Female athletes: Hotness required

A Google search is an epic fail. Sorry, Venus and Serena

By Mary Elizabeth Williams
December 22, 2009 12:22AM (UTC)
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We were intriuged this morning by the pronouncement that Tennis Fanhouse deemed Venus Williams -- and not her showier sister Serena -- the Female Player of the Decade. Coming soon after the Associated Press's crowning of Tiger Woods as Athlete of the Decade, with Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps, Tom Brady and Usain Bolt bringing up the rear, we wondered, what other female figures of note would be remembered for their contributions to sports this decade? Dara Torres? Candace Parker? Marta Viera? There's more to women in sports than the Williams siblings, right?

Sure there is. Women in sports equals hotness in sports!


A quick Google of "female athlete of the decade" and even "best female athlete of the decade" brings us this. Lots and lots of Alizee Paradis, "model." Want ESPN's "Hottest female athletes?"  Want the women who "defined" the era with their hotness?  Want more news about Tiger Woods? Easy peasy. Just search for female athletes. Want to read about women playing sports? Good luck. A little digging, however, does reveal Sports Illustrated's choices. It is, naturally, a photo spread.

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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