Steven Stamkos Named One Of SI’s 50 Fittest Athletes

by Alexis Boucher | Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

It’s not uncommon for sports fans to compare and contrast athletes and their skills. It’s not even unusual for them to compare athletes from different sports to each other. Sports Illustrated has issued their first Fittest 50 list in an effort to answer an age old question. Just who is the fittest elite athlete out there? Lightning fans will see some familiar names on the list. Bolts captain Steven Stamkos came in at the #38 position.


The athletes were graded on a 40 point rating system based on four criteria: strength, speed, endurance and agility. Each category was based on a scale of 0-10 with a perfect score being 40.  LeBron James took the number one spot with a perfect score. Cristiano Rinaldo and Usain Bolt rounded out the top three with scores of 38.5 and 36.5 respectfully.

So how did Stamkos’ score stack up? He received a 6 for speed, a 5.5 for strength, a 5.5 for agility and a 7.5 for endurance for a grand total of 24.5. We’re a bit biased, but those numbers for speed and agility seem criminally low. (Photo/ Sue Ferlita)

Ten sports were represented in the final list of 50 with seven in the top ten. Football was the most well represented with 17 players making the cut. Including Stamkos only two other hockey players made the list:  Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins at #37 and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers at #21.

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Managing Editor and Senior Writer Alexis Boucher is a transplant from the Northeast, who worships in the churches of hockey and baseball. She has followed the Lightning since the late 90's. A graduate of the Florida State University Creative Writing program, she has been blogging for over three years. She has a penchant for loud music, enforcers, and good beer.

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  1. BigKahuna says:

    Quite an honor considering the amount of athletes in the world. That diminutive winger from NY is ranked way too high.

    • Alexis Boucher Alexis Boucher says:

      I would be interested to see how the scores broke down even further. I still think Stammer’s scores are way too low, but we see him night after night.

  2. Dave Sheehan says:

    Only 3 hockey players made the list?! And zero in the top 20?! Absolutely absurd. The list should be loaded with hockey players!

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