American Women Sportspersons

Throughout history, there have been many American women sportspersons who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great American female sportspersons such as Serena Williams, Tonya Harding, Billie Jean King, Ronda Rousey, Venus Williams.

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 1 Serena Williams

Serena Williams
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 2 Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States

A professional WWE wrestler, Ronda Rousey was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and also the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Earlier, she became the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Amongst the greatest female MMA fighter, Ronda has also appeared in films like The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

 3 Simone Biles

Simone Biles
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: March 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Simone Biles is an artistic gymnast. Having won a combined total of 30 World Championship and Olympic medals, Biles is the world's third-most decorated gymnast and the most decorated in America. Regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time by some, Simone Biles continues to inspire several aspiring gymnasts around the world, especially gymnasts from the black community.

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 4 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 5 Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin, United States
Danica Patrick, the first female driver to clinch an IndyCar series win, became the Rookie of the Year at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series and later joined stock-car racing with the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She owns a wine brand and an athleisure line, and supports DRIVE4COPD.

 6 Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Tennis legend Billie Jean King has won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles titles and 16 doubles titles. The former world no. 1 beat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. She also founded the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation.

 7 Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn
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Famous As: Alpine Ski Racer
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Lindsey Vonn became the first American woman Olympic gold-medalist in downhill skiing, with her win at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She is one of five women with a World Cup race win in all alpine skiing categories. The 2010 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year is also the second-highest-ranked skier ever.
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 8 Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: December 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States

Retired artistic gymnast Gabby Douglas became an all-around Olympic champion in 2012, becoming the first African-American to achieve the feat. She is also the first American to win gold in both the individual and team competitions at the same Olympic event. She inspired the biopic The Gabby Douglas Story.

 9 McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: December 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Former U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney soared to fame after winning the gold medal and an individual silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. A picture of her "not impressed" expression went viral as an internet meme. She was one of the gymnasts who accused doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

 10 Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: May 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Needham, Massachusetts, United States
With six Olympic medals, including gold medals won at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnast Aly Raisman is the second-most-decorated Olympic gymnast in the U.S. She was one of many who accused Olympic team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, leading to his conviction.

 11 Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky has also won 15 world championship gold medals, creating a record. At 15, she was the youngest American Olympic swimming team member at the 2012 London Olympics. The 6-foot-tall athlete is also a Stanford graduate and was the youngest Time 100 member in 2016.

 12 Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner
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Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 21, 1998

Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.

 13 Chris Evert

Chris Evert
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Former number 1 tennis player Chris Evert secured 18 Grand Slam singles wins. She won 157 singles and 32 doubles titles, and served as the WTA president for 11 years. The Philippe Chatrier awardee has also served as a coach and an ESPN analyst, and owns an activewear line.

 14 Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairfield, California, United States

One of the most popular female WWE wrestlers of the current generation, Sasha Banks was named the top black wrestler in a list titled BW 500 in 2020. A celebrated wrestler, she was involved in the first Iron Woman match, first women's WWE pay-per-view event, and first women's Hell in a Cell match.

 15 Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: October 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Martina Navratilova is the world’s only tennis player to be no. 1 for more than 200 weeks in both singles and doubles. She is one of three women with a "Grand Slam Boxed Set.” She is openly lesbian and had earlier fled her country, Czechoslovakia, due to political issues.

 16 Nikki Bella

Nikki Bella
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, TV personality
Birthdate: November 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Retired professional wrestler, Nikki Bella, is a two time WWE Divas Champion whose second win lasted for a record time. Earlier, along with her twin sister, she formed a popular tag team and entered the WWE. The sisters have also appeared in reality television show Total Divas and Total Bellas, launched their own YouTube channel, Podcast and ventured into business.

 17 Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
WWE wrestler Alexa Bliss began her career with the Arnold Classic professional bodybuilding event. She later became the first woman to earn the SmackDown Women's Championship title twice. She is also the first woman to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's titles and the second Women's Triple Crown Champion.

