We live in a competitive world where athletes battle for trophies and the adoration of millions upon millions of fans across the world. Sometimes we forget that the glorified superstars on our screens are people too, with beating hearts and capable of feeling emotions. Everyone is just out the looking for love, and athletes just happen to do it under the microscope of public opinion. While some are looking for trophies out on the field, on occasion some score a trophy in their relationships, landing a great partner they couldn't live without.
In this list we’ll explore the age gap between a number of female athletes and their significant others. How man years is too many years apart? Why does it always seem to go older man, younger woman? These are some of the questions we’re trying to get to the bottom of. You also would never guess how hard it was to track down 7 times the pendulum has swung the other way and the pro female athlete was on the older side of the equation. While it's often not so dramatic, it is still interesting to see how many guys fell for older women. So here’s to all the trophy wives and husbands, to all the perfect couples, to all the up-and-comers, and all the retired lovers. We’re happy that you found your soul mates, even if they are a decade younger than you.
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15 Too Young: Caroline Wozniacki And David Lee
Caroline Wozniacki is an absolute tennis phenomenon who is currently ranked #2 in the world and wows us every time she steps foot onto the court. The 27-year-old Danish superstar was recently engaged to former NBA utility man David Lee. Lee won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and announced his retirement after he and Wozniacki revealed that they were engaged. We would have done the same. Lee, now 34-years-old is going to have to save all his energy to keep up with his future wife who is 7 years his junior and still incredibly active on the tennis circuit. Two champions that found love. Lucky for Lee that Caroline is into older men, as she is still so young.
14 Too Old: Sable And Brock Lesnar
Sable is a legendary wrestling figure who is currently with a legendary wrestling figure (see what I did there?). She also happens to be the wife of one of the most polarizing figures in wrestling and MMA, Brock Lesner. The two met through wrestling circles and were married in 2006 and are still together today, which is miraculous because most celebrity marriages we read about last about as long as it takes to drive from the ceremony back to the front door. One interesting fact about the couple is that Sable is 10 years older than Brock! One of the only true examples of the woman being the older partner, and much older at that. We wish these two all the best and we’re pretty sure they’ll make it despite the age difference.
13 Too Young: Peta Murgatryod And Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Peta Murgatroyd is a Dancing With The Stars goddess but she’s no longer on the market fellas, sorry to say. The 31-year-old dancer was married to fellow reality show dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy last year to form the ultimate dancing power couple. They got married in a castle and spent most of their time loving each other and training to be crowned the next DWTS champion. Life doesn’t sound too bad for the two. Maksim just happens to be 37-years-old which places about a 6 year gap between him and his younger wife. But that just seems normal in todays society where older men often wind up with younger beauties, and not just in athletics. We’re happy to watch these two cha-cha their way through life, age gap or not.
12 Too Old: Steffi Graf And Andre Agassi
Ok, ok, we had a really tough time finding female athletes that were married to younger men. Maybe it’s because younger men are intimidated by accomplished, beautiful, powerful women and only the more mature and experienced males can handle being in a long term relationship with these lovely superstars… so we’ve added tennis power couple Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi to the list because Andre is 1 year his wife's junior. The couple has 30 majors between the two of them (Graf 22, Agassi 8). What makes Agassi interesting is that he used to date Barbara Streisand, who is 28 years older than him. Then he married Brooke Shields, who was 5 years older. It seems as though he's actually been dating younger and younger as he ages up, so Steffi may really be getting too old for him!
11 Too Young: Nikki Bella And John Cena
A wrestling power couple for the ages, John Cena and Nikki Bella are about as cute as they come. John appears to be the perfect husband and all around good guy while Nikki is supportive of everything John does from his burgeoning acting career to his in ring exploits and branding. Nikki just happens to be 6 years younger than John (good for you Cena!). The 34-year-old Bella met the 40-year-old Cena through wrestling circles and the two gravitated towards each other until the fell in love and John proposed at Wrestlemania 33. The younger Nikki said yes and the world was introduced to the golden couple of the WWE. The age gap could prove problematic soon though, as Nikki wants to have kids but Cena appears to be against the idea.
10 Too Old: Danica Patrick And Aaron Rodgers/Ricky Stenhouse
Danica Patrick isn’t that much older than Aaron Rodgers, but she was 5 years older then her ex Ricky Stenhouse JR, and it’s way too much fun to talk about these three to not throw them on here as a technicality. Patrick is 1 year Rodgers senior which qualifies them and rumours are swirling of how they got together, potentially at Ricky’s expense. The younger driver, Stenhouse seemed to pump the breaks on proposing to Patrick which led the relationship to stall out and crumble quick and all of a sudden Danica is with Aaron! Can you imagine if Aaron goes to see her race and Ricky knows he’s in the stands and has to drive by him every lap? It’s just too fun to imagine. It's also interesting to note that Rodgers previously dated Olivia Munn, who was 3 years older than him.
9 Too Young: Lindsey Vonn And Tiger Woods
Well they’re not together anymore but for a moment there Lindsey and Tiger were the talk of the town. The scandal-magnet Woods had seemingly straightened up a bit and was in a ‘committed’ relationship with the spitfire of American skiing, Lindsey Vonn. One thing that stuck out in the relationship (other than Tigers past, and other than the photos of Vonn that were leaked onto the internet) was the fact that Woods was 9 years Vonn’s senior. The popular couple would eventually crumble under the weight of their own gravity with Vonn moving on and Tiger making headlines again with his out of control behaviour. It just didn’t work out for them, but I don’t think we’re blaming the age difference on this one, there was just too much going on.
