It is no secret that women athletes are often viewed as second-tier professional athletes when compared to men. Women's sports and events are not covered by the media as much as men and the lack of media coverage and promotion cause women to make far less money than their male equivalents.
Perfect example: Elena Delle Donne is probably the single best player in the WNBA. She was the 2015 WNBA MVP and rightfully so, as the female superstar averaged 23.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2 steals a game-as well as shot 95% from the free throw line on the season. Before I tell you how much she makes a year, let's look at a very average NBA player in comparison. How about the Cleveland Cavaliers' guard Iman Shumpert? This season Shumpert averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. It should be of no surprise that Delle Donne makes significantly less than Shumpert, but Shumpert's $8.9 million dollar 2016 contract compared to Delle Donne's $60,000 contract is a little disheartening.
As you know, money and fame generally seem to go together, but unfortunately for many female athletes, both money and fame are not in their future. If the best female basketball player can't get much publicity or fame, what is life like for the lesser talented yet professional lady athletes? It is likely that you have heard of Elena Delle Donne or other dominant female athletes like Serena Williams and Alex Morgan, but there are many others that you likely have never heard of.
In case you still aren't interested in learning about some amazing female athletes in professional sports, I decided to spice it up. Not only will I inform you about some talented women in sports, but I will focus on the most attractive women in sports that you likely have never heard of.
Sit back and enjoy as you meet the 15 Hottest Females Athletes You May Not Know.
29 Allison Stokke
Allison stoke is a professional pole vaulter and a model. Stokke models professionally for major sports apparel companies like Nike and Athletica as well as kicks butt in track and field. Stokke found early fame at only 18 years old after sexy photos of her were posted on a major sports blog showing off her great looks. Stokke does still compete in track and field competitions, but it appears her main focus is modelling. Fun Fact: While in high school, Stokke broke multiple American high school pole vaulting records.
27 Jennifer Lacy
Lacy definitely isn't the most talented female athlete on this list, but she has had a long career in the WNBA that featured her winning a WNBA Championship in 2007 with the Phoenix Mercury. In 2015 Lacy played with the Connecticut Suns and averaged 7 points per game. The 6'3 center has always been a steady contributor in the WNBA and looks pretty darn good at 33 years old. Fun Fact, Jennifer's father Lee Lacy played professional baseball and appeared in three World Series with the Dodgers (1974, 1977-1978) and one with the Pirates (1979).
25 Stephanie Rice
If you haven't heard of Stephanie Rice, you need to! Rice was a three time gold medal winner in the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympics. Swimming World Magazine named her the 2008 Swimmer of the Year, as well as the Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year. Now 27 years old, Rice was born in Australia and has remained there after retiring from swimming in 2014. Fun Fact: In 2013, Rice was the winner of The Apprentice Australia. Fun Fact #2: She is single! As if you have a chance.
23 Blair O'Neal
Blair O'Neal was the winner of the reality television show Big Break Dominican Republic, where she battled other female golfers for the opportunity to be a professional golfer. Blair, who is 33 years old, has completely embraced her gorgeous looks and there are plenty of modeling images of her with and without her golf clubs. Who could blame her? Blair now acts as the co-host of the tv show School of Golf. With skills and looks, it's not hard to see why she was chosen to be a host.
21 Sloane Stephens
Sexy and talented are the two words to best describe Sloane Stephens. Sloane is currently ranked the 25th best female tennis player in the world according to the Women's Tennis Association. Make no mistake about it, the 23-year-old star from Florida is one of the best players in world. She has beaten a handful of great players, perhaps most notably when she defeated Serena Williams in 2013 during the Australian Open. Fun Fact: Sloane's mother Sybil Smith was the first African-American female to be named First Team All-American in Division I history.
19 Leryn Franco
Recently retired, Leryn Franco was a stud javelin thrower. Currently a model and actress, Franco participated in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic games. Although she never finished extremely well at the Olympics, her career best throw of 57 meters was enough to set a National record in the event. Nowadays Leryn works for the department of Club Sol de America and continues to act and model.
