Top Ten Hardest Sports

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Hardest sports to do that take the most skill but not given credit to. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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Gymnastics
I am in gymnastics and it is definitely the hardest sport. People think it is easy, but they are so wrong! I have been doing gymnastics since preschool and I have never had an easy practice. Your hands rip from the bars and conditioning is probably harder than football players do. I wish people would understand how hard it is!
Now add a horse to this and you get vaulting. I don't do it, but I can imagine how difficult that is. You have to have crazy amounts of strength and fitness, balancing yourself and others all while doing it on a moving animal.
Gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world.

Have you ever asked yourself: What is the hardest sport in the world? , and: Why? Well I have the answers... Gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world because: you need strength, you need balance, and you need flexibility. Lots of people think that there are lots of harder sports than gymnastics like football. They have protection, but gymnasts don't have protection! Soccer players have grass with no obstacles but we have mats with obstacles! Oh and don't say this is stupid! Just try it. Go on and please read it!

The first reason is you need strength. For example according to http://www.TheTopTens.com/hardest-sports/ a girl likes to laugh at the tough boys do 10 push-ups and complain for the rest of the day that their arms and legs hurt, wile she does 80 push-ups and is not tired, because that is what she does in her practice every day. Imagine you doing that in every gymnastics practice! Don't think you don't need strength, for gymnastics. You need it for: Bars: kip, k squat on, and the glide. Vault: handstand, landing, and getting on. Beam: twists, flips, landing, and jumps. Floor: twists, flips, landing, and jumps. This is an example (a micro-story) that happened to me. “Okay girls and boy, listen up! ” said my gymnastics coach. (there was only 1 boy! ) “you need to be really strong for almost everything in gymnastics. , like the kip, back handspring, front handspring, and many other things! So to prepare you lets do 20 push-ups! ” she finished smiling. “Okay. ” we chorused. We started doing our 20 push-ups. On the 1st one I was tired on the 2nd one I was exhausted. “IT HURTS! ” My mind screamed. When I finally did the 20 push-ups I almost died. Then I lay on the floor sweating. See how hard getting strength is and, see why you need it for lots of things? That's why I think that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world!

Additionally you need to have balance. For instance more than half the people that surveyed said that they have fallen countless times on the beam because it is to hard to keep their balance. The bad thing is that you need balance for lots of things like: In bars: Squat on, kip, glide, and many other things. In beam: just standing on it, twists, jumps, flips, and many other things. In floor: jumps, turns, flips, and many other things. And in vault: running, jumping, landing, and many other things. Here is an interview that I did to my friend who does gymnastics! “The majority of things need balance, and if you don’t have balance you can die! ” says Emma “Also balance is hard because you need to be perfect! ” “Once I was on the beam and I lost my balance! I fell hard on the floor. For like three days I had to sit on a chair because my whole body hurt! (From that terrible fall! )” Emma finishes her story. Now you see why you need balance and why its hard to get! That's why I think that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world!

The final reason is that you need to be flexible. You have to be flexible because in; Beam: jumps, poses, and many other things. Bars: jumps, kip, pike squat on, splits, and many other things. Vault: jumps, bridge, and many other things. Floor: anything to do with a bridge, stretching (splits, pike, etc), and many other things. This is a real life example of how important flexibility is! I have never had a good flexibility. But it’s bad to not have flexibility because you need it for lots of things. Like once I was just walking (in my routine) on the beam. And I couldn't put my arms write and the judge took off.70 (out of 10.00). After that I practiced and practiced but I couldn't put my arms straight. that's why you need to be flexible and why you need it. Now this is what happened to a girl that practices 25 hours minimum a week. According to http://www.TheTopTens.com/hardest-sports/ one comment says that her coach pushes her in her splits. He does it because she needs it for lots of things. Even though she it used to it it hurts a lot. Imagine that happening to you. Even though some people have really good flexibility -like really good- most people find it hard. that's why you need flexibility and why its hard. that's why I think that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world!

Now that after you read this I hope you believe me, that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world because you need to be flexible, you need to be strong, and you need to have balance. Other people should care about this because the people who actually do gymnastics feel the same way as me and I’m like their voice I’m speaking for them. I speak for them because I feel what they feel and I want you to know that gymnastics is not only handstands with bent legs or jumping on the trampoline! It’s speed, it’s strength, it’s grace, it’s balance, it’s flexibility, and it’s perfection. so now go on and tell your friends: I know what the hardest sport is, it’s gymnastics!

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Definitely the hardest. The conditioning is really hard. So are the practices. You practice in any weather in any condition. It can be 100 degrees in the gym, and gymnasts still practice. The pain; many of us have to endure it. It's really hard but we know how to hold it in.
[Newest]Gymnastics is a dictatorship.
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2Swimming
I've been swimming at a high level for most of my life now and I can honestly say this sport is CRAZYYYY demanding. I don't think its as bad as gymnastics because we don't have the threat of dying everyday, but we do work just as hard as them. What people don't understand is that as a swimmer every muscle in your body is used for every single stroke and kick. Not any other sport in the world does that. We not only swim for hours a day we train on land for hours. So basically its like ok your done one practice, but now your expected to jump in the pool and swim as hard and as fast as you possibly can every single day. And for all the people that say they taught themsevles how to swim and its not diffuicult at all anyone can do it, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. This is not your back yard pool swimming, we are really swimming. After every practice you can barely walk you are so sore, and getting changed is so hard because you can't even lift your arms over your head. When you have meets, every race you swim is swam with every fiber of your body (no one has felt pain until they've swam the last lap of a race and the burning that is in your body its the most extreme pain but you still have to swim) and when you finish the idea is to be in anerobic shock meaning you don't have have enough oxygen in your blood stream. And for those who don't think we get injured think again. I've almost broken my back, have had tedinitis in my feet and ankles, and have had contant shoulder and elbow pain for years now. Its a extremely demanding sport. No other sport in the world has as much repetive motion as we do. you can not take a stoke or not kick you have to coninually move every muscle in your body for hours on end with out oxygen. Yeah I don't think most people can actualy do that and not quit. We also have something that no one else has, our "uniforms" are the tightest most painful thing in the world to put on and wear and we have to compete in them. On average it can take 20 mins to put our bathing suits on and when you come out you have the most unflatering bathing suit on in the world, your whole body is scweased so that your are in streamline. So for everyone out there who thinks this sport is easy please I will bring you to a practice to show you that there is no possible way in the world you could keep up with us!
To all those people saying "i have tried swimming it's easy" or "anyone can swim". That'd be like saying "gymnastics is easy because I can do a cartwheel" where as those who actually train for gymnastics would probably tell you a cartwheel doesn't mean you can do gymnastics, and it's a similar thing to what you call swimming and what a swimmer calls swimming are different things... Swimming is one of the hardest sport train for... (the reason I say one of the hardest is because once you reach a certain point on the list, the difficulty of training for the sport is going to vary dependent on how hard each individual athlete is willing to push themselves).

swimmers don't go don't to the pool and do what you call swimming and swim at a leisurely pace we train to complete exhaustion every morning and afternoon for over 30 hours per week as well as gym training and crossfit training. You spend your training sessions sprinting and pushing past your limits and once your heart rate has exceeded maximum bpm you keep pushing harder and if you spew up, you spew then you keep training and you don't stop to spew, I've had plenty of times where I've spent the majority of the set spewing in my mouth swallowing it back down and continuing to push myself further waiting till I'd either reached the edge to spew over (if you were being soft) and continue as fast as possible before the coach is at you for stopping or hold it until the end of the rep I guess it would be and spew during your few seconds of rest before continuing. It frustrates me when I see the comments saying swimming is easy I have tried it... You wouldn't have time to do any other sports if that was the case. I used to play soccer at state level and quit when I was 11 because I was only training 7 sessions a week for swimming and was told I was under training and that was when I was 11 years old.

Obviously some swimmers don't push themselves as hard as others so it's hard to compare sports, rather than the sport I think it'd be more realistic to compare the training efforts of individuals.

