The Baddest Female Athletes Of Modern Sports

Simone Biles

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  • Sport: Gymnastics – Women’s artistic gymnastics
  • Start of career: 2011
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won 5 medals (4 gold and one bronze)
    • Won 25 medals in World Championships (19 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze)
    • Won 2 gold medals at the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships
    • Won 3 medals in FIG World Cups (2 gold, one silver)
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  • Relationship: Dating professional American football player Jonathan Owens
  • Other occupations:
    • Co-author of the autobiography Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance
    • Competed on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars
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Paige Spiranac

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  • Sport: Golf
  • Career: 2010-2016
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won 5 tournaments in her early golf career, including the 2010 CWGA Junior Stroke Play
    • Won a 35-hole title match against Brittany Fan of the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015
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  • Relationship: Married to former minor league baseball player Steven Tinoco
  • Other occupations:
    • Monthly collaborator in Golf Magazine
    • She’s a social media personality with 3 million followers
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Ivona Dadić

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  • Sport: Athletics – Track and field
  • Start of career: 2002
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2015 European U23 Championships in Tallinn during the heptathlon event
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam during the heptathlon event
    • Won a silver medal at the 2017 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade during the pentathlon event
    • Won a silver medal at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham during the pentathlon event
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
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  • Fun fact: She won her first competition at only 9 years old
  • Did you know: She has a cross tattoo on her left hand in honor of her brother
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Bethany Hamilton

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  • Sport: Competitive Surfing
  • Start of career: 1998
  • Greatest achievements:
    • First place at the United States National Under-18 Surf Championship
    • Member of the Women’s Qualifying Series Profesional Surfing Circuit
    • First place at the Surf N Sea Pipeline Pro
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  • Did you know: After she suffered from a shark attack, she lost around 60% of her blood, but vowed to return to the sport after she healed
  • Fun fact: She returned to surfing just one month after her attack
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Claressa Shields

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Start of career: 2011
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London
    • Won a gold medal at the 2014 World Championships in Jeju
    • Won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto
    • Won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won a gold medal at the 2016 World Championships in Astana
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  • Did you know: She’s the only boxer in history, male or female, to hold all four major world titles in boxing (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO) simultaneously and in two weight classes
  • Fun fact: She has only had one loss throughout her entire career
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Allison Stokke

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  • Sport: Track and field – Pole Vault
  • Start of career: 2004
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Championship record of 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in) in the 15-16 United States title in 2004
    • Broke the American record for a high school freshman with a vault of 3.86 m (12 ft 7 34 in) in 2004
    • Set a new high school sophomore record with 4.11 m (13 ft 5 34 in) in 2005
    • Won twice at the CIF California State Meet
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  • Relationship: Married to American professional golfer Rickie Fowler
  • Other occupations: Fitness model since 2015
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Sierra Blair-Coyle

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  • Sport: Rock climbing
  • Start of career: 2008
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Current Pan American Bouldering Champion
    • Was a World Cup Competitor from 2010 to 2018
    • Finished 1st at the 2018 Mesa Rim ProAM
    • Finished 1st at the 2019 Jackalope Fest
    • Finished 1st at the 2019 Bend Summer Comp
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  • Did you know: In 2015, she was part of the AskMen’s Top 99 Most Outstanding Women
  • Other occupations: She has a degree in marketing from Arizona State University
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Lindsey Vonn

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  • Sport: Alpine ski racer – Downhill, Super-G, Giant slalom, Combined
  • Career: 2000-2019
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal in Downhill and a bronze medal in Super-G at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver
    • Won a bronze medal in Downhill at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang
    • Won 8 World Championships medals (2 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze)
    • Won 3 Junior Worlds Ski Championships (2 silver and 1 bronze)
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  • Relationship: 
    • Married to former US Ski team athlete Thomas Vonn (2007-2011)
    • Dated golfer Tiger Woods (2012-2015)
    • Dated NFL assistant coach Kenan Smith (2016-2017)
    • Engaged to defenseman hockey player P.K. Subban (2018-2020)
  • Other occupations: 
    • As of 2014, she owned a small herd of cows on a farm in Austria
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Aly Raisman

