When we used to think of sports, we only thought of men. But these women have been working hard over the years to make sure that not only do they get their names out there but that the gender on a whole is recognized for its athletic feats and prowess. We've compiled a list of some of the best female athletes in the world, some who still play today, others who have retired, and some who have passed, to make the best female sports star identification quiz on the internet. Do you think you can handle it?
We've all heard about Venus and Serena Williams, and of course, the uncomparable Laila Ali and Rhonda Rousey, but do you know who Kacy Catanzaro is? She's a woman who broke barriers and opened the door for many other women to join and succeed at the ultimate athletics challenge, Ninja Warrior. And sure you know who Simone Biles is, but do you remember Nadia Comaneci? She's a former five-time Olympic gold gymnast and was the first to receive a perfect score at the Olympic games.
So, you see, it's not just about our current stars. We have women from all around the world, who play a variety of sports. So are you ready to identify them all? Let's get started.
Olympic Gold medalist and professional American tennis player Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles.
This professional boxer officially went pro in November 2016; she is the holder of the female super middleweight title since 2017.
She is an American professional triathlete who was part of the 2016 Summer Olympics and earned USA's first triathlon gold medal.
This American swimmer is a 14-time world champion and the record holder for the 1500-meter freestyle.
German-born professional tennis player who became the first and only tennis player to win the Golden Slam.
This Danish professional tennis player is the first woman of Scandinavian descent to hold the #1 ranking on the Women's Tennis Association tour.
American gymnast Simone Biles, is a three-time world floor champion and has won a combined total of 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.
This former professional tennis player won 39 Grand Slam titles and 20 Wimbledon championship titles.
Allyson Felix is an American track and field sprinter who is the only female track and field athlete to have ever won six Olympic gold medals.
Mia Hamm is a retired two-time Olympic gold medalist, who played as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team. She holds the record for most international goals scored.
Aly Raisman is a two-time Olympian and former captain of the 2012 "Fierce Five" U.S women's Olympic team. Aly Raisman started gymnastics when she was two years old.
This American-born professional golfer has won two major championships and was the LPGA Player of the Year in 2014.
She is a professional tennis player, who is the only Russian to hold the career Grand Slam.
This Spanish motor racer was one of 11 women to be part of a Formula 1 team. She is the daughter of former racing driver Jose Miguel Jorda.
In 2014, she was the first Canadian professional tennis player to reach the finals of a Grand Slam.
This Romanian-born professional tennis player won her first six WTA titles in 2013 and has an aggressive style of play.
Anna Kournikova is a former Russian professional tennis player who received celebrity status and was #1 in the world with doubles partner, Martina Hingis.
This Spanish professional golfer went pro at the age of 18 while studying economics and is currently #119 in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
Nadia Comaneci, a former Romanian gymnast, is the first gymnast to successfully perform an aerial cartwheel-back handspring flight series on the balance beam.
She was ranked #1 in the world in 2008; this Serbian tennis player won the year-end WTA Tournament of Champions in 2010 and 2011.
This professional race car driver became the first and only female to win an Indy Car Series.
Maggie Steffens is an American water polo athlete who won a gold medal at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
This American mixed martial artist captured the bantamweight title by giving Rhonda Rousey her first loss in the sport.
Kerri Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player who was a gold medal winner at the Summer Olympics in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
This American actress and archer finished 29th among 300 women in the national championships which made her eligible for the United States Olympic semifinals in 1999.
This American pole vaulter has been ranked as #1 in the world, has won 15 National Championships and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic games.
This athlete plays forward for the United States ice hockey team. She has represented the U.S in three Women's World Championships.
She is the former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and former mixed martial artist and judoka. Currently, she is signed to WWE.
This American ski racer has won four World Cup championships and a record eight World Cup season titles in downhill skiing.
Ali Krieger is a member of the United States women's national soccer team, who plays as a defender and has won a FIFA Women's World Cup championship.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a Jamaican track and field sprinter who is the first woman in history to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100 meter race.
Samantha Briggs is an English-born CrossFit athlete who is known for winning the CrossFit Games in 2013. Briggs is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 135 lbs.
Ranked eighth in the world, this American-born professional tennis player has won four Olympic gold medals.
This American gymnast is the first woman to complete a City Finals course on the sporting challenge television show, "American Ninja Warrior."
She is ranked at #7 in the UFC'S women's strawweight division; Waterson is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion.
Hope Solo is an American goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team and two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion.
A member of the "Fierce Five" United States women's national gymnastics team, Douglas has won nine Olympic gold medals.
Genzebe Dibaba is an Ethiopian-born long distance runner who won the Olympic silver medal in the 1500 meter race at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Daughter of legendary champion Muhammed Ali, this retired professional boxer held the WBC, IBA female super middleweight titles and IWBF light heavyweight title.
She became the first American woman other than the Williams sisters to win a Grand Slam.
Maya Moore is a professional basketball player who plays small forward for the Minnesota Lynx. She has won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States.
Dorothy Hamill is a retired American figure skater who captured gold in the ladies' singles category at both the 1976 Olympics and the World Championships,
Five-time Olympic gold medalist and holder of the world record in the 200 meter backstroke, Franklin is 6 feet, 1 inch tall. She was born in the U.S.
American-born professional basketball player Skylar Diggins is 5 feet 9 inches tall and plays for the Dallas Wings as a point guard.
Jessica Ennis-Hill is a retired British track and field athlete who is a former record holder for the 100 meter hurdles, indoor pentathlon and high jump.
Playing as a power forward or center, this American professional basketball player won a WNBA Championship in 2016 with her team, the Los Angeles Sparks.
Misty Copeland is the first African-American ballet dancer to be promoted to a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre in its 75-year history.
Darya Klishina is a Russian long jumper with a personal best of 7.05 meters. She won a bronze medal at the 2014 European Championships.
CrossFit competitor Christmas Abbott weighs 121 lbs. and is 5 feet, 3 inches tall. She began her journey as an athlete in 2006.
This athlete is an American hurdler and bobsledder. Jones won a gold medal as part of the U.S national mixed bobsled team at the 2013 World Championships.