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Top 20 Hottest Female Athletes To Appear In Sports Ilustrated Swimsuit Issue

For decades, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has been a major highlight of the magazine’s year. Even with the rise of the Internet offering more selections of beautiful women in skimpy (or nothing at all) clothing, there’s something about the SI issue that stands out. The selection of amazing models, the international locales, the poses, it all combines into a package that remains a must-see issue for its readers and still one to grab. The list of women who have appeared in it is long and includes some of the hottest super-models of the last four decades and is likely to add more as time as gone on.

But SI hasn’t forgotten the “sports” part of their name. In the last several years, there has been more of a push for actual athletes to join these models in appearances for the magazine. Naturally, they’re chosen for looks but quite a few of them are able to back it up as true champions and stars with awards often even more numerous than men. It’s a balancing act for women to remain beautiful while still respected for achievements and even more so in a swimsuit. However, these ladies have managed it very well to highlight an already standout issue. Here are 20 of the most gorgeous athletes to grace the Swimsuit Issue and a reminder why it remains so special.

20 Alana Blanchard

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19 Leryn Franco

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18 Hannah Teter

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17 Caroline Wozniacki

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16 Steffi Graf

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15 Natalie Gulbis

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14 Alex Morgan

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13 Jennie Finch

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12 Daniela Hantuchova

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11 Venus Williams

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10 Natalie Coughlin

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9 Lindsey Vonn

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8 Ana Ivanovic

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7 Danica Patrick

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6 Anna Kournikova

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5 Serena Williams

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4 Amanda Beard

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3 Gabrielle Reece

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2 Ronda Rousey

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1 Maria Sharapova

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The only Russian to hold a Grand Slam, Sharapova has proven herself as one of the best tennis players on the planet, far more than just a pretty face. But there’s no denying she has one as well as an incredible body and her spread in SI in 2006 certainly proved that. A bikini tight on her body, her long blonde hair billowing, Sharapova was just at home on a beach as she is on a tennis court and a champion both ways. She’s a true master of her craft and the perfect package of a champion player who just happens to be gorgeous as hell no matter where.

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