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Top 20 Hottest American Athletes

We Americans are currently living in a renaissance. The fabled melting pot that is our society has resulted in a gene pool so vastly diversified and strengthened that our athletes are not only among the winningest in the world, but the downright sexiest. As Russia’s considerable pool of athletic sexiness wallows in its pre-Olympic doping scandal (sorry Maria Sharapova, I think I speak for all of the U.S. when I say we still love you) and athletes all over the world get fitter and fitter, we’ve still got the men and women that turn heads from Sydney to Tokyo—the long way around.

From rock climbers to fighters and football players to futbol players, the men and women of America’s professional sporting communities make ten-pack abs and perfect posteriors look natural, as though they didn’t take years of endless work to sculpt. Sometimes looking at them hurts your eyes and makes you feel like nothing you ever do or say could be as beautiful as these people. Sometimes they really make you want to start working out. No matter which way you turn it, America loves hot athletes and some of the hottest call America home.

This year’s Rio Olympics will mark the best—or last—chance at medalling for some of our most beloved athletes, but it will also be a gathering of some of the world’s fittest people in one of the most legendarily sexy cities on earth. Olympic villages are already known for their liberal attitude toward athlete-on-athlete hookups, and once every two years an Olympiad renews my dream of becoming good enough at curling or marksmanship—anything that requires relatively little exercise—and get in on the party. It’ll likely never happen for me, but for these 25 Americans, whether they’re competing in Rio or not, Olympic Village-level interest is pretty much guaranteed year round.

20 20. Serena Williams 

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19 19. Elena Delle Donne 

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18 18. Heather Hardy 

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17 17. Leilani Mitchell 

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16 16. Rachel Wray 

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15 15. Lindsey Vonn 

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14 14. Lolo Jones 

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13 13. Misty May Treanor 

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12 12. Alana Blanchard 

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11 11. Miesha Tate 

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10 10. Danica Patrick 

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9 9. Natalie Gulbis 

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8 8. Skylar Diggins 

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7 7. Hilary Knight 

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6 6. Alex Morgan

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5 5. Blair O’Neal 

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4 4. Sierra Blair Coyle

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3 3. Christmas Abbott

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2 2. Paige Spiranac 

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1 1. Ronda Rousey 

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She may have lost her first fight, but Ronda Rousey bounced back in one of the sexiest ways possible: She had Sports Illustrated paint a tiger on her and take some pictures in the nude. Rousey is the best-liked and most electrifying fighters in UFC, and her return is the most anticipated bout this decade. But whenever she decides to clean up and strike a sexy pose, the world holds its breath.

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