Throughout the years there have been several Jewish athletes who have excelled in seemingly every major sport. In baseball, there are current stars like the 2011 National League MVP, Ryan Braun and the Detroit Tiger’s 2nd baseman, Ian Kinsler. The National Football Leagues features standouts like the New England Patriots wideout, Julie Edelman and his teammate, safety Nate Ebner. Even professional wrestling has given us sporting legends such as Bill Goldberg. No matter the sports, one is likely to find a Jewish star who is making (or has made) a major impact.
However, one might notice that all the names previously listed happen to be male athletes. That being said, there have been several Jewish females who have flourished and even dominated their sport of choice. In this article, we are going to take a look at 15 of the best Jewish women in sports. Moreover, these ladies are not only outstanding competitors; they are also some of the best looking sportswomen on the planet.
With Hanukkah being celebrated this December, it seems like the perfect time to showcase these amazing ladies. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look the top 15 hottest Jewish athletes you will ever see.
15 Alexa Bliss
Alexis Kaufman currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the ring name Alexa Bliss. The 5-foot-1 blonde, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, is one the hottest (in more ways than one) and popular performers in professional wrestling today. The 26-year-old currently holds the Raw Women’s Championship.
Bliss began wrestling in WWE’s developmental territory NXT back in 2013. She spent a portion of her time in developmental managing her real-life boyfriend, Buddy Murphy and his partner Wesley Blake. The tiny starlet also performed as an in-ring competitor in NXT. Alex Bliss would go on to have even more success as a member of WWE’s main roster, after being called up in 2016. In fact, she became the first woman to hold both the SmackDown and Raw version of the women’s title.
14 Jen Selter
Jennifer “Jen” Selter is fitness guru and model from Roslyn, New York. The 5-foot-6 brunette is a major internet celeb in the fitness scene. At just 24 years of age, Selter has built an entire brand with (mostly) her prominent rear end.
In the spirit of folks like Kim Kardashian, Jen Selter has combined a few fitness tips and a large backside to gain over 11.6 million followers on the social media site, Instagram. Her Instagram page features countless photos of the gorgeous star working out in revealing attire. Many (if not most) of the pics highlight her world-famous rump. She is credited with popularizing the belfie, which is essentially a selfie of one’s bottom. Jen Selter’s rise to fame is an interesting story, to say the least.
13 Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen, not be confused with the comedian bearing the same name, is an Olympic figure skater. The 5-foot-2 athlete was born in Westwood, Los Angles, California and represented the United States in 2006 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in Italy.
Cohen is probably best known for winning a silver medal at the 2006 Olympic Games. She was actually in 1st place heading into her final skate. Unfortunately, for Cohen at least, she fell during the 1st jump of her final skate, which allowed Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa to capture the gold. Following her Olympic run, Cohen would go on to perform in ice shows and even made appearances on television programs, like the NBC drama, Las Vegas. Sci-fi fans might also remember her appearance in Sharknado 5. In January of 2016, she officially became a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
12 Dara Torres
Dara Torres is an Olympic swimmer who was born in Beverly Hills, California. The 5-foot-11 blonde is one of the most accomplished athletes the US has ever produced. Moreover, at 50 years of age, Torres still looks to be in amazing shape.
Over the course of her career in the pool, Dara Torres has managed to win 12 Olympic medals, 4 of which were of the gold variety. She made her Olympic debut back in 1984 in Los Angles, California and has competed as recently as the 2008 games. She was appeared in 5 Olympic Games, which is the most for any US swimmer. In 2008, at age 41, she became the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the Olympic team. She also held 3 world record over the course of her career.
Debra Miceli is better known by her professional wrestling ring names, Alundra Blayze and Madusa. She is former WWE Women’s Champion and Hall of Famer. Miceli is also an accomplished monster truck driver, thus making her a two-sport athlete of sorts.
Miceli is best known in wrestling circles for switching promotions (from WWE to WCW) during the Monday Night Wars and throwing the WWE Women’s Championship in the trash on an episode of (WCW’s) Monday Nitro. She is also responsible for helping train many popular wrestlers like Molly Holly, Torrie Wilson, and Stacey Keibler. In the monster truck world, Miceli made history in 2005 by becoming the first female driver to win a Monster Jam World Finals. She was also served as the Executive Vice President of the Major League of Monster Trucks.
10 Jo Ankier
Joanna “Jo” Ankier is probably best known for being a television personality and reporter for ESPN. However, the London, England product was also a very accomplished athlete who competed in steeplechase. For those unfamiliar, steeplechase is an obstacle race that requires particaptiants to hurdle barriers and even water.
35-year-old Jo Ankier formerly held 3 British national records for steeplechases in the 1500, 2000 and 3000-meter events. Her personal best in the 3000-meter race (arguably the most prestigious of the races) is 9:43:88. She officially retired from international competition back in 2008, though she did run some smaller races in 2009. In total, Ankier won 20 of the 134 races she competed in. Sports fans may also recognize the 5-foot-7 brunette as an ESPN track and field reported for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
9 Aly Raisman
A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Alexandra “Aly” Raisman is one of the greatest gymnasts the United States has ever produced. The 5-foot-2 brunette is best known for her 2 appearances in the Olympic Games and for competing on the popular television show, Dancing with the Stars.
