Gymnastics is perhaps the world’s most beautiful sports. There’s nothing more elegant to watch than a gymnast perform her act with grace, power and perfection. The world’s best female gymnasts are a thing of beauty to watch perform. What makes female gymnastics better are the hot and sexy competitors who dazzle us with their acts.
Here are the top 10 hottest female gymnasts of all-time:
10. Shawn Johnson
Shawn Johnson is one of the more popular American gymnasts ever.
She became a member of the US Senior National Team in 2007 and had one of the best rookie seasons for any gymnast. In her first year as senior gymnast, she won the All-Around in the American Cup, Pan American Games, U.S. National Championships and World Championships. The Des Moines, Iowa native won the gold medal in Balance Beam during the 2008 Olympics. She also earned silver medals for Team, All-Around and Floor Exercises during the same games. Johnson retired from gymnastics in 2012 after her comeback bid failed because of injuries.
Johnson appeared in the 8th season of Dancing With the Stars and at that time, became its youngest winner at age 17. In 2012, she became a contestant again in the Dancing With the Stars All-Star Edition. Together with partner Derek Hough, she placed second in the competition.
9. Danielle Prince
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She has literally bent backwards to become her country’s greatest rhythmic gymnast.
With her beaming smile and elaborate routines, Danielle Prince has won four All-Around Australian titles in 2011 and from 2013 to 2015 and a total of 21 individual gold medals. She also has an impressive six World Championship appearances, an Australian record plus she also won a team gold medal during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
In 2016, Prince competed in the Pacific Rim Championships. She won bronze medals in the apparatus finals for balls, clubs and ribbons and placed 6th in the All-Around. Because she was the highest ranked rhythmic gymnast from the Oceanic region in the All-Around, she earned a berth to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Although she did not advance to the Top 10 during the Olympic competition, Danielle Prince had fulfilled her lifelong dream to compete at the biggest stage.
8. Nastia Liukin
Gymnastics runs through her veins as Anastasia Valeryevna Liukin is the daughter of former champion Russian gymnasts. Her father Valeri was an Olympic gold medalist in the Olympic Bars and her mother a World Championships gold medalist in Clubs. Nastia? Well she lived up to expectations and more.
She represented the United States in One Olympics and Three World Championships, winning a total of 14 gold medals in those events. She was the 2008 Olympic All-Around gold medalist, the 2005 and 2007 world Champion on the Balance Beam and the 2005 world champion on the Uneven Bars. Her total of nine medals at the World Championships tied her with Shannon Miller as the most for any American gymnast. Liukin retired in 2012 after failing to make the Olympics.
Since 2010, Liukin has hosted the Nastia Liukin Cup together with USA Gymnastics. The tournament has produced future gymnastics stars like Gabby Douglas and Kayla Williams.
7. Sandra Izbasa
She was a stunner as Romania’s flag bearer during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics.
Izbasa is a back to back Olympic champion in the Floor Event, winning the gold medal in 2008 and 2012. She also won one bronze medal during each Olympic Games as part of the Romanian Team. Izbasa is also a 7-time gold medalist in the European Championships.
Sandra retired in 2013 yet attempted a comeback two years later, hoping to make it to the Rio Olympics. However, that plan was short-lived as she later announced that she would be retiring for good.
6. Simona Peycheva
Simona Peycheva is a former rhythmic gymnast from Bulgaria.
She started Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1991 under head coach Marietta Dukova at the PBC Academic Club in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Peycheva was a two-time Olympian, having competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Olympics. But she didn’t have much success there as she did at the 2001 World Championships where she won a total of six medals, including three individual golds for Hoop, Ball and Clubs.
5. Aly Raisman
The team captain for the fabled U.S. Olympic ‘Fierce Five’ of 2012 and ‘Final Five’ of 2016.
Alexandra Rose Raisman is the first American Olympian to win a gold medal on floor. She did so during the 2012 London Olympics where she also won in the Team event and bronze in the Balance Beam. Raisman returned to the 2016 Olympics where she repeated gold in the Team and finished second in All-Around and Floor Exercises.
Along with her teammates in the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, they were featured in the cover of the July 18, 2012 edition of Sports Illustrated. As such, they became the the first Olympic gymnastics team to be on the magazine’s cover. Raisman was a contestant in Dancing with the Stars Season 16 and finished fourth together with partner Mark Hough. She recently joined UNICEF Kid Power as ambassador.
4. Vasiliki Millousi
Vasiliki Millousi occasionally competes in the All-Around but the Beam is her event.
Millousi is a three time Olympian and a 10-time medalist in the Beam at the World Cup Series. She first competed as a 16 year old during the 2000 Sydney Olympics but she did not get past the qualifying rounds. She’s gained much of her success in the World Cup Series where she’s won three golds, three silvers and four bronze medals. Most recently, she won silver in the Beam during the 2017 edition of the games held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
3. Aliya Mustafina
One of the prettiest athletes of the 2012 London Olympics was its most bemedalled gymnast and most bemedalled non-swimmer in the games.
Aliya Mustafina won four medals in London, including gold in the Uneven Bars. In 2016, she became the first female gymnast to win back to back medals in the All-Around since 2000. Mustafina was the most decorated Russian athlete in Rio with three medals, led by her repeat gold medal in the Uneven Bars. Her overall Olympic haul of seven medals puts her in a tie with Svetlana Khorkina for most by a Russian gymnast.
Unfortunately for her male fans, the 22 year old Mustafina is taken. She married Russian bobsledder Alexey Zaitsev in November 2016. She gave birth to a baby girl in early June 2017.
2. Alina Kabaeva
She is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a known ladies' man, perhaps closer than we’ll ever know.
But her beauty isn’t just what makes her special. Alina Kabaeva is one of the most decorated Russian gymnasts ever with two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals and 25 European Championship medals. Her greatest triumphs were the All-Around bronze in the 2000 Olympics and the Olympic gold in the 2004 summer games.
From 2007-2014, Kabaeva was a member of the State Duma, Russia’s Parliament. She resigned from the Duma in 2014 and accepted the job as Chairman of the Board of the National Media Group, the biggest media conglomerate in Russia.
Giulia Steingruber is the first Swiss woman to win a gymnastics medal of any color. The now 23 year old artistic gymnast won the bronze medal in Vault at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she was Switzerland’s lone entry in gymnastics.
Giulia’s journey began in the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships where she finished 5th in the Vault and 16th in the All-Around. She’s improved year after year and she finally won the vault in the 2013 and 2014 European Championships and the 2015 European Games.
At the Rio Olympics, Steingruber became the first Swiss gymnast to make the All-Around finals. She finished 8th after suffering two falls.
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