There's something sexy about female athletes. The attraction can stem from the fact that the women work out hard to stay in top shape or that they look good doing it. Not to take anything away from the athletes' accomplishments, but men are more prone to pay more attention to attractive females. Being good at a sport while being aesthetically pleasing is icing on the proverbial cake.
With regards to popularity of sports, it's safe to say women have almost caught up to men. In some cases, some female athletes are even more widely recognized. Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams and Danica Patrick all come to mind. It truly is a great thing for little girls to look up to these athletes excelling in men's sports. What's even better is all three athletes look awesome in their respective sports and have drawn interest from men as well as women.
Everybody knows about the Maria Sharapovas and the Alex Morgans of the world since they grace the top of every hottest athlete list. Sadly you won't see them on this upcoming list; this list is to identify the next crop of the most beautiful athletes in the world. There were so many beautiful athletes to choose from, and narrowing it down to athletes age 23 and under made it even more difficult.
45 Elise Lobb - Golf
Lobb is ranked so low only because it can be considered cheating since she technically does not play golf collegiately or professionally. She's too beautiful to leave off this list entirely, however. Elise Lobb has taken the social media world by storm in the past year. She has been tearing up Instagram (give @eliselobb a follow. It's worth it). She is a 20-year old student at the University of North Florida who has been playing golf her entire life, showing off her skills in videos on her Instagram account. Judging by her swing, she certainly appears to have what it takes to get back into golf. She hopes to one day report for The Golf Channel.
43 Alessa Quizon - Surfing
It's not surprising that the island of Hawaii features prominent surfers. It's amazing how many of them are downright beautiful. Quizon is one of the many that fits both of those categories with some serious talent to boot. The 22-year old Oahu native is a professional surfer sponsored by Billabong. She's currently ranked 68th in the world by the World Surf League in the International 2016 Women's Qualifying Series. Although inconsistent, she does fare relatively well in individual qualifying events, even finishing 1st in the Maui and Sons Pichilemu Woman's Pro in 2015. Thus far in 2016, she's finished from 5th to 37th in the Qualifying Series and Championship Tour.
41 Aliya Mustafina - Gymnastics
A fan-favorite in Russia, Mustafina is a talented and beautiful gymnast who killed it during the 2012 Olympics. She won gold, silver and bronze (4 in total) medals after a dominant performance. This should come as no surprise as Mustafina comes from a super athletic family; her father was a two-time world champion in wrestling, and her sister is also an excellent gymnast. In addition to her immense skills, she's known to have a very strong character. Mustafina is a perfectionist of sorts, very stubborn in her practice. It should come as no surprise that she'll be representing Russia again in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
39 Gracie Gold - Figure Skating
Gold, only 20 years old, has been figure skating since she was 8 years old. She's already won the U.S. National Championship twice, in 2014 and 2016. Finishing fourth in the individual Ladies Single Skating Competition in Sochi didn't stop her from helping the United States Women win the bronze medal as a team in the 2014 Olympics.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2014, Gold has been actively competing in the championships of figure skating all over the world. In addition to her aforementioned U.S. National Championship, Gold also finished fourth in the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships. We will be fortunate enough to see more of her in the 2018 Olympics.
37 Sloane Stephens - Tennis
Currently ranked #25 in the world, the 23-year old Stephens has already won four singles titles in her short career. She's beaten the likes of Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova.
Stephens won three titles in 2016 (the Charleston Open, the ASB Classic and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel) in addition to the Citi Open in 2015. Her best Grand Slam performance was losing in the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2013 where she even beat tournament favorite Serena Williams. Stephens has earned almost $4 million on the pro tour and currently sports a nice 211-141 singles record.
35 Bree Kleintop - Surfing
This surfer-turned-model is a total smokeshow. Sponsored by O'Neill, Kleintop has placed more focus on her modeling life. She grew up on the East Coast, but moved to California to pursue her dream of surfing. Her career shifted gears a little bit when she was featured in Surfing Magazine's Swimsuit Issue in "Pro Surf Girls You Love." Her beauty stood out in the spread and opened up doors to the modeling world. Her surfing career is no joke as she finished in the top-4 in various tournaments in 2010-2012.
33 Mackenzie Dern - Mixed Martial Arts
@jjgfed 2015 Gi and No Gi Best Female athlete!!! Such a honor to receive these two awards from a great organization by @ricksongraciejj !!! Thank you so much to my sponsors, family, friends, teammates and of course fans for the wonderful year!! _____________________________________________ 2015 melhor atleta com e sem kimono pela federação @jjgfed !!! Uma honra receber esses 2 prêmios pela ótima organização liderado pelo @ricksongraciejj ! Obrigada ao meus patrocinadores, família, amigos, companheiro de treino e logico a todos meus fãs por me ajudar a ter um ótimo ano!
