Everybody has secrets. It doesn’t matter if you are just the ordinary girl next door or a Olympic Gold medalist, there’s a strong chance that you have a skeleton in your closet or a sexual hangup that you are hiding behind closed lips or debating on wether or not to tell your partner. The difference between being the girl next door with a quirky secret and a high profile athlete with some juicy gossip to spill is that when the later let’s loose on the goods the whole world stops and takes notice over their morning coffee.
We all want to know what’s going on in the lives and in the bedroom of the folks across the street, all the way to the Olympic village, we’re curious, it’s human nature. And apparently it’s human nature for the ladies on this list to confess some of their naughtiest secrets. From tips on getting intimate, to shameful substance use, we’ve tracked down some of the most earth-shaking moments where the ladies of the sporting world have come forward and aired all their business on the world stage. Who’s convinced that the secret police listened in on her during bedroom sessions? Who’s certain that there’s no need for lube in your love life? Step into the booth, because it’s confession time!
15 Ashley Harkleroad: Intimate Tennis
Ashley Harkleroad is an absolute babe who had a pretty great professional tennis career ranking as high as #39 in the world back in 2007. The gorgeous Los Angeles, California native was known as much for her looks off the court as she for her play on the court and in 2008 jumped on the chance to pose for Playboy magazine. During the interview portion of the shoot she confessed that tennis is an attractive sport with very beautiful athletes all over the place. “Tennis players don’t mind showing off their bodies,” she said. “Often in the locker room I feel other girls’ eyes on me.” Ashley let the world know what men had been hoping for years, that steamy locker rooms are full of attractive ladies checking each other out.
14 Gabrielle Reece: Needs To Initiate
Gabrielle Reece was a dominant force in beach volleyball for most of her career who crushed the ball at the net as one of the best in the game. Standing 6ft 3in, she was a giant of a babe that caught as much attention for her looks as she did her play. Eventually Gabrielle Reece settled down and married surfing legend Laird Hamilton in 1997. After a marriage that has spanned the test of time Reece came out and confessed her secret to longevity in a relationship. “ I really don’t know much but ladies I do know that WE NEED TO INITIATE. Men don’t care if you are into it or not, or if you are just initiating it because you know it’s been a few days, they just want you to get naked.” Next time your lady makes the first move, thank Gabrielle fellas.
13 Stephanie McMahon: Thought HHH Swung The Other Way
Stephanie McMahon is wrestling royalty and represent the 4th generation of wrestling promoter in the McMahon family dynasty. She is also a member of one of the biggest power couples of all time, reigning over the wrestling world with her 9-time WWE champion husband HHH. The couple have been together since 2003 and their longevity is an inspiration to many wrestling fans. They appear truly in love, which is funny because when Steph first saw HHH on TV as a member of DX she thought she might not have had a chance. “I actually did wonder if — I’m going to get so killed for this, maybe I won’t say it — I wondered if Triple H and Shawn didn’t have more than a friendship going on.” Bold confession about assuming her future husband might be gay.
12 Lindsey Vonn: Photos For Tiger
The internet is a magical place that connects us the world over and is jam packed full of useful information that has changed the way we live our everyday lives. Luckily for us the internet is also where leaked nude photos of our favourite female athletes end up after they’re been hacked (or in some cases leaked on purpose to create a buzz). Such an event occurred to Gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. In 2017 Vonn was the target of a hack that saw some fully nude images of her and her ex Tiger Woods end u all over the internet prompting Vonn’s representatives to say “It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos”. A pure confession that her and Tiger liked sending nudes to each other.
11 Ronda Rousey: Friction
Rowdy Ronda Rousey is a well known MMA sensation renowned for dismantling her opponents within the first minute of fights inside the UFC cage. The American Judo champion is almost as well known for her alluring persona as she is for being one of the first true female superstars the octagon had ever seen. While Rousey is always looking for a super fast win at work she has confessed that she likes to slow things down in the bedroom. She loves it when a guy “Take(s) his time. In general, a girl takes a minute. He needs to get her ready. You should never need lube in your life. If you need lube, then you’re being lazy...and you’re not taking your time.” Some great tips fellas!
10 Paige: Mom, I’m On TV
Paige has skyrocketed to one of the most popular ladies inside the squared circle but has had a rocky go of it with the WWE over the past year. The super British bombshell is becoming as well known for her work away from the ring as she is for her wrestling. Paige had some personal content hacked and displayed all over the internet including personal nude photos and as well as a video that appears to be her having a threesome with two fellow wrestlers, and what’s worse is that Paige’s mother, Saraya Knight, all but came out and confessed that it was her daughter in the video. "People get hacked, unfortunately my daughter had pics and video shared from years ago, my husband and I support her 100 per cent no fault of her own.”
9 Elana Delle Donne: Proudly Out
Elana Delle Donne is a beautiful, athletic professional basketball player who is currently rocking it on the court for the Washington Mystic of the WNBA. She was the leagues rookie of the year in 2013 and a regular pick for the annual All-Star game, basically Delle Donne is a superstar now and will be a superstar in the league for years to come, which means she’ll be in the public eye for years to come, so her public confession in 2016 was a wise move to help people stop speculating about her love life. Elana let the world know that she was engaged to Amanda Clifton. "I decided I'm not at all going to hide anything. The biggest thing is respecting Amanda's privacy as well. She's not on the stage, she doesn't need to be interviewed and I don't want her to have to feel that way.”
