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The Active Times Reveals ‘AT50’: Earth’s Best Athletes

The Active Times Reveals ‘AT50’: Earth’s Best Athletes

The Active Times just unveiled a new list of the Earth’s 50 Best Athletes (AT50), honoring the top outdoor and endurance athletes in the world. With skills and endeavors as different and diverse as the natural world itself, these individuals are like-minded, individualistic, achievement-oriented athletes dedicated to sports that take years to master, and often dangerous natural challenges to navigate. 

The AT50 recognized top athletes in climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, standup paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, swimming, cycling, running, triathlon and adventure. This year, 12 athletes returned to the list and 38 newcomers claimed their spots. 

“Since our first AT50 ranking of the world’s best athletes in 2013, we’ve seen so many incredible athletes pushing the boundaries of what the world thought was possible,” said Diana Gerstacker, editor at The Active Times. “We’re thrilled to recognize inspiring individuals who continue to expand on their impressive careers.” 

To compile the AT50, The Active Times reached out to experts in their respective fields for nominations of the best athletes on earth. The nominated athletes received points for high-profile competition wins (where applicable), innovation in their sports, versatility in their career body of work, inherent risk and notoriety. If they appeared on the 2013 list, they received points for remaining a dominant figure in their sport. Although the sports included are extremely different, the variety of metrics used leveled the playing field.

“Clearly, a ranking of this kind means that we’re comparing what’s typically considered incomparable‹and there’s sure to be some heated debate,” said Gerstacker. “But the AT50 recognizes those who represent the pinnacle of their sport and longstanding success in it. Together they are a dream team of the best natural athletes in the world.”

Final Ranking 

Rank

Athlete

Sport

1

Alex Honnold

Climb

2

Steve Fisher

Kayak

3

Eric Boomer

Kayak/Adventure

4

Adam Ondra

Climb

5

Ueli Steck

Mountaineer/Climb

6

Rebecca Rusch

Mountain bike

7

Will Gadd

Adventure (world¹s best ice climber)

8

Marianne Vos

Cycle (multi-discipline)

9

Katinka Hosszú

Swim

10

Sean O¹Neill

Climb/adventure paraathlete

11

Kelly Slater

Surf

12

Kílian Jornet

Trail Runner/ Ski Mountaineer

13

Eric Larsen

Adventure

14

Maya Gabeira

Surf

15

Dane Jackson

Kayak

16

Usain Bolt

Run

17

Candide Thovex

Ski

18

Chris Sharma

Climb

19

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Mountaineer

20

Sarah McNair-Landry     

Adventure

21

Apa Sherpa

Mountaineer

22

Kelly Clark

Snowboard

23

Kim Havell

Adventure/Ski Mountaineer

24

Nouria Newman

Kayak

25

Tommy Caldwell

Climb

26

Kevin Jorgeson

Climb

27

Tina Maze

Ski

28

Georgia Gould

Mountain Bike

29

Sarah Sjöström

Swim

30

Tatyana McFadden

Hand Cyclist

31

Mirinda Carfrae

Triathlon

32

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

Cycle (multi-discipline)

33

Wilson Kipsang

Run

34

Kye Petersen

Ski/Adventure

35

Gwen Jorgensen

Triathlon

36

Izzi Gomez

SUP

37

Hazel Findlay

Climb

38

Mayan Smith-Gobat

Climb

39

Yunidis Castillo

Run (paralympics

40

Yiannis Kouros

Run

41

John John Florence

Surf

42

Adam Peaty

Swim

43

Sage Kotsenberg

Snowboard

44

Jamie Anderson

Snowboard

45

Katie Ledecky

Swim

46

Courtney Conlogue

Surf

47

David Wiens

Cycle/MTB

48

Tanner Hall

Ski

49

Chris Froome

Cycle

50

Mark McMorris

Snowboard

 

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