What does it mean to be inspirational to millions? Some say looks and attitudes must be kept conventional to be a role model. But times are changing and now people can pursue any goals they want. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
By following their goals, these women are some of the most inspirational people today. Whether it’s through sport, politics, or business – these women are proving that they are in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the most inspirational women today…
Michelle Waterson – MMA
It’s impossible to get the nickname “The Karate Hottie” and not have it inspired by something! Michelle Waterson has garnered a reputation in the UFC as a Mixed Martial Artist who knows how to look fantastic while inflicting pain on whoever she fights in the ring.
However, there’s a lot going on in Waterson’s life outside the sports career. She has made various TV appearances, fighting in American Ninja Warrior. She also performed in the music video for the first single from metal band Megadeth’s album Endgame.
Antonija Sandric – Basketball
Previously known by her maiden name Antonija Misura, Sandric is one female athlete within the basketball industry who has seen it all. Amazingly, she is still only 30 years of age.
Sandric has played for Croatia at the international level, with her finest hour coming in 2009. There, she helped her country win a bronze medal in the Mediterranean Games in Pescara. NBA player Nate Robinson described her as “the most beautiful woman basketball player ever to lace up some sneakers.”
Aly Raisman – Gymnastics
As one of the Fierce Five of 2012 and then the Final Five of 2016, Aly Raisman has been a ray of shining light for the Americans in the early stages of her career. Ever since her Olympic debut in 2012, Raisman has impressed audiences with her amazing performances.
As of 2019, she has three Olympic golds, two silvers, and one bronze to her name – not bad! Raisman has also earned medals from other contests, including the World Championships and the Pacific Rim Championships.
Hilary Knight – Ice Hockey
There might not be a female sports star with a more magical smile than Hilary Knight. Whenever the hockey star skates onto the ice, she always offers her fans a brief smile with her white teeth and caring eyes.
However, be warned! Beneath that blissful exterior is a solid mean-streak you’d often relate with hockey’s most angry players. A nine-time IIHF World Women’s Championships winner, Knight has had a massive part to play in Team US victories at the Olympics. With her help, they won two silvers and a gold.
Jennie Finch – Softball
You don’t normally associate sports like baseball or softball with the Olympics. However, Jennie Finch broke all stereotypes back in 2004 when she worked in Team U.S. and they won the gold for their performance.
According to Time magazine, Finch has been one of the most famous softball players of all time. She was also included into the USA Softball Hall of Fame. Outside of her career in sport, Finch has regularly worked in TV, appearing on shows like The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Hope Solo – Soccer
All soccer fans know that a team needs a great goalkeeper if they stand a chance of winning. Team U.S. did not face this problem during the Olympics, especially since they’ve had Hope Solo between the goalposts for many years.
A legend at both club and international level, Solo had a large part to play in the women’s national team’s current success. She’s helped them win Olympic golds twice, as well as a number of medals at World Cups. Solo had lots of stories to tell in her best-selling (and amusingly titled) autobiography, Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
Paige VanZant – MMA
Even though Ronda Rousey is the most high-profile star to come from the UFC, there are other female MMA competitors who are in a close second. Take Paige VanZant, for instance, who has already made a large impact on the sport despite her youth.
While she experienced a couple of losses in the early stages of her career, this shouldn’t take anything from VanZant’s raw potential. In other news, she finished second in Dancing With The Stars when she appeared in 2016.
Allison Stokke – Pole Vault
When we think of the pole vault, it’s difficult for us not to consider the achievements of Allison Stokke. Despite her success, the young star has been a victim of intense public scrutiny after photos of her as a young performer went viral. Most people believe that this affected Stokke’s progress.
Regardless, the pole vaulter has experienced a successful career in sports modeling and many sponsorship deals with companies like Athleta and Nike. Outside the career of sport, Stokke is engaged to golfer Rickie Fowler and the two are expected to marry soon.
Whitney Miller – Surfing / Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu
There is absolutely no doubt that Whitney Miller is a significant addition to this list of female heroes. At first, Miller made a name for herself for non-sporting endeavors. This includes being crowned Miss USA in 2012.
Soon after that, she decided that she wanted to try a career in sport. She has done rather well in martial arts, even earning herself a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Miller also formed a career as a professional waker surfer. What can’t she do?
Maria Sharapova – Tennis
We bet you know the iconic Maria Sharapova! At one point in her early career, she was considered by many as the future hero of women’s tennis. At only 18 years of age, the Russian-born Sharapova became the world’s No. 1 player and went on to win an unbelievable 36 single titles.
