Swimming is one of those sports that is on the periphery but that does not mean it is lacking in hard-working and good looking athletes. Only in the global spotlight during the Olympics, swimming should be one of the marquee events during the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro. I for one will be watching.
The ranking of this list focused solely on the beauty of the ladies I was able to find and strayed away from their athletic accomplishments. Most of the swimmers did compete in the Olympics or on the amateur level, but some have focused their attention to modelling and maintaining their public image through social media and a couple even have their own websites. The ladies on this list come from all cultures and backgrounds but they all have one thing in common, they are all extremely attractive and right away I noticed that they put a lot of work into their bodies and honing their craft. The age of the ladies is also diverse and there are a couple of ladies on the list in their late 30s and are still looking good!
Researching for this article made me realize that I have a thing for blondes as most of the top girls on this list are blonde, but there are also brunettes and light haired girls on this list to please everyone. Swimming as mentioned is one of those sports that is not in the spotlight but writing this article opened my eyes a little into the world of the athletes involved and perhaps in the future I will give it more attention for the sole reason I now know what I have been missing out on!
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15 Amanda Beard
Beard is perhaps the most public figure on this list and has won seven medals during Olympic competition including two golds, her first being in 1996 when she was only 14 years old. She has also won 14 other swimming medals in various competitions. Beard failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics but she is not yet officially retired from the sport.
Currently she spends her time modelling and in April 2008 she joined Fox Network's popular sports talk program, The Best Damn Sports Show Period as a correspondent, covering major sporting events. She has modeled for various brands such as Sports Illustrated Men’s Fitness, and Elle. She has also written a book In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir. In the book, she details her struggles and proved that she is the ultimate role model who can overcome personal demons.
14 Keri-Anne Payne
This 28-year-old beauty is from South Africa and has won five swimming medals including a silver medal in the 10 km marathon during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The marathon seems to be her specialty as she also won two gold medals while competing in Rome and Shanghai in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Payne started swimming when she was four years old and her last swimming win was the LEN European Open Water Swimming Cup Super Final in Castellabate, Italy in 2014.
13 Chloe Sutton
Chloe Sutton has managed to win seven medals including three golds in her career. The 24-year-old American from sunny California is an open water swimmer but in June 2012, Sutton became the first American to make Olympic swimming teams in both open water and pool events. Unfortunately, she has been unable to win an Olympic medal in her swimming career.
12 Flavia Delaroli
This 32-year old from Brazil has won seven medals as well in her swimming career. She competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics with very modest results in her events. However, on December 17, 2009, Delaroli broke the Brazilian record in the 50-meter freestyle Olympic pool with a time of 24.98 seconds and was also part of the Brazilian team that set the relay record for the 4x50m freestyle relay in September, 2009.
11 Kristina Lum
The 39-year-old American from Santa Clara, California is the oldest lady on this list. She is a synchronized swimmer and has won two medals for the USA. She also competed for the USA in the woman’s team-event during the 2000 Summer Olympics finishing in 5th place. In 2012 she was inducted into the United States Synchronized Swimming Hall of Fame. It's a shame we won't be seeing her in Rio this summer.
10 Aleksandra Gerasimenya
Aleksandra Gerasimenya is one of the more accomplished swimmers on this list. She has a very impressive 31 medals to be proud of including two Olympic silver medals from the 2012 Summer Games in London. Of her 31 total medals she has won 9 gold medals with her most recent being in 2013 for the 50 m butterfly. The Belarus native is 30 years old and was born in the former Soviet Union.
9 Franziska van Almsick
This German beauty has won 42 medals including 10 at the Olympics and a total of 24 gold medals. She is 37 years old and won her first Olympic medals at the Barcelona Games in 1992 at the age of 14. She ended her swimming career at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. In 1993 she was named by Swimming World Magazine as the Female World Swimmer of the Year. She has two sons, born in 2006 and 2013. The family's residence is Heidelberg. She also has the distinction of having the most career Olympic medals, 10, without ever winning a gold medal.
