Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Top 25 of 2014: #1 - Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

First place of the year on our Top 25 Women of the Year Poll goes to Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Pauline is a two wheel maestro. Not only was she Road Racing World Champion, but she excelled at Mountain Bike too. She won the Team Gold for France in the World Championships held at Lillehammer, and was European u-23 Gold medallist at St Wendel.
Other major placings were Winner of the French Road Race Championship, French National Cyclo Cross Champion, 1st in the French Time Trail and 1st in French Mountain Bike Championships.. She also won the Emakumeen Euskal Bira, the La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and finished second overall on the Giro Rosa. All this for a 22 year old means that she is had an amazing year. She was first featured on the site on 16th November, and although relatively recently garners a good number of hits which also contribute to her placing 1st, as well as her extraordinary achievements.

Here is her original gallery: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

Here are some of the images we featured.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Top 25 of 2014: #2 - Dafne Schippers

The Dutch sprinter came of age in her event this year after being somewhat of any everywoman. Previously being a Heptathlete who was good at Sprinting, this year she started to excel at the 100m and 200m, at the European Championships. And although its not the very elite at world standard without the Americans and Jamaicans.
At 22 her career as a Sprinter would be all in front of her. As recently though as 2013 she won a medal at Heptathlon at a Global stage, but her double win in the sprints at the European really announced her on that stage. Its difficult, because many pundits have said she has to make a decision about what really to do, continue with Heptathlon or focus on Sprinting, as combining both would be too detrimental to success in either.
She first featured on the site on the 14th of August, and as is obvious from her psoition has been since a site mainstay in the most viewed pages.

Her original page is here Dafne Schippers

Here are some of our favourite images

Top 25 of 2014: #3 - Ashlyn Harris

The American Goalkeeper comes in at third spot on our list. Consistently amongst the sites favourite women, she first appeared on the 5th of July, and since then has always remained within the top 5 most viewed on the website, and featured as part of the "Sexiest 5 a-Side Team" feature, helping her hits no end.
On the pitch she was part of the US squad to win the CONCACAF Womens Championships and in the process qualify for the World Cup next year in Canada. She was also in the aquad that finished runners up for the Tourneio in Brazil, losing to the hosts. In the Domestic leagues, in the USA, her Washington Spirit team made the playoffs, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

This was her original page: Ashlyn Harris

And a few of our favourite images

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Pernille Blume

Danish Swimmer

Name: Pernille Blume
Nationality: Denmark
Date of Birth: 14 May 1994
Place of Birth: Herlev, Denmark
Sport: Swimming
Height: 1m71cm (5'7)

Pernille is a successful Danish swimmer, specialising in Freestyle. She was part of the Danish squad which have won Gold this year at the World Short Course Championships in Doha, and at the European Championships held in Berlin. She competed at the 2012 Olympics but did not medal.

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Top 25 of 2014: #4 - Tania Cagnotto

Fourth spot on our list goes to Tania Cagnotto, the Italian diver. She appeared on the site first on the 26th of September and remains one of the more popular girls on HWiS.
Tania had a successful 2014. Without a World Championships or Olympics, She won two golds and a silver at the European Aquatic Championships this year, in Berlin. She won gold in the 1m Springboard, and the 3m Springboard Synchro. She won silver in the 3m Springboard. She won 3/4 of Italys medals in diving at the Championships.

Her original gallery is here Tania Cagnotto

Here are a few of our favourite pictures

Friday, 26 December 2014

Top 25 of 2014: #5 - Tina Maze

The Slovenia Skier appears at 5th in our list. Since appearing on the site first on 16th July this year, Tina has remained a somewhat popular choice. What has outweighed that is her great success at the Olympics. Tina won two Golds at Sochi, in the Downhill and the Giant Slalom. 2014 in the World Cup was less successful, finishing fourth overall and not excelling in any particular event, but having consistent talent. She had peaked perfectly to be a double gold medallist. She had progressed from a double silver in 2010. Her season goals had been Gold successes at Olympics rather than on the World Cup circuit.

Tina finishes in fifth on our list, and the 31 year old is the top ranked Winter Sports competitor on our list.

Here is our original gallery Tina Maze 1

Here are a few of our favourite pics

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Jennifer Cramer

German Footballer

Name: Jennifer Cramer
Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 24 February 1993
Place of Birth: Frankenberg, Germany
Sport: Football
Height: 1m68cm (5'6)
Position : Midfield
Club: Turbine Potsdam

Midfielder Jennifer Cramer is a team mate of HWiS alumni and favourite Julia Simic. Jennifer is a full Germany international with 15 caps under her belt, and a European Championships Winners Medal from 2015. She has player her entire career at Potsdam, starting out in 2008.

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Top 25 of 2014: #6 - Anna Flanagan

Following hot on the heels of team mate Casey Eastham comes Australian Hockey player Anna Flanagan. Anna of course like casey shares the same accolades in terms of Australian International Hockey success. The Aussies took Gold at the Commonwealth Games, and finished as runners up in the World Cup to hosts the Netherlands. Furthermore this month they finished runners up in the Champions Trophy held in Argentina. Anna narrowly beat her compatriot virtue of getting more hits per day so finishing in a higher spot in our list. Anna first featured on the site on the 6th of October, the most recent of all the Hockey stars (and 5 made this top 25 list)

Here are a few of our favourite Anna pics

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Amber Stautzenberger

MMA fighter from Texas

Name: Amber Stautzenberger
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: 02 September 1987
Place of Birth: Farmers Branch, Texas, USA
Sport: MMA
Weight Category: Strawweight
Height: 1m69cm (5'6)

Amber, nicknamed "The Apex Predator" has had 9 fights since turning pro with a record of 5 wins and 4 losses. Her first pro fight was against HWiS alumni Paige vanZant in which she lost. She was 2 wins by Submission and 3 by Decision with no Knock Out victories.

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Top 25 of 2014: #7 - Eugenie Bouchard

2014 was a huge year for Canadian "Genie" Bouchard. After being one of the hottest up and coming players, she made her breakthrough this year in spectacular fashion. She won her first WTA event, had amazing successess  in the Majors, and broke into the top 5 in the World for the first time.  Two Semi Finals in the Australian and the French Open, then culminated in her reaching the final of Wimbledon in which she lost. The season by now had took its toll and she didn;t do so well in the US Open. Additionally she qualified for the WTA Masters tournament, an end of season event for the top ranked, and was also nominated WTA Most Improved Player of the Year,
She first featured on HWiS on the 25th of June and has remained one the most clicked girls on the site. Due to her prolific Instagram account we regualarly featured in the Best of Social Media section.

Here is her original gallery. Eugenie Bouchard 1

Here are some of our favourite HWiS images of her