People love reading lists and naturally I was intrigued when I saw Sports Illustrated (SI) post a link to their “Fittest 50” list. Their “first ever Fittest 50” was assembled by their editors and writers using a “40-point rating system”. Sounds cool right?
The opening page of the web site’s list reads…
Fitness. For the professional athlete it is the very foundation of success. But even among the pros, some athletes stand head and sculpted shoulders above the rest. The natural question, then: Who is the fittest athlete in sports? For our first-ever Fittest 50, SIâ€™s editors and writers set out to find the answer. We assessed the best of the best across all sports, using a 40-point rating system based on four criteria.
According to the site, their system calculated Strength, Speed, Endurance and Agility. The last sentence on the page reads, “As the rankings that follow make clear, the fittest of the fit come in all shapes and sizes, and from all corners of the athletic world. Count down to see whoâ€™s the fittest of them all.”
Apparently the writers and editors at SI don’t view gender as part of the equation. Call it what it is… “Our TopÂ Fifty Fittest Men in Sports.”
As with any list/rankings, there will be controversy but not ONE female athlete? C’mon man. TheyÂ missed a golden opportunity to gain more fans and show readers they view women as more than just swimsuit models. I find it hard to believe that there’s not one female who could make the list. Yes, the number of professional female athletes pales in comparison to the men but I’m pretty sure there’s at least one female who would meet the criteria.
Lead image compiled via SI video.