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Mikaela Shiffrin Is On S.I.'s Fittest 50 2020

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Ranking the fittest athletes in the world can't be that easy. But, the wonderful folks at Sports Illustrated have taken to the task yet again and have released a listing for Sports Illustrated's Fittest 50 2020.

"Sports Illustrated accepted the challenge and ranked the best-conditioned male and female athletes in the world, consulting trainers, exercise physiologists and performance experts with experience across the college, pro and Olympic levels of sports to evaluate athletes on the following criteria: performances over the last 12 months; demands and risks of their respective sports; durability; training regimens and other physical benchmarks including power, speed, strength, agility, endurance, flexibility and more."

It is interesting to note that the only skier to make the list is the one and only Mikaela Shiffrin. Though this is not a total surprise. Shiffrin has had numerous pieces written and recorded that features her training regiment and her dedication to it. This kind of dedication to training has not only made her one of, if not the best competitive alpine skier in history, but has landed her number four on the Sports Illustrated list, which also 15 places higher on the list that the previous year.

"The list of accolades for Mikaela Shiffrin is lengthy: the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history; the youngest skier to earn 50 World Cup race wins; the first skier—of any gender—to earn $1 million in prize money in a single season; 66 (and counting) World Cup victories … and so on. So, it should come as no surprise that the 24-year-old is disciplined and regimented when it comes to her training, keeping detailed data logs, prioritizing sleep and hitting the gym as hard as she hits the slopes."

This puts the young slalom superstar on the list with some of the top athletes in the world in a multitude of sports, all of which have made them animals when it comes to gym work. If you would like to see who made the list, head over to the complete article at the Sports Illustrated website.

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