20 Women Athletes to Watch For in 2013

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20 Chicks of 2013


The year of 2012 is coming to an end so it’s time to predict the year to come.

These are the top-20 female athletes to watch for in the year of 2013. They are the ones who made their debuts more recently but haven’t made their way up to the top.

Most of them are predicted to have an athletic success but of course many are considered for their modeling ability as well. It’s the women that you will not want to miss in the upcoming year.

The top-20 list consists of females from college and professional sports. You’ll notice that there is not one sport in particular that rules over the list; the upcoming year holds for success from a variety of sports.

Sometimes you need to take a look past the most popular sports and look at those that do not receive as much media attention. A few of these girls even reign from different countries.

This time around there are a few more female MMA fighters due to the sport’s increasing popularity.

Many of these are young females, so they haven’t really had their chance to shine in the spotlight. However with their success this year, they are bound to make themselves known sometime soon.

These females fit into two main categories: good-looks and incredible athletic ability. A great example of an unheard name is Alana Blanchard, the professional surfer in the picture above.

Forget the fact that the world is supposed to end in two days; be prepared to see these names in the media during 2013 and enjoy the show.

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Jonelle Filigno


She hails from Canada but currently plays soccer at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Filigno made her worldwide debut playing for the Canadian Women's Soccer team in the 2012 London Olympics.

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Casey Eastham


Eastham comes from a sport that most people don't pay attention to: field hockey. However those that pay attention to the sport call her one of the best field hockey players in the world. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she was the youngest member of the Australian team.

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Britt Vonk


Britt Vonk first debuted in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics being featured on the Dutch National Softball team. She is now trending in the United States softball world by playing for The University of California-Berkley.

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Kate Upton

Source: Kate Upton's Facebook Page

Well, Kate Upton is a little bit of a different story. She is an equestrian, however her modeling pictures have begun to go viral. Although she still returns to horse shows now-and-then, you will most likely see her in risqué photoshoots.

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Lindsey Vonn

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With the 2014 Olympics right around the corner, athletes in the world of snow will begin to emerge next year. Lindsey Vonn is currently taking some time off to heal from an illness but once she's back, her name will be widespread in the skiing world.

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Meghan Hardin


Hardin is a golfer that is well-known for her appearance on the TV show, The Big Break. She was the youngest competitor on the show but is now showing tremendous potential to make the cut for the LPGA tour.

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Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey
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And here we begin with the chicks in the MMA. She is currently training in hopes of debuting in the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Chanelle Sladics


Three days after hitting the snow for the first time, Sladics placed 2nd in a snowboarding-slopestyle competition. Once again, with the 2014 Winter Olympics coming up, she is bound to be seen on the TV in 2013.

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Cheyenne Cordes


It's not that often that a softball player gets added to the list but Cheyenne Cordes is only a sophomore at the University of California-Berkley but has already made the USA National Softball team.

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Michelle Waterson

Michelle Waterson
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Another name that you're probably not familiar with, Michelle Waterson. Her MMA nickname is "The Karate Hottie" and she is currently ranked 3rd in the world for her weight class.

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Kiira Korpi


Here's another winter athlete to lookout for. Kiira Korpi is a figure skater for Finland and is hoping to make it to another Olympics is 2014.

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Michelle Jenneke


Michelle Jenneke is bound to be popular in the world of track and field after her "dancing" warm-up before the hurdle event in the 2012 London Olympics.

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Elena Delle Donte


Elena Delle Donte is an all-around amazing athlete. She is currently struggling with recurring Lyme Disease, but is still able to prove herself to be one of the best players in college basketball and a high prosepect for the WNBA draft.

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Leryn Franco


Leryn Franco may have thrown javelin for Paraguay in the Olympics but she didn't place too well. However she does have a modeling career on the side that is sure to kick-off to a good start in 2013.

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Bia and Branca Feres

Bia and Branca Feres
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These identical twin Brazilians are professional synchronized swimmers but have recently introduced themselves in the modeling world.

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Sophie Horn


Golfer Sophie Horn hasn't made her debut in the LPGA but she has made it onto a Maxim spread and is a personal trainer in her spare time.

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Nastia Liukin


It was unfortunate that Liukin didn't make the cut for the 2012 Olympics but she is bound to make a great comeback. It's highly doubtful she will make it back in 2016 due to her age but she is still keeping on the gymnastics track. In 2013, she has been offered the opportunity to hold an event called the "Nastia Liukin Cup" which teaches gymnasts the importance of dedication and sportsmanship while competing.

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Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic
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Previously the number one Serbian tennis player, Ana Ivanovic has made herself well-known in the modeling world after appearing in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. She continues to compete but clearly has a backup profession when her tennis career is over.

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Amber and Angela Cope


If you don't watch NASCAR, you may want to after these two. The blonde bombshell twins are the first set of twins to compete high up in the NASCAR series.

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Gina Carano

Gina Carano
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Actress, fitness model, television personality and mixed martial artist, Gina Carano has it all. According to the Unified Women's MMA rankings, she is the 3rd best fighter in the world and could potentially become the "Wonder Woman" of MMA in 2013.