promotion, but her downfall was rapid.
Rousey's success in the octagon earned her prominence in pop culture. She co-starred in the Entourage movie, has had brief appearances in the WWE, and is scheduled to play the lead in a Road House remake. We've used Instagram following as a measure of the previous ladies' hotness, but Rousey puts them all to shame with over 9.7 million followers on the image-sharing application.
5 Miesha Tate
The UFC women's division is as strong as ever in terms of up-and-coming talent, but it's currently void of two of its biggest stars in Rousey and Miesha Tate. A former short-lived UFC Bantamweight Champion, Tate defeated Holly Holm for the title at UFC 196 but lost it months later to current champion Amanda Nunes. Following a loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, Tate announced her retirement from the sport, much to the disappointment of her growing fan base.
Like Rousey, Tate is a beautiful woman who spends plenty of time in the gym and it certainly shows. Any side profile photo of the 30-year-old showcases her bountiful "assets," which can drive a man wild. She's currently a UFC analyst for FS1, which is unfortunate as her bottom half is often hidden behind the desk.
4 Jennifer Abel
The second Canadian Olympian to appear on this list, 25-year-old Jennifer Abel truly does boast one of the best backsides in all of sports. The Montreal diver is a Commonwealth Games champion on the 1-meter springboard and 3-meter synchro springboard and also took home the bronze medal in the 3-meter synchro springboard at the 2012 Olympic Games with partner Pamela Ware. She just missed out on winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, finishing fourth in the solo and synchro competitions.
Although she missed out on a medal, she won the hearts of male fans everywhere who happened to accidentally tune into women's springboard diving. The three-time Olympian needs a strong lower body to push off on the diving board and she is certainly blessed in that area.
3 Sydney Leroux
Getting back to a more traditional sport and someone the average sports fan might be more familiar with, we come to American soccer star Sydney Leroux, who was actually born in British Columbia, Canada and represented the country at the junior level. However, Leroux chose to play for the American under-20 team in 2008 and has been a star for the national program ever since. She has 35 goals for the women's national team, with the last one coming in a May 17, 2015 game against Mexico.
She took the 2016 season off to give birth to her first-born son, who now dominates her Instagram feed as expected. She is, however, back on the pitch after a short hiatus, playing for FC Kansas City after being traded to the team by Seattle Reign FC.
2 Michelle Jenneke
How many Instagram followers would you expect an Australian hurdler to have? A couple thousand, maybe? Tens of thousands at best, right? Try over 425,000. That distinction belongs to Michelle Jenneke, who despite failing to qualify for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles at her first Olympics in 2016, has a massive following on social media because, well, she's super hot. To be fair to Jenneke, she is quite talented, having won Oceania Youth Championships and a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, but its her colorful personality and cheerful enthusiasm combined with her incredible butt that has men around the world clicking the follow button on Instagram.
The 23-year-old's celebrity status was curated long before she participated in the Olympics, however. A 2012 clip of her dancing during her pre-race warmup at the 2012 World Junior Championships received 19 million views in just one week and in 2013 she was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
1 Winifer Fernandez
Dominican volleyball player Winifer Fernandez is all the proof we need to believe that God exists. The 22-year-old libero has played for club teams in the Dominican Republic and Azerbaijan since 2008, but she first gained worldwide acclaim from men after a highlight package of her on-court abilities went viral in the summer of 2016, which is an impressive feat given she didn't even participate in the Olympics. She did, however, earn a gold medal at the Pan American Cup in 2016. Her presence at the 2020 Olympics would certainly do a lot for viewership.
Fernandez might not have the same social media following as some of the others on the list, but her 208,000 followers is an impressive total given she's essentially an obscure club volleyball player. Another difference between her and the others on this list is that she knows her backside is next level and she isn't afraid to show it. No joke, seven of her 12 most recent posts are close-ups of her grade-A booty. We're all winifers.