Top 25 Female Athletes


This week GQ came out with its “25 Coolest Athletes Ever” list.  Apparently everyone worth being on this list was male (as Dave Zirin pointed out in the Nation)!  I realize this is a men’s magazine.  And not just any men’s magazine, but one that evicts a cigar smoking, back room gathering, manly men kind of image.  However, we live in the 21st century, and eliminating half public, an entire gender is insulting.  I won’t go into who should and shouldn’t have been on the list.  That is for you to decide.  I chose to react in a different way.  Here is, in no particular order, a list of the top 25 female athletes of all time.

1.    Billie Jean King
2.    Jackie Joyner Kersee
3.    Kerri Strug
4.    Mary Lou Retton
5.    Serena Williams
6.    Venus Williams
7.    Peggy Fleming
8.    Dorothy Hamill
9.    Holly McPeak
10.  Misty May Treanor
11.  Mia Hamm
12.  Lisa Leslie
13.  Michelle Wie
14.  Janet Evans
15.  Sheryl Swoops
16.  Dominique Dawes
17.    Florence Griffith Joyner
18.    Gabrielle Reece
19.    Nancy Reno
20.    Wilma Rudolph
21.    Babe Didricksin Zahanas
22.    Nancy Lopez
23.    Diana Nyad
24.    Nadia Comoneci
25.    Michelle Kwan

Who did I miss?  Who would you put at the top?



“Kerri Strug…landing a vault on one leg after injuring
an ankle to get the first ever USA team gold in Olympic
gymnastics… bad ass!” – From a dear friend

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