I also respect those who do gymnastics and admit it is very hard, neither swimming nor gymnastics get the credit thy deserve.
Okay, I've done a lot of sports over the years and swimming is definitely the hardest of them all. People complain of doing conditioning for most of the practice, but swimming IS conditioning. I mean it demands every muscle of your body, and believe me, you have to be TOUGH. In my opinion, swimming and gymnastics are the top two hardest. Swimming is so underestimated. Seriously. I absolutely hate when people argue over the hardest sport because its like comparing apples and oranges, they are all different in their own way. A lot of people think that at swim practice we just swim back and forth the whole time and that's that, but it's so much more than that. The sets we do are so utterly grueling and demanding of your body. I've seen many people (myself included) throw up out of pain and exhaustion during practice. Also, if you miss a few practices you immediately get out of shape and its really hard to get back into practices. Swimmers are all so fit and it is so important to eat healthy and get rest in order to do your best. We are eating 2-4 times more calories than the average person every day to keep up with calories burned while swimming. Not to mention, you are doing everything with a limited oxygen supply. People pass out from lack of oxygen sometimes at practice. I've felt some pretty bad pains throughout my life, and I have to admit, the worst pain I've ever felt is the burning of my muscles during practice or a race. You are working every muscle in your body and your heart is beating so abnormally fast because you are lacking oxygen which only makes the burning worse. Also to swim you must be mentally tough. It can be so boring during practice because all you do is stare at the bottom of the pool. There are extremely high burnout rates in the sport as well. I know people that have been swimming their whole lives and all of a sudden they just suddenly withdraw themselves from the water I mean they cannot even go near a pool just because of how sick they are of swimming. Also, you have so much pressure during races. I know people that have had panic attacks during their races to the point their throats tighten up and they can't breathe. It's impossible to put into words how hard it is, but swimming is definitely up there.
[Newest]Swimming is the hardest sport, you have to hold your breath, have no social life, and need muscles everywhere to even swim a stroke! If you don't agree with this jump in the pool and swim a 200 fly at 5:00 in the morning
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3Figure Skating
I think figure skating is at least the second hardest sports because it takes will, determination, and gut. I am a figure skater my self. Every day you go to practice and train and work your butt off just to be the best. To get a jump right you have to jump it exact just to land it and get full points for competition. You have to jump and land on a blade that is thinner than your finger. And every day you practice and practice and it seems like you are going no where and not improving in any of the jumps that you are learning but when you land that jump it feels like all your hard work, pain, and tears is worth it and you realize that you are one step closer to your dream that you had since you got foot on the ice for the first time. When I first started skating I had a coach that told me that whatever I did was correct. When I was ten I got an new coach and I had to learn everything from the beginning. All that years of training for nothing. When I was twelve my coach left out of the country. I was devastated, I was afraid that I was never going to find another coach to help me get to my dream. Soon I had another coach that would help me reach my goal and go farther. She was very critical but all my jumps, spins became clean and polished. I am so grateful to have an amazing coach and amazing parents. Jump aren't the only thing in skating. You have to do jump, spins, and moves and the fields. Spins - you have to do different elements and combinations. Moves on the field - you have to switch edges on your blade. Every line must be clean and precise. I wrote this comment because I want to show people that figure skating is not easy. I hear people say that oh skating is so easy, all you do is skate. Well they are wrong, it's not just skating it's much more. Most people don't even have the gut to get on the ice. Any ways the only thing that is important is that you love the sport and you will work hard to strive to reach your dream.
Alright.. So I'm a figure skater myself, and to be a competitive figure skater, it takes more hen just stepping out on the ice, jumping from forward to backwards, its harder then that, you're throwing yourself up in the air trying to spin 3-4 times in the air, there's spots in it where you're going to wanna give up, but you really can't give up, its something you're going to fall in love with, and something that you're really going to hate, but you just need to push your self through it and say, 'i know I can' because its just not something simple, its not something you can just learn in a day or two, I've been skating since I was 2 years old, and I still haven't got to the level I need to be at.. It takes skill, you need to have dedication to the sport and determination. I'm at the rink 5 days a week for longer then 3 hours. I personally think figure skating should be near the top, not number 7. So I think everyone should sit back and think a little bit harder on what the hardest sport is, figure skating is one day going to kill me. But if you think chasing a puck around the ice or holding your breath under water for 2 minutes at a time, then think differently. I can agree that gymnastics would be the hardest sport, I agree but figure skating, at least top 4 or 5.
Figure skating is definitely the hardest sport. If you're thinking figure skating is just gliding on one foot and doing a little turn, it's much more. When you start learning to glide on one foot for 4 yards, doing a bunny hop and little turns, I don't think that even counts as figure skating. The real stuff starts when you start doing the flying sit spin, the illusion and jumps with 1-3 revolutions. You need to have precise leg, head, hips and arm positioning and impeccable timing to have enough rotation to the jump and land it. Personally I think it takes way longer than 4 years! When I was on freestyle 4 (which took me almost 4 years) I still felt I was on an extremely low level because I barely fell down and personally I think it is. I was only beginning to learn single jumps. If you don't fall at least 90% of the time while learning something new, you're not trying hard enough. Practicing takes dedication and pain. Some skaters wake up before school to practice. Some skaters skate until past midnight! I go to an open campus skating camp in the Lake Placid Olympic Rink and I met this 17 teen turning 18 year old skater that might be going to the Olympics. He said he had to practice from 5pm to 2am every single day with 2 more hours of practice. That's 9 hours of practicing with barely any breaks! You're asking now, why can't he just practice during the day time? That's because during the day time, the ice is too busy for them (aka 4 really good skaters on the ice. ) Even figure skaters who are dedicated but not good enough to go to the Olympics practice around 3-4 hours a day! Now THAT'S WHAT I CALL DEDICATION.
I am a very good skater and my first time on ice I need to learn one week to begin to skate.
[Newest]I'm a figure skater too, I agree what you said. And for the boys they need strength if they were doing pairs of doing lifts and throwing a girl back down.
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4Water Polo
I understand why some people might think that gymnastics is harder than waterpolo. I will share with you my one experience as a fellow water polo player.

I jump into the freezing ice cold water and stare at my huge opponent, #9. She grumbles and glares at me, with a snort she shouts out, "I've got 16! " The ref throws the ball to me and blows the whistle. I sway around in the water for about a second, trying to watch my teammates to see if they're open. One girl is being blocked, another is being pushed down into the water and the ref is ignoring them, #3 screams for the ball. I see #9 pushing through the water towards me, for a huge girl she moved through the water quickly. I throw the ball to #3, #9 punches my elbow, causing the pass to go to the left. #3 and her defensive player sprint for the ball. I see her head go under and the defensive player swim ahead. I swim towards the goal hoping to get open In case she gets the ball. I watch on the sidelines as the defensive player reach for the ball but #3 was aggressive and leaped over her defense to swipe the ball. The refs didn't even call a foul. I scream and shout for the ball, #9 blocks my path. Her huge meaty arm latches onto my shoulder and pushes me down, I try to eggbeater as hard as I can and stay on my stomach. I get a messy pass from #3. I grab the ball but three players pull me down. I kick one of them in the stomach and use the other to push out of the water and quickly make a shot towards the goal. The ball misses the huge goalie by centimeters and I sprint back to the middle of the pool

As you have read, this thing doesn't ever happen in gymnastics. Waterpolo is incredibly and extremely demanding. You are being pushed and shoved by huge players when you're on offense and you have to push and shove on defense. This is much more than swimming (I'm also a competitive swimmer) there is no other sport in which you have to actually keep yourself up while being pushed around like a sack because the floor is gone. You have to keep yourself extremely high up to actually get a decent shot and not get drowned by a player (a girl actually feinted because she swallowed so much water because the refs suck) in gymnastics, people say you have the chance of dying. you must be a pretty bad gymnast if you might kill yourself on the bars. However, in waterpolo someone is actually trying to kill you. Waterpolo players bleed and break bones too! Also, we do it in any condition & whats with that person for the gymnastics column saying they have to do it in any condition? They are in a gym! Just adjust the air conditioner!

I understand cheer leading, power tumbling, and boxing/martial arts. But dancing is not as hard as waterpolo or gymnastics. We play football and wrestle while not having a floor to stand on and we are being pushes back by water. Imagine playing football while in the air and being constantly slowed down and having a person grabbing at you and make sure you can't breath. Yeah that happens a lot in dance
I don't see how this is third. I think everyone misinterpreted hardest sport with most barbaric sport. I'm sure it takes skill to play this but does it really take that much.
Nobody's ever attempted to rip my swimsuit off and use me as a human backboard while swimming... Just at water polo. As somebody who does both sports, I'd say that water polo is definitely tougher. It requires more stamina to continually release in the water and sprint back and forth. Even the times when you have more rest, you're still treading water, which takes energy. And at the same time, you have to be aware of the other players in the pool and the position of the ball, and try to pass and shoot while other players are pressing you. Players are also extremely dirty, because the refs can't see most of it - they will dig into pressure points, kick off other players, elbow, gouge, scratch, twist, anything that they can think of to get an advantage.
Water Polo is way harder than swimming. Water Polo involves so much more skill and endurance then swimming does. Water Polo is also not just lets swim in lanes, you have to be willing to sometimes get in a fight with people under water.
[Newest]Water polo should be first. I just got back from practice and I have a big scratch on my eyelid. Enough saif
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5Horseback Riding
In no way does the horse do all of the work. Heels down, toes up, calves back and on, supporting the horse, back straight, shoulder back, hands low and still in constant contact with the horses mouth without pulling too hard, look where you're going. Maintain this position perfectly while controlling a 1,000 pound animal with a mind of its own.
This involves moving it with just one leg, constantly supporting it and worry about exactly how fast or where it's going, posting or rising up and down in the saddle with almost no help form the stirrups, turning with a bit of leg rein, weight shift and looking, but not too much or too little of anything while maintaining speed and perfect position. Try reining in a 1,000 pound animal going 20 mph with just your arms, but not pulling too hard. Try having to be constantly aware of every part of your body and your horse's at every second while moving at 20 mph, making hairpin turns, jumping fences and despite the speed always be three steps ahead, make sure your horse is on the right stride, judging distances, all while thinking about five other things. Constantly having to look, be aware, be in control, all while maintaining a perfect position. Try guiding your partner every step of the way, making sure all of your cues are absolutely perfect, knowing that if you do even one thing a tiny bit wrong, you could die. It takes strength, endurance, perseverance, smarts, control and skill. It takes years. It takes work, practice, the ability to communicate perfectly to an animal with no words, understand it and work with it. You have to worry for yourself and your horse, look perfect, be in constant control, always be thinking ahead, be incredibly strong to hold a 1,000 pound creature together with your legs and make it look easy. It takes nothing short of hours and hours of practice, perfection, work, skill, physical fitness and undying trust in an animal that could just as easily kill you as it can breathe. It's about finding the perfect balance in cues, concentrating immensely, having the strength, having every understanding of your horse, always maintaining your position no matter what cue you are giving, knowing just what your horse is doing, being aware completely of your own movement, where you are going, which cues to use, how fast, where to go and never losing your position or focus. Not doing any of these things could mean death. A sport that requires skill, fitness and above all practice. I have played soccer for one year, ridden for seven. I progressed in soccer EXTREMELY quickly compared to horseback riding. It is a sport that takes immense time and passion to master. It is more difficult that any sport I have done before. It has earned its place in this list.
I have ridden for ten years. Believe, me it is the most difficult sport. Anyone who says different is wrong! Most people say Equestrian isn't a sport because the only time they've ever ridden is on the beach while on vacation. That is NOT riding.

