Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/20/12
Female athletes from all corners of the globe took the sporting world by storm this year. Whether it was at the Summer Olympics or at grand slam tennis events, 2012 featured some top-notch performances and impressive milestones by female sports stars. TotalProSports.com listed its top 50 most-Googled female athletes of the 2012. Thirteen of the top 30 most-Googled female athletes were tennis players, while 14 of the top 30 are American athletes. Some notable athletes in the top 50 were gold medalist Aly Raisman (No. 33) from Needham, Mass., who drew 224,000 Google searches and Sam Gordon (No 38.),  the 9-year-old running back who drew 104,000 Google searches this year. Last year’s most-Googled female athlete, Serena Williams, cracked the Top 5 this year, as it was a British track star to capture the No. 1 ranking. Check out the Top 30 below, with the top 50-31 athletes listed underneath the link. Click here to check out the 30 most-Googled female athletes of 2012>> 50. Francesca Piccinini 49. Kim Yu-Na 48. Luciana Aymar 47. Simona Halep 46. Yanina Wickmayer 45. Vera Zvonareva 44. Natalie Gulbis 43. Tina Charles 42. Michelle Wie 41. Miesha Tate 40. Natalie Coughlin 39. Candace Parker 38. Sam Gordon 37. Alana Blanchard 36. Stephanie Rice 35. Andrea Petkovic 34. Daniela Hantuchova 33. Aly Raisman 32. Christine Sinclair 31. Dominika Cibulkova

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