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Page2's Hottest Female Athletes

4/12/2006

Tanith Belbin: Voted Page 2's Hottest
Sport: Ice Dancing

Age: 21

Residence: Canton, Mich.

Height: 5-6

Career Hightlights:

Silver at 2006 Torino Olympics

First at U.S. Championships (2004, 2005, 2006)

Second at World Championships (2005)


She's got the looks and a million dollar smile. Tanith's name comes from the Egyptian goddess of the moon, sun, stars and heavens. But this beauty is also the goddess of the ice, and she'll have guys keeping that channel set on ice dancing during the Olympics. Her moves on the ice are smooth, and she's not afraid to wear outfits that show a little skin.

Belbin and her partner, Ben Agosto, are the reigning national champs and recently won the silver medal at the Torino Olympics. That would be the second Olympic medal won by American ice dancers since 1976.

Belbin, a native of Quebec, has lived in the United States since 1998 and became a citizen on Dec. 31, making her eligible for the U.S. Olympic team.

We think she looks great in red, white and blue -- or any other color for that matter.


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Gretchen Bleiler
Sport: Snowboarding

Age: 24

Residence: Snowmass Village, Colo.

Height: 5-6

Career Hightlights:
Silver in halfpipe at 2006 Torino Olympics
Winter X Games superpipe champ (2003, 2005)
Overall Grand Prix champion (2005)
Gold and silver at World Cup (2005)


Bleiler is no lightweight on the slopes. In her Olympics debut, she grabbed the silver medal at the women's halfpipe event in Torino. Bleiler burst onto the snowboard circuit at the Winter X Games in Aspen, where she landed her signature move -- the crippler 540, an inverted 540-degree spin -- and was crowned snowboard queen in front of a hometown crowd. Returning from an ACL injury that wiped out her entire 2004 season, she got the world's attention by winning gold and silver at last year's World Cup event in Italy.

But the 5-foot-6 blonde really got Page 2's attention when she scantily posed for the February 2004 issue of FHM and for ESPN's X Games Web site. Although she has made snowboarding all the more sexy, her toughness also has earned her a place in our hearts.


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Swin Cash
Detroit Shock Forward
Sport: Basketball

Age: 26

Residence: Snowmass Village, Colo.

Height: 6-1

Career Hightlights:
Two-time WNBA All-Star
Olympic gold medalist
Most Outstanding Player at 2002 Final Four


Her full name, Swintayla, means "astounding woman." Call us astounded. Tall, toned and sexy, she's the cover girl of the WNBA. Hey, who wouldn't want to be posted up inside by the All-Star forward?

Cash recently was named one of college basketball's top 25 female players in the past 25 years as ESPN.com celebrated the silver anniversary of the women's NCAA Tournament. On the court, her achievements include leading Connecticut to an undefeated national championship season in 2002, helping the Shock win the 2003 WNBA title and winning Olympic gold in 2004.

Off the court, she has received an array of honors, including an ESPY nomination for best WNBA player among numerous awards. She constantly gives back to the community through her foundation and donates money to the Children's Tumor Foundation.


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Vonetta Flowers
Sport: Bobsledding

Age: 32

Residence: Helena, Ala.

Height: 5-6

Career Hightlights:
2006 Torino Olympics
Gold medalist at 2002 Salt Lake Olympics
Seven-time track All-American at Alabama-Birmingham


There's something sexy about being an anomaly, especially if the odds against you are great. Flowers was the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The former track star (sprints, hurdles, long jump) turned to bobsledding at the age of 26. In a few short months before the Games, she was dumped by her former partner and hooked up with a new driver, Jill Bakken. The pair pulled off a stunning upset to win gold at the Salt Lake Olympics. In Torino, she placed sixth in the women's bobsled event with teammate Jean Prahm.

Flowers has a lot of faith and we admire her stamina. After making her mark in history, she wrote her first book, "Running on Ice: The Overcoming Faith of Vonetta Flowers," and gave birth to twin boys, Jaden and Jorden.

Flowers also was selected as one of Essence magazine's 50 Most Inspiring African-Americans. But don't let her warm smile fool you. She can outrun you on the track and on the ice.


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Natalie Gulbis
Sport: Golf

Age: 23

Residence: Lake Las Vegas, Nev.

Height: 5-9

Career Hightlights:
Sixth on 2005 LPGA money list
Tied for fourth at the U.S. Women's Open
Career earnings of nearly $1.8 million


Page 2 can't get enough of Natalie Gulbis. We admit that the green-eyed blonde got our attention when she came out with her swimsuit calendar and posed for FHM. Then there were rumors that she dated Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Golf's hottie even starred in her own reality TV show on the Golf Channel.

