23 Female Athletes Who Are Forever Our She-roes ...


Why settle for heroes when we have so many she-roes we can admire? These are the female athletes who keep us in awe, who inspire us, who generally kick butt. Some have been our she-roes since we were little, some have just hit the scene. Who would you add to this list?

1. Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair

Sport: Speed Skating

2. Nadia Comăneci

Nadia Comăneci

Sports: Gymnastics

3. Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

Sport: Ballet

Heck yes, Ballet is a sport!

4. Mo'ne Davis

Mo'ne Davis

Sport: baseball

5. Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas

Sport: Gymnastics

6. Chris Evert

Chris Evert

Sport: Tennis

7. Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner

Sport: Basketball

8. Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton

Sport: Surfing

9. Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm

Sport: Soccer

10. Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie

Sport: Figure Skating

11. Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones

Sport: Track & Field

12. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Sport: Heptathlon/Long Jump

13. Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

Sport: Tennis

14. Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan

Sport: Soccer

15. Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick


16. Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton

Sport: Gymnastics

17. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Sport: Mixed Martial Arts

34 seconds.That's all you need to know.

18. Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Sport: Tennis

19. Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn

Sport: Skiing

20. Kerri Walsh Jennings

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Sport: Beach Volleyball

21. Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Sport: Tennis

22. Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Sport: Tennis

23. Eri Yoshida

Eri Yoshida

Sport: Baseball

Granted, these women aren't perfect (who is?), but they'll always be my sports she-roes, the women who helped prove - and who continue to prove - that women are world-class athletes.