Want a woman who’s gorgeous enough to make your knees quiver and strong enough to kick your ass? Women’s sports may not always get the same amount of media coverage as men’s sports do, but they definitely have a way of grabbing your attention. From soccer to surfing, female athletes have to be in peak physical condition in order to reach the top of their game — and it doesn’t hurt that they look good while doing it, too.
Which sports draw the foxiest females? We’re counting down the 12 hottest athletes across the board (and the beauty in slide #5 comes from a sport you’d never expect).
#12 Alana Blanchard (Surfing)
Sun and surf definitely make for a winning combo when it comes to beach-kissed beauty, and Hawaiian-born surfer Alana Blanchard makes it look so effortless. Not only does she design her own line of swimwear, she also models it herself. Unsurprisingly, her bikini-clad Instagram account boasts over 1.8 million followers.
#11 Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (CrossFit)
We all have that one friend that won’t shut up about CrossFit. Unfortunately, they probably don’t look like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. The 28-year-old was named “Fittest Woman on Earth” in 2014 and remains one of the sport’s winningest athletes, male or female. Oh, and she can deadlift 300 pounds.
#10 Michelle Waterson (Mixed Martial Arts)
Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson was a model before she became a badass athlete. Both a southpaw and strawweight, she’s been called one of the hottest rising stars on the professional MMA circuit. She’s not the only one on our list, though — click through to find out where her competition ranks.
#9 Sydney Leroux (Soccer)
This FC Kansas City forward is decorated with plenty of tattoos — and a gold medal to boot. At the 2012 London Olympics, she helped Team USA kick their way to victory with a decisive goal against New Zealand. You can check her out in video game form, too, in FIFA 16.
#8 Melanie Adams (Pole Vaulting)
Australian pole vaulter Melanie Adams started in on the sport at age 11 and went on to win two junior championships by the time she turned 21. Her competitive streak extends well beyond the track field, too: in 2006, she was a finalist in the Miss Teen Australia beauty pageant.