20 Hot Female Athletes You’d Love To Meet Under The Mistletoe

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20 Hot Female Athletes You'd Love To Encounter Under the Mistletoe

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Thanksgiving has passed, and we're almost a week into December, which means that we are officially right in the middle of holiday season. It's the season for snowmen, snowball fights, snow angels and igloos; hot chocolate, candy canes and eggnog; thick stews, glazed hams and Christmas cookies. It's the season for buying, making and receiving presents, spending time with family and friends that you don't get to see throughout the rest of the year and for many people, it's a time to travel. The holiday season is a time for tradition.

One of the oldest traditions is kissing under the mistletoe.

The earliest documentation of people kissing underneath mistletoe dates all the way back to 16th century England. In 19th century Scandinavia, mistletoe would be hung in farmhouses and in kitchens and if a man and a woman happened to meet under it, they were obliged to kiss; after the smooch, the man was then required to pluck a white berry from the mistletoe and once all of the berries were gone, the privilege ceased.

Still today, many people imagine meeting a special someone underneath the enchanted plant for a romantic moment. I took a look at 20 gorgeous female athletes who I personally -- and I'm sure the same can be said for most of you reading this -- wouldn't mind bumping into underneath the mistletoe.

There are so many beautiful female athletes out there, and the upcoming list is 100 percent subjective; if you feel like I made a serious error in judgement by leaving somebody out, feel free to drop a comment, and maybe a link to some pictures to back it up!

Happy holidays and enjoy the show!

Billy Moy is a Fantasy Sports writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @william_moy6, "Like" him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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20. Kaylyn Kyle

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Kaylyn Kyle is a soccer player on the Canadian Women's National Team.

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19. Jessica Ennis

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Jessica Ennis is a British track and field star who took home gold in the 2012 Olympic Heptathlon.

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18. Allison Baver

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Allison Baver is an Olympic speed skater and she won a bronze medal in 2010.

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17. Stephanie Rice

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Stephanie Rice is an Australian Olympic swimmer and she won three Gold medals in the 2008 Olympics.

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16. Lakey Peterson

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Lakey Peterson is a surfer and she is currently ranked 7th in the world (and 3rd in North America) by the Association of Surfing Professionals.

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15. Melanie Adams

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Melanie Adams is an Olympic pole vaulter, and she won two national titles before she turned 21. She also hopes to one day compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

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14. Lolo Jones

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Lolo Jones is an Olympic hurdler and an aspiring bobsledder. Lolo also appeared in ESPN's Body Issue in 2009, and she was once on the cover of Outside magazine with nothing on except a red ribbon wrapped around her body.

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13. Lindsey Vonn

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First off, Lindsey Vonn is absolutely gorgeous. Secondly, the irony it would create for Tiger Woods would be absolutely priceless.

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12. Anastasia Ashley

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Anastasia Ashley is a professional surfer. She was also once nominated by PETA for the title "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive."

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11. Jenn Brown

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Most of you probably recognize Jenn Brown because we get the pleasure of watching her as a sideline reporter for ESPN. Most people don't know, however, that she was a captain for the Florida Gators softball team and she is fifth in school history in stolen bases.

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10. Alana Blanchard

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Alana Blanchard is a professional surfer, and she was featured in this year's Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition.

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9. Skylar Diggins

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Skylar Diggins is a basketball player for the Tulsa Shock. She's one of the most prolific female basketball players of all time, and she's also drop dead gorgeous.

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8. Natalie Gulbis

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Natalie Gulbis has earned over $4 million as a professional golfer. She also posed for FHM in 2005 and had her body painted for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

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7. Sydney Leroux

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Sydney Leroux is a soccer player for the US Woman's National Team. She was also a cover model for this year's ESPN Body Issue.

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6. Natalie Coughlin

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Natalie Coughlin is a 12-time Olympic medalist in swimming and in 2008, she became the first-ever U.S. woman to win six medals in one Olympic games. Coughlin appeared on Dancing With The Stars in 2009, and she was also in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

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5. Stacy Keibler

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Whether you consider wrestling a sport or not ... those legs.

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4. Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova burst onto the tennis scene in 2004 she defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon finals. Sharapova has won four Grand Slam titles, is currently ranked third in the world by the WTA and like many other women on this list, she has been featured in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition.

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3. Leryn Franco

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Leryn Franco is an Olympic javelin thrower. Franco has also competed in multiple beauty pageants and in 2007, she released a calender that you should probably go look up.

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2. Jess Gysin

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Jess Gysin was the top-ranked rookie on the 2011 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Her claim to fame though came back in 2008 during her prolific college career at USC, when she was named "Hottest College Athlete" by Busted Coverage.

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1. Alex Morgan

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This wasn't even a debate -- everyone else was just competing for second.

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