The Fittest 50 Women (Sports Illustrated, 2017)

Who is the fittest female athlete in sports? A panel of experts was recruited by the magazine Sports Illustrated to list who they consider the current fittest athletes in sports in 2017 - what they called the "Fittest 50".

Athletes were considered based on performances in the last 12 months, and factoring the demands and risks of their respective sports, training regimens, longevity and physical benchmarks, including: speed, strength, endurance, agility, flexibility and power.

In the female category, they have gymnast Simone Biles at the top, for the males, it was footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Sports Illustrated have also created similar lists of the fittest females in 2014, 2016 and 2019. See more about rating the World's Fittest Athletes.

The Top 20 Fittest Women

Here are the top-20 of the SI Fittest 50 women.

rank Name Sport
1 Simone Biles Gymnastics
2 Allyson Felix Track and Field
3 Katie Ledecky Swimming
4 Maggie Steffens Water Polo
5 Tia-Clair Toomy CrossFit
6 Claressa Shields Boxing
7 Nafissatou Thiam Track and Field
8 Helen Glover Rowing
9 Serena Williams Tennis
10 Lindsey Vonn Skiing
11 Gwen Jorgensen Triathlon
12 Holly Holm MMA
13 Mikaela Shiffrin Skiing
14 Julie Ertz Football (Soccer)
15 Misty Copeland Ballet
16 Maya Moore Basketball
17 Sandi Morris Track and Field
18 Kerri Walsh Jennings Beach Volleyball
19 Candace Parker Basketball
20 Meghan Duggan Ice Hockey


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