15 Sexiest Female Olympic Athletes of All Time
Peggy Fleming (Figure Skating)
American figure skater Peggy Fleming, who won a gold medal at the Olympics in 1968, had a wholesome quality that made her one of the most admired athletes of her generation, but her girl-next-door beauty could turn sultry in a heartbeat.
Florence Griffith Joyner (Track and Field)
Florence Griffith Joyner, nicknamed Flo-Jo by fans and the media, is considered "the fastest woman of all time" and her stunning good looks added flash and style to track and field during the 1980s. The world records she set in the 100-meter and 200-meter events in 1988 remain unchallenged nearly a quarter century later. She won three gold medals and one silver at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, plus another silver at the 1984 Olympics. Flo-Jo died tragically at age 38, when she suffocated in her sleep during a seizure.
Jennie Finch (Softball)
Jennie Finch, an American softball player whose pitching led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver in 2008, is a real California girl: blonde, tan and beautiful. TIME magazine described Finch as the most famous softball player in history. She's also quite likely the sexiest.
Amanda Beard (Swimming)
Swimmer Amanda Beard won seven Olympic medals, beginning with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta when, at age 14, she won a gold and two silver medals. Since then, Beard has become one of the most successful swimmers in history -- and one of the most alluring athletes of all time.
Liu Xuan (Gymnastics)
Liu Xuan of China, who won gold and bronze medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, excels on the balance beam and uneven parallel bars. She is less accomplished in the vault and floor-exercise events, but when it comes to sex appeal she's a perfect 10.
Yelena Isinbayeva (Pole Vault)
Russian beauty Yelena Isinbayeva is widely considered the greatest female pole vaulter of all time. She won Olympic gold medals in both Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008), is a five-time World Champion, and has set a total of 28 world records in the event.
Leryn Franco (Javelin)
Paraguayan athlete and model Leryn Franco, who specializes in the javelin throw, represented her South American nation at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Although she didn't win any medals, she caught the eye of sports enthusiasts worldwide, who clearly know a good thing when they see it.
Gabriela Sabatini (Tennis)
Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, who was one of the best female professional tennis players in the world during the late 1980s and early 1990s, won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. Sabatini is also a classic Latin beauty, whose flashing eyes, easy smile and thick mane of dark hair would make her a standout in any competition.
Hope Solo (Soccer)
Hope Solo, now a professional soccer goalkeeper who plays for the Seattle Sounders Women, led the U.S. team to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The U.S. team's 1-0 victory over Brazil was largely due to Solo's goalkeeping as she made save after save to neutralize the Brazilian offense. Her ability to stop goals is equaled only by her ability to stop men dead in their tracks.
Tara Lipinski (Figure Skating)
Tara Lipinski, the girl who wowed the sports world by becoming the youngest individual gold-medal winner in the history of the Winter Olympic Games in 1988, has grown into a sexy woman with a gold-medal smile. In 2006, Lipinski also became the youngest athlete ever inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.