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  • Sport: Gymnastics – Women’s artistic gymnastics
  • Career: 2009-2020
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London, where she won 3 medals (2 gold and one bronze)
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won 3 medals (one gold and 2 silver)
    • Won a total of 33 medals in her career
    • Won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2018
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  • Other occupations: Author of the memoir book Fierce: How competing for myself changed everything (2017)
  • Media appearances:
    • Appeared in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
    • Did a cameo in the Charlie’s Angels reboot movie in 2019
    • Participated in the TV shows Dancing with the Stars (2013), Lip Sync Battle (2016) and Dear… (2020)
    • Appeared in the music video Girls Like You from Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
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Maria Sharapova

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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Career: 2001-2020
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London, where she won one silver medal in Singles
    • Won the Australian Open, Grand Slam Singles in 2004
    • Won the Wimbledon, Grand Slam Singles in 2004
    • Won the WTA Finals in 2004
    • Won the US Open, Grand Slam Singles in 2006
    • Won the French Open, Grand Slam Singles in 2012 and 2014
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  • Relationship: Engaged to British businessman Alexander Gilkes
  • Other occupations: 
    • Created the Maria Sharapova Foundation
    • Author of her autobiography Unstoppable: My Life So Far (2017)
    • Created Sugarpova, a premium candy line, alongside Jeff Rubin, founder of international retailer IT’SUGAR
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Whitney Miller

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Start of career: 2016
  • Relationship: Engaged to entrepreneur and Onnit founder Aubrey Marcus
  • Other occupations: 
    • Won the Miss United States title in 2012
    • Former professional Wakesurfer
    • Former MMA’s Jiu-Jitsu Brazilian fighter
    • Fitness Model
    • Reporter for Glory Kickboxing
    • Relationship coach, confidence mindset coach and 1 on 1 couples coach
    • Host of the True Sex and Wild Love podcast
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Michelle Jenneke

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  • Sport: Athletics – Hurdler
  • Start of career: 2008
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the silver medal in the 100m hurdles and finished 4th place in the Medley relay at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics
    • Finished 5th in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 World Junior Championships
    • Finished 1st in the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Australian Championships
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  • Studies: Owns a mechatronics degree from Sydney University (combination of mechanical and electric engineering)
  • Other occupations: 
    • A video of her dancing during her warm-up before her 100m hurdles at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona went viral on YouTube, accumulating more than 19 million views in one week, also doing the Tonight Show.
    • Model (appeared, among others, in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
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Alex Morgan

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  • Sport: Soccer – Striker
  • Start of career: 2007
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London
    • US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2012
    • FIFA World Player of the Year finalist in 2012
    • Won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019
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  • Relationship: Married to soccer player Servando Carrasco
  • Other occupations: 
    • Co-author of the four-book series The Kicks (the two first books were released in 2013)
    • Appeared in several TV shows, films and music videos
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Anna Kournikova

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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Career: 1995-2003
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Ranked #8 in the world in 2000
    • Ranked from time to time World #1 player while playing doubles
    • While playing doubles with Martina Hingis, she won 2 times the Grand Slam titles in Australia (1999 and 2002), and 2 times the WTA Championships (1999 and 2000)
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  • Relationship: In a relationship with singer Enrique Iglesias since 2001
  • Other occupations: 
    • Trainer for season 12 of the TV show The Biggest Loser
    • Global ambassador for the Population Services International’s “Five & Alive” program
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Serena Williams

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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Start of career: 1995
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal in Doubles at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
    • Won a gold medal in Doubles at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
    • Won a gold medal in Doubles and a gold medal in Singles at the 2012 Olympics in London
    • Won 23 Grand Slam singles titles
    • Won 39 Grand Slam titles overall
    • Won the WTA Tour Championships 5 times
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  • Relationship: Married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
  • Other occupations: 
    • Part-Owner of the professional American football team Miami Dolphins since 2009
    • Certified nail technician since 2010
    • CSO for British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin
    • Par of the Board of Directors at SurveyMonkey
    • Made several appearances in TV shows and movies, including Trust Us with Your Life and Drop Dead Diva in 2012 and Ocean’s 8 in 2018
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Jennie Finch

