Lately I’ve been spending my Wednesday nights camped out in front of ESPN2 watching the CrossFit Games. How can I describe CrossFit to you? Well, for starters, CrossFit athletes call their gyms “The Box.” And inside The Box, they flip over tractor-trailers with their bare hands and wrestle alligators and who even knows what all. It’s intense. And there were some super-duper hot ladies who competed in the games this year.
Thinking about those sexy athletes — as is my wont — made me think of other sexy athletes, and next thing I know, I’d taken a page out of AfterElton.com’s book and created my own list of Hot Women of Slightly Obscure* Sports!
(*And by “obscure” I mean “sports that are not classic American pastimes like basketball, softball, soccer, and golf.”)
Annie Thorisdottir, CrossFit
Let me tell you something about Iceland’s Annie Thorisdottir, winner of the 2011 CrossFit Games: The whole time she’s doing pull-ups and cleans and rope climbs and sprints and squats, she’s smiling. Just smiling to beat the band like she’s got a secret worth knowing. She grew up doing gymnastics and ballet, and now she can leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Louise Hazel, Heptathlon
If you know me at all, you know that there is nothing I find sexier than a lady draped in the flag of Great Britain. So, then, hellllo, Louise Hazel! Hazel won the 2010 Commonwealth Games heptathlon. Hep-the-what-now? Hepthahlon! The track and field event that includes hurdles, high jump, shot put, sprinting, long jump, javelin throw, and — killer of all killers! — the 800 meter run.
Lolo Jones, Hurdles
The first time I saw Lori “Lolo” Jones, she was on the red carpet at the ESPYs and she seriously took my breath away. Lolo is a 60 and 100 meter hurdle girl. She took home gold medals in the 2008 and 2010 World Indoor Championships, and you can expect to see her suiting up for Team USA in London next summer.