I'm a show jumper. This is what I have to do: I get on a 1500 pound animal, who has been trained all winter and is at his peak, hurtle myself over 4 ft obstacles that are often 3 ft wide, whip around corners as fast as possible while not knocking anything down.

Yes, the horse plays a big part in the sport (obviously) but when I am racing around the competition ring, who do you think is keeping that animal balanced? Who do you think is telling the horse exactly where to put each of his feet, every single step of the way? And, in the judged classes, you have to make it look pretty and smooth.

A lot of people say Equestrian isn't a sport because you don't have to be fit to do it; that's also not true. I admit that I'm not a runner or a swimmer; I can't run for the life of me. However, I bet most people don't have the power in their thighs to break human bones. I can do air squats for an hour and not get tired. I can win any kind of arm wrestle. Most people who ride for the first time are out of breath and sweating after an hour.

Equestrian is extremely dangerous as well. That's why you rarely see a show jumper without a helmet. When you crash into a jump, going extremely fast on a very heavy animal, it hurts. There is always an ambulance on scene at an equestrian competition. When you go to a hospital and tell them you have an injury from riding, they immediately bring you in, no matter how long the line up. A horse kicks you in the head, you have an instant concussion. A horse steps on you when you fall off, you immediately have a broken bone. Remember Christopher Reeve, the man who played Superman? Most people know that he was paralyzed after an accident for the rest of his life. That accident was at an equestrian competition, and he fell off his horse.

So before you say Equestrian isn't a sport, please know the facts. And please make sure that you have actually ridden a horse PROPERLY.
Horseback riding is such a broad spectrum, but in the majority of it's disciplines it is definitely one of the hardest sports. (Behind gymnastics, that's just crazy hard props to all you high level gymnasts out there) There are a lot of things in the horse world that can't be learned from a book or watching videos they have to be felt. As a rider one has to feel every movement of the horse underneath them and understand what each means. They need to be able to come down from a full gallop to a walk using their leg ans seat without pulling on their horses mouth.

Western Riders have to control their horses with shifts of body weight, leg positioning and touches of rein, if one part of the body moves incorrectly they are telling the horse to do something entirely incorrect and could end up on the ground. Now try doing this going 30 MPH around barrels.

I ride a lot more English than Western and primarily event but have shown hunters jumpers and eq. Hunters have to look perfect never taking a wrong step around a course of fences, and without speeding up or slowing down. Try doing this with a 1000 pound animal with a mind of it's own. Eq has to do that as well but around a trickier course with tighter turns, lead changes and roll backs, all while looking good. Jumpers have to fly. They're not just speeding around a ring but have to be balanced collected and ready to jump 3'+ objects without knocking any down. You know who balances the horse? The rider. Judges distances? The rider. Checks the speed without touching the horses mouth that's right the rider.

Eventing tests all parts of the riders skills. You have to form a 3-5 minute memorized flat test, keeping the horses body in perfect alignment, lengthening and shortening the stride, bending around circles and making perfect transitions. All while looking like you're not doing anything. The horse definitely doesn't do this on their own. Then from that, stadium, jumping a course set on tricky lines with a time limit tests the horse's stamina and skill. The rider has to check distances balance the horses and not knock anything down!

After that they still have cross country! A test over varying terrain where the horse has to jump solid obstacles at speeds in order not to get time penalties! Definitely one of the hardest of equine sports but also the most thrilling! Speed, balance and jump all need to be controlled by the rider's position, weight and minimal hand, and XC pictures are the best so you still want to look good.

Still think it's easy?
[Newest]I have been riding for over 5 years and I can safely say that it is the hardest sport to do. It requires so much strength, intelligence, compassion, and love for your partner and for your sport. Everyone says "soccer is harder because you are actually doing something" or " all you do is sit there" that is so wrong! It is one of the hardest sports and anyone who says otherwise should be put on an 18 hand horse and jump 4 feet with me. I love all other sports, but from every sport I have tried, this is by far the hardest and the only one which has captivated my heart.
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6Motorcross
I have raced motocross since I was 3 and I'm almost 16 now. 13 years, 13 broken bones, 2 surgeries and 8 concussions later I'm not scared, embarrassed to say motocross is by far the most physical demanding and tough sport in the world. People think you just sit and turn the throttle. It take balance, strength and skill to be fast on a dirtbike!
When people say its just sitting down and holding the throttle its funny because you don't sit down unless your going around a turn, also, its burns 700 to 800 calories and I have never lost my breathe so quick in my life.
I race motocross and it is by far the most physically demanding sport in the world. I recently had a crash and split my liver and had internal bleeding and I'm still on the mend no other sport is that tough and that hard.
[Newest]Even second comment for swimming says "swimming doesn't have the threat of dying like gymnastics"

Motocross riders have the biggest threat out there. 50-60mph over whoops, and railing turns with the throttle wide open, or a NASTY kicker will throw you over and that's a long drop on your head.
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7Competiton Cheerleading
Competitive Cheer is by far the hardest sport there is. With all the flexibility of a gymnast and all the strength of a foot ball player, cheerleaders do a lot. While I can see why some people would say other sports are hard I personally think that cheerleading is the hardest.

Flyers literally are flung up into the air doing all sorts of different twists and tricks. They have to find their footing and balance in the hands of their base. Switching from pose to pose is not easy. Ever tried doing a tic-tok? A tic-tok is when you switch legs when switch stunts. It's harder than it looks. You have to shift you entire body from one position to the next all within the span of a few seconds and make it look easy. One wrong step or laps in concentration and the stunt goes crashing down, literally. And falling to the ground is not my idea of a fun time. Without doing those stunts being up in the air isn't amazingly easy either. Besides balance, concentration, and strength, you have to have a lot of trust in your base. Your base is your support. If you think your base can't hold you up, you're so screwed. You have believe they won't drop you and even though you know they won't if they can help it sometimes it's still hard to trust your self to about 4 or 5 people grabbing onto your ankles. If you've gone to a local football game and watched the cheerleaders cheer you may notice all they do is hold them up there. There is a good reason for that. Flipping in the air is hard. You have to be professional. There are a few school cheer teams who do have the skill and coaches to do that and hats off to them!

And being a base is no picnic either. Sure, you're not the spotlight of the stunt, but your just as important. You have hold another person up and hope they don't wobble around to much. You've been entrusted with this person's life, and the victory of your team. One wrong shift in movement or loss of balance and that's it: game over. It takes a lot of strength and courage- and blind faith- to base, just as much if not more than a flyer. When you have to start shifting you start thinking 'Oh No oh no oh no, she's going to fall... ' and you panic. People don't give basing enough credit. Basing is so hard!

A lot of pressure goes into this sport too. Pressure from coaches to work harder, better, to be perfect in the air and on the ground. Pressure from parents to do well. Pressure from your peers to do your job. As a base you're the backbone of the team, you support them, LITERALLY. As a flyer there's a lot of pressure too. Besides pulling off all those flips and tricks in the air with professional precision a lot of girls want your job. Flying is thought to be like the coveted lead roll of the team (It's not all that great actually :/) and everyone wants to be a flyer. If you mess up you're out of there. There's pressure from your self as well. Cramming every ounce of energy you can into 2 minutes and 30 seconds is hard. It's either all out there or nothing at all. You have to smile while doing the scorpion in the air supported by nothing but about 5 pairs of hands, acting like 'laugh out loud I do this every day this is so easy why are we even putting this baby move in here? ' When really you're all ' I DON'T WANT TO DIE PLEASE DON'T DROP ME WHY AM I DOING THIS DOES MY COACH WANT TO KILL ME? '

Yes, we fall and get injured and then cry thinking we've lost the competition. We cry when we mess up a stunt. We cry when we hit the wall. We cry when we hit a mind block. We cheer and laugh and cry when we win too. All the hard work you put into this routine. The blood, sweat, tears, fear, anger, all pays off during the 2 minutes and 30 seconds I call the Cheerleader's Euphoria.