8 Natalie Coughlin
This 33-year-old American was born in Vallejo, California and has the most medals with 60 of anyone on this list. Of these medals 12 were Olympic medals and 25 were gold. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. Her total of 12 Olympic medals also ties her with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for the most all-time medals by a female swimmer. Impressive! She is also a brand ambassador for Luvo, a frozen food company.
7 Zsuzsanna Jakabos
This 26-year-old of Hungarian descent has 15 medals to her credit but has yet to win an Olympic medal. However, she did compete at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics in seven events in total, with the best achievement of sixth place in the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay in 2008. With her youth she is most certain to compete at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janiero. She is also over six feet tall and modelling could be in her future as soon as she retires from amateur swimming.
6 Jenna Randall
This 27-year-old synchronized swimmer was born in the United Kingdom and has won 3 medals in amateur competitions. She represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and again in London in 2012. Her best result was a 6th place finish in a team event. She has also done some modelling on the side most recently in December 2011 when she posed for a charity calendar and likes to play rugby, basketball and dance in her spare time. She retired from synchronized swimming in 2013.
5 Charlene, Princess of Monaco
What is cooler than being the princess of a country? Being a princess that has also won three gold medals for South Africa! She won these medals and a silver while competing at the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg. She also was a member of the South African women's 4×100 m medley team at the 2000 Summer Olympics which finished 5th. As the Princess of Monaco Charlene attends the principality's national day celebrations, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Rose Ball which is held to raise funds for the Princess Grace Foundation, and the annual Red Cross Ball.
The Princess Grace Foundation is a national foundation in the United States that is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Charlene is also known for her elegant fashion and style and wore an exclusive Giorgio Armani Privé dress at her wedding and is mother to twins Gabriella and Jacques.
4 Haley Cope
This 36-year-old American from Chico California has won a total of 12 medals including a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the 4 x 100 m medley relay. Of her 12 medals five are gold, four are silver and two are bronze. Cope has not competed since October of 2004 and has focused her life on her family and four children. She is currently operating a swimming school in Chico called Water Sprites Swim School. She also posed nude for the September 2004 issue of Playboy magazine.
3 Bia and Branca Feres
The only swimmers on this list without any medals whatsoever but they look really good and that is what this list is about. The Feres sisters started practicing swimming and gymnastics at the age of three, and began synchronized swimming at the age of seven. They were champions of Brazil in both juvenile and adult categories and reached second place in the 2005 Pan American Junior Games in Orlando. The Feres sisters also competed for Brazil in the 2007 Pan American Games in synchronized swimming, but they have not participated in any swimming competitions since then. The two sisters spend their time modelling and acting and have appeared in numerous photo shoots including one for the Brazilian magazine VIP in July of 2008 in which they appeared on the cover.
2 Kaitlin Sandeno
This 33-year-old from Mission Viejo, California has 18 medals to her credit including 10 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Sandeno won the bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle event. along with fourth place in the 400-meter individual medley and sixth place in the 200-meter butterfly. Her success continued at the2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and Kaitlin won three more Olympic medals: a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley, a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle and a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. After failing to quality for the 2008 U.S Olympic she announced her retirement and is currently looking to start a new career in sports broadcasting.
1 Stephanie Rice
This Australian beauty from Brisbane is a 14-time medal winner including a 3-time gold medal winner at the Olympic Games. Her specialties are the 200 and 400 m medley and she is 27 years old. In 2008 she was named the Telstra Australian Swimmer of the Year and Swimming World Magazine named Rice as (female) 2008 World Swimmer of the Year as well as Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year. In 2013, Rice also won season 3 of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. Stephanie also has her own website where she shares health and wellness tips, a stellar biography, and the latest press about her accomplishments.
She is going to spend 2016 touring the world and sharing her healthy lifestyle with others. She has already inspired countless female swimmers, athletes, and everyday citizens. Stephanie is number one on my list not only because she looks good but because she is the one athlete on this list that presented a human element and seems to be an all around good person. Can’t beat a girl beauty and an excellent personality right?
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