Being a mom is a hard enough, full time job on its own. Pair that with being not only an athlete, but grouped among some of the greatest athletes, and you’ve got yourself a lethal combination. Being a female professional athlete is incredibly demanding and takes ample focus to stay in shape and stay on top of your game at all times, including those grueling nine months that are endured during a pregnancy, and then the crucial recovery months following giving birth to a tiny human (neither of which are set backs for a guy's athletic career). Of course once you become a mom you might find yourself falling into new categories among the population, particularly but not limited to, a certain acronym coined by American Pie. A certain desire comes along with the fact that you carried a child and still look fantastic after doing it. Despite this compliment, the most important titles for these ladies fall alongside Olympic medals, winning championships, and gaining recognition for their play. From the field to the water and everything in between, these sporty moms make it all look effortless and easy.
Without further a due, here are the Top 15 Hottest Female Athletes Who Are Also Moms.
15 Summer Sanders
First in the lineup is Summer Sanders, a former American Olympic champion, World Champion, and Pan Pacific champion swimmer. She could swim a lap in the pool by the time she was three years old, at 15 she just missed a spot on the Olympic team, and by 18 she was swimming at Stanford. In two years there she won eight NCAA National Championship titles and was awarded Swimmer of the Year back to back.
14 Brandi Chastain
Brandi Chastain is a retired professional soccer defender and midfielder who played on the United States women’s national team. Not ringing a bell? May we remind you of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final where she scored the fifth kick in a penalty shootout to give the U.S. a win against China. Still not ringing a bell? Well she ripped off her jersey and then fell to her knees, fists clenched, landing the cover of magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Time for celebrating in such a male fashion at the time. There it is! Chastain is the star of what is better known as the “sports bra episode”.
13 Noelle Pikus-Pace
Noelle Pikus-Pace is a retired skeleton racer (the one where you race down a frozen track lying face down on a board and wonder who is crazy enough to actually do it) who began her career in 2001 and retired after participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2005 she became the iron woman when a titanium rod was put into her leg after it was broken by a four man bobsleigh that failed to brake at the finish line. Her journey back to the track from this freak accident was chronicled in a critically acclaimed documentary. She eventually came back out of retirement in 2012 announcing her intent to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics, in which she did, AND won a silver medal.
12 Mia Hamm
Miss Mia Hamm is a retired professional soccer player who is a two time Olympic gold medalist and a FIFA Women’s World Cup Winner. She was a founding member of the Washington Freedom and held the record for international goals scored, more than any player male or female, which was only broken in 2013 by Abby Wambach. Hamm still holds the national team record for most assists, 144, and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
11 Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie is standing at 6’5 with a lengthy professional basketball (duh) background. She has since retired, but over the course of her career she played in the WNBA where she was a the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP, and the playoff MVP, and did we mention it was ALL in the same season. On top of that, she is a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. Oh, should we keep going? She was also an eight-time all-star and two-time champion, but most importantly this amazon was the first player to dunk in a WNBA game.
10 Maria Kirilenko
This right-handed Russian tennis beauty has played a long and steady professional tennis career staring in 2003, up until 2015 when she had a baby boy. Her lengthy list of accomplishments starts with winning the U.S. Open Girls Single, and ends primarily with a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Kirilenko has reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals and two Grand Slam doubles finals. She had a little bit of a lull in her career after the Olympics due to a knee injury before making a comeback in the 2014 U.S. Open then married Head of the Committee of Public Services in Moscow.
9 Michelle Waterson
Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson is a mixed martial artist superstar who also competes in the UFC. She is the #6 ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world starting when she was just ten years old. Waterson holds a Black Belt in Karate and initially rose to her fame on a reality show hosted on the Oxygen network called Fight Girls. In 2014 she appeared on American Ninja Warrior, in which one would assume she would excel at right?
8 Heather Mitts
7 Kerri Walsh Jennings
Kerri Walsh Jennings is half of what is probably the most famous beach volleyball duo to come out of the U.S., like, of all time. Teammate Misty May-Treanor and Jennings have a gold medal in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics, with three gold medals in the World Championships. As of this weekend she will be in the running for her fourth gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio with teammate April Ross since Treanor has retired. She attended Stanford University on a volleyball scholarship and was chosen all four years as a first-team All-American.
6 Dara Torres
Dara Torres is said to be one of the fastest female swimmers in America. She entered into her first swimming competition at the age of 14 and followed with her fist Olympics a few years later. She attended the University of Florida and swam for the swimming and diving team, winning nine Southeastern Conference individual championships. In 2008 she was officially the oldest swimmer to compete in Olympic games at the age of forty just 16 months after giving birth, and actually brought home three silver medals. Her Olympic career includes 12 medals in five sets of games.
5 Candace Parker
4 Gabrielle Reece
Another legendary beach volleyball star to hail from the United States, Gabrielle Reece, is well known for her long blonde hair and year round summer tan. She attended Florida State University on a beach volleyball scholarship where she set two different records in solo block and total blocks- which still stand to this day. Besides being a beach volleyball champion, she is a New York Times best selling author, health and fitness expert, AND was the first female spokeswoman for Nike.
3 Malia Jones
Malia Jones is a professional surfer and American model. She was born in California but moved to Kailua, Hawaii at two years old. Her exotic looks come from the fact that she is Hawaiian, Spanish-Filipino, German and English. She started competitive surfing at fifteen and was noticed by Surfing Magazine during an Amateur Championship where they asked her to model for their swimsuit issue, creating a star. Jones has done commercials from Capri Sun to Coca-Cola, and Corona Beer. Most importantly however is the fact she was a consultant for the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, which we can only imagine was probably an accurate depiction of her life growing up.
2 Amanda Beard
1 Jennie Finch
Lastly, at number one, we have Jennie Finch. Finch is a Team USA softball pitcher, as well as pitching for the Arizona Wildcats and the Chicago Bandits. She has two Olympic medals under her belt, a gold and silver, and Time magazine has described her as the most famous softball player in history. Her pitching career started at eight years old and set several records while at school. She held 51 consecutive wins and upon leaving the school she was a career leader in strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched, and tied for no-hitters.
We know what you're thinking and you're guaranteed a strike out as she retired to focus on her family with former Major League Baseball pitcher Casey Daigle, and their three kids. Beforehand, she received the most votes in an ESPN online poll as most attractive female athlete, has been named a part of People Magazine's most beautiful people and has, of course, modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
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