Colorado women dominated Sports Illustrated list of fittest athletes in the world

Colorado women dominated Sports Illustrated list of fittest athletes in the world

You only have to look around to know Colorado is one of the fittest states in the United States, but when it comes to bragging rights, Colorado actually rocks the world when it comes to really fit women.

That, at least, is the conclusion of a story in the current issue of Sports Illustrated, which says five of the world’s most fit women call Colorado home. They are Boulder track and field runner Emma Coburn (No. 9); Golden ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter (12th); EagleVail ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin (18th); Boulder rock climber Sasha Digiulian (19th); and Vail ski racer Lindsey Vonn (20th).

Sorry, Broncos and Nuggets fans. The only Colorado man on the list is rock climber Tommy Caldwell of Estes Park (15th). Worse, rival quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs comes in at No. 18. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is ranked No. 1, and the top female on the list is gymnast Simone Biles.

Nothing says Colorado like a list of world’s fittest athletes that includes two ski racers, two rock climbers, an ultra runner and a track athlete.

SI used a panel of experts that included Dr. Michael Joyner, human performance expert at the Mayo Clinic; David Hesse, vice president for performance at the IMG Academy in Florida; Dr. Christopher Lundstrom, exercise physiologist and elite running coach at the University of Minnesota; Roy Holmes, a certified strength and conditioning specialist in Phoenix; and Sue Falsone, physical therapist, athletic trainer and author in Los Angeles. Falsone is a former head trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Coburn, 28, is a former University of Colorado athlete from Crested Butte who won a bronze medal in the steeplechase at the 2016 Rio Olympics and a gold medal at the 2017 world championships. Dauwalter has been redefining women’s ultrarunning 200 miles at a time. Vonn is the winningest female ski racer of all time with 82 World Cup victories, only four behind tying the men’s record held by Ingemar Stenmark, and Shiffrin already has 52 wins at the age of 23. Vonn had only 13 wins when she was Shiffrin’s age, and she didn’t claim her 52nd win until she was 27.

Caldwell, 40, recently starred in “The Dawn Wall,” a documentary following his historic free climb up Yosemite’s El Capitan.

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Emma Coburn, runner

Runner

Courtney Dauwalter, ultrarunner

Ultrarunner

Mikaela Shiffrin

Skier

Sasha Digiulian

Climber

Lindsey Vonn

Skier

Tommy Caldwell

Climber

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