Sports are dominated by the males for centuries. It was considered a mere source of entertainment for men. On the contrary, women were busy with raising child and taking care of their husbands. Then, the changes came, where men and women equally work in the development of civilization. The American society adopted the changes faster than any other countries of the world. Now, American female society is participated in almost all kinds of sports along with the men. Their bold entry in the men’s field didn’t go in vain. Sometimes, they surpassed men, likewise in soccer and many other sports. They’ve gifted some best female athletes in American sports over time and still they are proving to be the best over men.
Sporty Ghost stepped forward to make a list of top 10 best female athletes in America. American female athletes are become popular not only in United States, but also all over the world. The female athletes we have enlisted here, are best in their own performance in different sports. So, let’s take a look-
Top 10 Best Female Athletes in America:
From NASCAR racing to UFC fighting competitions, American women have made their marks everywhere and became famous worldwide. Here are some popular American female athletes, who are renowned for their outstanding sporting nature.
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10. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
Gabby Douglas took the place of Jordyn Weiber to be the top all-around gymnast in the world. She won two gold medals for United States in 2012 London Summer Olympics. Douglas won both the all-around championship and the team championship in that world competition. Thus, she became the first American ever to win the Olympic gold medals in both area of gymnastics. She was also an integral part of the gold winning United States team in 2011 World Championships.
The 4’11” gymnast, Gabby Douglas was nicknamed as “The Flying Squirrel” by the USA Gymnastics’ National Team Coordinator, Márta Károlyi, seeing her outstanding aerial performance on uneven bars. She was awarded the “Female Athlete of the Year” by Associated Press in 2013. She also received two BET Awards for her incredible achievements in the Olympics. She is at no. 10 position in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America.
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9. Allyson Felix, track and Field
Allyson Felix is one of the most popular American track and field sprint athletes, who represents United States in international competitions. So far, she has bagged 2012 Olympic gold medal, two Olympic silver medals, and three world championship gold medals, in 200 meters sprint. She finished second at Athens and Beijing Olympics, and in London Olympics, she had determined to deliver the best performance. She ran a blazing race in 200 meters in just 21.88 seconds, defeating the 2nd place finisher Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser, who completed the race in 22.09 seconds. Allyson’s three golds at 2012 Summer Olympics are the most gold medals a female track and field athlete has won since 1988.
As an active participator of “Project Believe”, organized by US Anti- Doping Agency, she regularly tests to ensure that she is drug free. She is also considered as one of the top female athletes of the world. Obviously, she is truly a pride of American Olympic legacy.
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8. Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
Lindsey Vonn is one of the greatest female skiers in the history of America. Vonn is the one of two female skiers to ever win four overall World Cup championships, along with Annemarie Moser-Pröll. She has achieved that landmark in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. She also secured a record seven World Cup seasons titles in the downhill discipline, five titles in super-G and three consecutive titles in combined. In 2010 Winter Olympic, she placed herself to be the first female ever in the history of America after winning the gold medal in downhill category. She is placed at no. 8 in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.
Lindsey Vonn got off to a slow start in earlier 2013 due to her illness. But, soon she recovered and got things going at Lake Louise by sweeping all three races. Her career total reached to a 56 and Vonn became the second best of all-time among female skiers.
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7. Danica Patrick, NASCAR
Danica Patrick is an American Auto racing driver. She has become the most successful female racer in the history of American open-wheel racing, winning the 2008 Indy Japan 300 and became the only woman in an IndyCar series race. She also finished 3rd in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, which is the highest finish there ever by a female racer. Patrick participated in the NASCAR Nationwide series in 2012. She has driven the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series since the 2013 season. She has been remarkably consistent in the American Auto-racing, as she is doing something that none of the other athletes on this list by competing against male athletes. She became the first female NASCAR driver in 2013 to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup series pole, after qualifying for the Daytona 500.
She is an inspirational model in female auto racing in United states. Danica Patrick currently holds the no. 7 spot in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America. She is a record holder for the most consecutive races running at the finish (50 races).
