ESPN held a competition to determine the World's Greatest Athlete. Using a similar format, we decided to hold our own competition, but this time compare the sports themselves rather than the athletes, to determine which sport is the world's most demanding sport.
Starting from an initial list of 32 sports, each sport went head to head in an online vote, before only one sport was left. Read about each matchup and voting results.
It could be argued that many sports are worthy of the title of the world's fittest sport. The results of a few similar sports comparisons, testing and analysis came up with the sports of boxing, skiing and squash as the owners of the title of the World's Fittest Sport. Comments that we have had to the ESPN greatest sport poll have suggested that motorsports should be number one. On our original poll using only a limited number of sports: What do you think is the world's fittest sport? soccer and AFL were sports to also rate highly. Using information from all these sources, we came up with this list of 32 sports from which the World's Fittest was determined.
Below are the 32 sports (in alphabetical order) which were compared in our online competition to find the world most fittest sport, and now in the single poll - Which Sport Is The Most Physically Demanding?
- Cycling (Road)
- Cycling (Mountain Bike)
- Football (Aussie Rules)
- Football (American)
- Football (Soccer)
- Gymnastics (Artistic)
- Hockey (Ice)
- Hockey (Field)
- Skiing (X-Country)
- Skiing (Downhill)
- Speed Skating
- Team Handball
- Track and Field (Decathlon)
- Track and Field (Marathon)
- Triathlon (Ironman)
- Water Polo
- Vote now, POLL: What do you think is the world's fittest sport?
- See the Fittest Sport Results
- Discussion about the World's Fittest Sport
- See also about the Fittest Athletes.
- Who is the World's Greatest Athlete?
- My list of the World's Fittest Sport
- Vote for the Greatest Athlete of All Time?
- ESPN List of most demanding sports