 18 Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Charlotte Flair, daughter of wrestler Ric Flair, is also known as “Nature Girl.” Apart from winning the 2014 NXT Women's Championship, she has also won the Raw Women's Championship four times and the SmackDown Women's Championship five times. She was also the first lady to headline a WWE pay-per-view event.

 19 Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: October 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Nastia Liukin made headlines with her 5-medal haul at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Born to an Olympic medalist gymnast father and a world champion gymnast mother, she was destined to make a career in the sport. She is now part of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 20 Monica Seles

Monica Seles
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Former world number 1 tennis player Monica Seles has nine Grand Slam singles titles to her credit, eight of them for Yugoslavia and one for the U.S. At 16, she was the youngest French Open champion. Her career was affected after being stabbed on court by a Steffi Graf fan.

 21 AJ Lee

AJ Lee
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Writer
Birthdate: March 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey, United States
April Jeanette Mendez, better known by her ring name AJ Lee, is best known for her stint with WWE. She is a three-time Divas champion and won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year twice. She has also written a bestselling memoir and is also quite popular on Instagram.

 22 Holly Holm

Holly Holm
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Holly Holm is a mixed martial artist. A former world champion in boxing, Holm currently competes in the UFC and holds the distinction of being the first fighter to hold a UFC title and a world boxing title. Her win against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of combat sports.

 23 Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix
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Famous As: Track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles

The most-decorated track and field athlete, Allyson Felix, once bullied for having skinny legs, now has a record 9 Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she is also part of the board of Right to Play, which caters to children in underdeveloped countries.

 24 Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Dimas, California, United States

Alex Morgan is an American soccer player who helped her national team win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cups. Thanks to her popularity, Morgan has appeared in several magazines and TV shows. Her numerous endorsement deals have made her one of the highest-paid American sportswomen. In 2019, she was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

 25 Anna Kournikova

Anna Kournikova
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Anna Kournikova was once world no. 8 in singles tennis rankings, in spite of never having won a singles title. She was no. 1 in doubles, teaming up with Martina Hingis. Following her retirement from tennis due to a spinal issue, she became a popular TV personality.

 26 Laila Ali

Laila Ali
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Famous As: Professional Boxer, TV Personality
Birthdate: December 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Laila Ali is an American former professional boxer. The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali competed from 1999 to 2007, during which she remained undefeated. She is also credited with saving wrestling legend Hulk Hogan's life by calling him when he was suicidal and depressed. After retiring from professional boxing, Laila Ali became a television personality.

 27 Nia Jax

Nia Jax
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nia Jax is a professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). A former WWE Raw Women's Champion, Nia Jax has been an important member of WWE's women's division since 2018. Nicknamed The Irresistible Force because of her speed and size, Jax has often been criticized for causing unintentional injuries to her colleagues while performing risky moves on the ring.

 28 Bayley

Bayley
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: June 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, California, United States

Bayley is an American professional wrestler. Currently, she is one of the most important female members of WWE. She has won several WWE championship titles, such as Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship. Renowned for her tag team partnership with Sasha Banks, Bayley has also won the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship along with Banks.

 29 Carmella

Carmella
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spencer, Massachusetts, United States
WWE wrestler Leah Van Dale, better known by her ring name, “Carmella,” competes for the SmackDown brand. She became the first female to successfully convert her WWE Money in the Bank opportunity. She was initially a cheerleader and a model, and has appeared in magazines such as Maxim and Esquire.

 30 Shaun White

Shaun White
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Famous As: Snowboarder
Birthdate: September 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Shaun White is an American snowboarder, musician, and skateboarder. Having won three Olympic gold medals, White holds the record for the most number of Olympic gold medals won by a snowboarder and most number of X-Games gold medals won. He also has 10 ESPY Awards under his belt. A multi-talented personality, White plays the guitar for the band, Bad Things.

 31 Amy Dumas (Lita)

Amy Dumas (Lita)
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: April 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale

 Amy Dumas (Lita) is an animal welfare activist, singer, and retired professional wrestler. Beginning her career as a wrestler, she was a full-time wrestler with WWE for a few years. After her retirement, she embarked on her second career as a singer and founded the punk rock band, The Luchagors. She is a dedicated animal lover as well.