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  • Sport: Softball – Pitcher
  • Career: 1999-2010
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where she won one gold medal
    • Participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she won one silver medal
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  • Relationship: Married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle
  • Other occupations:
    • Became an ESPN expert commentator for National Pro Fastpitch and college softball games
    • Author of Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself (2011)
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Taylor Pischke

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  • Sport: Volleyball – Double
  • Start of career: 2012
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won 2 bronze medals at the under 23 World Championship (in 2013 and 2014)
    • Won 7 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) at the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Circuit between 2013 and 2015
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  • Family: She is the daughter of two-time Olympic champion Garth Pischke, who played with the Canada’s men’s national volleyball team, and of Canadian Junior National team athlete and three-time CIS National Champion Cindy Shepherd.
  • Other occupations: 
    • Was the advocate of the Dove campaign “My Beauty My Say” in 2016
    • She is a student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba
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Caroline Wozniacki

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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Start of career: 2005-2020
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won 30 WTA singles titles and 2 WTA doubles titles
    • Won the 2006 Wimbledon girls’ singles title
    • Won the singles title at the 2018 Australian Open
  • Relationship: Married to former NBA basketball player David Lee
  • Did you know:
    • In 2018, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis
    • On February 10, 2021, she announced that she was expecting her first child
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Cheyenne Woods

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  • Sport: Golf
  • Start of career: 2012
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the 2012 SunCoast Ladies Series LPGA International
    • Won the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters
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  • Family: She is the half-niece of professional golfer Tiger Woods
  • Did you know: In the history of the LPGA, there have only been six black female professional golfers, including Woods.
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Hilary Knight

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  • Sport: Ice hockey – Forward
  • Start of career: 2006
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, where she won one silver medal
    • Participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, where she won one silver medal
    • Participated in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, where she won one gold medal
    • She won 8 gold medals and 2 silver medals in Wold Championships
  • Fun fact: She wears the number 21 in honor of former American player Cammi Granato.
  • Other occupations: She loves to ski. She actually comes from a family of skiers, her cousin being Chip Knight, 3 times Olympic champion in alpine skiing.
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Hope Solo

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  • Sport: Soccer – Goalkeeper
  • Career: 1996-2016
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she won one gold medal
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London, where she won one gold medal
    • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion in 2015
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  • Relationship: Married to former American football player Jerramy Stevens
  • Other occupations: 
    • Representative of the Women’s Sports Foundation
    • Author of her autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope (2012)
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Danica Patrick

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  • Sport: Racing – NASCAR, IndyCar
  • Career: 2005-2018
  • Greatest achievements: 
    • Most successfull woman in the history of American open-wheel racing
    • Won the 2008 Indy Japan 300
    • 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
    • 2005 IndyCar Series season Rookie of the Year
    • Finish in pole position 1 time in the NASCAR Cup Series, 1 time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and 3 times in the IndyCar Series
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  • Relationship: 
    • Married to physical therapist Paul Edward Hospenthal (2005-2013)
    • Dated NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2012-2017)
    • Dated NFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers (2018-2020)
  • Other occupations:
    • Host of several TV Shows on Spike
    • Appeared in various TV shows and music videos
    • Driving instructor on set of the movie Charlie’s Angels (2019)
    • Owns her own wine brand, Somnium
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Ronda Rousey

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  • Sport: Wrestling, MMA – Judo
  • Career: 2010-2018
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won 4 medals in Pan American Championships (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
    • Won a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro
    • Participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where she won one bronze medal
  • Relationship: Married to UFC fighter Travis Browne
  • Other occupations:
    • Author of autobiography My Fight / Your Fight (2015)
    • She has landed roles in various films and TV series such as The Expendables 3 (2014), Furious 7 (2015) and Mile 22 (2018)
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Venus Williams