Cheerleading is the hardest sport out there. Don't believe me? Go to an All Star team's practice or better yet try and pull off these stunts. (JK Don't do that, I don't want you getting hurt) Then come back and tell me it's so easy.
I like how everyone else is saying that cheerleading is stupid and cheerleaders are stuck up brats who do the sport for popularity, and none of the cheerleaders have said anything mean to anyone about their sports... And we are the mean ones? Also I dare anyone who does not think this is the hardest sport to watch a competitive cheer team's practice like California allstars they condition for at least three hours and run at least six miles... as a warm up then for the next two hours they stunt until they are about to faint then we tumble. You know? The thing we make look easy when really we have to hold the perfect body position to literally DEFY GRAVITY while our muscles are the tightest they will ever be. Then we do our entire routine around 15 times which includes the hardest tumbling stunting and dancing we are able to do. If someone says one more thing about how cheer is not a sport I might go insane... you truly have to do the sport and take it as seriously as we do to know exactly how hard it is. Everyone on my team and all the other cheer teams know that when you mess up or fall it is the worst feeling in the world that is why girls break their backs trying to do scales or dislocate their knee trying to do their best because that is what cheer is about. Do you know what they tell us at camps? When you clap it should be so hard your hands should be red when you hit your sides they should be red. You think normal cheer is hard then competition is ten times that soccer players say that they play for two hours and we only have a routine for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Well they don't understand that it is filled with THE HARDEST moves that we could ever do without killing ourselves its like taking the most difficult two minutes and thirty seconds of your game and adding using all of your muscles until the routine is done then literally collapsing from exhaustion. Like if you think competition cheerleading should be first.
Cheer is extremely hard. Try combining weight lifting, intense cardio, and skill/technique into one sport: that's cheer. You have to learn to work as a team in order to hold/throw girls into crazy positions, you have to learn how to make it work. You have to memorize intense routine sequences. You have to master tumbling, it is not easy to throw yourself across the floor doing multiple front and back flips, twisting and flipping every direction in tons of different ways. Level 1 stuff is easy, cheering at games is easy. COMPETITIVE CHEER at an advanced level is HARD. People underestimate cheerleading because all they see is the stereotypes created by media through movies portraying cheerleaders as clueless, attention-seeking, pretty-girls. Cheerleaders practice strength, cardio, agility, form, and countless other skills. It takes years of dedication to master skills like a roundoff-backhandspring layout full. It takes endless amounts of practices to be able to show off a kick-souble basket toss. And it takes a team of dedicated cheerleaders to be able to combine this plus incredibly hard stunts, jumps, and dance sequences into a 2 minute routine, the whole time smiling and yelling as loud as you can. Cheer is an extremely hard sport.
[Newest]Cheerleading is the most hardest sport out there. We do things that football players could never do in a million years it's not just jumping around on a mat. In two minutes and thirty seconds we make the impossible look easy. Made up of jaw dropping stunts, jumps higher than your head. So football players walk a day in my shoes, because by the end of the day you won't be walking. And football players we don't jut do "cool" things, we through 100 pound girls you through 2 pound footballs and we actually catch ours... Cheerleaders don't judge other sports so why judge ours. Now tell me cheers not a sport!
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8Freestyle Wrestling
The only sport where the practice is the same as competition and the same level of intensity. Wrestling requires the athlete to use every muscle in their body at the same time. A wrestling match is continuous and folkstyle matches can last up to 9.5 minutes long, 9.5 minutes of pushing your muscles to failure with no breaks or rest. In a match, you are allowed only 1.5 minutes if you receive an injury, and if you take any more time the match is forfeited. Given the weight classes, practices are very high intensity and usually are held in the basements of schools with the heat cranked up to around 100 degrees. In addition to the practices, the most successful wrestlers do things such as run the streets at night - usually in many layers (a standard in practices as well) and sometimes plastic suits to lock the heat in - no matter the weather, as well as working out in a gym or at home or attending multiple practices. My senior season I walked into my first practice at 197 lbs and finished the season competing in the 160 lb weight class. I would typically lose an average of 5 lbs a practice but I had friends who have lost 6 and even 7 lbs in a practice, and in addition to working out in the mornings before school and after practice I also ate very little to maintain my weight. If you want to be successful, most wrestlers train 12 months a year at the same intensity as they do in season and are forced to give up all other sports to accommodate for wrestling's demands. Without a doubt the toughest sport mentally and physically, and while I ended my wrestling career a little over a year ago I can say that if I ever have a son I don't know if I would want him to wrestle, because the sport if so grueling and unglamorous.
Dude come on seriously wrestling under cheerleading, horseback riding, gymnastics and water polo? Wrestling is no joke people work their living tails off on the mat. Wrestling requires muscle, stamina, quickness, toughness, mental toughness and believe it or not flexibility and lots of bravery. You will get slammed on the mat possibly break something if you're not tough enough simply because your opponent is more muscular than you. Its take tons of bravery to step onto a mat with another person who could possibly overpower you and not to mention you must remain aggressive thanks to the new rules, the coaches and refs. You have to sacrifice lots of eating time to make weight classes and the conditioning is extreme more muscle than other sport unlike football when players sit majority of the time. wrestlers always will either condition or break each others necks at practice and the only way to get really good is to work on technique and strength outside of practice. I've done wrestling for a while now in multiple weight classes usually in the lower ones like 113 up to 126 and your skills only show to how much time and effort you put into the intensity of you workouts and practices. I usually run 2-3 miles after meets and sometimes after practice and even over the weekends to lose weight and to help stamina this is usually exhausting enough. People would put your body into positions that could be potentially dangerous and you could get choked out while being pinned. The matches may seem short but honestly if you're not a cross country runner or swimmer you're gonna get muscular weak and winded during the 3rd period and seriously half the people don't survive that long. Wrestling and freestyle wrestling should be higher no doubt, only a handful of people can endure the the bone breaking steps to become good. Whatever your opponent does you have to think quick be quick and defend quick and when they have almost equal strength that is determined to pin you its gonna be pretty much a war out there from that little move, trust me its even harder when trying to stand up when they guy is behind you bringing you down. This is a sport only for a handful of people who can actually withstand this physically and mentally killing sport and have no doubts that this and wrestling should be place higher.
Come on. The only true sport that takes endurance to it's limits. It takes every attribute you have to win. These guys work their buts off and what do they get. They deserve to be number one 'cause they can wrestle despite all these flaws.

Wrestling for life.
[Newest]This is the hardest. Anyone who disagrees is to sheltered to understand
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9Cross Country
I cannot believe this is not even on the list. Honestly, there's a reason why XC people practically inhale food nonstop, yet remain the thinnest people in school. The sport is so physically taxing that it's impossible to gain any kind of weight. XC is hard because you have to do it nonstop as hard as you can. Sure gymnastics is hard and all, but they're events only last a few minutes before they get another break. XC is 100% slow twitch muscle fibers, (which your body has much less of, so it's harder to build) and it's literally 100% cardio. If you don't have a strong heart, you're gonna die. You know what I want, for EVERYONE in the aforementioned sports to race 1 meet with us... (and no, don't even think about stopping, you gotta run the whole 3.1 miles no matter kind of pain you'll experience). Since half the wusses in the above sports do track, why not try the 2 mile then? If distance running is apparently so easy? You know who do the 2 mile events? Cross country kids. Everyone else do the easy sprints, dashes, and jumps... Because they're too weak to do the longer events. People seriously don't give us enough credit. They look at us, and they think we're born with it. They think it's easier for us and that's why we do it. I aced the mile in gym, and my friend who majorly lagged behind said "Well, you're in XC, I'm not. " Honey... That doesn't mean ANYTHING. No, I'm not born with magic running abilities, you could be just as good as me if you tried. (Which you don't because running is too hard of course. ) I don't care what anyone says; nothing is harder than XC.
I swim and run cross country. Cross country is super hard, but swimming is extremely gruelling!
Cross country is definitely the hardest and most mentally tough sport that will ever exist. It takes hours of practice that require so much determination that anyone who doesn't run cross country could ever imagine. I am just a freshman girl and we run at least 8 miles a day. I'm not even going to mention how many miles the boys run. It's insane! They sometimes literally just go on a ten mile tempo run at a pretty fast pace. There are no timeouts or substitutions. You have to keep going all the way nonstop. During the race you think you can't go any farther but have the will power to cross that finish line. During the summer we get to practice at 6 in the morning everyday while people in other sports are sleeping in. We run in the intense heat and literally swear through our shirts and drip sweat everywhere on our bodies. We even train for long distance track in the winter and run while it is snowing in the insanely freezing weather. I believe cross country should be ranked number one hands down. Anyone not running cross country has no idea what so ever of the pain we endure everyday during practice. Cross country is a team sport and requires the efforts of the first five runners of your team to come in. And I cannot believe someone could have ever said that rowing is a harder sport than cross country. Seriously. Really? You are moving a boat. All you need to do is push an ore as hard as you can to get to the finish. In cross country you need to do so much more. There is complete strategy and determination to get you to the finish line where you want to be. In rowing there is no problem what so ever to get to the finish line. In cross country you have to be some of the strongest people ever! How can you not say that! I have a six pack! And it doesn't matter if you have to row in perfect synchronization! Cross country runners have some of the strongest muscular legs you will ever see. The last half mile of the three mile race you have to push so hard that some people pass out when they get to the finish line or throw up. XC is my life and I believe that there is nothing harder than it in the world. Someone might think it is easy to win a race, but if everyone wants to win, which everyone does, imagine the battle! I dare you to watch one cross country race. Look at the runners' faces. See their pain and dedication. Cross country should not be overlooked.
I think it is insane that cross country isn't at least in the top 3. I understand that other sports are difficult in different ways, but for all you people that say xc isn't a real sport because "everyone can do it", try it for one week. I dare you. Try to push though our 12 mile long runs, our mile repeats, and our hill circuits, giving 100%. Try running until you have an asthma attack, pass out, throw up, or all three, just at practice. And after you experience this, don't be expecting any break. That's just how our sport goes. You'll go home and sleep, and then wake up at 5:30 the next morning to lift weights, work on core strength, and run some more. Even on our "easy days" we run 5-7 miles, oh and trust me, there's no walking either. This whole sport is based on your body breaking down so it can build back stronger.

