There are many great reasons to watch and enjoy professional sporting competitions. They often feature amazing athletes, unforgettable moments, and in some cases, help to bring communities together.
Pro sports also serve as a medium and opportunity for an otherwise ordinary athlete to become a household name. While it requires a great deal of skill and athleticism to reach the pinnacle of one’s sport and ascent to superstardom, it also doesn’t hurt to have a marketable appearance. This seems especially true for female athletes, some of whom are known as much for their physical beauty, as their athletic accomplishments.
The 15 ladies we are about to see are the most beautiful females in their respective sports, as we begin 2018. Some of the women featured are among the best in their sport, while others are simply among the best looking, but one thing they all have in common is that they are all drop dead gorgeous.
After careful consideration, we have compiled a list which features the most breathtaking female athletes representing nearly every major sport in the world. Readers will no doubt recognize some familiar (and beautiful) faces, while also learning about some new ones. So with that in mind, it’s time to take a look at the steamiest female athletes of 2018 so far.
15 Tennis: Eugenie Bouchard
With athletes like Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova, choosing the hottest tennis player is no easy task. That being said, at present, the reigning queen of tennis is 23-year-old Canadian Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard. The 5-foot-10 blonde out of Montreal, Quebec is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful athletes in the world today. While her career has been trending downward since her breakout season in 2014, her movie star good looks have helped her remain one of the most popular players in the sport.
Having turned pro roughly five years prior, Genie Bouchard had her best year so far in 2014. That season, she appeared in the finals at Wimbledon and the semifinals at both the French and Australian Open. She also represented her home country of Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics Games.
14 Wrestling: Alexa Bliss
The sport of professional wrestling has no shortage of beautiful women. However, it’s Columbus, Ohio’s Alexa Bliss who has emerged as the premier beauty in the world of sports entertainment. The 5-foot-1 blonde has captured the hearts of wrestling fans around the world with her stunning physique and bad girl persona.
Alexis Kaufman, who performs under the ring name Alexa Bliss, is a former college cheerleader who has become of the top star stars in professional wrestling. After achieving only modest success in WWE’s developmental territory NXT, Bliss has gone on to become (arguably) the biggest female star in the company, since being called up to the main roster in 2016. She has already won the Women’s title four times and is the first female to have held both the Raw and SmackDown versions of the title.
13 Fitness: Jen Selter
Long Island, New York’s Jen Selter is fitness model and social media sensation. The 5-foot-6 brunette has used some steamy pics and an ample rear end to become one of the most recognized faces in fitness. Besides provocative photographs, Selter also offers her followers dieting and exercise tips. While some may criticize the methods she used to obtain stardom, there is no denying that Selter is one of hottest ladies on the internet.
Jen Selter is considered to be one of the world’s top Instagram Belfie stars. For those unfamiliar, a belfie is essentially a selfie of one’s backside. While this may sound a bit ridiculous, mastering the art of the belfie has earned Selter roughly 11.7 million followers on Instagram alone. She has also been featured in popular magazines such as Vanity Fair, FHM, and Maxim.
12 Football: Chasity Morales
While the all-female Legends Football League (formerly the Lingerie Football League) is nowhere near as popular as the male-dominated National Football League (NFL), it still featured some great athletes. One such athlete is Chasity Morales, a 5-foot-6 wide receiver for the LFL’s Austin Acoustic. The native of San Antonio, Texas does swimsuit modeling and has several photos posted online. When she isn’t making big plays on the field, the gorgeous Texan works as a dental hygienist.
Chasity Morales is the face of the newly formed Austin Acoustic, a team which was originally established in 2016. The stunning brunette also has some impressive modeling credentials having (according to her Instagram page) been a three-time finalist in the Swimsuit USA International Model Search. With stars like Morales leading the way, the future looks very bright for the LFL.
