40. Picabo Street
Picabo Street was the most visible women’s skier in the 90′s winning a silver medal in the ’94 Winter Olympics and a gold in the ’98. She eventually retired after snapping her left femur, but was a spokeswoman for Mountain Dew for a time in the late 90′s.
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39. Gussie Moran
Gussie Moran makes an appearance here largely for historical reasons. She’s the reason we have so many tennis hotties on this list, as she was the first woman to ever push the boundaries of fashion on the tennis court. She famously showed up to center court at Wimbledon in 1949 in a short skirt with lacy, frilly knickers peering out from the bottom, and since then clothes have only gotten tighter and shorter. God bless her.
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38. Gabriela Sabatini
Gabriela Sabatini was an Argentinian tennis player who had a lot of success in the late 80′s and early 90′s. She has an exotic South American look going on that is pretty hot.
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37. Amanda Coetzer
Amanda Coetzer is the most successful tennis player in South African history. She developed a reputation during her career as a giant killer, regularly beating players ranked higher than her. She dated pro baseball player Brady Anderson for awhile in the 90′s, and is now dating a Hollywood producer named Arnon Milchan.
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36. Natalie Coughlin
Natalie Coughlin is an incredibly successful American swimmer who won five medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She’s getting into broadcasting, and spent time as an in-studio host for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympics. I know I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Coughlin, so hopefully she’ll keep that up. Does anyone else see a bit of a Scarlett Johansson resemblance?
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35. Swin Cash
A lot of guys treat the WNBA as a bit of a joke, but a few of the players are definitely worth watching. Swin Cash is one of those players. She led the University of Connecticut to two different national titles and carried that success into the WNBA, winning a title with Detroit in her second WNBA season. But I’m sure nobody really cares about that. Bottom line: she’s hot.
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34. Carling Bassett
Carling Bassett primarily made her living as a tennis player back in the 80′s, but she made just as big of a splash as a fashion model with the Ford Modeling Agency. She also made some appearances on television and in film. Bassett is now retired and operating a tennis academy with Chris Evert, someone you’ll see further up on this list.
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33. Barbara Schett
Barbara Schett is an Austrian tennis player who played from 1992 to 2005. She’s got a rocking body, and has to be the hottest thing to ever come out of Austria.
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32. Maria Kirilenko
Maria Kirilenko is a Russian tennis player in the mold of Maria Sharapova, only not quite there yet. She’s rapidly catching up though, having recently signed to be the face of Adidas tennis.
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31. Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr is another LPGA hottie. She has appeared on an episode of The Apprentice and is said to have a close relationship with Donald Trump. Kerr is also a spokeswoman for Mutual of Omaha and Lacoste.
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