However, in tennis, Grand Slams are actually considered the true indicator of merit, and Sharapova has five to her name. Two came during the French Open and the other three were won at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
Gabby Douglas – Gymnastics
Another member of the famed ‘Fierce Five’ who snatched the headlines during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gabby Douglas is a true history maker. Despite having so many gifted gymnasts around, Douglas was still able to receive some of the best scores for her performances at Olympic level.
Douglas was the first African American in Olympic history to become an individual all-around winner. With many years ahead of her, Douglas will hope to dazzle at the 2020 games in Tokyo.
Taylor Pischke – Volleyball
Taylor Mackenzie Pischke is a Canadian volleyball player who you may not know, but you should. Volleyball simply runs in her blood: her father is a two-time Olympian medalist for the sport. It’s nice to see her joining the family business!
Taylor has been playing volleyball since 2012 on Team Canada’s beach volleyball squad. Over time, she has built an impressive track record for the sport. In total, Pischke has won a total of nine medals during her career – three golds, silvers, and bronzes!
Anna Kournikova – Tennis
She may not be an active women’s player anymore, but Anna Kournikova was once one of the most talked-about players in the sport. Breaking onto the scene in the early 2000s, the Russian star ended up winning Grand Slam titles in 1999 and 2002.
However, she was required to retire at just 21 years of age due to a severe back injury. Nonetheless, she has remained connected in the media, especially since she is married to pop star Enrique Iglesias. Such an inspiration, even today!
Michelle Jenneke – Hurdler
Here’s another female athlete who stole headlines – but not necessarily for winning her competitions. The hurdler, who won the silver in 100m hurdles for Australia during the Summer Youth Olympics of 2010, is considered quite the colorful sports personality.
She is perhaps best known for her rhythmic warm-up routine she performs before each race. However, Jenneke is unquestionably more than just a pretty face. The Aussie also studies mechatronics at Sydney University, making her clever as well as beautiful.
Alex Morgan – Soccer
There is clearly no doubt that the US women’s national soccer team is a force to be reckoned with! Team USA has ruled the international scene for the last 20 years, and Alex Morgan has a massive part to play in the team’s success.
The striker is close to having scored almost one hundred goals for her country. The team won the World Cup in 2015 and was a runner-up in 2011. It’s astonishing to think that she is still in her 20s.
Lindsey Vonn – Alpine Skiing
There was a lot of publicity surrounding Team USA when the Winter Olympics started in 2018. One of the key personalities that fans had their eyes on when the tournament started was alpine skier Lindsey Vonn. And looking at her, can we blame them?
After previously winning the gold medal for her downhill performance in 2010, there were enormous expectations from the young girl. Although she only succeeded to win the bronze eight years later, it was still a big achievement for Vonn and the country. She also has numerous World Championship achievements to her name.
Ellen Hoog – Field Hockey
It’s truly amazing how many medals Ellen Hoog has collected over the years. Essentially, every competition that the Dutch field hockey star has taken part in has resulted in a medal to add to her wall.
Of course, her most noteworthy victories came at the Olympics. Hoog won in 2008 and 2012 during the ceremonies. Outside these, the midfield player has also won the gold at the World Cup, the European games, and the Champions Trophy. She’s one of the most inspirational female sports heroes in recent history.
Caroline Wozniacki – Tennis
You know you are a popular female athlete when you have had romantic ties with the likes of Rory McIlroy and the NBA’s David Lee. To many, Caroline Wozniacki is the best player in women’s tennis, considering her strength pound-for-pound.
Between the years of 2008 to 2011, Caroline Wozniacki won the most WTA single titles out of any other female player. In 2018, after many times spent as a runner up, Wozniacki finally won her very first Grand Slam. Last year, she defeated Simona Halep in the Australian Open Women’s Singles Final.
Winifer Fernandez – Volleyball
Winifer Fernandez dominates in Volleyball for the Dominican Republic’s national team. Having played for her country since 2012, the young athlete won the hearts of many during her performances at the Olympics in Brazil in 2016.
Even though she didn’t lead her nation to triumph, Fernandez became a national champion for her fierce attitude and has since won gold at the 2017 Bolivarian Games. There’s a bright future for her yet!
