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CBS Top 24 Female athletes of all time

Here is a list of the top 24 female athletes of all time according to the team at CBS. The list was published in July 2015, and since then some athletes have continued their rise and many more have appeared in the world of sport. The CBS, being a US publication, has not surprisingly included many US athletes that may not rightly deserve the best ranking worldwide. See more discussion about the World's Greatest Female Athlete Ever.

Top 25

rank athlete sport
1 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Track and Field
2 Serena Williams Tennis
3 Mia Hamm Soccer
4 Lindsey Vonn Alpine Skiing
5 Babe Didrikson Zaharias Track & Field
6 Danica Patrick Indy Car Racing
7 Billie Jean King Tennis
8 Lisa Leslie Basketball
9 Michelle Akers Soccer
10 Bonnie Blair Speedskating
11 Nancy Lopez Golf
12 Sonja Henie Figure Skating
13 Tracy Caulkins Swimming
14 Nadia Comaneci Gymnastics
15 Misty May & Kerri Walsh Beach Volleyball
16 Steffi Graf Tennis
17 Peggy Fleming Figure Skating
18 Wilma Rudolph Track & Field
19 Ronda Rousey MMA
20 Chris Evert Tennis
21 Joan Benoit Samuelson Distance Running
22 Abby Wambach Soccer
23 Mary Lou Retton Gymnastics
24 Martina Navratilova Tennis


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