It’s a discussion that comes up frequently among sports fans: who is the best athlete in the world?
Sports are dominated by males for centuries. It was considered a mere source of entertainment for men. On the contrary, women were busy raising the child and taking care of their husbands.
American society adopted the changes faster than any other country 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.
- Kayla Harrison
- Ronda Rousey
- Elena Delle Donne
- Missy Franklin
- Alex Morgan
- Serena Williams
- Danica Patrick
- Lindsey Vonn
- Allyson Felix
- Gabby Douglas
Our team stepped forward to make a list of the top 10 best female athletes in America. American female athletes are become popular not only in the 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 at the Popular Female Athletes.
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 the United States in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Douglas won both the all-around championship and the team championship in that world competition.
she became the first American ever to win the Olympic gold medals in both areas of gymnastics. She was also an integral part of the gold-winning United States team in the 2011 World Championships. She was also 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 positions in the list of top 10 best female athletes in America.
9) Allyson Felix, Track and Field:
Allyson Felix is one of the most popular American track and field sprint athletes, who represents the United States in international competitions. So far, she has bagged the 2012 Olympic gold medals, two Olympic silver medals, and three world championship gold medals, in 200 meters sprint.
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 the 2012 Summer Olympics.
8) Lindsey Vonn, Skiing:
Lindsey Vonn is one of the greatest female skiers in the history of America. Vonn is 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.
In the 2010 Winter Olympic, she placed herself to be the first female ever in the history of America after winning the gold medal in the downhill category. She is placed at no. 8 in our list of top 10 best female athletes in America.
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.
She became the first female NASCAR driver in 2013 to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, after qualifying for the Daytona 500. 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 times. 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 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 on our list.
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 Football Team.
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 potential to give more to the American soccer team. Alex Morgan is also one of the best looking female soccer players in the world.
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.
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.
3) Elena Delle Donne, Basketball:
The 26-year-old Elena Delle Donne is the reigning WNBA MVP and closing in on Maya Moore for the title of best women’s basketball player in the world. At 6-5 she has a rare skill set, with the ability to play inside and out.
Last season she averaged more than 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks while shooting 95 percent from the free thrown line. Delle Donne was also a star volleyball player in high school. Elena has won 14 medals in major international Basketball competitions for America. She is a real performer at the international stage.
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.
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.
1) Kayla Harrison, Judo:
Kayla Harrison might just be the best ever Judoka in the history of the 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 the World Judo Championships.
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 much research and analysis, she becomes our 1st choice to be at No. 1 in the top 10 best female athletes in America.
Do you agree with our list? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments.
Here are female athletes that were in the discussion and warrant honorable mention status:
Misty Copeland, Alex Morgan, Brittney Griner, Allyson Felix, Lydia Ko, Marta, Ronda Rousey, Dafne Schippers, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Brianne Theisen-Eaton.