Chloe Kim – Snowboarding
Chloe Kim is one of the youngest female sports stars on this list. Today, she is considered somewhat of a prodigy in the world of snowboarding. Kim caught the sports headlines when winning the gold for Team U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It is expected that Kim is destined for a long and triumphant career.
With plenty of medals to her name already from the Winter X Games as well, the sky is the limit for Kim and her career. She was accepted to Princeton University’s Class of 2022.
Misty May-Treanor – Volleyball
She may have resigned back in 2012, but there is no question that Misty May-Treanor is still one of the greatest names in women’s volleyball. May-Treanor struck Olympic gold on three different occasions, ruling victorious for Team US in 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
A lot of fans and professionals have praised May-Treanor, along with her legendary teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings. Jennings described their time together as “the greatest beach volleyball team of all time.” Since then, she has earned a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration.
Robin Bone – Pole Vault
Robin Bone may not have reached the staggering heights that she was expected to when she first came onto the scene. However, there is no doubting that the Canadian pole vaulter is one of the most gifted athletes in the entire sport.
At just 25 years of age, Bone still has many years ahead of her to get to her full potential. Canada is in a strong position in terms of pole vaulting, with Kelsie Ahbe and Alysha Newman also swinging the flag with sports pride.
Serena Williams – Tennis
Is there any other professional who has had a bigger impact on the world of women’s tennis over the last 20 years than Serena Williams? As well as her sister, Venus, the California native led a new level of physical endurance in women’s tennis.
Sure, Serena might be a famous endorsement figure among brands, but she has also earned $85 million just from her work on the court! To date, she is one of the most successful players in history.
Alana Blanchard – Surfing
Surfing is certainly a dangerous sport. However, Alana Blanchard has made it look so easy over the last few years! Amazingly, Blanchard witnessed the exact moment her friend Bethany Hamilton lost her arm during a shark attack. A regular on ASP World Tour, Blanchard has also expanded into modeling, having promoted Rip Curl swimwear for a while.
Recently, Blanchard has been relaxing in the early years of her marriage with fellow surfer Jack Freestone. The couple had their first child in 2017.
Eugenie Bouchard – Tennis
We’re lucky that the world of tennis is blessed with many beautiful women. Do you think there’s something in the water over there? It’s hard to ignore the looks and grace of one of Canada’s finest sports stars – Eugenie Bouchard.
The 24-year-old may not have won a Grand Slam contest just yet, but it’s only a matter of time for this one until she becomes number one. Mark our words! She has a long career ahead of her.
Danica Patrick – NASCAR
There is perhaps no female figure more important and influential in the world of NASCAR than the iconic Danica Patrick. While other female racers have been impressive, Patrick seems to have taken things to a whole new level with her heroics at the 2013 Sprint Cup series.
Since 2013, she has made history becoming the only female to finish in the Top 10 on three different occasions. Her career might have recently come to an end, but Patrick will surely go down in history as one of NASCAR’s greatest.
Camila Giorgi – Tennis
She may not have any Grand Slam titles to her name yet, but Camila Giorgi is getting better and closer to one every year. Six years after her first Wimbledon appearance, the Italian tennis player reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Wimbledon Championships last year.
You might not realize that Giorgi has collected some huge victories in her career so far. Already, she has beaten Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, and Caroline Wozniacki, to name only a few!
Natalie Gulbis – Golf
She might not be the biggest female golfing champion of all time, but Natalie Gulbis is one of the most famous women in the sport, and for plenty of reasons. A pro on the LPGA tour, Gulbis has added many areas to a successful personal and private life
Over the last 10 years alone, the professional has been a marketing icon, having signed golfing lines, as well as swimwear. Gulbis has also been a constant guest on reality TV shows such as Celebrity Apprentice.
Ali Krieger – Soccer
One woman who has been an influential figure in the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in recent times is Ali Krieger. Even though she is in the later stages of her career, the defender is still appreciating regular football at Orlando Pride.
You may recognize Krieger as part of the team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. Outside of her favorite sport, Ali ‘The Warrior Princess’ Krieger has often worked with her brother online appearing in videos. She is a popular personality on YouTube.
Becky Lynch – Wrestling
WWE is a global platform these days, drawing the top crop of wrestlers from all around the world. One of the most impressive performers in recent seasons is Becky Lynch, who comes from Ireland.
Even though she was written to be a heel, Lynch has instantly become a fan favorite among audiences who seem to be rooting for her to win big titles. “The Man,” as she is colloquially known, is even more beloved than Ronda Rousey. Let’s see if they will ever fight?