 32 Hope Solo

Hope Solo
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richland, Washington, United States

 33 Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States

Retired gymnast Mary Lou Retton, known for her trademark, The Retton Flip, made history by becoming the first American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic gold medal and was the first gymnast named to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. She later became a motivational speaker.

 34 Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: March 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dayton, Oregon, United States

Paige VanZant is an American mixed martial artist, model, and author. Although she spent over 13 years exploring dance forms like hip hop, ballet, and jazz in a dance studio owned by her parents, VanZant took up martial arts during her teenage years and went on to compete in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A multi-talented personality, VanZant also loves hunting.

 35 Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Elizabeth
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Shannon Elizabeth is best known as Nadia from the iconic sex comedy American Pie. She also appeared in films such as Scary Movie and Thirteen Ghosts, and on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars. She now manages her non-profit Animal Avengers in South Africa. 

 36 Brie Bella

Brie Bella
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, TV personality
Birthdate: November 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Brie Bella is an American entrepreneur, TV personality, and retired professional wrestler. One half of the popular wrestling duo The Bella Twins, Brie Bella often appeared in WWE alongside her twin sister, Nikki Bella. Brie Bella became one of the main wrestlers who helped develop the Women's Revolution movement in WWE.

 37 Natalya Neidhart

Natalya Neidhart
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Natalya Neidhart is a Canadian-American wrestler and columnist. She is best known for her appearances in WWE, where she is one of the most important members of the women's division. She is the first female wrestler to hold both the SmackDown Women's Championship and the Divas Championship in the history of WWE.

 38 Mickie James

Mickie James
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Model
Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond
Wrestler Mickie James, who is associated with WWE’s Raw brand, was initially known in the wrestling circuit as Alexis Laree. She has worked for NWA: TNA and was part of the stable The Gathering. The five-time WWE Women's Champion has also released several hit country tracks, such as Shooting Blanks.

 39 Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton
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Famous As: Surfer
Birthdate: February 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lihue

Bethany Hamilton is an American surfer. She serves as an inspiration to many surfers around the world as she returned to professional surfing even after surviving a shark attack in which she lost her left arm. Her 2004 autobiography, which narrates her experience, was adapted into a film titled Soul Surfer in which Bethany Hamilton was portrayed by AnnaSophia Robb.

 40 Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach
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Famous As: Soccer Player
Birthdate: June 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

Retired soccer player Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is a FIFA Women's World Cup champion as well and a six-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award. She retired in 2015 and was listed in that year’s Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world.

 41 Sunisa Lee

Sunisa Lee
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: March 9, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Apart from being the first Hmong-American to participate in the Olympics, Sunisa Lee has also won a gold, a team silver, and a bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was also the 2019 world champion. Named to Time 100 in 2021, she was pepper-sprayed in a racist attack in Los Angeles.

 42 Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler
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Famous As: Actress, Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: October 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosedale, Maryland

Actress, dancer, and model, Stacy Keibler, has appeared in many TV shows including What About Brian. Prior to becoming an actress, she was a professional wrestler known for her work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She has appeared in eleven WWE video games. She is popular for her beauty and is considered a sex symbol.

 43 Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States

 44 Stefanie Powers

Stefanie Powers
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

 45 Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd
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Famous As: Soccer player
Birthdate: July 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delran, New Jersey, United States

 46 Sable

Sable
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 47 Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Shawn Johnson is a former artistic gymnast who won the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medal. She is a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist and a three-time U.S. all-around champion as well. She retired from gymnastics in  2012. She was the winner of season eight of the dance competition show Dancing with the Stars.  

 48 Miss Elizabeth

Miss Elizabeth
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 1, 2003

 49 Allison Stokke

Allison Stokke
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, USA

Allison Stokke became an internet sensation after a few of her images went viral when she was 17. The talented high-school pole vaulter earned the 2011 All-American honors. She later gained more fame as a fitness model and a sex symbol than as a sportsperson. She also failed her Olympic trials.

 50 Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.