8 Too Old: Lauren Holiday And Jrue Holiday
Lauren Holiday is a retired U.S. Women’s soccer team star and an all around incredible lady, her husband also shares this sentiment. Lauren is 30-years-old and is married to Jrue Holiday who plays guard for the New Orleans Pelicans. Jrue just happens to be 27, 3 years younger than Lauren, but that’s never held them back. Three years doesn't seem like much, but most NBA stars are chasing the young girls around and not the older. They are a shining example of relationship goals and have been through a lot together in their marriage. This power couple has survived Lauren’s recent brain tumour scare and come out the other side and welcomed their new born daughter into the world. In a situation like that, age drifts away and all you know is your partner and your daughter. Lauren and Jrue are true champions in life.
7 Too Young: Steph McMahon And Triple H
The Stephanie McMahon and HHH story is a well known tale in the legendary world of the WWE. The boss's daughter falls for the future champion even though he’s in a relationship and the two ran Chyna out of the promotion and became the ultimate wrestling power couple. Their relationship has stood the test of time and it does look like the two are genuinely happy and will be at the helm of the WWE one day if Vince ever steps aside. One thing a lot of people don’t notice is the fact that there is a 7 year age gap between the two with Stephanie on the younger side. They were married in 2013 when Triple H was in his mid 30s and Steph was in her mid 20s.
6 Too Old: Carli Lloyd And Brian Hollins
Carli Lloyd is an American soccer player and has won 2 Gold medals with the USWNT and was a two-time FIFA player of the year in 2015 and 2016. Lloyd has had an incredible soccer career and deserves to have a happy and fulfilling home life. We hope she’ll find that with her younger husband and golf pro Brian Hollins. The two are high school sweethearts which means that Carli picked up Brian when he was a few years her junior in high school. That means he was just a kid when she hunted him down! We admit that 2 years these days doesn’t seem like a lot, but at that age the difference is a bit more pronounced. Heck they’ve already been together for over a decade, what’s a little marriage added to the mix.
5 Too Young: Ronda Rousey And Travis Browne
Ronda Rousey was the face of women’s MMA during its rise to legitimacy in the early 2010s and Travis Brown was a heavyweight competitor with the UFC promotion around that time as well. The two met through MMA circles and were eventually engaged. Imagine the power in that relationship! The two of them have been making a lot of public appearances and are genuinely happy together. Rousey had a rough go of it after she fell off the grid with a few key losses in the octagon and Browne was there to help and support her while she found her way again. The fact that Browne just happens to be 5 years older than Rousey doesn’t really seem to affect the couple at all.
4 Too Old: Alana Blanchard And Jack Freestone
Alana Blanchard is an American professional surfer and model and usually as the storyline goes some rich business man would try to scoop her up for his mantle. But she has held strong in this regard and is in a relationship with a fella 2 years younger than her in Jack Freestone. Jack is a professional surfer as well and over all is a great looking dude. The couple love to hit the beach and the waves together and look like a match made in heaven. Alana and Jack make a great looking couple and it looks as if they are going to make a great looking baby as well. How much would anyone out there like to bet that Alana and Jack’s baby has a career in pro surfing? It's good to see a vibrant young women buck the trend of ending up with a rich older guy. Good for her!
3 Too Young: Morgan Beck And Bode Miller
If we could pick an odd sports pairing it might just have to be beach volleyball and downhill skiing. One has sand, the other snow. One is played on flatland, the other on breakneck slopes. But none of the factors seems to come between Morgan Beck and Bode Miller. Beck is a professional beach volleyball player and model who has represented the U.S. at the Olympics and Miller is an American legend on the slopes who’s represented the U.S. at 5 Olympic games. The two happen to be an awesome power couple, and a pretty good looking pair at that. Oh, and did we mention that Beck is 10 years younger than the 40-year-old Miller? It seems to work for them, so it works for us.
2 Too Old: Billie Jean King And Marylin Barnett
Billie Jean King is one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time and an amazing lady who has stood up for women’s rights since the late 60s. In 1968 she realized she was attracted to girls and began a relationship with her 20-year-old secretary Marilyn Barnett who was 5 years younger than Billie. The fallout of the relationship was highly publicized in a ‘palamony’ case where King suffered much financial grief and forced her to keep playing tennis in order to cover her legal fees. She lost $2 million in endorsement deals when it was revealed she had been in the relationship while still married to her husband Larry with whom she remained on good terms through the ordeal. Maybe if she’d fallen for an older lady things would have been different.
1 Too Young: AJ Lee And CM Punk
AJ Lee is a retired pro wrestler who had a good run with the WWE winning the Diva Championship 3 times and was voted women of the year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 2012 up to 2014. Her fella might be even more famous than her in the ring as she is dating WWE legend CM Punk who held the WWE Championship 2 times before leaving wrestling to pursue a career as a mixed martial artist and is currently signed by the world’s premiere MMA promotion the UFC. AJ and CM were married in 2014 and are super happy together. Oh, did we mention that Lee is 30-years-old and Punk is 39? The 9 year difference doesn’t seem to phase them at all.
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