I've explained all of the physical pain, but the mental aspect is just as challenging. You want to quit. You want to collapse so you don't have to feel the pain anymore. You cry real tears because you want to stop so badly. You wish that your own leg would break so you wouldn't have to suffer anymore. But you don't. Because something inside you forces you to keep pushing through the pain. You tell yourself that it'll all be worth it someday. It sounds crazy, but that's just because we are crazy. "Running is a mental sport, and we're all insane."

One of my experiences that I feel perfectly describes xc is the time that I passed out right in the middle of the race. I had began to have an asthma attack, and I simply couldn't breath. Things started to go black and I couldn't hear anything, and then I collapsed right at the second mile. I blacked out. A coach from another team grabbed me and pushed me to the side. I came back to pretty quickly, I was probably only blacked out for 20 seconds. I sat there, fading in and out of blackness, still struggling to breathe, and was extremely dizzy and light headed, but a member of my team passed me, calling for me, so I got back on my feet and finished the race. Seriously, does it get any more intense than that?
[Newest]No breaks, no timeout, this is not a game. In cross country, you are constantly working and most likely in pain for long periods of time. I wake up at 4:30 to 5:00 in the morning to run, go to school, then go to cross country practice EVERY DAY.
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10Hockey
"Horse back riding? Really? That's not even a sport! "
Really? Do you know how insulting that is? We work 4 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week every week of every month and Every month of every year. So that 1 or 2 times a month during the summer we could have a chance to win a 20 cent ribbon. If it's not hard why do we have to work everyday of the year for a show, and still have the possibility to get 8th place. Why then, wouldn't we not work all year then go to a show and get 1st place? If it were so easy. And you say a real sport is scored and not judged, and that horse riding is judged. But it's not. Judging is an opinion. Is it an opinion... That I knocked down a rail? That I wasn't on the correct lead? That the horse took a half step before the jump? That the horse refused the jump? That we went over the time limit? Are these opinions? No. They are facts. We get scores. Knocked down a rail? 4 faults. Horse refused? 4 faults. Over the time limit? 2 faults for every 5 seconds over. Messed up the pattern? Disqualified. If you mess up a play in a football game are you kicked out? No. You aren't. But if we mess up our course all of that work. All of the hours of practicing are down the drain. Have you ever jumped a horse over a 3 foot jump? Didn't think so. You people think we just sit there but you are so so wrong. Has a horse ever just started jumping around, bucking, and rearing? Have you ever had to hang on for literally your very life? Have you ever had to calm or stop a horse that is bucking and rearing? If it's so easy we would put you on our horse, point you to a 3 foot jump and say go. But we don't want you to ruin our horses, so we try to explain it to you. But all you do is dismiss it, like its easy. And it doesn't change anything. So we don't know why we try. But we do. But know one ever listens. No one can see the physical effort that goes into riding. No one truly understands this sport unless they are a part of it. And that's all I can say. Though this won't change anyone's mind. Like I said we try. But our efforts are always wasted because the people we try to convince are to closed minded to even listen.
Freestyle wrestling, bull riding and cross country are the only ones that should be up there in this bracket and normally there not in the top 20. I give a lot of credit to gymnastics I see it almost everyday because my sister does it but don't give me that BS that gymnastics is the hardest sport hockey should not be at # 12 first of your on ice that's hard enough me as a goalie having 90mph shots at me isn't hard I guess to some people. My equipment I have on gives me 30lbs I guess that simple to people also. Swimming is very hard but going across a pool isn't gonna cut to be the #2 spot give me a break. Hockey you're in a freezing climate 32 degrees and below. When I go to my respective Goalie trainer he doesn't take no crap I go out there with the flu pulled muscles cough headache if I'm not in the hospital in playing hockey. I have the best seat in the house and if you are 5'7 150lbs and you see 6'5 220lbs coming at you your done peoples break their necks arms legs fingers ankles knees it's horrifying. Do you see people bleeding from there necks from a skate that cut it I don't think so. Have you ever been hit through glass and it shatters on you? Nope. The physical aspect of the game is highly demanding there is no missing practice because then you're off the team. Hockey is a 12 month sport there is no off season. Hockey is one of the last sports that allows you to fight can't fight in football basketball cheerleading dance bull riding swimming rugby water polo because there a bunch of wimps
You don't realize how hard swimming is, it's not just "going across a pool" is hockey just "skating across a rink", no it's not! Swimming is extremely demanding! I am in university and I swim 12 times a week (twice a day except for Sunday) for 2 and a half hours per practice, not including out of water training! We do painfully hard sets, some of which only allow you to breathe a certain number of times. You can breathe whenever you want in hockey. I have witnessed my teammates passing out, throwing up, injuring themselves, and crashing into each other head on! Hockey may be more dangerous, but it is definitely not as hard as swimming!
Hockey is the hardest no matter what everybody else says! You can run by the age of 3! If you can do gymnastic at 2 it's not hard. Know why we wear equipment? It's because there are 9 other people on the ice going 90 miles per hour all going for the same puck! People say hockey isn't hard but in order to play the beautiful sport you must have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner and the concentration of a brain surgeon. You tell me if it is hard or not... Don't give me that crap about gymnastics is so hard because it doesn't hold a candle to ice hockey!
If it's so easy, get up on that beam and tumble on it, with tight legs, core, and pointed toes. Not so easy, is it?
[Newest]Oh well yea anyone can mount a horse (well almost everyone) but only a select few can ride one. And no I don't mean seat on a horse. I mean ride As in steer, flex, control. Can you jump a horse, steer it around a barrel at a gallop, play golf on its back, stay on as it bucks and rears, leap of it and tackle a cow? No! Not unless your trained

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11Bull Riding
Dude your on a freaking bull!
The fear from just that makes it hard!
Besides the fact that the bull is jumping and twisting and you can't really hold on that well...
Well the fact of the matter is that you have thousand pound animal strapped between your legs and your told to hang on. I'm not just saying this because I have seen bad stuff happen, but I was the person that has all the injuries to show it. So I have no idea why they put horse back riding before bullriding. Cause I train horses for a hobby and they aren't that tough to ride.
That 8 seconds is the longest 8 of your life!
The wii lash is not fun ether!
Not mention when you fall of the only thing in-between you and the bull beating you to death is a 1inch thick vest!
[Newest]Ya this is a scary activity... But seriously? Come on. How is this even up here at 12? W.T.F. ?! This isn't eve a sport! It's not even in the Olympics

12Rowing
Rowing is unique in that it requires both power and endurance. Power to jump off the stretchers in the boat and endurance to be able to put full pressure into that oar for almost 200 strokes over the course of a 2000 meter race.
A rowers description of a 2000 meter race:

0-100 Meters:
Teams usually start off with a short sprint to help set the pace for the race. I the first 10 seconds energy provided by the quick acting ATP-CP system is used up. This system does not use oxygen and does not build lactic acid. The body goes into the anaerobic system for energy and teams begin to settle into their race pace. With this system lactic acid begins to build in the muscles, specifically the legs and the mental game begins.

100 - 1000 Meters
Each stroke uses all major muscle groups in the body including: quads, biceps, triceps, lats, gluts and abdominal muscles. Lactic acid has built up enough by the end of the first 500 meters that each stroke is painful for your legs and yet you push on. Partly because of your desire to win... And also because the coxswain is screaming at you to pull harder and that there is still another 1500 meters to go. Thankfully, your body switches energy systems again and begins using aerobic energy. This provides a brief respite as lactic acid build up slows down for a few strokes but then a surge is needed to pull ahead of opposing teams or to stay in the lead so the rowers power up once more. Anaerobic energy is needed! So as you surge more lactic acid builds up and each stroke feels like torture. But the hardest part of the race has yet to come.