McKayla Maroney – Gymnastics
You might recognize Maroney as a famous meme from 2012. Sadly, it overshadowed much of her success during the 2012 Olympics. Originally, Maroney rose to prominence as one of the famous ‘Fierce Five’ who won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
During the contest in London, a photo of her after winning ‘only’ silver became one of the most circulated memes on the internet, with the added tagline “McKayla’s not impressed.” After a series of injuries, Maroney has withdrawn from gymnastics – but the meme will live forever.
Jennifer Lacy – Basketball
It makes sense that Jennifer Lacy was easily turned to pursue a career in sport. This is because athletic ability runs in her blood. Her father, Lee Lacy, was a player in Major League Baseball. However, Lacy was determined to develop a career in basketball instead, and she eventually joined the WNBA in 2006.
A few years into her professional career, Lacy had the opportunity to play for Chinese team Beijing Shougang. However, she is as of today a free agent and has been for a few years.
Stephanie Rice – Swimming
At one point, Stephanie Rice was the future of swimming in Australia. Back in 2008, the skilled young lady took home the gold in the 200m, 400m, and 600m relay. In fact, she set the World Record for all three contests. Because of her achievements and success, Rice was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009.
Unfortunately, Stephanie Rice no longer takes part in the sport at a professional level, after having retired in 2014. However, she still enjoys some success as a coach, working for the company CoachUp.
Natasha Hastings – Running
Natasha Hastings wowed audiences in the 2008 Olympic Games when she took home the gold for Team USA. Since then, Hastings made the USA World Moscow Track and Field Team, as well as returning to the Olympics in 2016.
Today, the star runs a Youtube channel where she [posts behind-the-scenes footage, race, and workouts to her thousands of fans. Hastings is praised for highlighting the importance of mental preparation as well as physical stamina. She is engaged to NFL cornerback, William Gay.
Leilani Mitchell – Basketball
This American-Australian plays in the WNBA for Phoenix Mercury. Due to her dual-nationality, she plays for American teams domestically but plays for Australian teams on the World Stage. Internationally, she plays for the Canberra Capitals as of 2018.
Leilani Mitchell is married to Mikaela Dombkins. Last year, they welcomed their first child, a son called Kash Maxwell. Today, Mitchell still plays basketball while balancing being a new parent. At 33, she is one of the oldest – but most beautiful – WNBA players.
Felice Herrig – UFC
Felice Herrig is a season kickboxing and UFC champion. Overall, she won 23 out of her 28 kickboxing matches against her competitors. In Mixed Martial Arts, Herrig even accomplished a knockout victory.
You may recognize her from video games such as Supremacy MMA for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In 2015, she appeared in American Ninja Warrior during the show’s seventh season. Today, she is one of the most respected and gorgeous girls in sport. Do you like her?
Paraskevi “Voula” Papachristou – Jumper
Paraskevi Papachristou is a Greek triple and long jumper who amazes crowd whenever she performs. Papachristou rose to prominence when she performed in the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, taking home two golds in the process.
Unfortunately, Papachristou ran into controversy after making insensitive comments online. This caused her to get banned from performing in the London 2012 Olympic Ceremony. Four years later, Papachristou couldn’t reach higher than eighth place in the 2016 Olympics. She recently took part in the European Indoor Championships.
Julie Johnston (now Ertz) – Soccer
Julie Ertz is a famous soccer player and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion. As a midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars, Ertz takes part in the highest division of women’s professional soccer.
The 27-year-old recently married Zac Ertz – a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2017, Ertz was awarded the US Soccer Female Player of the Year due to her talents and abilities. As of 2019, she is in her fifth season with the Red Stars.
Elena Delle Donne – Basketball
Elena Delle Donne is a basketball player with the Chicago Sky and plays in the WNBA. She started playing the sport in college at the University of Delaware. Donne was a consensus First Team All-American and candidate for National Player of the Year’ in her junior and senior seasons.
Today, the 29-year-old doesn’t focus much on international games and likes to remain on American soil. She married her wife, Amanda Clifton, in 2017. She often has endorsement deals with companies like Nike and Octagon.
Sarah Backman – Arm Wrestler
Not many people become famous athletes for arm wrestling, but Sarah Backman isn’t like most people! Backman is, in fact, an 8-time world champion at the niche sport, earning her an impressive reputation.