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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Start of career: 1994
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal in Singles and a gold medal in Doubles at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
    • Won a gold medal in Doubles at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
    • Won a gold medal in Doubles at the 2012 Olympics in London
    • Won a silver medal in Mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won 49 WTA singles titles, 22 WTA doubles titles and 2 WTA mixed double titles
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  • Relationship: 
    • Dated golfer Hank Kuehne (2007-2010)
    • Dated Cuban model Elio Pis (2012-2015)
    • Dated publishing heir Nicholas Hammond (2017-2019)
  • Other occupations: 
    • CEO of her interior design firm V Starr Interiors
    • Created her own fashion line, EleVen, with retailer Steve & Barry’s in 2007
    • Part-Owner of the professional American football team Miami Dolphins since 2009
    • Co-author of Come to Win; on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession (2010)
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Allyson Felix

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  • Sport: Track and Field – Sprint
  • Start of career: 2001
  • Greatest achievements:
    • For the 200 meters:
      • 2012 Olympic champion
      • Been the World Champion 3 times
      • Won 2 silver medals during Olympic Games (2004, 2018)
    • For the 400 meters:
      • 2011 World silver medalist
      • 2015 World Champion
      • Won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
      • 2017 Wirld bronze medalist
    • Won a total of 9 Olympic medals (6 gold, 3 silver)
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  • Relationship: Married to American sprinter and hurdler Kenneth Ferguson
  • Other occupations: She’s become an advocate for “the inequalities facing Black pregnant women and the Black maternal mortality rate”.
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Sarah Bäckman

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  • Sport: Arm wrestling, Wrestling
  • Career: 2005-2014
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Named World Arm Wrestling Champion 8 times
    • Named European Arm Wrestling Champion 8 times
    • Named Swedish Arm Wrestling Champion 11 times
    • She’s one of the most decorated women’s arm wrestlers in the world
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  • Relationship:
    • Now single
    • Was married to American professional wrestler Bo Dallas until 2019
  • Other occupations: She now works as a real estate broker
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Michelle Waterson

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  • Sport: MMA – Karate, Muay Thai, BJJ
  • Start of career: 2007
  • Greatest achievements: 
    • 2013 Atomweight of the Year
    • 2014 Atomweight of the Year
    • As of 2021, she’s ranked #8 in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings
  • Relationship: Married to former U.S. Armed Forces amateur boxing champion Joshua Gomez
  • Other occupations: Model and UFC competitor
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Skylar Diggins-Smith

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  • Sport: Basketball – Point guard
  • Start of career: 2013
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Athens World Championship
    • Named WNBA All-Star 4 times (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
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  • Relationship: Married to her long-time boyfriend Daniel Smith
  • Other occupations: She has a degree from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
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Eugénie Bouchard

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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Start of career: 2011
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title
    • First Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in Singles at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships
    • First Canadian player to be ranked in the top 5 in Singles during the 2014 season
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  • Relationship: Dating Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph
  • Did you know: In 2015, she was named #1 on SportsPro’s list of World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes
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Gabby Douglas

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  • Sport: Gymnastics – Women’s artistic gymnastics
  • Career: 2008-2016
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London, where she won 2 gold medals
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won one gold medal
    • First African American to become an Olympic individual all-around champion
    • First US gymnast to win gold in both individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics
    • In all, she won 10 gold medals and one silver medal during her career
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  • Fun fact: In 2016, the Mattel, Inc. company created a Barbie Gymnast doll in her effigy
  • Other occupations: 
    • Author of Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith (2012)
    • Author of Raising The Bar (2013)
    • Reality TV star in Douglas Family Gold (2016)
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Abby Wambach

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  • Sport: Soccer – Forward
  • Career: 2002-2015
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the U.S. Soccer Federation’s U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award 6 times (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013)
    • Won the WUSA’s Rookie of the Year award in 2002
    • Named WPS Player of the Week 7 times while playing for the Washington Freedom and magicJack
    • Awarded the Bronze Boot and Silver Ball at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    • Named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2012
    • Won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015
    • Named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2015
    • Received the ESPY Icon Award in 2016
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  • Relationship: Married to author Glennon Doyle
  • Other occupations:
    • Did philanthropic work for the Epilepsy Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    • Author of autobiography Forward (2016), and of the book Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power and Change the Game (2019)
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Michelle Wie

