50 fittest athletes in the world

Minute 1: Who is fittest of them all?

Some high school yearbook superlatives are easy choices. Carolyn Churas was clearly the best looking girl in our class and Adam Sandler was definitely the funniest kid in our uncle’s class. (True story.) In the sports world, some superlatives are also easy. Like naming Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time. (Send hate mail to spamfolder@smm.com.) Other choices aren’t so obvious, particularly when it comes to overall fitness rather than just excellence at doing one thing. That’s why we were happy when Sports Illustrated stepped up this week with its list of the 50 Fittest Athletes in Sport. We figured the list would be dominated by NFL/NBA types, but several endurance athletes made the cut including Sara Hall, Courtney Dauwalter, Emma Coburn, Jim Walmsley, and Eliud Kipchoge. (Cyclists and triathletes were overlooked, which doesn’t seem fitting.) Simone Biles was ranked #1 overall for women while Giannis Antetokounmpo was ranked #1 for men. BTW, #17 on the men’s list is D.K. Metcalfe, a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. He is competing this weekend in the U.S. Olympic Trials in a bid to make the squad as a 100M sprinter. Based on this viral clip of him chasing down an opponent, we like his chances. For those of you who are superficial about the aesthetics of human beauty, there is also some pretty good eye candy on the SI list. None of the men or women hold a candle to our superlative friend Carolyn, however. #FittestTest

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