Ever since the very first Olympics there has always been Athletes who stood a class apart with their wonderful display of skill and stamina. Many women athletes too made a mark in sports and games, and have reached great heights. And it’s not wrong to say that most of these women where actually tall. Tall as in 6’ or above. So, if you are looking for some inspiration to grow a few inches taller, here is a Frecked.com List of Top Ten Tallest Female Athletes in the world. These Female Athletes took advantage of their Heights to become the best in whatever Sports they chose.
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10 Jennie Lynn Finch
Standing 6 ft.1in tall this American right handed softball pitcher was born in La Mirada, California. She was the first ever baseman from La Mirada who made it to major teams like the USA national softball, Arizona Wildcats and Chicago Bandits.
She got her first national call up in 2004, where she helped her team go on and win the gold medal in 2004 summer Olympics. Her brilliant run of form continued as she went on to win the silver medal in 2008 summer Olympics. Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history
9 Maria Sharapova
An iconic figure in the word of professional tennis, this Russian tennis legend stands at 6 ft. 2 in, and like her height her career too reached great heights. She never missed a single WTA since 2001, becoming world no.1 at the age of just 18. She is the third most dominating female tennis player in the world having won 35 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles.
Off court too Sharapova is a sharp player. She advertises for various companies like Nike, prince and cannon while featuring in sports illustrated swimsuit issue. She is also a UN ambassador for Chernobyl Recovery and Development program.
8 Kimberly Marie Glass
Another American in our list standing 6 ft. 3 in is Kim Glass. Born in 1984 she gained her fame both as a volley ball player and a model. We can still see her in action as she plays as an outside hitter for Rabita Baku. Her height along with her superb skills won her the 2001 Pennsylvania StateGatorade Player of the Year and MVP of Lancaster Lebanon league in 2000 and 2001.
International call up soon followed her success and she got her first taste of international in 2007. Kim glass made her first Olympics appearance in Beijing, which resulted in her team winning the silver medal. Volleyball apart, she appeared on America’s next top model five times and appeared in sports illustrated swimsuit issue.
7 Gabrielle Reece
Nicknamed Gabby, this volleyball player from US is 6 ft. 3 in. She is also a fashion model and television celebrity. She lost her father at a young age and was raised in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, before getting a volleyball scholarship.
As a pro volleyball player, her team was the first ever winner of the beach volleyball world champions. Her productivity as athlete won her the WBVL kills leader from 1993-96 and best offensive player of the year from 1994-95. Gabby had a parallel career too as a sports fashion model and was named by Elle as one of the five most beautiful women in the world.
6 Nicole Forrester
Nicole is a Canadian high jumper who is 6 ft. 3 in. and was born in 1976 in Aurora, Ontario. Unlike many professional athletes, she was found working at a McDonald’s by Dave Hunt who suggested she give it a shot at high jump. And then there was no turning back as this major leap in her life made her one of the most dominant figure in Canadian high jump.
She represented her country 4 times in commonwealth games winning gold once and finishing 3rd two times. She even completed her PhD in sports Psychology at Michigan State university.
5 Kerri lee Walsh Jennings
Kerri is a 6 ft. 3 in. American beach volleyball player who aces all the leaderboards in the history of the game. She has the most number of Olympic medals than any beach volleyball player with 3 golds and a bronze under her belt.
Kerri along with her colleague Misty May Treanor won gold medals and often called the greatest beach volleyball team of all time.
4 Candace Nicol Parker
Yet another American female athlete, this time a basketball player and a not surprising 6 ft. 4 in. for height. She is the younger sister of infamous NBA player Anthony Parker and plays for Los Angeles sparks. She is very versatile player but plays mainly as a forward. Dunking is a major highlight of basketball and Nicol was the first ever woman to dunk in a NCAA tournament.
Her major achievements include WNBA championship in 2016, WNBA MVP award twice in 2008 and 2013 and WNBA all-star game MVP in 2013.
Her impact on international level too was impressive as she won two Olympic gold medals.
3 Blanka Vlasic
Blanka is a Croatian pro high jumper and the best in her country she stands 6 ft. 4 in. tall. She has a very impressive national record and an indoor world champion. In 2005 she faced a hyperthyroid condition proving a major blow for her career. But she came back strong a year after winning a silver in indoor world champion. The medal tally of Blankais a true reflection of hard work a physical strength as she was decorated with 12 international gold medals, 3 silvers and a bronze. Surprisingly she managed only a silver and a bronze in Olympic medal. Her father too was a gold medalist in the 1983 Mediterranean games and coached Blanka Vlasic himself.
Even though she had a hard injury prone career she still managed to be European athlete of the year in 2007 and 2010.
2 Yvetta Hlavacova
Yvetta is a Croatian long distance swimmer and told the world about her long distant swimming skills by swimming across the English Channel and setting a world record. A whooping 6 ft. 4.5 in. makes her the tallest female swimmer in the world. She managed to swim across the English Channel thrice with unbelievable strength and stamina.
Even with such good skills, yvetta could not find a club for herself thus making a tight budget out of the sponsor money for 10 long years until one of them told her to cross the English Channel to attract some clubs, which worked out well for this swimmer.
1 Lisa Deshaun
The no.1 In the list, standing 6 ft. 5 in. is a former professional American basketball player. She was a former WNBA player and the first female to dunk in the WNBA.
Like her mother, her daughter too is a semi pro basketball player standing 6 ft. 3 in. tall. Lisa won big in international level winning gold medals in all Olympics from 1996 to 2008. World championships in 1998 and 2002. Apart from basketball Lisa is also a model and an aspiring actress. She appeared in ESPN on several occasions and appeared on TV shows like sister sister, the game and many more.
She even has a modeling contract with the Wilhelmina modeling agency and made appearances in hit movies like think like a man, backyard basketball and many more.
So, if you are someone who needs that one hard push to grow a few inches taller I believe this list helps you out. And all those tall people out there who are happy to reach light bulbs, top shelves and high places aim for something higher in the area of sports, as I believe you are a few inches closer to making a career out of it.
Top 10 Tallest Female Athletes in the World
|Sr No.||10 Tallest Female Athletes Names|
|4||Candace Nicol Parker|
|5||Kerri lee Walsh Jennings|
|8||Kimberly Marie Glass|
|10||Jennie Lynn Finch|
Height always has its advantages socially too. According to some studies taller men and women are usually seen as attractive and intimidating. And being a few inches Blanka Vlasic aller makes you look strong and in many cases, you are taller than bullies around you. Being tall gives you a broad and strong posture and many sports scouts are on the lookout for talents who are preferably taller than other candidates.So, if you are tall you will always have a future in sports provided you specialize in specified physical attributes using your height to your advantage.