Don’t go challenging this beautiful Swedish champion to an arm wrestle any time soon! Today, she has had a change in career and is now a real estate broker. She is married to Taylor Rotunda, who performs in the WWE. Backman retired in 2014.
Silje Norendal – Snowboarder
This Norweigan darling turned quite a few heads when she competed in the Winter X Games in 2013. Competing in the halfpipe, slopestyle, and boardercross, Silje Norendal rose to stardom when she won several gold medals in the sport.
This year, Silje Norendal competed in the 2018 World Championships in Utah. Even though she only won the silver, the 25-year-old has a long career ahead of her. She is engaged to Alexander Bonsaksen, a Norweigan hockey player.
Ashlyn Harris – Soccer
Ashlyn Harris is a goalie for the US Women’s national soccer team. Harris was an avid soccer player in high school before turning professional at the age of 20. After joining North Carolina Tar Heels, Harris became known around the country.
Today, Ashlyn Harris is engaged to Ali Krieger (mentioned previously). Harris has been honored by former president Barack Obama in the White House for her commitment to soccer and equal pay among players. She has a key to New York from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Anastasia Ashley – Surfer
Anastasia Ashley is an American surfer and model. Born and raised in California, Ashley was surfing from the age of only five years old. This led her to earn her first major national title by the age of 16.
Anastasia Ashley went on to win more awards and even appeared on Hell’s Kitchen. As a vegetarian, she often poses with organizations like PETA for campaigns against vegetarianism. At 32, Ashley has a long career ahead in modeling and activism.
Kaytlin Neil – MMA
Kaytlin Neil is a fighting and fitness goddess. Known as ‘Katniss’, Neil is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She entered this new line of work after successfully competing in professional MMA fighting.
Kaytlin Neil reminds us how we can be tough and beautiful: at only 27 years old, Neil has a whole career ahead of her. The Utah-native often fights in the Muay Thai style – keeping enemies at bay! Have you seen any of her fights?
Snežana Rodič – Triple Jumper
Snežana Rodič has wowed audiences since 2003 when she first competed in the European U23 Championships. Since then, Rodič has traveled around Europe running and jumping her way through contests. Her most recent competition, the European Championships, saw her place 7th in Zurich, Switzerland.
Today, she is happily married to Aleksandar Rodić, a Slovenian football player. The 37-year-old is enjoying the latter part of her career but still owns the reputation as one of the sports’ most beautiful players.
Darya Klishina – Long Jumper
This 28-year-old Long Jumper jumped onto the scene in 2007 and has been smashing records ever since. In 2010, Klishina earned herself the Russian junior record for 7.03m. This is also the second best junior mark of all time!
Her last global competition was in 2017 when she took part in the World Championships in London, England. Darya Klishina took the silver medal home and made her country proud! Who knows what the future holds for this gorgeous sports star, but we can’t wait to find out.
Sloane Stephens – Tennis
Sloane Stephens is a native tennis star from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 26-year-old is smashing it as a global tennis star. According to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Stephens ranks number 3 in the world.
In 2017, Sloane Stephens won the US Open, marking a promising career for the young athlete. She is often compared to Serena Williams and has been named as her potential successor. Even though there is a little bit of rivalry between the two, they are said to have a supportive relationship.
Brooke Mayo – MMA
When your nickname is ‘The Bully’, you know no one wants to mess with you! Brooke Mayo is an American Mixed Martial Artist from California, USA. So far, Mayo doesn’t have any Pro victories under her belt, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t to fear.
Brooke Mayo has an impressive amateur fight history, winning five out of six fights in almost record time. In 2015, she claimed victory over Antoinette Bernal after 26 seconds with a knockout punch.
Sally Fitzgibbons – Surfing
This Australian professional surfer is practically a fish! At only 14 years old, Fitzgibbons started her career and won the ASP Pro Junior open. By 16, she was already representing her county in sports like athletics, touch football, and running.
It’s her journey as a surfer that earns her the reward for one of Australia’s best athletes. Since entering the water professionally in 2011, Sally Fitzgibbons has an amazing 10 wins at venues all over the world.
Ivet Lalova – Sprint Running
Ivet Lalova is a 34-year-old Russian sportstar with an impressive history in Sprint Running. This alone has made her one of our most inspirational women on our list. To date, she is the 12th-fastest women in the 100-metre history.
Lalova competed in four different Olympic games between 2004 and 2016. Her gold medals are from European Indoor Championships from 2005 and 2012. In 2013, she married Italian sprinter Simone Collio. Many young runners look up to this Russian star due to her inspirational history.