1000-1500 Meters
Here's where the winners are going to be decided. Crews without the training and mental toughness to withstand the now excruciating pain in their legs fall behind.

1500-2000 Meters
The finish. This is where the sprint to the end begins and the anaerobic system takes over once more. Legs screaming for the end rowers power up once more and pick up the rating in order to beat out the opposing crews. Vision starts to dim and each rower simply becomes an engine to move the boat past the finish line while maintaining perfect technique. There is no room thinking, only pain. Once the crew passes the finish line they literally fall apart. The pain is finally over and each rower can barely breath anymore. No longer required to maintain pressure and technique the body collapses in the boat, exhausted.
Rowing is one of the only sports where you can not start off as a natural as it is unnatural movements. It requires a tremendous deal of strength and technique if you are to move the boat properly. Improper timing may actually slow down the boat. There is a reason why all the heavyweight rowers are roughly 200 pounds. It is an intensive all body workout, which does not gain respite until the end of the sequence/workout. Several other sports such as football and hockey can easily swap out players when fatigue sets in and allow them to recover in addition to breaks like half-time and what not. When you start rowing you push through to the end without respite, and still throughout this time you must maintain constant diligence to keep up technique and keep up boat speed. Proper technique can take years to master, and several more years are needed for strength training. Furthermore after mass is built on the rower, you need to be toned as well. Additional fat will simply slow the boat, so yes the weight I previously mentioned should be mostly muscle and maybe 5-8% body fat for a disciplined rower, perhaps even less leading into some major races and almost for sure if you are a tall lightweight.

Rowing is not a well known sport, it is generally intercollegiate and not very much professional which is why many assume it to be something simple and mundane. Truth is rowing dates back hundreds of years and it was the pinnacle of achievement for athletes in the past to perform well in these competitions. Rowing is an endurance sport first and foremost, but as the general race length is 2km, most of the events are around six minutes. This means a rower needs to have not only a efficient cardio base, but also a tremendous amount of explosive energy (for starts and sprints). I have competed in other sports before I started rowing, I won't mention them as I don't want to diminish them, but the amount of time and dedication involved in rowing is another level beyond them.

I walk with my head held high.
I think rowing should be higher. I think it IS easier than gymnastics, and a few other things, but that's about it. First of all, rowing is harder than cross country. We row long pieces, we go on runs for training, we don't get halftimes or subs. We push through pain, we can't stop in a race, or in a piece. One lazy stroke can cost you a race. And we have to be strong. Cross country runners don't have to be, or at least not on the same level as rowers. And you don't ahve to run in perfect synchronization with seven other people. It's just a harder sport.

Also, ice hockey. So rowing doesn't require the handling skills that hockey does. But the technique is still difficult and one slip up can cost you a race. You play for 45 seconds at a time, we get tired in 45 seconds, but we have to keep to rowing at the same pace for another 7 minutes. Also, just cause it's dangerous, doesn't make it harder. It just makes it more dangerous.

I think that because rowing doesn't require the complicated technique of other sports, people don't realize how hard it is. During a race, 2k or a hard piece, everything hurts. Legs, arms, back, name basically any muscle, it hurts. Even breathing hurts. But we push through it. And we have to do it in perfect sync with seven other people. People miss this about rowing, it requires huge amounts of concentration. You have to manta in near-perfect timing, laser sharp focus. You can't look out of the boat, even for a second. You can't motivate yourself by seeing where other boats are. You have to trust what your coxswain says and keep rowing your hardest no matter what.

In most sports, after a game or competition, you see players celebrating. After a race in rowing, you see people bent over in pain, panting. For a few minutes your so out of breath to even drink water. That's how bad it is.

The other thing people don't realize about rowing is how close to 100% we are throughout an entire 8 minute race. In track, a full out sprint lasts at most 20 seconds. In rowing, full out sprints can last up to 2 minutes. And we barely fall from there the rest of the race.
It's tough stuff.
[Newest]The pain is torture.
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13Competitive Dancing
Why isn't this in the top tens? Its easy to master sports like hockey, soccer, football etc. But dance? You are constantly learning new moves and constantly trying to improve your technique. Yeah football and hockey are dangerous. So is dance. There are many ways you can injure yourself in dance. Landing badly on a jump, hurting yourself in a flip, I could go on with the dangers of acro and break dance. And extreme partner work can put both people at risk. Dance requires hour and hours of training, whereas in other sports you show up for practice maybe 3 times a week for 2 hours. To anyone who disagrees and thinks dance is easy. Try pointe, acro, jazz, ballet, hip hop, break, etc. Acro takes many years to do well on, and so does pointe. After pointe, your feet ache an you get blisters, it is very hard to stand in pointe, yet very good dancers can pull it off with a smile on their face. You need to do ridiculously hard moves and still smile. Think hip-hop and dance are easy? Then try spinning on your head right now. Yeah, its not easy. Competition day. Hectic, crazy, yet fun. You aren't going against one team like other sports, but tons of studios at once competing for ONE top prize. You must perform in front of an audience, make sure you execute your moves properly, make sure you execute your facial expressions properly, get your timing correct, etc. Highland dance is extremely hard. I have danced highland before and it requires a lot of stamina and strength. My feet ached after practice, and I always got a good workout. You are always moving in highland. The sword dance is tough. You need to know what way you are going, where the swords are, and not to kick the swords, plus you can't look down. Its tough. That's my conclusion, dance should be on the top.

