Being a top athlete in the modern age means being in front of cameras all of the time and making huge amounts of money. Add to that the covers of magazines, male athletes going shirtless, and female athletes in skimpy swimsuits and the modern media has some gems as far as great looking athletes. Both men and women glorify sports figures and at times think a particular athlete is “hot” or “sexy.”
Perhaps the first contemporary example was Ana Kournikova. Despite her inability to win a major tournament, Kournikova brought ratings to women’s tennis because of her modeling career on the side. Here are some other athletes, male and female, who follow in the same vein as Kournikova as far as great looks with great physical prowess in their respective sports.
Landon Donovan is the most well-known soccer player in America and he has helped his Los Angeles Galaxy to first place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. In the 2010 World Cup he shocked the world with his last-minute goal against Algeria to secure a victory for the Americans.
Donovan is quite the hotty according to my wife. Many women no doubt have pined away for his shirtless figure after games when he exchanges his jersey. Fighting back tears during his post-game interview in the World Cup surely made him even more endearing to women who like men that show emotion.
One half of the Williams’ sisters, Venus Williams came under fire for her recent fashion statement at the French Open. It looked as if the tennis superstar wasn’t wearing any underwear. It was just an illusion, but the cameras still got some close ups of it.
Venus Williams looks good no matter what she’s wearing. Plus she’s always got muscles where men like muscles. Williams always speaks well and is a good representative of her sport despite her fashion faux pas at the French Open. She can play a mean game of tennis too.
Hockey players aren’t just toothless wonders of the ancient world. Sidney Crosby’s dashing good looks, great hair, and shirtless chest have made many women swoon (including my wife). Judging by his picture on Yahoo! Sports I would almost compare to him Taylor Lautner as far as looks go.
Crosby has been near the top in both scoring and assists in the league in each of the years he has played so far. Crosby is considered to be the next Wayne Gretzky and he currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby is a lean, mean, powerful hockey machine that also is a wonderful representative of his sport. He scored the gold-medal winning goal for his native Canada in Vancouver.
The WNBA champion Seattle Storm has been blessed with the most talented player in the league with Lauren Jackson. She’s also very hot on the look-o-meter and even my wife has commented on her stunningly good looks when she’s dolled up. Add to that she’s tall.
Some of her pictures are controversial if you do an image search for Lauren Jackson. She’s certainly got the look and is a great basketball player too. Her motto can be “all this and talent too.”
Even though he has tons of tattoos which some women find a turn off, Kobe Bryant still looks young even though he’s been in the NBA for over ten years. Men sometimes want to be Kobe once they see his gorgeous wife he has by his side.
What I would like best about Kobe Bryant if I were a woman, and my wife agrees, is his boyish grin. Surely his mega-millions wouldn’t hurt but Kobe is a genuine person despite being rugged on the basketball court.
Misty May Treanor
Misty May Treanor has made beach volleyball the sport to watch at the Summer Olympics. She’s a great player, looks fantastic on the beach, and has a hot body on top of that. She’s even talented outside of volleyball as she has acted in several television shows.
What would endear me to her even more is Treanor’s charity work. She has been a goodwill ambassador with some Russian counterparts when she conducted some free sports clinics in Russia in 2010.
Being quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys automatically means you will have women swooning over you. Add to that having dashing good looks like Tony Romo and you can land someone like Jessica Simpson.
What does it for my wife regarding athletes are boyish charm and winning smiles. Despite Romo’s off-field dating antics or his on-field failures, my wife says that Tony Romo is a certified hotty.
When UCLA was dominating NCAA softball they looked no further than their all-star pitcher Jennie Finch. When she went on to completely own the Olympics she became and American hero. In my book she’s also one of the most gorgeous athletes around.
Finch is tall (6-1) and has long blonde locks with perfect skin. Men can’t ask for more than that when it comes to a dominating presence on the softball diamond and great looks.
Car racing has gotten more and more glamorous over the years and Jeff Gordon is still the poster child for a great racer with good looks. Even though Gordon’s fortunes have lessened in the past five years he is still one of the most respected racers in NASCAR even when he throws a temper tantrum.
Jeff Gordon is another of those men who is able to excel in their chosen sport, speak well with the press, have a winning smile, and never grow old with boyish charm and good looks. He is one lucky man with the wife that he has too.
The USA women’s soccer team and the Philadelphia Independence have been graced with the presence of forward Amy Rodriguez. Much like Jennie Finch, she’s at the top of her game as she is third in her league in goals scored and Rodriguez led her team to the playoffs.
For forward she’s short at only 5-4 but in soccer quickness and skill are more important. She played for USC and looks like she’s one of those California girls that the Beach Boys sing about. She hasn’t done any modeling stints yet but she should. Rodriguez looks great in formal attire.
The official websites for each athlete provided information as did their respective sports websites.
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