There are many sports that are still dominated by men. Although there might be some opportunities for women to compete with one another in their own professional circuits or leagues, the majority of the players and participants are still predominantly men. When women break the mold and start to attract attention in these sports, it doesn’t hurt when they are attractive enough to be considered hot.
While many women enjoy the ocean water and laying on beach towels soaking up the suns rays, there are only a few hardy souls who have the courage and stamina to brave mother nature and conquer her waves. The same can be said about women who participate in sports like ski jumping, motocross, MMA, hockey and even racing with a horse or car. These sports have long been considered to be exclusive to men, as very few woman have really felt the desire to break into these sports. Despite the domination of male participants, there are always exceptions that only help to draw more attention to these sports. Ronda Rousey has helped elevate MMA, while Chantal Sutherland has helped to popularize the racetrack at Del Mar. There is also Danica Patrick who has made more people tune into auto racing and Laila Ali who introduced most people to women’s boxing. They might all be successful, but their stardom was certainly aided by their ability to turn up the heat in front of a photographer’s lens.
The following 15 women have been successful in male dominated sports while also looking pretty hot. They have all been able to use their good looks to help promote their particular sports, while doing their best to make sure the public knows they belong. Success might have been due to their hard work and dedication, but it certainly isn’t a coincidence that many people have seen them in pictures without ever seeing them perform in their sport.
15. Julia Mancuso – Alpine Skiing
It’s a marketer’s dream when one of the best woman of her respective sport also happens to be stunning. Julia Mancuso has won four Olympic medals in alpine skiing, including a gold at the 2006 Turin games. She made her World Cup debut at the age of 15 back in 1999. She has since been one of the faces of the sport and it’s easy to see why. While her form has dropped a little as she’s now over 30, no one’s going to be forgetting about her anytime soon.
14. Gigi Marvin – Hockey
Hockey might be one of the manliest sports there are on this list, with a code of conduct that includes fighting and retaliation, and sticks that sometimes connect with more than just the puck. More women are starting to take up the sport though, but few of them can appeal to a camera’s lens quite like Gigi Marvin. Marvin has been competing in hockey for most of her life, winning the Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey Award in 2005 before competing on several US teams. She has been a member of four IIHF World Championship teams and two silver medal Olympic teams at Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014). The powerful blonde forward is also quite photogenic off the ice. She looks too good to be a hockey player, but make no mistake about it, she can skate and slap a good shot.
13. Sarah Hendrickson – Ski Jumping
Ski Jumping is a pretty dangerous sport for men and certainly the same holds for women. It takes courage and valor to fly down an icy ramp only to be propelled over 400 feet in the air. Sarah Hendrickson has plenty of courage to enjoy such a sport. She won the first ever women’s World Cup in 2012 and was even a runner-up in 2013. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to ever jump in a women’s ski jumping event at the Olympic Games, accomplishing this feat at Sochi in 2014. Besides being quite successful at her sport, Hendrickson is a good ambassador. Hendrickson is fit and athletic, with a smile that melts eyes. She has fun in front of the camera, making her an appealing athlete whom many want to see.
12. Jen Carroll – Pro Bass Fisher
Bass fishing is certainly not a sport where women crowd the lines for weighing in their catch. Jen Carroll might not be the most successful bassmaster in the history of the sport, but she happens to be one of the few who can rock a bikini while in a boat. The bass angler from Texas has caught her share of big fish and has spent plenty of time promoting the sport too. She just happens to have enough looks and a hot body to draw attention to herself as well. Carroll was on the Bassmaster tour between 2006 and 2007, but failed to break into the top 25 in any events during this time. She likely has had few problems getting tips from veterans of the sport.
11. Sara Price – Motocross
Sara Price has certainly received enough attention in her sport for her ability to ride a bike, but she has also competed in the Miss California USA Beauty Pageant on the side. She is the first female motocross or supercross racer to be factory supported and has been an X-Games medalist in the women’s Super-X (2010). She is talented and has done wonders to promote her sport and give back to the community, but she has also attracted enough attention for herself along the way. Price is a Southern California girl and has no problem cleaning up after running her opponents into the dirt. Price is photogenic and fit, with plenty of solid finishes to prove her worth in what is certainly a rather demanding male-dominated sport.
10. Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana – Skateboarding
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins has always been a great athlete and got into skateboarding when she was only six years old. The San Diego native has certainly done her part to represent the women in a sport where failure is often accompanied by bruised or broken limbs. Hawkins has won three gold and four silver medals at the X-Games, while mostly competing in the vert event. She is one of the most successful female skateboarders of all time which has enabled her to attract her share of attention when she is not getting big air on the ramp. She can carry the sport with her skating, but she also has no problem showing her feminine side.
9. Chantal Sutherland – Jockey
Chantal Sutherland has been around horses for most of her life, as her father owned a horse farm in Toronto, Canada. At first, Sutherland probably received more attention as a model than a jockey, as she didn’t initially start working with thoroughbreds. She actually enjoyed playing field hockey as a youth and earned an invitation to try out for the Canadian Junior World Cup team.
In 2000, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was looking for a beautiful female to help promote its track to a younger crowd and Sutherland eagerly played the part. It jump started her career and she went on to win several stakes races, while also breathing life into the seaside track. Sutherland knows how to handle thoroughbreds, as well as work a camera when she dismounts a horse.