11 Golf: Paige Spiranac
24-year-old Paige Spiranac is a golfer who originally hails from Wheaton Ridge, Colorado. The fetching 5-foot-6 blonde has used her remarkable beauty to become one of the best known female players on the LPGA tour. While she has definitely made a name for herself, Spiranac has had limited success on the green. That being said, she has managed to build a solid fanbase and massive social media following.
Paige Spiranac is one of the most polarizing figures in sports. In truth, she is probably just as well known for her steamy Instagram posts, as her golf game. The blonde bombshell had a reputation for wearing relatively provocative attire on the green, which in turn, prompted the LPGA to introduce a stricter dress code in 2017. Unsurprisingly, Spiranac was not in favor of the league's decision.
10 Basketball: Skylar Diggins-Smith
Skylar Diggins-Smith is a 5-foot-9 point guard for the WNBA’s Dallas Wings. The 27-year-old out of South Bend, Indiana is one of the most beautiful and talented players in the league. While many of the females on our list aren’t considered to be among the best players in their respective sports, Diggins-Smith is one of the top female basketball stars in the game.
After spending her college career at Notre Dame, Diggins-Smith was selected with the 3rd-overall pick by the Tulsa Shock (now the Dallas Wings), back in 2013 WNBA Draft. During her time in the league, she has been named to the WNBA ALL-Star Team on three separate occasions, won the Most Improved Player award in 2014, and was twice selected as a member of the All-WNBA first team (2014, 2017).
9 Skiing: Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn is hands down the world’s most well known alpine skier. Moreover, she is also one of the most attractive Olympians around. The 5-foot-10 blonde’s marketable appearance has helped to bring attention to a sport that was previously somewhat obscure. At 33 years of age, the Saint Paul, Minnesota product is gearing up for what could very well be her final Olympic appearance in 2018.She also models on occasion and was even featured in 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Vonn is arguably the most high profile athlete on Team USA heading into the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is no stranger to competing at the highest level, having made her Olympic debut at the 2002 Winter Olympics, at the age of 17. At the 2010 Games, held in Vancouver, the blonde skiing sensation captured both a gold and bronze medal.
8 Hockey: Angelina Goncharenko
Due to its violent nature, ice hockey isn’t a sport that most people are likely to associate with beautiful women. However, as we can see here, the sport does indeed feature some very lovely ladies. 23-year-old defenceman (or perhaps more appropriately denecewoman) Angelina Goncharenko is hockey’s resident hottie at the moment. Hailing from Moscow, Russia, she has a had a noteworthy career while representing her home country in international play. The 5-foot-10 Olympian is among the best looking females to ever set foot on the on ice.
Angelina Goncharenko was a part of the Russian teams that took home bronze medals at the 2013 and 2016 World Championships respectively. She also played in all 6 games during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Goncharenko is expected to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics Games this year.
7 Track & Field + Bobsledding: Lolo Jones
Lori Susan “Lolo” Jones may very well be the hottest woman in more than one sport. The 5-foot-9 superstar competes in both track & field and bobsledding. The 35-year-old’s long, athletic frame is one of the many reasons she is regarded as one the best-looking gals around. Her stunning figure prompted ESPN to feature the Iowa native in their annual Body Issue, back in 2009.
Lolo Jones is one of the very few athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. She was the world indoor champion in the 60m hurdles in both 2008 and 2010. As a bobsledder, Jones placed 2nd in her first World Cup competition. In January of 2013, she won a bobsledding gold at the FIBT World Championships. Despite her multiple Olympic appearances, Jones has yet to medal in either sport.
6 Snowboarding: Jamie Anderson
One might be surprised to find a woman so hot in a sport that is primarily contested in the cold. 5-foot-3 snowboarder Jamie Anderson is one of Team USA’s steamiest females. With over 437,000 followers on Instagram, it’s fair to say that she is also one of the most popular athletes competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The South Lake Tahoe, California product easily ranks among the world’s best snowboarders.
