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Top 25 Female Athletes We Wish Would Pose for Playboy

It’s always been a bit of a balancing act for female athletes, having to maintain their incredible physical abilities along with their looks. That’s especially true today as a great-looking athlete can score millions in endorsements as well as the usual rewards of their craft. Some ladies try to focus just on their athletic work while others are smart enough to know their time in the spotlight is limited and it’s best to use it while they can. Indeed (just like their male counterparts), many female athletes are far more famous for their looks than actual victories. But some are able to be both winners and lookers which makes them far more appealing.

For years, many big name athletes have posed for “Playboy” Magazine. Gabrielle Reece, Katarina Witt, Amanda Beard, numerous WWE Divas and more. While some may criticize them doffing it all for male readers, these women are usually proud of the spreads, going for an artistic bent and not minding showing how athletic they truly are. As you can imagine, there are lots of ladies out there who we wish would show it all off more. Some have done daring spreads in other magazines but not the full goods, many numerous champions and all utterly gorgeous. In any case, each would be a fantastic spread, all with fans and an actually artistic shoot to show them off can showcase the great way women balance their bodies with their craft. Here are 25 women we’d love to see grace the pages of Hugh Hefner’s mag in all their glory, each one of them a stunning looker to remind us how alluring the female athlete can be.

23 25. Blair O’Neal

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22 24. Stephanie Gilmore

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21 23. Caroline Wozinacki

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20 22. Jamie Anderson

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19 21. Ana Ivanovic

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18 20. Hilary Knight

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17 19. Alex Morgan

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16 18. Natalie Coughlin

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15 17. Daniela Hantuchova

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14 16. Elena Hight

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13 15. Sasha Cohen

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12 14. AJ Lee

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11 T-13. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

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10 11. Jennie Finch

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9 10. Lindsey Vonn

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8 9. Anna Kournikova

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7 8. Danica Patrick

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6 7. Trish Stratus

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5 6. Sydney Leroux

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4 5. Gina Carano

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3 T-4. Venus and Serena Williams

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2 2. Ronda Rousey

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1 1. Maria Sharapova

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Yes, she’s blonde, gorgeous, Russian and no problem showing her body off in bikini shoots. But unlike Kournikova, Maria Sharapova has the championships to back her up: The lone Russian to hold a Grand Slam, a total of 35 titles and an Olympic silver medal. She still can rock a tennis court like few others, slamming a ball with ferocity and look amazing doing it. At 28, she looks younger and still able to be a hot competitor and an issue of her showing it all off would be a huge seller to really enjoy and a nice cap to a woman who plays as good as she looks…which is pretty damn amazing.

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