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I don't think some people realize how crucial dancing is to the body. none of us want to be injured. none of us want to wear a brace, or be out for a week, or even be in a boot. we don't do it for attention, we actually WANT to dance. half the time out injuries are ongoing because we ignore it to continue dancing. dancing is hard on the hips, knees, ankle, feet, and even your back. Dancing is proven to be one of the most physically and mentally challenging sports that there is. You throw yourself in the air, to come back down onto your knees, your back, basically anywhere. You build up muscle upon muscle in order to turn more, to jump higher, to bend further- and you do it all for the love you have for it. We have bruises in places that bruises shouldn't be, we injure parts of our body that shouldn't be injured, and we keep dancing through it all. I know girls who have danced through competitions in absolute agony whilst in tears and still kicked butt because we learn to push through pain. We work for hours a day after school or after work, in the heat, in the cold, through blood, sweat and tears, all because we love what we do. There is no where we'd rather be than in the studio. We risk countless permanent physical injuries that will last our entire lives, We sacrifice our social lives and our most common phrase is that we can't we have dance. We have hours of conditioning. Hundreds of situps, pushups, leg exercises, everything. There is only one sports that would beat dance and it's the only sports that could relate on most levels and that's gymnastics. Most of us take gymnastics and usually they take dance to improve themselves. This should definitely be in the top ten.
People in football, baseball, soccer, etc. Only need to play good to win, dancers need to play good AND look good. If you go out on stage looking bad, all sweaty with no makeup you are going to get a lower score. You also need to have the same makeup as everyone else (unless they're playing a separate role). Speaking of roles, you also need to act in dancing. Dancing takes strength in all body areas, flexibility, balance, stamina, rhythm, timing, control, and memorization. Most other sports you just need strength and stamina. Not to mention all of the changing you have to do for your multiple dances. In soccer and football and baseball etc. You play against ONE team. In dance you go against at least 10 studios and over 200 dances. I don't see you running down the field with pointed toes while keeping a smile on your face. Not to mention it takes me about 30 minutes for eye makeup, 20mins for hair, plus 5 minutes for everything else (other makeup, costume, shoes) All everyone else does is put their hair in ponytails and put a hat or helmet over them, we have to do multiple hair styles for each dance. Speaking of helmets other sports have padding and helmets and shin guards, we have a shoes, a pair of tights, and our costume... That's IT. "Dance isn't difficult" "dance isn't dangerous" yeah whatever when you take dance... Good luck
[Newest]Hours and hours motocross is year and years dude
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14Football (Soccer)
90 minute game running through down a grass field smashing into other players and trying to beat 11 people fighting for the exact same thing. Speed, teamwork, endurance, high level foot/eye coordination (which is extremely hard to develop), strong bones, perseverance, a balance of aggressiveness and calmness, rapid foresight (ability to see the play before it happens and move accordingly), fast reflexes, clear understanding of the strategy (to play well or coach. ), instinctive body language reading (to understand where the player may try to move), good ability to communicate under pressure and a natural ability in at least one position (this is the most important, the best are born with ability and develop it, the worst aren't born with a natural ability and have no chance even if they try hard. ) Not to mention a high injury rate, if your not good enough you get hurt. Not knocking other cardio-sports but soccer requires a type of skill not visible in any other game, a near complete reliance on your feet. Name another sport where hands are against the rules to use. And why? Because using feet with fine motor skills and gross motor skill so intermittently is hard and is not for everyone. How many players come from one sport (like Rugby? ) into Soccer? Now how many players can transfer their skill set into Rugby or AFL or NFL from any other team sport? More than Soccer for sure.
I have been playing soccer all f my life. And I can tell you that it is one of the hardest sports. Obviously rugby and gymnastics beat us in strength and endurance, but soccer takes a lot of skill. First you have to be able to sprint around with a ball which might sound easy, but until you have tried sprinting at your fastest speed you cannot talk. Also at a higher level of soccer you are more physical you have girls that are bigger and older than you slide tackling you, tripping you, body checking you, and pushing you down. Soccer also has so many aspect and different roles to make a team function. YOu have to have a goal keeper who needs to be quick on her feet and strong to be able to stop shots that could go over 40 mph. As a defender I have to be able to make the decision when to attack the ball. I need to be quick but also need to hold me ground so I don't get run over by an oncoming attacker. A midfielder needs to have endurance these players are a forward and a defender. So they need to be able to shoot and come back in a matter of seconds. And that leaves the forwards who need to have a lot of skill to work the ball around many defenders and then get a good strike on the ball to send it soaring into the back of the ball. With all of the rules and other things of soccer like throw ins corner kicks and penalty kick I personally think that soccer should be higher than 17.
Soccer is definitely the absolute hardest sport that I have ever played in my entire life. I have tried just about every single sport imaginable, figure skating, competition cheerleading, competition swimming, gymnastics etc. And only some of those sports compare to the level of skill, strength, speed and motivation that soccer requires. Also in soccer you have to have aggression for the ball, which is something you cannot teach. In soccer you have to do all kinds of core training and running. How is cheerleading harder? I did cheerleading and it wasn't even that hard. Its only hard if you aren't good at it! Also swimming was probably the easiest sport I have ever played in my entire life. But then again how hard could a combination of floating, kicking and arm strokes in a chlorine pool be so hard? I can agree that gymnastics is one of the hardest sports but figure skating.. REALLY? Figure skating was again among some of the easiest skills for me.
[Newest]A very hard hitting and mental game
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15Rugby
No rugby came before american football and soccer. Then american football added sissy pads and helmets. For rugby you need to be more fit then a huge majority of sports. Mentally and physically. And no your not wrestling if you were then the rules would be different... Actually the game itself would be different in all. Brave as they are in american football? That's a joke not only did americans mimic the sport, but like I said they wear pads and helmets! Yeah you get hurt but try getting crushed in a scrum with no protection or every tackle is followed by 4-8 different solid muscle players.
Rugby should be first. Rugby is like American football but with no breaks every 10 seconds, Its like cross country but you have to do it for 80 minutes and people constantly needing being smashed or getting smashed yourself. Some rugby tackles are measured at 7G (7 times gravity) and injuries seen in rugby are seen in head on car crashes with both cars going at 30MPH. You have to constantly work, when you have the ball, you have to dodge, pass, think, smash... When you haven't got the ball it is even worse! You have to: tackle, get smashed, run dummy lines, follow the ball carrier, help him, drive over and all that for 80 minutes.Why do you think rugby players are so massive!
Rugby is not only a Physical sport, its super mental. As a nationally ranked team player I would know. Rugby requires the physical stamina of any soccer player. Also rugby players need to know the variations of all the rules depending on a referee. Think about it, if you were playing a game of football you get the ball run, Down. 15 second break. In Rugby its Boom hit, Get up run again Boom hit. Constant contact and constant aggression and decision making under serious pressure. Rank 14 is seriously incorrect.
[Newest]I play rugby and I find it very hard I use to play soccer and I thought that it was hard rugby is hard
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16Ice Hockey
Ya I'll be real here. I don't play this sport but I'm not going to be immature and bash on hockey. Kudos to those who play ice hockey. It IS a hard sport and this is coming from someone who doesn't even play the sport. I'm a synchronized swimmer actually and I am certainly no creampuff! I train 7 times a week each day being 3-5 hour long practices in the pool. But my point is, is that I respect hockey. And hockey players. Cause some people might think that hockey is overrated and that the guys who play it are dumb jocks, but I think it's a very physically demanding sport. Lots of injuries happen.
Being checked into a wall and face planting into the ground and getting hit in the eye with a puck and stick and getting scratched by skates.. People really think hockey isn't hard I have had a major concussion from someone tripping me and I hit my head. I have had a ice skate cut from my wrist to my elbow it hurt like hell
I am telling you when you get into a fight at hockey it is bad, And the worse part is if you get hit in the head you could like have a concussion and get hurt really bad, trust me it is not a weak sport at all in the least bit, it is tough very hard to manage and it takes good quality time and practice!

17Wrestling
Wrestling is so hard because of the time and effort into it. I mean anyone can wrestle, however it's the people that can wrestle well who really put the effort and time that the sport requires. People do not understand the preparation it takes to be a wrestler. It's like being in the army. When you are wrestling, you do not even have time to think about what you need to do. You just have to go out there and do it. Of course this takes practice because for your moves to be automatic you must drill them at least 1000 times before getting it perfect. And that is only one part of the sport. When a wrestler is cutting and maintaining their weight, they usually go to sleep on an empty stomach. Cutting weight is very exhausting and sometimes you question why you're even doing it. It's the wrestlers that really want it who drill the hardest all the time, and the ones who push themselves to go run 3 miles a day at least. But these people get unnoticed my the many people surrounding them. They call wrestling homosexual, meanwhile they have no idea what it takes to be a wrestler. Most of the people who criticize would not even come close to have what it takes to be a wrestler.
One of the hardest sports ever it take so much energy, power, strength it is one on one which makes it harder also you have to be so mentally and physically fit and it takes more skill then any sports
Wrestling is by far the most difficult sport available. While it is tough to argue about which is more taxing during the actual sport due to everyone insisting their sport is the most difficult, certain things are undeniably harder in wrestling than anywhere else. Swimming may be dufficult becayse you can't always breathe, but in swimming you aren't being choked for 30 seconds fighting off your back. Wrestling demands more physucally from you in a short period of time than any otyer sport. I am more tired after wrestling all out for 5 minutes than after running 5k in cross country or anything else. The factor that really crowns wrestling the king of most difficult sports is the commitment it requires off the mat. Imagine doing any of the sports on the list, now imagine doing that same thing without eating the previous two days because you need to make weight. Also, you have to run for an hour in a 100 degree room in order to lose weight. In the end, wrestling is without a doubt the hardest sport.
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I think that wrestling is the hardest because of how competitive the time and effort that not a lot of people are willing to do.

