The Top 7 Female Athletes in America

Maria Sharapova swings away.

Maria Sharapova swings away. As one of the most popular female athletes, Maria Sharapova has a strong fan following. | Source: Thinkstock

Do the sports make the superstars or do the superstars make the sports? At the risk of spoiling the list, only one sport represented by one the most popular female athletes is a truly mixed gender competition, since mixed doubles tennis is far from the most prestigious version of tennis. There’s probably something to be said for women’s tennis appearing on this list, too; it seems to be the most visible sport concerning female fame.

Then again, we’re not making a sociological argument about how different this list would be if women could play in the NFL. We’ve got enough to unpack here. Harris Interactive released the latest iteration of their Most Popular Athletes poll. So, we looked at the most popular male athletes. Now it’s time to look at the most popular women in sports today.

Of course, we should note that this poll reached out to just over 2,200 people. Harris points out that this is a representative poll; it did not consult a vast majority of the 313 million people living in the U.S.

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