In 2012 Raisman made her first appearance in the Olympic Games, which were held in London, England. That year she took home 2 gold medals, on the floor exercise and for her teams overall performance. The gymnastics stars would return in 2016 and helped her team take home the overall all gold once again. During the 2016 games, she also captured silver medals for individual all-around and the floor exercise. Outside of gymnastics, she appeared on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars, finishing 4th overall in the contest.
8 Emily Hughes
Great Neck, New York’s Emily Hughes in a figure skater for the United States and a former Olympian. Outside of her appearance in the Olympic Games, she is probably best known for being a 2007 National silver medalist. The 5-foot-6 skating sensation is the daughter of John Hughes, the captain of 1969-70 Cornell University National Championship team in ice hockey. Her sister Sarah Hughes was also an accomplished figure skater.
Hughes was named 1st alternate for the US Olympic team back in 2006. When fellow American Michelle Kwan was forced to withdraw due to a hip injury, Emily Hughes stepped in and ended up finishing 7th overall. She would attempt to qualify for the Olympic once more in 2010, but she was unable to earn a spot on the team.
7 Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina is a 5-foot-9 tennis player from Kharkiv, Ukraine. The 23-year-old is coming off of her best season yet, having been ranked as high as number 3 in the world as recently as September 11th of 2017. The tall blonde tennis star finished the WTA season as the planet’s 6th ranked player.
Svitolina has had some impressive Grand Slam showings as a singles player over the course of her young career. She has made it to the quarterfinal round of the French Open in both 2015 and 2017. She has also made it to the 3rd round of the Australian Open 3 of the last 4 seasons. Despite only being in her early 20s, Svitolina has managed to take home well over 7 million dollars in prize money.
6 Danielle Frenkel
Danielle Frenkel is a 5-foot-8 Israeli high jumper. As a result of her impressive leaping ability, she has been nicknamed the “The Israeli Gravity Bender.” The 30-year-old brunette has established herself as one of Israel’s top athletes.
As a child, Frenkel began training as a dancer with the Bat-Dor Dance Company (a well-known dance company out of Tel Aviv, Israel), before deciding to focus on high jumping, after being discovered at a high school track and field event. She twice set the Israeli indoor record with jumps of 1.87 meters and 1.90 meters. Scores like the ones previously listed, helped Frenkel become the Israeli national high jump champion in 2010 and 2011. The Gravity Bender was even able to land an endorsement deal with the popular apparel company, Nike.
5 Sue Bird
Sue Bird is highly decorated basketball star who currently plays for the Women’s National Basketball Association ‘s (WNBA) Seattle Storm. The 5-foot-9 point guard out of Syosset, New York has established herself as one of the league’s all-time greats.
Since being drafted with the 1st overall pick in 2002, by the Seattle Storm, Bird has pretty much seen and done it all in the WNBA. She is a 10-time all-star, 2-time WNBA Champion (in 2004 and 2010), and in 2017, became the league’s all-time assist leader. She is considered to be one of the WNBA’s top 20 greatest players of all-time. Bird is also an accomplished Olympian. In fact, she has 4 gold medals to her credit, which she captured in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 respectively.
4 Kimmie Meissner
28-year-old figure skater Kimmie Meissner is the pride of Bel Air, Maryland. She is known for making skating history by becoming the first American woman to hold the Four Continents, World, and national titles. The 5-foot-4 athlete is also a former Olympian.
In 2005, Kimmie Meissner became the 2nd American female to successfully land a triple axel jump in competition; the first was none other than the controversial Tonya Harding. Moves like the triple axel jump helped her earn a spot on the 2006 US Olympic team. She was just 16 year of age during her Olympic run making the youngest athlete competing on the US team at the time. While Meissner no longer competes in figure skating, she does work a spokesperson for the Cool Kid Campain which is dedicated to helping kids with cancer.
3 Yael Averbuch
Originally from Montclair, New Jersey, Yael Averbuch plays for the National Women’s Soccer League as a member of FC Kansas City. The 5-foot-10 stunner has also previously played for the United States women’s national soccer team.
Averbuch had an outstanding career in her college days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The midfielder helped lead her team to 2 NCAA Women’s College Cup titles in 2006 and again in 2008. Following her successful college career, she was selected 4th overall by Sky Blue FC in the 2009 WPS Draft. In her first season, she helped Sky Blue FC win the 2009 WPS Championship. At the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifier Averbuch scored her very first goal as a member of the United States women’s national soccer team.
2 Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes, an Olympic figure skater out of Great Neck, New York. She is the older sister of another athlete on our list, Emily Hughes. The lovely 5-foot-5 New Yorker is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hughes began skating at just 3 years of age, and by 1998 she had already won the U.S. Championship. Outside of her Olympic run, the figure skater is best known for winning a bronze medal at the 2001 World Figure Skating Championship. Just prior to the 2002 Olympic Games, Sarah Hughes was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. The gold medalist is also a graduate of Yale University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies.
1 Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi is a 5-foot-6 tennis standout who was born Macerata, Italy. She is known for being able to pull off major upsets against some of the top stars on The WTA tour. The Italian star had defeated the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Russian superstar, Maria Sharapova. In fact, she has more victories than defeats against top 10 competition, despite having never been ranked higher than 30th as a singles player.
At just 25 years of age, the blonde beauty has already managed to take home over 2.1 million dollars in prize money. She has advanced to the 4th round of both the Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Girogi captured her first ever WTA title at the 2015 Topshelf Open.