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  • Sport: Golf
  • Start of career: 2005
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Was named Laureus World Newcomer of the Year in 2004
    • Won the Rolex Annika Major Award in 2014
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  • Relationship: Married to Jonnie West (Director of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors)
  • Did you know: 
    • She was only 10 years old when she qualified for a USGA amateur championship, making her the youngest player to accomplish this feat.
    • Since the beginning of her career, she has been subject to several controversies, including her performances at men’s events, the sudden dismissal of her caddie in 2006 and an alleged wrist injury in 2007.
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Sydney Leroux

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  • Sport: Soccer – Forward
  • Start of career: 2002
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London, where she won a gold medal
    • Won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015
    • Won the Algarve Cup in 2013 and 2015
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  • Relationship: Married to MLS player Dom Dwyer
  • Fun fact: Before playing soccer, Leroux played baseball for 10 years, following in the footsteps of his parents, her mother having played third base for the Canadian national softball team, and her father being former professional baseball player Ray Chadwick.
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Yuliya Levchenko

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  • Sport: Track and field – High jump
  • Start of career: 2013
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2016 World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2017 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade
    • Won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in London
    • Won the gold medal at the 2017 European U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz
    • Won a silver medal at the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow
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  • Did you know: In 2017, she was named European Athletics Rising Star of the Yearby EA
  • Outstanding success: In 2017, in London, at the age of only 19, she was named high jump vice world champion
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Alysha Newman

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  • Sport: Track and field – Pole vault
  • Start of career: 2013
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima
    • Participated in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
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  • Relationship: In a relationship with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo
  • Did you know: She started her athletic career in gymnastics, but had to quit at the age of 13 due to an injury to her lower back vertebra.
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Julie Ertz

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  • Sport: Soccer – Midfielder, defender
  • Start of career: 2010
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the gold medal at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won the gold medal at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
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  • Relationship: Married to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz
  • Fun fact: She and her national team are the first female soccer players to be included in an EA Sports’ FIFA video game series. They have been in every game since FIFA 16.
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Natasha Hastings

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  • Sport: Track and field – Running
  • Start of career: Turned pro in 2007
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
    • Won a gold medal at the 2013 USATF
    • Participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won a silver medal at the 2016 Great North City Games in the UK
    • Won a gold medal at the 2017 Golden Gala meet in Rome
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  • Relationship: Engaged to former NFL cornerback William Gay
  • Other occupation: She has a YouTube channel on which she shares behind the scene footage of her races, training and preparation. She also has a video series called “Tea Time”, in which she discusses various topics with guests, ranging from dating to mental preparation.
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Avril Mathie

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Start of career: 2017
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the Miss Swimsuit USA International 2014
    • Won the $50,000 Las Vegas International Model Search in December 2015
    • Has an undefeated professional record of 7 wins (3 by KO) and 1 draw
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  • Did you know: She now lives in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, but was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Other occupations:
    • Model
    • Fitness expert
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Silje Norendal

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  • Sport: Snowbording – Slopestyle, Big air
  • Start of career: 2013
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2013 Winter X Games Europe in Tignes
    • Won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen
    • Participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi
    • Won a gold medal at the 2015 Winter X Games in Aspen
    • Won a gold medal at the 2017 Winter X Games Europe in Tignes
    • Participated in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang
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  • Relationship: Engaged to hockey player Alexander Bonsaken
  • Did you know: Before specializing in snowboarding, she was an avid handball player. According to NBC Sports, she could have made it a professional career!
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Darya Klishina

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  • Date of birth: January 15, 1991
  • Place of birth: Tver, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
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  • Sport: Athletics – Long jump
  • Start of career: 2010
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  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2011 European Indoor Championships in Paris
    • Won a gold medal at the 2013 European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg
    • Won a gold medal at the 2013 Universiade in Kazan
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships in Zürich
    • Won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in London
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  • Did you know: Since 2017, Klishina has been competing as an authorized neutral athlete, i.e., a Russian athlete, approved by the IAAF at her own request, to compete without national affiliation under a neutral banner
  • Fun fact: In 2018, the athlete put her career on hold to focus on her studies
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Blair O’Neal