17 Leilani Mitchell
Leilani Mitchell played her college basketball at Idaho and then Utah where she was a stand out college player. She was drafted in the second round by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2008 draft and has been a solid player ever since. In 2010 she was named the WNBA's most improved player, averaging 9.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds a game, while also shooting 49% from the three point arc. Skills and beauty have helped the WNBA veteran make this list. Fun Fact: She left Idaho with the school record for most steals in a career (323) and also the single-game record for most three-pointers (seven).
15 Sage Erickson
Sage Erickson is a professional aurfer and is stunning to watch when riding the waves. Currently Erickson is ranked as the 11th best surfer according to World Surf League. Born in Ojai, California, the 25 year old bombshell is beasting on the professional stage with career winnings of $322,950. That is pretty darn good for a surfer who weighs only 130 pounds and looks like she could be modeling for Victoria's Secret.
13 Candice Wiggins
Wiggins is a beauty, but her path to professional basketball wasn't as easy as one might expect. When she was 3 years old, she was hit by a car and almost lost one of her eyes. Luckily she didn't because she was born to play basketball. The Stanford standout was the #3 overall draft pick by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2008 WNBA draft. She was named the 2008 Sixth Woman of the Year and was a WNBA Champion in 2011 with the Minnesota Lynx. After a short career in the WNBA, Wiggins announced her retirement in March of 2016.
11 Veronica Felibert
Named by Golf.com as the most beautiful woman in golf, Veronica Felibert is definitely easy on the eyes and dare I say she helps make golf more entertaining. Felibert, who turned professional in 2012 after a great career at the University of Southern California, has not yet had tremendous tour success, but she did in finish fourth place at the Walmart NW Arkansas Tournament. Since her rookie year in 2012, she has earned $153,000 from competition earnings. Fun Fact: The golfing beauty started golfing at only 7 years old.
9 Gabrielle Reece
Retired, but I would be remiss if I left off Gabrielle Reece from a list of extremely attractive female athletes. Reece played professional volleyball for several years and was part of a four person team that won first place at the first ever Beach Volleyball World Championships. Outside of professional volleyball, Reece made a living for herself by modeling. Clearly a bombshell, in 1989 Reece was named one of the 5 most beautiful women in the world by Elle Magazine. Fun Fact: Reece modelled for playboy in 2001 and even appeared on the cover.
7 Meghan Hardin
Meghan Hardin appeared on the 2012 edition of the Golf Channel's Big Break realty television show. She was quickly eliminated, but the show helped boost her fame (largely due to her good looks). She has played on both the Cactus Tour and Grasshopper Tour and managed her first professional win at the Grasshopper Tour in 2012. If you haven't seen Hardin golf yet, it's likely because she is not good enough to get national attention. That could soon change, however. In the meantime, if you want to see more of the beautiful golfer, look no further than her instagram account: @MeghanHardin
5 Allyson Felix
Allyson Felix is an icon in the women's sprinting world. She has won multiple Olympic gold medals as part of American sprint relays, as well as two Olympic silver medals on her own, and a ton of World Championships awards and honors. In 2012 Felix finally won her first indivual Olympic Gold Medal in the 200 meter dash. After a tremenous 2015 season, she now has won the most world gold medals, and most world medals total, out of any American. Fun Fact: She didn't start running track and field until her freshman year of high school.
3 Kathleen Ekey
Kathleen Ekey is a gofing heartthrob with enough talent and beauty to make any casual golfing viewer a fan. Ekey previsously played on the Futures Tour and is now playing on the LPGA tour. She has yet to win a LPGA tour, but managed to win two tournaments on the Futures tour. The 5'7 golfer from Cleveland, Ohio, has carved out a nice living for herself in golf and has won roughly $87,000 from tour earnings. At only 29 years old, Ekey hopes to continue her promising career on the LPGA tour for years to come.
1 Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is known for being the gorgeous face of women's hurdles. However, she has had an up and down track career. Jones has dominated almost every possible track and field event, except for the Olympics. In 2010 she defended her 60 meter hurdles indoor title at a track meet in Doha. Not only did she win, but she finished with a new American record of 7.72 seconds. Unfortunately for Lolo, in the upcoming 2012 Olympics, she was unable to dominate in the finals and only managed a fourth place finish. Most recently in 2015 Jones won the 100 meter hurdles at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She should be in great shape heading into the 2016 Olympics. Fun Fact: Lolo Jones was named to the US women's bobsled team in 2012 after her fourth place Olympic finish.