Looking back at the 2000s there were many great things about the turn of the calendar. Forget the Y2K scare that never really happened. There was the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series win, their first in 86 years. The first iPod was released in 2001. Janet Jackson put everyone in a tizzy as a result of her wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl. Napster. Facebook was introduced to the world. And let's not forget The Sopranos.
While there are a few members of this list who are still active in their respective sports, many of the following 15 beauties have walked away from their competitive fields to find work elsewhere. But that doesn't mean that we have to forget them. Trust in the fact that thanks to Google and social media, each of these ladies still has a large following of fans. While who the hottest of the list is arguable, what isn't is the fact that each of these women at one point in their respective careers where among the hottest female athletes on the planet.
We welcome you to flip and flop the list around to your liking, is one of your favorites sitting outside the top 10? Is your dream girl not in the top five? Are you in disagreement of who we placed at number one (if you are, you're nuts!). No matter which way you look at this list, all fifteen of these ladies were some of the hottest athletes in their respective lines of work during the 2000s.
15 15. Hope Solo
A polarizing figure in the world of soccer and Olympic sports, Hope Solo was a notorious winner as she backstopped her nation to a gold medal twice. However, Solo’s stock has taken a but of hit in recent years and its caused her name and presence to go unnoticed. Following her comments after the US’s World Cup defeat, Solo was suspended by the team for six months. It now remains a mystery if she’ll return in the future, at the age of 36, that remains unclear.
14 Laila Ali
As the daughter of "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali, it wasn't surprising that Laila had success in the ring. What was surprising is that her pops wasn't exactly a fan of her decision to follow in his footsteps. At the age of 21, young Laila won her first bout, knocking out April Fowler. Of her 24 fights, Ali walked away with an unblemished record, which included 21 knockouts.
13 Candace Parker
During her rookie season with the Sparks, Parker not only claimed WNBA Rookie Of The Year honors, but she also walked away with the league MVP title as well (this before a brilliant career prior). Although the Sparks have managed only one title appearance since Parker has joined the club, it isn't as though the Missouri native hasn't held her own with career averages of 17 PPG, nearly nine PPG and a shade under four APG.
12 Danica Patrick
As the most successful female in the auto racing world, Danica Patrick has been living the life of the "fast and furious" since childhood, breaking ground once arriving on the scene in the mid 2000s. After starting her career as an Indy Car driver in 2005, in which she became the first female driver to lead the infamous Indianapolis 500, Patrick captured the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Of the Year award as well as the IndyCar Series Rookie Of The Year.
11 Branca & Bia Feres
Let's just call it what it is, there is nothing sexy about synchronized swimming. At least the event itself that is. Nose plugs, swim caps, one piece swimsuits. Meh. Now as far as the ladies that compete in the sport, well that's a completely different story. Two of the hottest come from Brazil and just happen to be beautiful blonde twins!
During the early 2000s, you were either a fan of team Trish or a member of team Lita. When the red headed punk rocker appeared on television as the valet for the little known Essa Rios, fans were treated to a female who appeared to have little fear of performing high risk moves.
9 Gina Carano
You know how the WWE is currently going through a Women's Revolution? Well, back between the period of 2006 to 2009, Gina Carano helped lead the charge of Women's Mixed Martial Arts into being a spotlight event. At the time, Carano was one of the most famous female fighters in the world based on her performance in the ring and her looks outside of it.
8 Jennie Finch
If baseball is America's past-time, then Finch may have well been America's sweetheart during the early 2000s. As a two time Olympian, Finch helped Team USA to a gold medal in 2004 and another podium appearance in 2008 as the silver medalists. After dominating the NCAA scene as a member of the Arizona Wildcats, Finch left the program with a number of NCAA records to her name, including an incredible 60 game winning streak.
7 Trish Stratus
Arguably the greatest female wrestler of all time, there is no debate that the seven time WWE/WWF Women's Champion is also the hottest of all time. Let's face it folks, after arriving on the scene as a manager for Test and Albert (T&A, how fitting for Stratus' first role), the beautiful Canadian became a must see on Monday Night Raw each and every week. Whether it was a ringside role or a backstage promo, the former fitness model had fans drooling over her tightly packed 5'3", 125lb frame.
Long before Sasha Banks and Charlotte made fans stand on their feet and applaud women's wrestling, Stratus was putting on a show worthy of main events against the likes of Lita, Mickie James and Victoria. Be it in a regular match, a bra & panties match or a mud match, Stratus was the reason to watch women's wrestling.
6 Natalie Gulbis
She may not be the most successful golfer in the LPGA, but the 34 year old California native is certainly one of the hottest. For over fifteen years, Gulbis has been roaming the fairways chasing little white balls around, but yet has little to show for it in terms of trophies. With only a single LPGA Tour victory, Gulbis currently doesn't even rank on the Rolex Charts and has missed the cut in all of her last five tour events. But that doesn't matter her. What does matter is how smoking hot she is.
5 Lindsey Vonn
Unfortunately for Vonn, her most recent level of popularity was due to her relationship with Tiger Woods. However, that can all change next February at the Winter Olympics as Vonn looks to make her presence with the USA Ski team after missing out on the 2014 Games with a knee injury. Winner of three straight World Cup titles during the period of 2008-2010, Vonn was one of the hottest (in more ways than one) skiers on the slopes during the 2000s. After capturing a pair of gold medals in the Downhill and Super-G events at the World Championships in 2009, Vonn would make a return to the podium in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 winning a gold and bronze in her respective events.
4 Kim Glass
When it comes to team uniforms, women's volleyball shorts are easily found atop the list of hottest and when you put one of the sexiest women to hit the court in a booty clinching pair it easily draws some attention. After spending four years at the University of Arizona, Glass left the program as a three time All-American and a four time All-Pac10 recipient.
3 Allyson Felix
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Currently still a key component to the USA Track and Field team, Felix and her abs are one of the hottest tickets for the sprint competitions. Recently the 31 year old sprinter was awarded a trio of medals at the 2016 Olympics for the 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relay (Gold) and 400m (Silver) as well as three podium appearances at the 2017 World Championships (two golds in the relays and a bronze in the 400m).
2 Heather Mitts
When you get voted the "Hottest Female Athlete" by ESPN, you better believe that there is a spot on this list. Add to that a spot on SI's Swimsuit Issue and it is a guaranteed lock. As a defensive star for the USA National Soccer team for over a decade, Mitts earned All-American honors at the University of Florida while helping the Gators win a National Championship. After graduation, Mitts would join the pro ranks as part of the W-League, the Woman's United Soccer Association and Women's Professional Soccer Association in addition to her commitments to Team USA.
1 Anna Kournikova
During her time with the WTA, there may not have been a more popular player in women's sports than Anna Kournikova and the Google search engine can prove it. However, more fans were interested in the Russian tennis star more for her body of work off the tennis court than on it. And let's be honest, who can blame them.
As hot as Kournikova was off the court (and equally on the court in some of her playing attire), her world ranking only reached eight in the world during her singles career, but fortunately she found more success as a doubles player reaching a number one ranking with Martina Hingis. Currently hitched to Enrique Iglesias, Kournikova spends her time as a global ambassador for a number of different health and wellness programs while occasionally hitting the court for tennis charity events.
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