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Famous Female Athletes

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List of famous female athletes, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female athletes list contains the most prominent and top females known for being athletes. There are thousand of females working as athletes in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic athletes have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a athlete then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Carolina Klüft and Diane Gillis.

While this isn't a list of all female athletes, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female athletes?" and "Who are the best female athletes?"
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    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who as of October 6, 2014 is ranked world No. 2 by the Women's Tennis Association. A United States resident since 1994, Sharapova has competed on the WTA tour since 2001. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles by the WTA on five ...more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia
    • Profession: Tennis player, Model, Athlete
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    Anna Kournikova is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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    Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova is a Russian retired professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best known tennis stars worldwide, despite her never winning a WTA singles title. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the ...more

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    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Russia, Moscow
    • Profession: Tennis player, Model, Athlete
    • Credits: A Date with Anna, Anna Kournikova - Basic Elements: My Complete Fitness Guide, Anna Kournikova Smash Court Tennis, The Biggest Loser
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    Danica Patrick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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    Danica Sue Patrick is an American auto racing driver, model, and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Race car driver, Model, Athlete
    • Credits: Jim Rome Is Burning, Girl Racers
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    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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    Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and regained this ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Tennis player, Fashion designer, Businessperson, Actor, Athlete, + more
    • Credits: Hair Show, Charity Jam, Wimbledon 2009 Official Film, Venus & Serena: For Real
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    Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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    Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Stuart Little and The Accidental ...more

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    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Wareham, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Athlete, + more
    • Credits: The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, Stuart Little
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    Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team. She has won four World Cup championships—one of two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll—with three consecutive titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, plus another in 2012. Vonn won the gold medal ...more

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    • Age: 31
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Alpine skier, Athlete
    • Credits: Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games, Turin 2006: XX Olympic Winter Games, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, Salt Lake City 2002: XIX Olympic Winter Games
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    Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the ...more

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    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Tennis player, Entrepreneur, Writer
    • Credits: Charity Jam, 2008 Wimbledon Official Film, Wimbledon 2007 Official Film, Venus & Serena: For Real, Wimbledon 2005 Official Film
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    Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Athletes
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    Hope Amelia Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She has been goalkeeping for the United States women's national soccer team since 2000. After playing at the collegiate level for the University of Washington, she played professionally for the Philadelphia Charge in ...more

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    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Tri-Cities, Richland, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Footballer
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars
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