6. Serena Williams, Tennis
Serena Williams has been among the most dominating female athletes in the world in recent time. she is currently ranking No.1 in women’s singles tennis. She has ranked No.1 in singles on six separate occasions, which make her one of the best female tennis players in the world. Serena Williams has won 30 Grand Slams titles in her glorious career, in which 15 in women’s singles, 13 in doubles and two titles in the mixed doubles. Serena is currently the reigning champion of French Open, Australian Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championship. She is also the Olympic Gold medalist in women’s singles. According to many, Serena Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all-time. she is the 6th top American female athlete in our list.
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5. Alex Morgan, Soccer
Alex Morgan is an American National Soccer team player and the former Olympic gold medalist. At just 22, Alex joined the USWNT in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World cup, becoming the youngest member in the squad. She spent a remarkable season in 2012, scoring 28 goals and making 21 assists, which made her the sixth and youngest female soccer player in the United States to score more than 20 goals in a single calendar year. At 2012 London Olympics, her game winning goal at 123rd minute in the semi-final match against Canada is the most remarkable memory in American Female soccer. She ranks at No. 5 in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.
She was awarded the “US Female Athlete of the Year” in 2012 for her mesmerizing performance in soccer. She is now at 25 and has a huge potentials to give more to the American soccer team. Alex Morgan is also one of the best looking female soccer player in the world.
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4. Missy Franklin, Swimming
Melissa Jeanette Franklin is an American competition swimmer, who has won four Olympic gold medals so far in her career. Perhaps, Missy is the brightest among all the young stars in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America. She is currently the world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke and American record holder in both 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. At just 17, in her debut summer Olympics in 2012, Missy Franklin bagged a total five medals, four of which were gold medals. She has earned the award of “World Swimmer of the Year” in 2011 and 2012 for her incredible swimming performance.
Franklin has won a total of 22 medals in different international swimming competitions. Although she holds the dual citizenship of America and Canada, she chose to compete for the United States. She holds her spot at No. 4 in top 10 best female athletes in America.
3. Allison Schmitt, Swimming
Like her teammate Melissa Franklin, Allison Schmitt is another young star in American swimming. She enormously helped United States to be glorious at the Olympic games and World Swimming Championships. Schmitt managed to win a bronze in her debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Four years later, after preparing herself more preciously, she rose, winning a total five medals in 2012 London Olympics, in which there were three gold medals she won in the 200-meter freestyle swimming, in 4×100-meter medley relay, and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
Allison has won 14 medals in major international swimming competitions for America. She is a real performer at the international stage. She is a glittering star at American Swimming team. Allison has also earned the status to be one of the most popular female athletes in America.
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2. Ronda Rousey, Mixed Martial Arts
Ronda Rousey is an American mixed martial artist and a judoka. In 2008, she became the first American female Judo practitioner to ever win a medal at the summer Olympic games. Later in 2013, Rousey blew the lid off another sport, martial arts, and became the first ever woman to win a fight inside the UFC Octagon by defeating Liz Carmouche. Her dominance can be easily identified by looking at a 7-0 winning record. She has never allowed an opponent to make it out of the first round and won every single match with her horrifying effective armbar, which has broken the arms of numerous opponents.
Ronda Rousey is the No.1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. Fight Matrix enlisted her name as the No. 1 Current Women’s MMA Bantamweight Fighter and No. 1 Women’s MMA Fighter of all-time. she is also featured in the Hollywood film “The Expendables 3” in 2014. She is the 2nd choice in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.
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1. Kayla Harrison, Judo
Following in the footsteps of Ronda Rousey, Kayla Harrison might just be the best ever Judoka in the history of United States. In 2008, Kayla won the Junior World Championship in Judo and became runner-up in the following year. In 2010, Kayla Harrison won the prestigious title of World Judo Championships.
Just before the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she endured a severe injury during the training session, having torn a medial collateral ligament. It was an immense struggle for her to recover and join the Olympic. Eventually, on 2 August, 2012 she won the Olympic gold medal in the 78-kg category, defeating Gemma Gibbons by two yukos and made the history by becoming the first American to ever win an Olympic gold medal in judo. Kayla Harrison is a priceless asset for American sports. After many research and analysis, she becomes our 1st choice to be at No. 1 in the top 10 best female athletes in America.
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