Skylar Diggins – Basketball
Skylar Diggins is quite the name within the WNBA. The 28-year-old comes from Indiana, USA, and started her career in high school and Notre Dame before being drafted to the big leagues. Overall, Diggins has four gold medals from championships ranging from 2008-2012.
Today, Skylar Diggins is enjoying her third season at the Dallas Wings. Before that, she was part of the Tulsa Shock. Off the court, Diggins is an advocate against childhood obesity. In April 2019, she welcomed her first child with husband Daniel Smith.
Yulia Efimova – Swimming
Yulia Efimova made her Olympic debut in 2008, before earning a bronze and silver medals in 2012 and 2016. Overall, the Russian swimmer is a five-time World Champion, winning contests including the 200-meter breaststroke. Efimova even held the world record in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Today, the 27-year-old is on the backburner of her career. Efimova was hit with a few scandals in her career, including the Russian doping scandal in the 2016 Olympics. Regardless, the sports star can be considered an inspiration to many.
Shelina Zadorsky – Soccer
Shelina Zadorsky is a Canadian soccer player who plays for Orlando Pride of the NWSL. While she plays for a Florida team domestically, Zadorsky is committed to playing for the Canadian national soccer team.
In 2016, the 26-year-old won a bronze medal for Canada. Today, the Canadian sports star enjoys her time at Orlando Pride and is expected to stay there for a few more years. In 2016, she was voted Spirit Newcomer of the Year for her performance.
Blair O’Neal – Golf
Blair O’Neal is a professional golf player and model. Originally from Illinois, USA, her family moved to Arizona and joined a golf club at the age of 11. At the start of her career, Blair O’Neal balanced golf playing and modeling before being asked to star on a reality TV show about her life.
Today, the 37-year old is married to Jeff Keiser and is worth an impressive $1 million. The couple lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where O’Neal focuses more on hosting television shows about golf.
Sierra Blair Coyle – Rock-Climbing
Another native Scottsdale resident, Sierra Blair Coyle is a professional rock-climber who first swung into the public at the age of 14. The 25-year-old has already made quite an impact on the sport and people’s perception of rock-climbing as a legitimate sport. As a junior competitor, Sierra Blair Coyle was a two-time national champion.
Since 2010, Sierra Blair Coyle has been part of Team USA where she competes in contests like the Open Bouldering Nationals and PanAmerican Bouldering. As of 2019, she is enjoying a break from the industry.
Jinh Yu Frey – MMA
Jinh Yu Frey is another Mixed Martial Artist who made an impact on the MMA world when she came on to the scene. She first gained notoriety by defeating Darla Harris – a fight that ultimately went viral.
Out of 11 total fights, Jinh Yu Frey has won eight of them, one by knockout. Today, the 33-year-old is married to Douglas Frey. The atomweight boxer has enjoyed a long career with many more years left in the ring.
Cathrine Larsåsen – Pole Vaulting
This Norweigan pole vaulter comes from Oslo but still makes an impression on audiences around the world. Amazingly, Larsåsen won the Norweigan championships 10 times in a row between 2004 and 2013.
Today, the 33-year-old has solidified herself as one of the most inspirational sports players in history. This is due to her courage and motivation in the sport. In 2014, she and husband Morten Jensen announced the birth of their first child. It is unknown whether she will return to the global stage or keep it regional.
Camille Leblanc Bazinet – CrossFit
This Canadian star is an athlete in one of the rarest but amazing sports out there: CrossFit. While it doesn’t get the mainstream attention that it deserves, fans will definitely recognize Camille Leblanc Bazinet. She is the female winner of the 2014 CrossFit Games.
Outside of the sport, the 33-year-old has had quite an impressive personal life, too. In 2013, she married fellow CrossFotter, Dave Lipson. Outside of professional duties, she is also enrolled in the Chemical Engineering program at the Universite de Sherbrooke on a part-time course.
Ronda Rousey – MMA
It’s pretty safe to say that Ronda Rousey is one of the most famous and influential faces of female sport. The MMA athlete has been a leading figure in UFC and had a massive part to play in its growing popularity among fans.
She may have had an ill-fated end to her formidable winning streak, but this hasn’t stopped Rousey from remaining in the headlines. Since then, the athlete has moved into the WWE and can even be seen in movies such as Furious 7 and The Expendables 3.