What's left? Her first LPGA title. The 5-foot-9 beauty might blind you with her good looks, but don't be fooled -- she can play. Gulbis finished third at the Michelob ULTRA Open and State Farm Classic last year and challenged for the U.S. Open title as she earned more than $1 million.

Let's just say we'll be checking out her new calendar and her putting stroke a little more closely this year.


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Lindsey Jacobellis
Sport: Snowboarding

Age: 20

Residence: Stratton, Vt.

Height: 5-5

Career Hightlights:
U.S. and World champion in snowboardcross (2005)
Undefeated and three-time SBX Winter X Games gold medalist
Seven career World Cup wins


Lindsey Jacobellis is usually all business when popping 900s and jumping 30 feet into the air. She recently became America's sweetheart and medal favorite for the the Torino Olympics.

In the the snowboardcross event, Lindsey settled for silver when she grabbed her board and fell -- a flubbed trick move that cost her the gold.

The media darling captivated us with a sweet smile in her Visa and Dunkin' Donuts commercials and Seventeen magazine feature. Now that she's posed for Glamour, we hope that she'll show more than her gorgeous golden locks by showing us how cut she really is underneath those layers in future photo spreads.


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Kristi Leskinen
Sport: Freestyle skiing

Age: 25

Residence: Uniontown, Pa.

Height: 5-8

Career Hightlights:
Third at the World Championship X Games (2005)
Second at Freestyle Skiing World Championships (2005)
Fourth at X Games SuperPipe (2006)


This freestyle beauty proves that she's more than just a snow bunny. Kristi Leskinen not only turns heads with her model looks, she puts the style in freestyle when busting Rodeo 720 spins on the slopes.

Extremely athletic, Leskinen excelled in every sport she participated in during her youth -- including placing fourth in a world wakeboarding competition in Florida.

Featured recently in ESPN The Magazine, Kristi says she's just one of the girls on the slopes. We know better. With her bedroom eyes, sexy lips and knockout abs, she left many of us drooling over her lingerie spread in FHM's February 2005 issue.


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Danica Patrick
Sport: IndyCar Driver

Age: 23

Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

Height: 5-2

Career Hightlights:
IRL's rookie of the year (2005)
Fourth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500 (2005)
12th in points standings


Danica Patrick epitomizes the life of fast cars and hot women. In 2005, she was the first woman to lead the Indy 500 and finished fourth after dueling winner Dan Wheldon in the final laps. Her rise to prominence helped increase IndyCar ratings by 40 percent in the past year.

Patrick is the jewel of the racetrack and was honored with several female athlete of the year recognitions. She is constantly being sought out by the media -- appearing on late shows (Letterman is part-owner of her racing team) and making "SportsCenter" ads, for example -- and she also has posed for FHM and the cover of ESPN The Magazine's Hot & Cool issue. The black-haired bombshell keeps her toned figure by doing extreme yoga sessions in a 100-degree room.

With all the attention, she proves that she definitely can take on the heat -- on and off the racecourse.


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Sophie Sandolo
Sport: Golf

Age: 29

Residence: Monaco

Height: 5-7

Career Hightlights:
15th on the 2005 European Tour Order of Merit
11 top-10 finishes


Move over, Natalie Gulbis. The French-Italian golfer Sophie Sandolo turned pro in 1999, but her popularity soared when she bared it all in her calendar last year. This 5-foot-7 European hottie definitely put her marketing degree from UCLA to use -- hits to her profile on the Ladies European Tour Web site skyrocketed after publishing her nude portraitures.

She has obtained international visibility on major TV networks (CNN, CNBC, BBC) and fashion magazines, including FHM and this month's Vanity Fair. In her words: "My first sexy calendar is intended to represent my love for golf, my desire for freedom and a touch of coquetry, and I am instinctively attracted by fashion, elegance and glamour."

Umm ... we don't know what that means, but we think we're going to order her new calendar!


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Maria Sharapova
Sport: Tennis

Age: 18

Residence: Bradenton, Florida

Height: 6-2

Career Hightlights:
Wimbledon champion (2004)
Reached No. 1 singles ranking in 2005
Career earnings $14.5 million
Currently ranked No. 4


Sharapova has a special place in Page 2's heart with her model looks and deadly backhand. Sharapova turned 18 in 2005 -- and what a year it was for this tennis beauty. Her net income in 2005 was $14.5 million, and Forbes magazine listed her as the richest female athlete in the world. People magazine also named her one of the 50 Most Beautiful People.

Proving to be a mogul as well as one of the best tennis players in the world, Maria-mania continues as she secures her place as one of the world's most visible athletes. Showered with sponsorships and gracing magazine covers, Maria has her own line of handbags and fragrance.

You can catch a glimpse of Sharapova's splendor in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Oh, did we mention that she's hot?


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