Dutch volleyball player Laura Dijkema is one of the tallest female professional athletes in the world at a whopping six feet. She has been playing volleyball since the age of 7 and has spent most of her professional career at German team Dresdner SC. She has also played for the Dutch National team, racking up three medals in just two years, in the 2015 Montreux Masters, the 2015 CEV European Championship, and the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Dijkema also won the illustrious title of “Best Setter” in the 2017 European Championship. Recently, she has started playing for the Italian team Il Bisonte Firenze.
Lacina Traore – 6’3″
Ivorian soccer player Lacina Traore earned the nickname “The Big Tree” for his towering height of 6ft 3in. Traore plays as a striker for the Ivory Coast and is often compared to players such as Didier Drogba, Wilfried Bony, and Salomon Kalou. In his soccer career, Traore has played for teams like Monaco, Everton, and Anzhi Makhachkala.
Even though the Ivory Coast didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there will be many more chances for Traore and his team to prove their worth in the world of soccer.
Dane De La Rosa – 6’7″
Dana De La Rosa is one of the tallest pitchers in the game. With a height of 6 feet 7 inches, De La Rosa can surely tower above the pitcher’s mound. California-born De La Rosa has played for several major league teams, including the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
He is currently a free agent, not signed to a specific team, but is looking to find the right fit and get back into the ballgame.
Zdeno Chara – 6’9″
Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in the history of the NHL. With a height of 6ft 9in opposing teams try and steer clear of this immense defensive player. In his native Slovakia, Chara was encouraged to play basketball due to his height but was luckily drafted by the NHL. Chara is captain of the Boston Bruins and leads his team with a mix of hard work, dedication, and an in-your-face attitude on the ice.
He played in the Olympics and World Championships multiple times and made several appearances on the NHL all-star team. Chara is only the second team captain born and raised in Europe to win the prestigious Stanley Cup.
Darya Klishina – 5’11”
Darya Igorevna Klishina is one of the top long jumpers in the world. She has an Olympic silver medal and the record for the second-longest jump in the world in 2010. Klishina is well known for her incredible work ethic on the track and in the gym.
Unfortunately, Kilshina suffered by association with the Russian National Federation scandal. The Russian team was banned from competition and twenty athletes, including Klishina, decided to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio as neutrals. This was not viewed favorably by the Russian government and public and many consider these athletes to be traitors.