Dern is a beauty who could probably whoop most of the site's readers. The 23-year old American is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is a form of judo mixed with martial arts and self-defense with a focus on grappling and ground fighting. She is so good that she won the gold medal at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in both 2015 and 2016.
Sponsored by KillCliff, War Tribe and Five, Dern is pursuing a career in the octagon. Her MMA debut is set for July in Dallas after she signed a deal with Legacy FC. Best of luck to her opponents. They'll need it.
31 Peyton Royce - Wrestling
Cassie McIntosh goes by her ring name Peyton Royce while she wrestles for the WWE. The Australian made her professional wrestling debut in 2009 wrestling on the Independent Circuit. She wrestled independently until 2014 when she received a tryout with the WWE. Royce signed a contract in 2015 and made her debut as a part of NXT, a division of WWE.
The former dancer moved from Australia to Canada in order to train with Lance Storm, an ex-wrestler known for his excellent training center. She currently adopts a Venus Fly Trap persona that has given her credibility as a heel, and her fans hope she moves up to the main roster to grace all of our television screens every week.
29 Lauren Fisher - Crossfit
While it can be argued that Crossfit is not a true "sport," after experiencing it himself, this writer can attest that it is indeed worthy of such a distinction. Hell, ESPN airs the Crossfit Games on TV every year, so it's worthy. What is most definitely worthy is Fisher's beauty as well as her skills. She's been doing Crossfit since she was 14 years old and competes in the Weightlifting National Championships. Her athletic background and Olympic training regimen help give her a leg up on her opponents in Crossfit. In the 2016 Crossfit Games, she finished first in the California Regionals (the Games are ongoing). She's placed 5th, 5th, 5th, 7th and 9th in the Crossfit Games from 2010-2014. Let's hope she keeps her dominance going and we get a chance see her on the leader board and on ESPN.
27 Leticia Bufoni - Skateboarding
Born in Brazil, Bufoni is now a professional skateboarder. At the age of 14, she and her father traveled to California for the sole purpose of her competing in the X Games. She's been competing in the X Games since that day almost ten years ago. Bufoni won three X Games Gold Medals in 2013 and signed with Nike in 2014. The ESPY-nominated hottie appeared nude in ESPN's The Body Issue in 2015.
She was ranked the #1 women's street skateboarder by World Cup Skate four years in a row from 2010-2013 and is now the face (and body) of women's skateboarding.
25 Laura Robson - Tennis
The 22-year old British Beauty has been playing tennis professionally since 2008. She started off her pro career incredibly strong, winning the 2008 Wimbledon Junior Championship. Unfortunately, the 5' 11" Robson has had much difficulty replicating her early-career success. She did finish 2013 as the number 46 female player in the world, however, even reaching a career high of number 27 during the year. Since then, she's battled wrist injuries. The years 2014 and 2015 were not kind to Robson, as she underwent wrist surgery after rest did not expedite the healing process. She's currently ranked number 339 in the world as she comes back from injury.
23 Mattie Rogers - Olympic Weightlifting
By this time, Mattie Rogers is probably best known for her viral video where she dropped a heavy barbell that crashed through a window while she was training. Obviously Mattie Rogers is strong. She's also pretty attractive; after all, strong is sexy. She began weightlifting in 2013 and now competes on Team USA Weightlifting. Although she just missed nailing a spot in the upcoming Olympics (she finished in second place in qualifying), Rogers did set eight American records at the 2016 USA Weightlifting Junior Nationals. I'm sure she'll continue to kill it and earn that well-earned spot on the 2020 Olympics Team.
21 Alexandra Saitova - Curling
This Russian hottie represented Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics on the women's curling team. Saitova delivers with her right hand, but she couldn't pull through (Russia finished ninth out of ten in Sochi). What Russia lacked in performance they made up for in looks. Their curling team was the talk of the Olympics, led by Saitova. During the winter of 2014, Saitova was all over the internet for her blazing good looks. She couldn't capture a medal, but she captured the hearts of men all around the world. Will she be back in 2018? Every male viewer better count their lucky stars.
19 Michelle Jenneke - Track and Field
Jenneke burst onto the scene in 2012 when she was filmed doing an unusual dancing warm-up before her hurdles race. She has a very nice body, so she quickly gained male fans with that pre-race dance. Now that she's gained fame from her dancing, she wants to be known for her hurdling skills. In April 2016, she qualified for the Olympics after winning the women's 100 meter hurdles at the Australian National Championship. Her talent is no joke. Neither are her looks. Jenneke was featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. When she's not training for Rio, she's studying at Sydney University. Can't wait for the summer!
17 Catherine Clark - Surfing
This surfer from California is hot. In addition to her surfing ability, her natural good looks make her easy to market. She has many sponsors, among them: Billabong, Les Ettes Perfume, One Way Boardshop, Premiere Surf Training, Macbeth Footwear.
