Not to take anything away from North American women, but there's something about European women that makes them stand out above the rest. Maybe it's the exotic factor in that they look slightly different than what North American men are accustomed to or maybe it's just the accent - OK, it's definitely mostly the accent. Women say the same things about men from foreign countries, particularly Australia, but for men it really doesn't matter what country the woman is from or what kind of accent she has. It could be an Irish, German, or Russian accent and it'll get our heart pumping with excitement just the same.
Sorry to the ladies in North America, but European women simply have the edge in looks and accents and that likely won't ever change. The same obviously applies with European athletes, most of whom could probably - and likely do - work as models. Sure, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have their fair share of hotties on full display at the Olympics every two years, but the best part of the event outside of watching world-class athletes excel in their respective sport is tracking which European nation has the best-looking women. This list of 15 of the hottest European athletes proves it's a pretty tough task in picking which nation might be ahead of the rest as the following countries are represented; Russia, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, Norway, England, Croatia, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
15 Maria Sharapova (Russia)
We couldn't exclude Maria Sharapova, who is the most obvious selection and has perhaps the largest profile of all the athletes on this list, so we'll get her out of the way early. The former top female tennis player in the world is still only 30 years old despite seemingly being around for decades, although, admittedly, it's easy to confuse her with former Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova, who was just as beautiful but not quite as talented.
14 Marta Menegatti (Italy)
We probably could have included only beach volleyball players on this list and satisfied many of our readers, but it would be difficult to leave out so many beautiful European women. That said, we couldn't not include Marta Menegatti, a 27 year old Italian beach volleyball player who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio before being eliminated by the United States' April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who are both incredibly beautiful in their own right, but that's another story.
13 Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)
We mentioned we could include only beach volleyball players and the same is true with European tennis stars. While Genie Bouchard and other young stars receive the bulk of attention for their good looks, it's actually Dominika Cibulkova who is the hottest woman on the WTA Tour and it's not even close. She's a little thicker than Bouchard, but, depending on your preference that's a good thing. She's got strong, powerful legs as well as a pretty face and an endearing smile.
12 Rita Dravucz (Hungary)
Hungary might not be the country that first comes to mind when you think of beautiful European women. Likewise, water polo might not be a sport you associate with beautiful women. It's a fringe sport to begin with and its athletes wear caps to cover their head and often have a mouth guard in, which doesn't exactly make for the most appealing photos. However, one look at Rita Dravucz outside of the pool and it's clear that the sport - and Hungary - has its fair share of women most men could only dream of landing.
11 Belen Mozo (Spain)
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Twenty-nine year old Belen Mozo is often listed as one of the most beautiful female golfers in the world and with good reason. The native of Cadiz, Spain is equal parts adorable, sexy, beautiful, and any other adjective you might want to use to describe her appearance. She also appears to be a fun-loving golfer with an appealing personality and a good sense of humor.
10 Christina Vukicevic (Norway)
A quick look at Christina Vukicevic's Instagram account might give you the impression she's a professional tennis player. The beautiful Norwegian has several pictures of her holding a racket or playing the sport, but she's actually an accomplished hurdler who recently retired from the sport. However, judging from the tennis photos as well as the dozens in which she is working out, it's clear she hasn't moved past athletics completely - she is still signed to a Nike sponsorship deal, after all.
9 Amber Hill (England)
Regardless of your thoughts on guns, there's no way you're turning away from 20 year old English sport shooter Amber Hill. You could be the most progressive liberal who literally wants every single gun in the world destroyed, but scrolling through Hill's Instagram account will quickly make you change your stance on the matter - or at least allow for exceptions. Sure, it's not the gun that makes Hill look as stunning as she does, but it certainly doesn't hurt. There is a reason, after all, why the beautiful blonde has over 65,000 followers on Instagram, despite participating in a fringe sport.
8 Antonija Sandric (Croatia)
Most of the women on this list have at least more than 50,000 Instagram followers and are somewhat well-known worldwide, but Antonija Misura is a beautiful blonde who definitely deserves more attention on social media than she currently has. The 29 year old Croatian babe has 21,000 followers, but compares favorably to many of the women on this list. Women who play sports rank a little higher in hotness to begin with, but that's especially true when it's a woman who can ball.
7 Silje Norendal (Norway)
Silje Norendal might honestly be the most natural beauty on this list and, at the very least, has the most beautiful face. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed Norwegian babe is a four-time X-Games gold medalist, and you wouldn't know it judging from her innocent looks and slender frame, but she's a beast in the gym and is certainly not afraid of taking risks in the air. The professional snowboarder also competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the slopestyle competition and finished in 11th place.
6 Kiira Korpi (Finland)
If we had to settle on one country that produced the best-looking women, we would defer and instead choose Scandinavia, the European region that is comprised of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Let's be honest, most of the women from those countries are Perfect ten's and Kiira Korpi is no exception. The retired Finnish professional figure skater has been competing since 2004 in both singles and doubles competitions, but called it quits in 2015 and now helps other Finnish skaters with choreography.
5 Darya Klishina (Russia)
An episode of Family Guy recently made the point that Russian women are either one's or 10's and that there's no in-between. While we can't speak to the former opinion, the latter is certainly true in that there's a lot of 10's in the Eastern European country. One of them in Darya Klishina, a 26 year old long jumper who finished ninth in the event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a jump of 6.63 meters. Her personal best is 7.05 and she recently won a silver at the 2017 World Championships with a jump of 7.00 meters, so hopefully we see her again at the 2020 Olympics.
4 Sophie Horn (England)
It's kind of a confusing question as to whether or not England is part of Europe. Technically it isn't, but it also is. It adopted the Euro over a decade ago and was part of the European Union, but is now in the process of removing itself thanks to the Brexit vote. But even then, it's still considered a European nation, although it's an island with no connection to Europe. It's confusing. But for the sole purpose of including beauties like Amber Hill and Sophie Horn, it's a European nation in our books.
3 Meeri Raisanen (Finland)
One might normally associate beautiful women with summer and outdoor sports like track and field or soccer, but this Finnish babe is as covered up as any athlete could be. Meeri Raisanen is the goaltender for Finland's national women's hockey team and a damn good one at that. The 27 year old backstopped the team to a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships (which is essentially a gold since Canada and the United States are so far ahead in terms of player development) with an impressive 1.99 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
2 Ellen Hoog (Netherlands)
The entire Netherlands' female field hockey team has had articles written about them detailing just how beautiful they are and Ellen Hoog is undoubtedly their leader both in regard to looks and talent. In fact, even an article on CNN.com has the title of "Ellen Hoog: Hockey's pinup girl ready for Rio." The 31 year old Dutch beauty might be one of the most well-known female field hockey players in the world; she won back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 and earned a silver in 2016. She even scored the winning goal in a pair of semi-final matches.
1 Alicia Schmidt (Germany)
One of the more recent European athletes recognized for their looks, Alicia Schmidt of Germany slides right to the top of this list for her unmatched beauty. The 18 year old German track and field star has been labeled by several publications as the World's Sexiest Athlete and it's no surprise why. Given her age, she has grown up in the social media world and isn't at all shy about posting photos to her Instagram account that older athletes might find a bit too distracting or scandalous.
A September 26 article by the Daily Star focused on her racy Instagram posts and noted she had over 30,000 followers on the social media platform. Apparently word has spread because she now has over 141,000 and continues to showcase her perfect body in numerous bikini photos. The 2020 Olympics could not come soon enough.
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