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  • Date of birth: May 14, 1981
  • Place of birth: Macomb, Illinois, United States
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  • Sport: Golf
  • Start of career: 1994
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  • Greatest achievements:
    • 2-time NCAA women’s long-drive champion
    • Won the 2010 Big Break: Dominican Republic
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  • Relationship: Married to PetSmart Senior Director of Finance, Jeff Keiser
  • Did you know: She is also a model and a Gold Channel personnality. Among other things, she appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition magazine three years in a row, from 2011 to 2013.
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Shelina Zadorsky

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  • Date of birth: October 24, 1992
  • Place of birth: London, Ontario, Canada
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  • Sport: Soccer – Defender
  • Start of career: 2010
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  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
    • Won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
    • Won a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
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  • Fun fact: She grew up playing soccer, but also track and field, basketball and volleyball
  • Did you know: She graduated from the University of Michigan in Psychology in 2014
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Fátima Diame

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  • Date of birth: September 22, 1996
  • Place of birth: Valencia, Spain
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  • Sport: Athletics – Triple jump
  • Start of career: 2013
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  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2015 European Junior Championships
    • Won 2 bronze medals at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Tarragona
    • Won a gold medal at the 2018 Spanish Indoor Championships in Valencia
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2019 Spanish Indoor Championships in Antequera
    • Won a gold medal at the 2020 Spanish Indoor Championships in Ourense
    • Won a gold medal at the 2021 Spanish Indoor Championships in Madrid
    • Participated in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
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  • Fun fact: She started her studies in nursing, but put them on hold to participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
  • Did you know: Her parents are of Senegalese origin and immigrated to Spain the year before her birth
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Camila Giorgi

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  • Date of birth: December 30, 1991
  • Place of birth: Macerata, Italy
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  • Sport: Tennis
  • Start of career: 2006
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  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won first place at the 2013 US Open, defeating former world No. 1 player Caroline Wozniacki
    • Won first place at the 2013 Indian Wells Open, defeating former world No. 1 player Maria Sharapova
    • Won first place at the 2013 Eastbourne International, defeating former world No. 1 player Victoria Azarenka
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  • Did you know: Before turning to tennis, Giorgi was more interested in artistic gymnastics
  • Fun fact: Her father coaches her, and her mother designs the dresses she wears for matches
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Misty Copeland

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  • Sport: Ballet Dancer
  • Start of career: 1999
  • Greatest achievements:
    • First African American Female Principal Dancer
    • First place in Ballet at the Los Angelos Music Center Spotlight awards
    • Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
    • Shorty Award for Best Dance in Social Media
    • 2015 Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine
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  • Relationship: Married to lawyer Olu Evans since 2016
  • Fun fact: At the age of 19, she had not yet gone through puberty, so her doctors decided to put her on birth control. Due to the hormones in the pills, she gained 10 pounds and was no longer considered “petite” for her industry.
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Mia Hamm

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  • Sport: Soccer – Forward, midfielder
  • Career: 1987-2004
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the gold medal at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    • Won the gold medal at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    • Won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
    • Won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
    • Won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens
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  • Did you know: She held the world record for the most international goals until her fellow teammate, Abby Wambach, broke her record
  • Fun fact: She founded the Mia Hamm Foundation, which is dedicated to bone marrow research
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Megan Rapinoe

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  • Sport: Soccer – Midfielder, winger
  • Start of career: 1999
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals at the World Cup and the Golden Ball for being the top player at the World Cup at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
    • 2015 World Cup champion
    • 2019 World Cup champion
    • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London
    • 2019 FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Year
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  • Did you know: There were no girls’ soccer teams where she grew up, so she ended up playing on a boys’ team with her twin sister
  • Fun fact: She suffered an ACL injury that forced her to take the season off from playing on her college team
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Melina Keltaniemi