8 Vicky Galindo: Swings Both Ways
Vicky Galindo is an Olympic Silver medalist with the American Women’s Softball team who took home the hardware in 2008 Beijing. After a very dominant high school career at James Logan High School she had a successful career at the University of California playing for the Golden Bears from 2003-2005. She’s cute, she’s athletic, and she has a thing for both men and women, which is a wonderful thing. Vicky has openly confessed that she goes both ways and we couldn’t be more proud of her. There’s hot guys out there, and there’s attractive women, who’s to say that you can’t like both. When she came out to her American teammates Galindo admitted that they were unconditionally supportive. Love who you love Vicky! We got your back.
7 Gina Carano: Fighting Is Like Getting It On
Gina Carano could be considered the first real female MMA superstar and she took the world by storm with her athleticism and beauty. It’s not hard to admit that Carano is a super babe. She has had a wide and storied career from inside the octagon all the way you eh big screen recently starring in the Marvel hit Deadpool. Gina is an active lady and oozes appeal and has confessed on occasion that her first chosen profession is awfully similar to another physical activity that two people engage in. “I think that fighting is similar to [getting it on] in that people have to let their guards down—well, some people do and some people don’t. The secret is chemistry. When two people are attacking each other, that chemistry is definitely going to come out in an interesting way.”
6 Marion Jones: Steroids
Marion Jones was the darling of the American rack and field world at the turn of the millennium at ran great at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Unfortunately she was stripped of all her medals and was forever shamed as it came to light that Jones has been taking PEDs when she dominated the field in Australia. Jones would go onto confess her steroid use in 2007 as the story came crashing down across the globe. "I want to apologize to you all for all of this," Jones said. "I am sorry for disappointing you all in so many ways.” So many athletes hide behind a veil of ignorance or just plain never admit to steroid use against piling evidence, but Marion, caught redhanded had no choice but to own up to her naughty deception.
5 Katarina Witt: Secret Police
Katarina Witt was the beautiful face of socialism and represented East Germany throughout the 80’s and early 90’s right up until the Berlin was fell with the collapse of the soviet empire. Witt was one of the best figure skaters in the world but was subjected to all the fun stuff that went along with living in an intrusive communist state that was fearful that it’s mightiest athletes might jump ship and defect to the West. The East German secret police, the Stasi, kept a close eye on Katarina, and eventually Witt got her hands on the 3000-page file kept on her by the secret police. While discussing the file she confessed that the Stasi had even listened in on her being intimate. “The files were as intimate as diaries, but also full of made up stories about me.”
4 Stella Walsh: Gender Unknown
In today’s landscape of fluid gender politics the story of Stella Walsh is topical and intriguing. Walsh was a track athlete from Poland who competed in the 100M, 200M, and long jumping events in 2 Olympic games, winning a Gold and Silver medal. The intrigue comes after her death during an armed robbery in 1980. Stella’s autopsy showed that although she lived life as a woman and was socially, and culturally female that her genetics were closer to that of a man with underdeveloped genitalia. Now while not really a verbal confession it is a very interesting case of post-mortem revelation and the legacy of Walsh has had an affect on the IOC as it gradually dropped gender determination tests on Caster Semenya in 2009 and allowed her to compete as a woman.
3 Amanda Beard: Cutting
Amanda Beard is a champion, in and out of the pool. The American swimmer has 7 Olympic medals to her name and had a long and impactful career. Amanda was also noticed for her athletic and beautiful body outside of the pool and was named the world's most attractive athlete on the cover of playboy magazine. But sometimes all the accolades in the world are not enough to deal with inner turmoil. Amanda confessed in her book In The Water They Can’t See You Cry that she battled depression and a self-harm disorder. “Even though I was in a swimsuit all the time, no one saw because I found ways to make the cuts so teeny-tiny small, you could hardly see them.” Amanda is an inspiration and her book is revealing and honest.
2 Martina Navratilova: Coming Out First
Martina Navratilova was a force in women’s tennis for 30 years who retired in 2006. The Czech born champion dominated the game in the 80’s and won 3 Australian Opens, 2 French Opens, 9 times at Wimbledon(!), and 4 U.S. Opens. Oh, and did we mention that Martina was the first ever professional athlete to come out as gay, ever. in 1981 after already winning 3 majors Navratilova confessed to the world that she was a lesbian. She later went on to admit that coming out made her a better athlete, winning another 15 Majors. I guess you just play better when you allow yourself to be who you are. Martina Navratilova is a legend and a trailblazer who is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
1 Michelle Jenneke: More Than A Jiggle
Michelle Jenneke is an absolutely stunning athlete who competes in the hurdlers. She took the world by storm when a video of her doing an attractive little warm up jiggle at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona during the 2012 season went viral and broke the internet. It drew the world’s attention to the attractive Australian but she confessed that it was not the desired affect of the warm up. “People think that by doing my dance I'm trying to draw attention to myself. I'm not. It's just what I do when I'm on the start line. I'm not going to change who I am or what I'm doing because people view it one way or another.” We hope you keep being who you are despite what people say Michelle. Keep dancing girl!