Sports Illustrated has just released their Fittest 50 list, and some recognizable CrossFit names made the cut. There's also some very notable CrossFitters who were snubbed from this years list.
On the men's side the only CrossFitter to make SI's list was 2015 CrossFit Games winner Ben Smith. Smith was ranked as the 3rd fittest only behind NBA superstar Lebron James and Olympic gold medalist and world record holder decathlete Aston Eaton. Of all CrossFitters (male and female) Smith was ranked the highest, and the only one in the top 10 ahead of some big names like Cam Newton, Usain Bolt, and Conor McGregor.
Most notably absent on the men's side was Rich Froning; arguably the greatest CrossFitter of all time. With his move to Team competition Froning may have lost some of the limelight and publicity, but none of the fitness or his capabilities as a CrossFitter.
The ladies list saw 4 CrossFitters in the top 50 including Christmas Abbott (#35), Camille Leblanc Bazinet (#33), Talayna Fortunato (#25), and Samantha Briggs (#15). Two big names missing from the women's side were past CrossFit Games winner Annie Thorisdottir and defending CrossFit Games champ Katrin Davidsdottir. Both of these athletes have very impressive CrossFit resumes that should've landed them on SI's list.
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