There are different kinds of sports fans. They range from the fanatics to the slightly indifferent, and then there is a special group of fans that deal with all things superficial. This doesn’t refer to the bandwagon fans although they also fit the bill quite perfectly. It refers to those who watch sports purely for aesthetic pleasure. Most people have a sibling/friend who could care less about what’s going on during a match, race or any other form of competition. They don’t bother to learn the rules of the game or any athlete’s name for that matter. Then they spot that one athlete whom they think is good looking and they become “interested” in the game. They then proceed to ask you for the athlete’s name, date and year of birth and all of a sudden they have a team that they’re supporting and when the game ends, they ask you whether their team won or not. However, there’s no need to be hypocritical because at the end of the day, everyone has admired an athlete or two and not for their talent.
Being good-looking has certainly been beneficial to some athletes what with the multiple endorsements, modeling contracts and magazine spreads. With so many good-looking athletes going around, Canada is no exception when it comes to aesthetics. Known for their friendly nature and being immune to hypothermia, Canadian athletes are also quite talented, as proven by their usual dominance when it comes to the Winter Games. In no particular order, here are the top 20 hottest Canadian athletes.
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Jonelle Filigno is a soccer player who mostly plays in the forward position and occasionally as an attacking midfielder. Having shown potential at an early age, she made it into the under 20 squad at the age of 15 and got her first senior cap for Canada when she was 17. She played for Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, earning a bronze medal with the team in the latter. Appearances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011 and 2015 have contributed to a tally of 71 caps for the national team.
20 Barbara Mervin
If you think this beauty is merely a delicate creature, think again. There's a good chance this rugby player could lay you flat on your rear end. Barbara Mervin represented Canada at the 2014 Rugby Women's World Cup and is expected to represent them at the next World Cup. She also has her own clothing line by the name of Aptoella Apparel. The 34-year-old probably doesn't have much time left playing a physical sport like rugby but it's good to know she has something lined up when her playing career is over.
19 Jennifer Abel
Jennifer Abel is a diver who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, her first, at the age of 16. Her first try didn’t result in a medal but together with her partner, she managed to win bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, in the 3m synchronized springboard event. While several of her medals have been won together with her partners, she has managed to win some individual ones which include gold in both the 1m springboard at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 3m springboard at the 2015 Pan American Games.
17 Meagan Mikkelson
Hockey is essentially a religion in Canada, so would that make Meagan Mikkelson a goddess? We'll leave that up to Canada, but Mikkelson sure has made her mark. She is a two-time gold medal winner and finished in second place on The Amazing Race Canada with teammate Natalie Spooner. Mikkselson currently plays for the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL, who won this year's Clarkson Cup over Les Canadiennes de Montreal.
16 Emily Batty
Emily Batty is a cross-country mountain biker who competes for the Trek Factory Racing team. She is the current Pan American Games champion courtesy of the gold she won last year and also won a silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She finished in the 24th place at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which wasn’t bad considering the fact that she competed with a broken collarbone and bruised shoulders after a crash that took place during training.
15 Adriana Leon
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It's hard to compete with the Canadian women's soccer team in the looks department. They have beautiful and talented ladies throughout their lineup and Adriana Leon is one of the newer faces of the team. The 23-year-old Mississauga, ON native currently plies her trade for the Western New York Flash of the NWSL. She made her World Cup debut last summer with Canada and it's safe to say she'll be back there come 2019.
14 Arianne Jones
At the age of 12, Arianne Jones got the opportunity to try out different sports as part of a sports camp and decided to become a luger, which later led to her being called back to the recruitment camp. Her first experience at the Olympics came in 2010 when as a forerunner, she got to test the track for the competing athletes. After winning a race off with another teammate, she got to compete at the 2014 Olympics where she finished 13th.
13 Taylor Pischke
Her father is a two-time Olympian with Canada’s men’s national volleyball team and at the age of 14, she decided to follow in his footsteps after previously practicing rhythmic gymnastics. She currently plays on Team Canada’s beach volleyball squad with her partner, with whom she won the bronze medals at the under 23 World Championship in both 2013 and 2014. They’ve also won seven medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) at the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit and finished 4th at the 2015 Pan American Games.
The next soccer player on the list is Kaylyn Kyle, a midfielder who plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. She has played for Canada at all levels, having won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. She earned her 100th cap with the team at last year's FIFA Women's World Cup. Rest assured, Kyle could very easily have a future in modeling when she hangs up her cleats. Her Instagram account is a must follow.