Clark is an ASA Entertainment athlete who excelled as a junior surfer in 2009. She frequents "hottest surfer" lists and has been modeling more frequently with brands such as Reef. Clark has discontinued her status as a surfer on the US Billabong Surf Team (due to pressures she put on herself), but she remains sponsored by the popular surf company. Which is good news to her fans, because it meets more modeling shoots for Catherine Clark!
15 Tiffany Suarez - Basketball
Dubbed by many on the internet as "the hottest woman in basketball," Tiffany Suarez has made a name for herself. She started her collegiate career at the University of Virginia, but she transferred to Fordham University in 2015 to play basketball there. Her transfer garnered so much media attention that she even went on dates with Golden State Warriors Superstar Klay Thompson. It remains to be seen if she has enough talent to make it to the WNBA, but one thing is for certain: upon graduation, she will have plenty of suitors in the modeling industry at her fingertips.
13 Paige - Wrestling
The British Saraya-Jade Bevis, best known to fans around the world by her WWE ring name Paige, has been a superstar since she entered the WWE. Paige comes from a wrestling family; she's been wrestling since she was only 13 (!) years old. She signed a contract with the WWE as a 19-year old, so it seems like she has been wrestling for an eternity. Paige was called up to the main roster as the women's NXT Champion and proceeded to win the WWE Diva's Championship (now the Women's Championship) over AJ Lee in her debut match. In doing so, she became the youngest women's champion in WWE history. Her storylines have weakened recently, but she still pops up on TV every now and then. Thank God.
11 Silje Norendal - Snowboarding
Hailing from Norway, the 22 year-old snowboarder pulls double duty and competes in both the Olympics and the X Games. She's had much better success in the X Games, winning gold medals in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Norendal dominates slopestyle (all three of her gold medals), but she also competes in halfpipe and boardercross. When she isn't tearing up snowboarding, she's competing on her Norwegian Sports Club, Kongsberg IF. She actually started snowboarding at age 4 and has been drawn to the sport ever since then. It also doesn't hurt that she's very good at it, and looks good doing it.
9 Paige VanZant - Mixed Martial Arts
It's difficult to believe VanZant is only 22. She has been fighing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 2014 as part of its Strawweight Division. Her MMA record is 6-2, while she's ranked eighth in the UFC Strawweight Division.
More recently, VanZant competed on the 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars and used her skills to almost win the whole thing. She finished as a runner-up in the latest season. "12 Gauge," as she goes by in the octagon, does not have any fights lined up currently, but I am sure she will soon. Her many fans are counting on it.
7 Eugenie Bouchard - Tennis
Hailing from our neighbor up north, Bouchard is a successful tennis player. The 5'10" beauty is currently ranked #47 in the world. This is actually the lowest she's ever been seeded; Bouchard was ranked as high as #5 in the world back in 2014 after finishing runner-up at Wimbledon. What makes her current ranking more impressive is that she took a hiatus and is now back to full-time tennis.
Because of her matching looks and talent, Bouchard is heavily-sponsored. She is very marketable, further proved by her sponsorships with Aviva Canada, Nike, Babolat, Rogers Communications and Coca-Cola.
5 Donna Vekic - Tennis
Vekic is a professional 19-year old tennis player from Croatia who has been on the tour since 2012. She's been very successful since making her debut, winning the Malaysian Open in 2014 as well as 4 International Tennis Federation Titles. She's never ranked lower than her current ranking of 96. Her parents were both athletes, so Vekic was born into the sport. She has a very pretty face to go along with a great figure, so sponsors have taken advantage. She's teamed up with Yonex, Fromm and Nike. Big things are on the horizon for this young woman.
3 Paige Spiranac - Golf
Paige Spiranac has been turning heads for so long that it's easy to forget that she's only 23 years old. Spiranac broke out as a golfer at San Diego State University and shows off her aesthetically pleasing features on Instagram. It's no coincidence that she has almost 700 thousand followers.
She's not just some pretty face, either. Spiranac just won her first tournament on the Cactus Tour. She graced the cover of May 2016 Golf Digest, upsetting some LPGA members, but are you complaining? She hopes to parlay her popularity and recent professional success into a long stint on the LPGA Tour.
1 Sierra Blair-Coyle - Rock Climbing
22-year old professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle is a jaw-dropper. She's beautiful, fit and extremely talented. What more could you want? The Arizona native is a US Team Member who has competed in the World Cup since 2010. Prior to competing for the U.S. against the World, Blair-Coyle won the National Championship twice as a junior. She may be the most marketable athlete on this list as she has many sponsors including Climb X, Asana Climbing, Blue Water Ropes, Quotable and CellMed among others. Her success should come as no surprise as she started rock climbing when she was 8 years old. Now she gets to tour across the globe professionally.
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