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  • Sport: Bikini Competitor
  • Start of career: 2014
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the IFBB Elite Pro World Women’s Championship in 2018
    • Won the IFBB Elite Pro Nordic Elite Pro in 2019
    • Won the IFBB Elite Pro World Professional Championship in 2019
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@melinakatarina | Instagram
  • Did you know: She was named one of the most muscular women on Instagram in November 2021
  • Fun fact: She began her career by competing in aero-gymnastics at the age of 17
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Etila Santiago

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  • Sport: Bikini Competitor
  • Start of career: 2016
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the 2018 Amateur Olympia South America, Bikini Class D
    • Won the the 2019 Toronto Pro Bikini
    • Won the 2019 Muscle Contest Brasil Pro Bikini
    • Won the 2019 Iron Games Pro Bikini
    • Won the 2020 New York Pro Bikini
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  • Did you know: She began her career by modeling
  • Fun fact: Her workouts are consistently published in the Muscle and Fitness magazine
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Chaunte Lowe

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  • Sport: Track & Field – High jump, long jump
  • Start of career: 2001
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Junior Championships in Bridgetown
    • Won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
    • Won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha
    • Won a gold medal at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul
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  • Relationship: Married to the triple jumper Mario Lowe
  • Did you know: She underwent a double mastectomy following a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer received in 2019. In 2021, she received the NCAA Inspiration Award for continuing to share her story while raising awareness and providing hope for others.
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Mikaela Shiffrin

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  • Sport: Alpine ski – Slalom, Giant slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Combined
  • Start of career: 2010
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Mikaela competed in 26 World Cup races and won 17 of them
    • Youngest American skier to claim the national alpine crown
    • Best World Cup slalom racer of all time
    • Won a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi
    • Won a gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang
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@mikaelashiffrin | Instagram
  • Did you know: She began racing as soon as she was old enough at the age of 15
  • Fun fact: She began learning how to ski at the age of two years old
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Sally Fitzgibbons

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  • Sport: Surfing
  • Start of career: 2004
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won the Billabong Pro Brazil ASP Women’s World Tour in Rio de Janeiro in 2014
    • Won the Fiji Pro ASP Women’s World Tour in Tavarua in 2014 and 2015
    • Won the Oi Rio Pro ASP Women’s World Tour in Rio de Janeiro in 2019
    • Was ranked #1 in the world for women’s surfing in June 2019
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  • Fun fact: Before becoming a professional surfer, she was a national champion winning middle distance runner
  • Did you know: She is a great fan of sports. She particularly supports the NRL’s St George Illawarra Dragons rugby team, and the ALF’s Geelong Cats team.
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Antonija Sandrić

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  • Sport: Basketball – Point guard
  • Start of career: 2005
  • Greatest achievements: 
    • Won both national championship and Croatian Cup in 2008 with the Jolly JBS club
    • Won the bronze medal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games with the national team
    • Participated in the 2012 Olympics in London
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  • Relationship: Married to Croatian basketball player Marko Sandrić
  • Other occupations: She focuses on her athletic career. She has received many modelling offers—after all, she was named the most beautiful female competitor at the 2012 Summer Olympics by Bleacher Report!—, but turned them all down.
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Paige VanZant

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  • Sport: MMA – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Start of career: 2012
  • Greatest achievements:
    • One time champion of the UFC’s Fight of the Night
    • One time champion of UFC’s Performance of the Night
    • MMAjunkie.com’s 2019 January Submission of the Month
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  • Relationship: Married to professional MMA’s fighter Austin “The Gentleman” Vanderford
  • Other occupations: 
    • Author of Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life (2018)
    • Modeled for Nike and Columbia Sportswear
    • Participated in television competitions Dancing with the Stars and Chopped
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Katie Ledecky

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  • Sport: Swimming
  • Start of career: 2012
  • Greatest achievements:
    • Won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London
    • Set three world records in the 800 and 1500 freestyle, and the American record in the 400 at the FINA World Championships
    • Broke the world record for the 400 freestyle at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships
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  • Did you know: She attended Stanford University where she set the school record for the 1000 yard freestyle
  • Fun fact: She wons 7 Olympic gold medals and 3 silver medals

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