8. Ronda Rousey – MMA Fighter
Ronda Rousey has certainly broken down the barriers in what is a rather brutal predominantly male sport, but it is also her work in front of a camera that has fascinated both those who love the sport and those who haven’t watched a fight. She is dominant in MMA with an 11-0 record with all of her wins by either submission or knockout. She has also won many medals in judo, including the bronze medal at the 2008 Bejiing Olympic Games. Rousey uses her patented arm bar to defeat most of her female opponents who have enough courage and determination to oppose her in the octagon.
She has the look of a champion that translates very well in front of a camera where she can unleash her striking beautiful looks as well. Rousey is sexy, with the ability to submit any man who dares to get too fresh.
7. Courtney Force – Drag Racer
Courtney Force has a penchant for speed, carving out her niche in drag racing for the NHRA. Force surrounds herself with crews of predominantly men on the track and has no problem showing male fans how hot she can be when she transitions from the sound of revving hot rods to the sound of clicking cameras. Force had her debut racing season in 2011 and is part of a family that has a long history in the sport. Courtney might be the youngest of three sisters who have competed in the sport, but in 2014 she passed one of her older sisters Ashley for the record of most wins by a female driver in the history of the NHRA.
6. Noelle Pikus-Pace – Sledding
Noelle Pikus-Pace is a daredevil who happens to like flying down an icy course at break-neck speeds. Pikus-Pace is a star skeleton racer, who just recently won a silver medal in the event at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. She has been in the sport a long time, winning the women’s Skeleton World Cup overall title in 2004-05 after starting to compete in 2001. She has also earned two gold and three silver medals in the World Championships throughout her career. Pikus-Pace is an extremely fit athlete with long blonde hair and a beautiful smile that masks her competitive desire. She might be married and over 30, but she can still cause hearts to skip a beat when she poses in front of a camera.
5. Gretchen Bleiler – Snow Boarding
As more women start to enter what was once considered a male dominated sport, snow boarding, it should come as no surprise that some of these athletic women can be pretty hot. Gretchen Bleiler certainly falls into this category and she definitely has what it takes to be a female ambassador of the sport. The beautiful blonde looks as good getting air on the superpipe as she does in a photo shoot. Bleiler took the silver medal in the 2006 Turin Olympic Games halfpipe and has four gold medals in the X-Games superpipe.
She started to snow board professionally in 1996 and has as much passion as any man in her favorite sport. Bleiler was the first woman to land a Crippler 540 trick in competition and has been recognized as one of the top women to ever take up the sport. She might no longer be in her prime, but lucky for her she is still exceedingly hot.
4. Malia Jones – Surfing
Surfing isn’t exactly a sport that is only reserved for the guys these days, but the fact is that men still dominate any lineup of surfers at most local beach breaks. Malia Jones looks like any swimsuit model when she is on the beach checking out the waves, but once she gets in the water, she is so much more that just a beach babe. It makes her even more hot knowing that she can actually catch some waves. Jones has appeared in Esquire and Sports Illustrated, strutting her stuff, but she has also made some waves in the water ever since she captured the girls division of the U.S. Amateur Surfing Championship at the tender age of 15. She can compete riding the waves, but it is in front of the camera where she makes a big splash. Thanks in large part to her ability to don a bikini, Jones is an easy addition to this esteemed list.
3. Laila Ali – Boxing
Laila Ali might be retired from boxing, but she left enough of an impression to be considered one of the greatest female boxers of all time. Ali was undefeated in 24 professional fights, winning 21 of them by knockout. She was highly successful in a rather brutal sport that had previously only been reserved for men. It would have been enough to be as good as she was, but Ali has also been able to achieve more success outside the ring.
Thanks to her gorgeous looks and fit muscular frame, Ali has the presence in front of a camera that even some top models might lack. She has spent most of her time since retiring from boxing modeling and appearing on TV, both of which she does quite well. She truly has what it takes to catch any guy’s fancy and certainly doesn’t need to worry about any guy getting fresh on a first date.
2. Danica Patrick – Auto Racing
It was a good thing that Danica Patrick has become a trailblazer of sorts for women aspiring to be auto racers. Not only has she been able to prove that she belongs on the track, but she has also been able to garner a good amount of attention off the track as well. Danica Patrick has been talented enough to earn a victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, seven podium finishes and three pole position starts throughout her career. She has also had seven top ten finishes in NASCAR Xfinity series races and has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well. The IZOD Indy Car Series Most Popular Driver for 2005-10, Patrick is more than just a fan favorite. Well known for her GoDaddy.com sponsorship and commercials, Patrick has appeared in Sports Illustrated and many other commercials and television shows. She is without doubt, one of the most attractive females in sports.
1. Erica Hosseini – Surfing
Erica Hosseini is able to land the top spot of this list. The 5-foot-10 blonde from Newport Beach, California, started surfing at the tender age of 13 in 2001. She has since won two Volcom Championships and an OP Pro championship, while also placing in the top 5 of many other events. Hosseini is no stranger to riding waves, but out of the surf is where she is able to make waves of her own. Hosseini has been featured in many magazine layouts, print ads and even on video. She has many sponsors for her surfing, including a big relationship with Oakley, and never has much trouble lining up her next photo shoot. She is a perfectly gorgeous California surfer girl with tanned skin and long blonde hair, aiding her in becoming one of the hottest athletes on Earth.
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