The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is just around the corner. This is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.
It is also a gathering of some of the most beautiful athletes in the world. We’ve selected some of the most the most intriguing sports stars with the perfect combination of beauty and athletic prowess.
#1 Allison Stokke, United States – Pole Vault
Allison Stokke is an internet sensation known who has captured interest for her stunning looks and pole vaulting skills. She is also incredibly intelligent as she also has a degree in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley.
#2 Antonija Sandric, Croatia – Basketball
Born Antonija Misura, she is a Croatian professional basketball player who has competed in the 2012 Olympics and 2009 Mediterranean Games. She recently married to her longtime boyfriend, Croatian basketball player, Marko Sandric in August, 2015.
#3 Leryn Franco, Paraguay – Javelin
Born Leryn Dahiana Franco Steneri, she is a model, actress and professional javelin thrower. She competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. In 2011 she posed for Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Edition.
#4 Anastasia Ashley, United States – Surfing
Anastasia Ashley was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu and California. Naturally, she grew up with a love of water sports. She started swimming at two years old, body boarding when she was four and surfing when she was six. She became a professional surfer at the age of 16.
#5 Melanie Adams, Australia – Pole Vault
Melanie Adams has been been pole vaulting since she was eleven. She is also an aspiring model and was a finalist in the 2006 Miss Teen Australia pageant.
#6 Brooke Stratton, Australia – Long Jump
A long jumper from Victoria, Australia, she narrowly missed out on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That has all changed as she will be competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
#7 Lauren Sesselman, Canada – Soccer
Lauren is a American-born, Canadian soccer player and an Olympic bronze medalist as well. She also has her own fitness DVD.
#8 Alana Blanchard, United States – Surfing
Alana Blanchard is a professional surfer born in Princeville Kauai in Hawaii. Her surfing career took off after winning first place at the Triple Crown Rookie of the Year Specialty contest.
#9 Eugenie Bouchard, Canada – Tennis
Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard is a professional tennis player from Canada. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first Canadian to reach the finals of a Grand Slam in singles. She also has a fraternal twin sister named Beatrice.
#10 Sally Fitzgibbons, Surfer – Australia
Sally is a professional surfer from Australia. Her skill has helped her set records as she is one of the youngest surfers to win an Association of Surfing Professionals Pro Junior event.
#11 Ellen Hoog, Denmark – Field Hockey
Ellen Hoog has been playing field hockey since she was 7. She is no stranger to the Olympics as she has won two Olympic gold medals in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, and she is also a two time World Champion.
#12 Michelle Jenneke, Australia – Hurdler
Michelle Jenneke hails from Sydney Australia. Her first brush with fame was in 2012 when her pre-race warm-up dance at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Barcelona went viral. She has a silver medal from the 2010 Youth Olympics
#13 Anna Ivanovic, Serbia – Tennis
A member of Serbian tennis team, she is currently ranked number six by the Women’s Tennis Association. In 2010 and 2011 she wont the WTA Tournament of Champions and last year, was ranked seventh in the world.
#14 Michelle Waterson, United States – Mixed Martial Arts
Michelle E. Waterson is an American athlete who will be competing in Mixed Martial Arts in Rio this summer. She regularly competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is student of Karate, Mushu, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Wrestling.
#15 Alex Morgan – United States – Soccer
Alex Morgan’s love of soccer began when she was just ten years old. Born and raised in Southern California, at 21 years old, she was the youngest member of the 2011 US World Cup team. She competed with the US team in the 2012 Olympics, earning a gold medal and named the US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
#16 Maria Sharapova, Russia – Tennis
Maria Sharapova was born in Nyagan, Russia. She has started playing tennis when she was very young and began her professional career at the age of 14. She is a previous Olympic competitor, winning a silver medal in the women’s singles at the 2012 games.
#17 Hope Solo, United States – Soccer
Hope Solo is one of the most well known faces of the US Women’s Soccer team. She’s won two Olympic gold medals with her team and she is also a World Cup gold medalist for the United States women’s soccer team.She is one of the most recognized and highly regarded female goalkeepers in the world.
#18 Maria Kirilenko, Tennis – Russia
Kirilenko is a professional tennis player and aspiring model. She won an Olympic bronze medal for doubles women at the 2012 London Olympics.
#19 Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Canada – Weightlifting
Leblanc_Bazinet is a Canadian professional weightlifter. She won the CrossFit Games in 2014 and is a Canadian national champion. As if she wasn’t busy enough with her weighlifting career, she is also earning her degree in Chemical Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke.
#20 Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark – Tennis
This accomplished, Danish professional tennis player was ranked 1st in the world during the WTA. In addition to tennis, she also completed the New York Marathon and was previously engaged to Northern Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy.
#21 Maggie Vessey, United States – Relay
Maggie Vessey was born and raised in California. She competes in middle distance track events. She also designs her own running clothes which has garnered much attention off the field.
#22 Jessica Ennis, United Kingdom – Track and Field
Jessica is a track and field athlete from the U.K. She competed in the 2012 Olympics where she won a gold medal for the heptathlon. She is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon.
#23 Amber Hill, United Kingdom – Shooting
Amber Hill is an English sport shooter who specializes in the skeet. In 2013, Hill made history by becoming the sport’s youngest ever winner at 15 years old at the ISSF World Cup series.
#24 Jacqueline Carvalho, Brazil – Volleyball
Jacqueline Carvalho is a female Brazilian volleyball player who is also a double Olympic Champion from Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She is married to Murilo Endres, who is also a Brazilian volleyball player.
#25 Darya Klishina, Tennis – Russia
Darya is a Russian long jumper and model. She also set a Russian junior record for her jump of 7.03m on June 26, 2010. It was the second best junior mark of all time.
#26 Christina Vukicivic, Norway – Hurdles
Ljubica Christina Vukicevic is a Norwegian hurdler of Serbian descent. Coached by her father, she also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
#27 Mariya Koroleva and Anita Alvarez, United States – Synchronized Swimming
This will be the duo’s first Olympic appearance together. Mariya Koroleva competed in the 2012 Olympics and Rio will be Anita Alvarez’s first appearance together. The duo will try to earn the first synchronized swimming medal for Team USA since Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova won bronze in 2004.
#28 Lucy Garner, United Kingdom- Cycling
A British racing cyclist, she began her professional career in 2013 and only 18 years old. She had her first professional victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Chongming Island in Shanghai, China.
#29 Mikaela Mayertle – United States – Boxing
A native of Los Angeles, California, Mikaela Mayer is a female boxer who will represent the United States as part of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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