Some, like tennis stars Ana Ivanović and Maria Sharapova, enjoy global recognition for their sporting prowess and their looks. However, there are numerous female stars competing in other sports who are equally talented and glamorous.
In addition to her model looks, the 23-year-old former world No 1 boasts three grand slam singles titles and is the world's highest-paid female athlete. In August 2010, Forbes magazine estimated her annual earnings to be a staggering $24.5 million.
But Danica hasn't limited herself to the adrenaline buzz of wheel-to-wheel racing. The 28-year-old racer has hosted US TV shows, modelled for FHM and Sports Illustrated and made a cameo in the video for Jay-Z's Show me what you got.
In 2010, she was hailed as the darling of the US Winter Olympic team as she battled through injury to compete in five different Olympic events. She struck gold in the downhill, the blue riband event of the Games.
Universally respected by the public and her peers, she finished third in the 2009 and 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and has been named Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Journalists Association for the past two years.
Sporting success runs in her family. Her father was a professional footballer while her mother represented her native Poland at volleyball.
Already a gold medalist in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Games, Mancuso scooped two silver medals in Vancouver.
The 30-year-old is a former Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours list.
The multi medal-winning Olympian also managed to stir up plenty of controversy away from the pool. She has previously posed nude for Playboy magazine and participated in an anti-fur campaign for animal rights advocates PETA wearing nothing but her birthday suit.
In 2008, Finch starred in US TV show The Celebrity Apprentice, lasting four weeks before being fired by Donald Trump.
Her Olympic success saw her appointed an MBE in the Queen's 2010 birthday honours list and made an honorary freeman of the city of Bath (her hometown).
A combination of on-court talent (she won the French Open in 2008 and is a former world No 1) and sultry, captivating looks means Ana Ivanović does just that.
Her crucial woman-of-the-match performance in the 2008 Olympic final enabled the US to secure a memorable 1-0 extra time victory over Brazil.
Her interest in fashion and penchant for the occasional outrageous outfit means she garners just as much attention off the court as she does on it.
Despite enjoying relatively little success on the course (she's won three titles in her eight-year career), Natalie rakes in the endorsement dollars year after year. In 2004, she released a calendar that featured her in numerous bikini shots. The USGA deemed it inappropriate and banned it from being sold at their events.
She has been a competetive surfer since the age of nine and has the honour of being the first person to win the Eastern, US and national championship titles in the same year.
Her success brought her endorsements for watches, clothes, shoes, swimwear, skin products and cars. She has been styled in couture by fashion giant Versace, and has collaborated with New York fashion designer Rachel Roy.
How good is Candace? In her debut season, she was named the league's most valuable player as well as rookie of the year. The same year, her stellar play helped the US women's team to a gold medal at the Olympics.
She's also finished just outside the top 10 twice in the Winter Olympics, placing 11th in the Supercombined event in 2010 and 11th in the Downhill in 2006.
Although she was born in Canada, Belbin has competed for the US since her debut in 1998. The high point of her career to date came at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin where she and partner Benjamin Agosto claimed the silver medal.
Brooklyn-born Jeanette Lee brings a much-needed touch of glamour to the sport. But beware, Lee's competitive instincts have earned her the nickname 'The Black Widow', a reference to her ability to eat an opponent alive when she comes to the table.
She's also the only woman on our list who combines atheltic endeavours with a career as a beauty pagaent contestant. It should come as no surprise she has a third job as a professional model.