Folks who tuned into the 2014 Winter Olympics will likely remember Anderson’s impressive gold medal win in the slopestyle. Outside of Olympic competition, the Californian has established herself as one of the Winter X Games top athletes. In fact, from 2007 to date, she was won she was on an impressive 12 medals at the X Games, with 6 of them being of the gold variety.
5 Ice Skating: Tessa Virtue
Ice dancing is yet another sport that isn’t lacking in beautiful women. That being said, Canada’s Tessa Virtue still manages to stand out. The 5-foot-5 brunette from Montreal, Quebec could give tennis star Genie Bouchard a run for her money for the title of hottest Canadian female athlete. The 28-year-old is clearly one of the most beautiful women to ever put on a pair of skates.
Ice dancer Tessa Virtue has already had a Hall of Fame-worthy career (assuming they have an ice dancing Hall of Fame). She has spent her entire career with the same dance partner, Scott Moir. Together the duo has gone on to capture three Olympic medals, one gold, and two silver. They have won several other medals at both the World Championships and the Four Continents Championships, thus making them the most decorated pair in Canadian history.
4 Mixed Martial Arts: Paige VanZant
A person might logically conclude that a sport which involves getting punched in the face, wouldn’t feature very many attractive women; that person would be dead wrong. Many (if not most) of the females competing in MMA are very easy on the eyes, especially Dundee, Oregon’s Paige VanZant. The 23-year-old blonde cage fighter could easily be mistaken for a model. The 5-foot-4 flyweight’s (125 pound limit) marketable appearance has helped her to land spots on popular television shows such as Chopped and Dancing with the Stars.
Paige VanZant is currently sporting a 7-4 record following her most recent loss to Australian fighter Jessica-Rose Clark. However, she does have notable wins against standout fighters such as Bec Rawlings, Alex Chambers, and Felice Herrig. Outside of MMA, VanZant proved to be an outstanding dancer, finishing 2nd overall on Dancing with the Stars.
3 Volleyball: Winifer Fernandez
Originally from Santiago de los Caballeros, Santiago Province, Dominican Republic, volleyball standout Winifer Fernandez is one of the most attractive females one can expect to find in any sport. The 23-year-old became something of household names, after a YouTube video she was featured in went viral. The 5-foot-7 athlete is more than just a pretty face; she has helped her Dominican teammates win several medals in recent years.
While Fernandez may be best known for her model-like beauty, she is also an outstanding player on the court. She helped her team win gold medals in Pan-American Cup in 2016 and the Bolivarian Games in 2017. The stunning Latina was also won several individual awards including “Best Digger” at the 2016 U23 Pan-American Cup.
2 Soccer: Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan is a gorgeous soccer star who hails from San Dimas, California. The 5-foot-7 striker, who represent Team USA, is frequently named among the most beautiful athletes currently competing. The 28-year old brunette modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue back in 2015. She has also appeared in several popular magazines including Vogue, Shape, and Elle.
Alex Morgan is forward who plays for both the United States women’s national soccer team and the Orlando Pride. As a member of the national team, Morgan has won an Olympic gold medal and the Women’s World Cup championship. In 2012 she scored 28 goals while also having 21 assists, becoming one of only two American Females (the other being Mia Hamm) to have over 20 goals and 20 assists in a single season.
1 Gymnastics: Aly Raisman
23-year-old Alexandra “Aly” Raisman is an Olympic gymnast who was born in Needham, Massachusetts. The 5-foot-2 standout caught the attention of ESPN, who went on to feature her in their annual Body Issue. The charming brunette also appeared on the hit TV show, Dancing with the Stars. Alongside her professional partner Mark Ballas, Raisman finished 4th overall on the 16th season of the series.
Aly Raisman has won a grand total of six Olympic medals. She captured two gold and bronze in 2012 and returned in 2016 to win another gold along with two silver medals. She was the captain of the United States squads in both 2012 and 2016, with both teams winning team gold. Despite being 23-years-old, which is on the old side for a gymnast, Raisman hasn't ruled out another Olympic run in 2020.