11 Lauren Sesselmann
Lauren Sesselmann is a soccer player who previously played in the forward position but switched to defence. She acquired Canadian citizenship in 2010 and was first capped in 2011. She was part of the squad that won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, started all six matches at the 2012 Olympics, in which Canada finished 3rd and also played at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She is also a trainer and has hosted a fitness DVD program.
10 Brittany Waters
We come to our second rugby player on the list. Brittany Waters made her debut for the Canadian national team in a 2008 game against the United States and she was also a representative for Canada in the 2014 World Cup. Waters wrote a tremendous piece for the Apotella clothing website, saying she initially didn't want to play rugby because she thought she would get too bulky or muscular. She has now come to love her body, embracing the athleticism her favorite sport gives her.
9 Kelsey Serwa
Kelsey Serwa is a freestyle skier and a member of the Canadian national ski cross team. She won bronze at the 2010 Winter X games and then went on to win gold in 2011 and again this year. Her win in 2011 ended on a sour note after she flew 150 feet in the air, crashed out and got injured. Despite all this, she went on to win the 2011 World Championships. She won silver in women’s ski cross at the 2014 Olympics, an improvement on her performance at the 2010 Olympics in which she finished fifth.
8 Marielle Thompson
Also a freestyle skier, Marielle Thompson was the overall World Cup champion for ski cross in 2011-2012 and won the Crystal Globe, a feat she again accomplished in the 2013-14 season. She is teammates with Kelsey Serwa and is the one who won gold in the women’s ski cross at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The tables were turned this year for she won silver while Serwa won gold at the Winter X Games.
7 Melissa Hollingsworth
Anybody who participates in the sport of Skeleton has to have a lot of courage. Melissa Hollingsworth has competed in the sport since 1995 and has amassed multiple medals, including a bronze medal in Turin back in 2006 and several more in the World Championships. She fell just short of medaling in the 2010 games in Vancouver, finishing fifth. She delivered a heartfelt apology for falling short, saying she had let her country down.
6 Kaitlyn Weaver
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Andrew Poje and Kaitlyn Weaver are ice dancers who started skating together in 2006. They won bronze at the World Junior Championships in 2007 after Weaver competed despite dislocating her shoulder in the warm-up before the original dance. They won silver in the ice dancing event at the 2014 World Championships and went on to win bronze the next year. They also represented Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics where they finished 7th. Weaver probably gives a lot of men some incentive to check out ice dancing.
5 The Dufour-Lapointe sisters
They are Maxime, Chloé and Justine Dufour-Lapointe. They are all freestyle skiers and competed in the women’s moguls event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where Justine and Chloé won gold and silver respectively with the former becoming the youngest freestyle skiing champion ever at the Winter Games. Chloé competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics where she finished 5th. Earlier this year, they swept the podium at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup when they clinched the top three positions in the moguls (Justine 1st, Chloé 2nd, Maxime 3rd).
4 Kaetlyn Osmond
Kaetlyn Osmond is a figure skater who first competed on the senior level at the Canadian Championships in the 2011-12 season and won the bronze medal. She also competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships where she finished 10th. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, she won silver in the team event and also competed in the ladies’ singles event, where she finished 13th. She won bronze at the 2016 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
3 Sydney Leroux
Why is a soccer player for the U.S. National team on a list of hot Canadian athletes? Well, that's because Sydney Leroux is actually a native of Surrey, British Columbia. Leroux represented Canada at the U19 level, but being that her father is American, she was eligible to play for the United States as well. After winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, it appears she made the right choice. Hopefully Canada could forgive her for going south of the border.
2 Eugenie Bouchard
2014 proved to be a good year for Eugenie Bouchard for she reached the semifinals of both the Australian Open and the French Open and was a finalist at the Wimbledon Championships. Despite losing to Petra Kvitová, her appearance at the Wimbledon finals helped raise her profile as she reached her highest ever ranking (no.5) that year and received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season. She wasn’t able to replicate that kind of success in 2015 which proved a tough year for her and only got worse when she suffered a concussion after slipping and falling in the locker room. She returned to the court this year after recovering from the head injury and is working to get back up in the rankings while also chasing that elusive first Grand Slam title.
1 Tessa Virtue
Tessa Virtue is an ice dancer who along with Scott Moir has managed to amass a large number of medals and somewhere among the heap you’ll find their 2010 Olympics ice dance gold and their 2014 Olympics silver medals in both ice dancing and the team event. Having taken a break from competitive skating, they caused a stir earlier this year when they announced their return to competition for the 2016-17 season.