In honor of history being made this past weekend, I decided to put together my list of top 10 female athletes.
10. Serena Williams - she became the first of the two sisters to win a Grand Slam title in 1999. Between her and the older Venus, she has a 6-2 record. Regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, she has won 30 Grand Slam titles.
9. Mia Hamm - The world’s all time leading scorer, Mia Hamm is one of the greatest to ever play the game. She has 4 NCAA titles, 1 gold medal, and two world cup championships.
8. Michelle Akers - She starred in the 1991 & 1999 Women’s World Cup victory by the United States She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was named FIFA Female player of the Century.
7. Steffi Graf - She was ranked No. 1 in the world for 186 consecutive weeks, from August 1987 to March 1991, and for 377 weeks overall, both of which are still records. She has 22 major titles, and took home more than $22 million in career winnings.
6. Wilma Rudolph - Wilma Rudolph’s greatest odds was learning to walk on her own. As a child, Rudolph (the 17th of 21 children) was stricken with polio, scarlet fever and double pneumonia. By the age of 16 she entered the 1956 Olympics where she won a bronze medal. And in the 1960 Rome Olympics she won gold.
5. Billie Jean King - She had 39 Grand Slam titles & 695 match victories over a career that spanned more than two decades. King became the first female athlete to take home more than $100,000 in annual prize money in 1970. She is most famously remembered as having beat Bobby Riggs in a tennis match.
4. Annika Sorenstam - she won 90 international tournaments as a professional golfer, making her the female golfer with the most wins ever. She won 72 official LPGA tournaments,10 majors and 18 other tournaments internationally. Annika tops the LPGA’s career money list with earnings of over $22 million—over $8 million ahead of her nearest rival.
3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee - Joyner-Kersee is a three-time Olympic gold medal winner, winning the heptathlon and long jump in 1988 and the heptathlon again in 1992. She has four world championships - two in the long jump and two in the heptathlon - and repeatedly set world records in the latter event. Joyner-Kersee holds the top six scores in heptathlon history.
2. Babe Didrikson Zaharias - She has had 2 hall of fame careers. One in track and field where she won gold medals and broke records, and another in golf where she had 35 career victories including 10 majors. The Associated Press had named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century.
1. Danica Patrick - The most successful woman in all of racing, she is the only woman to win an Indy Car Series race, and as of this past weekend is the first to win the pole position for the upcoming Daytona 500.
Now I know she probably doesn’t REALLY deserve the #1 spot on this list. But, if she actually wins the Daytona 500, I might just keep here there.
Racing is a hard sport. People who don’t know much about it just think it’s like driving to work, only really fast. It takes a lot more than that. It takes physical strength and conditioning.
If you’ve ever been at the beach in the summer on a 98 degree day for hours and felt your self sweating to death and your heart pounding because if the overwhelming heat. That is mild compared to being in those suits driving for 500 miles in a sweat box. They don’t have AC in those cars, folks. And the open windows don’t do much for them either with the helmets on.
So good luck to Danica. Personally I’d like to see her win!