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Bing released its top searches of 2012 and one of the categories is the “most searched female athletes.”In 2012, people were busy searching for female Olympians, understandably so.
All of the top 20 women on the list were in the Olympics, and almost all of them took home medals for their countries.
Major Events in 2012: Raisman was a member of the USA gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics. She won a team gold, individual gold for floor, and individual bronze for balance beam.
Major Events in 2012: Shields became the first American woman to win gold in boxing at the Olympics.
Major Events in 2012: Ennis, who hails from Great Britain won the gold in the heptathlon.
Major Events in 2012: Parker was part of the 2012 gold medal-winning USA women's basketball team. She also posed for ESPN's Body Issue cover.
Major Events in 2012: Wambach was an integral member of the USA women's soccer team, and they won gold at the summer Olympics.
Major Events in 2012: Fifteen-year-old Franklin won four gold medals at this year's Olympics. She also broke the world record in the 200-meter backstroke.
Major Events in 2012: Douglas won a team gold, and an individual gold at the Olympics this summer.
Major Events in 2012: Misty May-Treanor won her third straight gold medal with her partner Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Major Events in 2012: Solo is the goalie for the USA women's soccer team and they won gold at this year's Olympics. She was also recently in the news for her marriage to troubled ex-NFL player Jerramy Stevens.
Major Events in 2012: Maroney became popular at the Olympics when she made her 'not impressed' face on the medal stand when she won the silver for vault because everyone expected her to win gold. Now it's become a meme even Barack Obama loves.
Major Events in 2012: Jones was one of the most criticised athletes at the summer Olympics. A NYTimes reporter absolutely slammed her, accusing Jones of being a 'fame-seeking fraud.'Jones did not medal.
Major Events in 2012: Williams won gold in both singles and doubles at the summer Olympics. Williams also won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Major Events in 2012: Sharapova lost to Serena Williams in the final round of the Olympics and took home silver. She also won the French Open.
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