18Tennis
Tennis is brutal! Tennis requires an incredible amount of skill, the ability to co-ordinate every part of your body from the correct footwork patterns to the smallest manipulation of your wrists whilst hitting a moving ball and throwing your body all over the court.
Next is physical, as its a whole body sport you have to develop every part of your body from both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to power and strength oh and don't forget its both lower and upper body exercises whilst maintaining good flexibility and agility. Very few other sports have to cover as many different areas of the body in order to compete at a high level and also, take into account tennis doesn't have an off season, you train and play throughout the year (unless top 8) your body does get punished. Every sport at a high level has a detrimental affect to the body so there's no need for me to say that tennis players are prone to severe shoulder and hip problems as I know other sports depending on the excessive use of a certain movement will get the same outcome, that's elite sport for you.
Next are conditions and as you will know tennis has many different surfaces, which do all have a significant impact physically and mentally. There's no doubt that the slower the surface (clay/hard) the tougher mentally and physically (strength, aerobic) it is as points last longer and thus affects you mentally, include 40 degree heat and 100% humidity (an extreme but it does occur) then you have a battle on your hand especially mentally, to cope in those conditions are horrible, I'm sure you get the idea. I understand that quicker surfaces are less physically and mentally demanding however it is very minor differences. In some ways you have to have more concentration as generally at the highest level if you lose serve you lose the set and so you have to be extremely focused throughout. You'll also find as the points are shorter and therefore you need to be more powerful and anaerobic in the points. As you can see for both scenarios that's why you need to train every part of the body.
Lets next include the diabolical scoring system. No clock runs out and so you have to do the dirty work and finish someone off, trust me its something which is extremely difficult to do, you can't relax as that can let them back in, you have to be ruthless throughout or you do not succeed. You can win more points then your opponent and still lose. Lets also take into account that you can win 200 points in a game and still not score on the board as it were, you still get a big fat 0 next to your name, unlike most sports where scoring gets you on the board in tennis you need to score on the important points in order to get on the board.
Finally mental. This is where tennis really separates itself from the rest, as I've touched on before the clock doesn't run out, you can't attain an assailable lead and then coast like in a lot of sports, you have to finish your opponent off which mentally takes its toll, this is where choking occurs massively in tennis. The stress that is caused during tennis is immense, if you can imagine a caldron gradually cooking over time with no forms of escape (if you want to win) then that's what tennis is and you have to deal with it as an individual. The pressure to win certain points as some points are bigger than others is extremely high especially as the match prolongs which is the same for every sport the longer it goes on but a goal is a goal in football (soccer) where as its a lot more specific in tennis, there's more meaning on particular points and so causes stress. Because tennis doesn't have a clock, in some cases you can be battling it out for 5 to 6 hours. Also unless your first on in the day you never know when you will play for sure, you have an idea but its very difficult to relax especially when there's a big opportunity, waiting around also drains you mentally so you have to be smart, that's tough mentally. As a tennis player you can only receive money if you win, you don't get a salary like in rugby or football you as an individual have to fight to put food on your table and shelter over your head, oh and if your having a bad day you can't asked to be substituted for someone else, you as an individual have to fight through and find a way to win. Lets also take into account where the money actually is in tennis which is at the top of the game, the self proclaimed top 100. Money at the lower echelons of tennis is diabolical for the standard that's being played, to pay to travel, stay in a hotel and attain transport to and from the event, equipment (shoes, string, bags, racquets, grips etc) and on average a restring at an event is at least €10 times that by at least 6 (saying that you make the middle of the week) you can see as a tennis player at the lower ends you are in debt. Now a lot of people will say that if your not good enough then that's what you deserve but if you take into account there are no teenagers inside the top 100 (mens) and that the average age is 27 then you can also see why tennis is incredibly tough as whilst your plying your trade in order to become a better player for the age of 27 you are constantly losing money and to play under that pressure especially in countries where federations are poor is very very tough. There is no golden ticket to the top, you can't get scouted and bought to play at the top like in football or rugby, you have to earn your place there, grinding through the ranks. Unlike in swimming where you compete in your strength be it freestyle that's not the same for tennis, I can't say to my opponent I only want to hit forehands cross court because that's my strength, you have to hide your weaknesses best and use your strengths and that's where the strategic aspect applies. Yes you can say other sports also have much needed strategy but when your on your own trying to figure out how to beat your opponent with no half time breaks and a rule being your not allowed to talk to coaches during the match, throw in all the above with pressure building and conditions then you can see its extremely tough.
I don't want to sit here and preach how hard tennis is because I know the dedication other sports such as swimming and gymnastics require and the biased view people have towards their sport however as a little golden rule and I'll compare it with swimming, if I stopped tennis and pursued swimming professionally, I could be a lot better and higher ranked swimmer than if a swimmer stopped swimming and pursued tennis professionally as the skill level required is so much higher and there is no doubt about it tennis is a lot tougher than any team sport!
Tennis is definitely a character builder.
Tennis is #20? That is an absolute joke. In a couple of weeks you will probably (once again) see Rafael Nadal play Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Australian Open. As usual, they will play for about 5 1/2 hours in 100-degree weather with no significant stoppage in play (no halftime... No endless basketball timeouts). They might be only a day removed from having both been in similar semi-final matches... Plus the accumulation of punishment from the rest of the tournament... Plus no off-season. Make no mistake about it people, if you tune-in to the Australian Open Finals you will be watching the 2 best athletes on the planet. Period. End of story. I appreciate the grace, strength and focus necessary to be an elite gymnast but their routines are short with long breaks in-between and always in a climate-controlled environment. I could go on and on but the bottom line is pick a gymnast... ANY gymnast and if you think that person is a better athlete than Rafael Nadal then you simply don't know what you're talking about. Do you have any idea what kind of strength (as in the ability to generate power within any given sport), speed, agility, coordination, finesse and super-human endurance you would need to compete in just one Grand Slam tennis tournament? Not to mention the concentration and overall mental focus required. That includes being able to control your emotions in a VERY emotional sport. There's a reason you HAVE to start playing tennis when you're fresh out of diapers and you HAVE to devote your life to it. If you don't, there's only so far you can expect to go. That's why most people burn out after college and don't even consider a pro tennis career. So I don't want to see crap like pole vaulting above tennis. Get real. That would be like if tennis was reduced to a 10-second serving contest and the guy with the hardest serve won. As for some of the other laughable entries into the top-20, they are just too ridiculous for words. Assuming we are talking about what the "hardest sports" are when they are being played at the highest level, the answer to this persistent question is tennis. And it's really not that close.
I cannot believe that tennis is as far down the list as this, honestly I don't think it is the most physical demanding sport but it is by far the hardest mentally. I am a tennis player and I have been playing since I was 4, trying to be a professional! The physical is so hard, you cry, you tear muscles, play through pain, throw up... But this is the same with most sports! I think it's a joke to put ANY team sport before tennis, in a team you can help each other but in tennis you are out there in the sun for 2/3 hours alone!... People that do not play tennis to a reasonable level do not understand how much of tennis is mental and how much pressure is on the players at all times, they don't understand that you could be a set and 5-0 up and lose because of one point where the player losses momentum. I believe overall that tennis is THE most difficult sport to play and it is seriously underestimated.
[Newest]I'm not sure what this list means by hardest sport but Tennis is definitely one of the hardest to actually be the best at. In other sports people are bringing up how dangerous the sport is but that has nothing to do with the level of skill it takes to be good at it. Tennis has to be in the top ten though. Tennis is so much harder mentally than any other sport there is. It's not like a team sport where you have the support of your team and you work together. That makes it so much easier. In tennis you are all alone on the court against your opponent. Every single point can determine whether you win the match or lose. Its all about which player is more determined to win. Tennis isn't hard at all for beginners or people who don't take it seriously. Its actually very easy. Tennis is only hard for advanced players like me, who try for every single point. If you aren't doing a good job or playing every point like its life or death you will lose. Its not like your team is there to win the game for you. You can't play 10% and share the glory with your team when they win. If you aren't willing to be better than your opponent than you won't win. As for training, tennis players train just as hard as gymnasts. You have to be fast and have quick footwork. I do pushups, sprints, sit ups, pull-ups, treadmill, and more. The only thing that is "harder" about these other sports is the fact that you suffer from many injuries.
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19Power Tumbling
I am a gymnast and I agree that power tumbling should be up closer to number 2 or 3 because there are a lot of people at my gym that do power tumbling and they can get hurt a lot. I have seen people break their arms and legs before in gymnastics AND power tumbling! I is very harsh to watch but I mean I am used to it now so I don't have too worry that much. A lot of people can get hurt but some wont like break any thing but most injuries are from tumbling (especially power tumbling) and gymnastics. I agree that gymnastics is the hardest sport but I am not going to give up because of that! You have to keep trying and maybe you will be an number 1 all a-rounder one day like me! :) Good luck you folks out there and maybe I will see you in the Olympics one day and you will see me too! :P
Power Tumbling should be right up there with Gymnastics. I am a level 8-9 power tumbler and it is SO hard just like gymnastics! We have to practice multiple hours in the gym each week and we condition like crazy. We have to do floor, double mini and trampoline and each has its challenges. Lets see you guys jump on a two level tramp and do a double front on and double full off. We have to get so much power on floor in a couple of steps so we can throw double whips and what not. Not to mention the pain we go through and how much we work for things. Definitely should be up there with Gymnastics.
Power tumbling should definitely be up their further.
I have never seen power tumbling on a list before, because nobody seem to reise how painful and chanllenging it can be!
It's a lot like gymnastics so why isn't it higher!?
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I'm a gymnast, but I think this needs to be up there with gymnastics! I also play volleyball, and this is much harder than volleyaball. This sport takes so much stregth and bravery. This needs to be with gymnastics I can't belive how far down it is.

20Boxing
Ok. I have a friend named Emma. And she did Gymnastics for like 5-8 years! I have been doing Taekwondo for 4-6 years! And she's like "oh look at me! I can do the splits! "or"look I can do a back handspring! " And I'm just like " oh look I could just kill you right now! I'm serious! There is so many ways! (arm bar, choke, break as many bones as you can, shoulder throw, take down, and many more! ) so I asked her:" is gymnastics hard? ". And she's like:"are you kidding me! Gymnastics is like the hardest sport in the world! " And I'm just staring at her like she's crazy, and telling myself "don't throw her. Don't break her."(P.S. I'm a girl and so is my friend. ) anyway. I say that boxing, wrestling, and martial arts are hard because: in my school we had to to about 30-50 push ups every practice. And as I got higher in belt rank the push ups, sit-ups, and wall squats became longer and harder. Kinda for the range of push-ups and sit ups, I'd say around 60-70, then as I got higher:80-100. So karate is pretty hard. All my friends are like karate is easy! And I'm just in the middle like I'm left out! People don't understand that karate is hard and takes great everything! Here is a quote:" gymnasts have the strength, sky divers have the perfect mind balance, soccer players have the mental ability to keep on going. And martial artists, boxers, and wrestlers, we've got it all! " We have to dodge punches, and kicks! We get hit in the nose and every body part! This is always what gymnasts say:" well! We don't have any pads to pretext us! " And saying to myself and to her:" we have pads, and when we practice without pads we don't even hurt our partner." "Do you know why we do that, Emma? ""no."" Because if we went full power when practicing, our partners would be in the hospital every practice. And if we didn't wear pads when sparring. Then people would be in the hospital for a long time! " And then she stares at me like some crazy person!
Instead of being sassy and putting up crap like gold and Figure skating I beg you try boxing. You'll think again. Training is extremely hard and you need to be very fit and strong. Sparring/fighting is harder than any other sport, you try getting hit in the face and body while trying to defend yourself, attack the other, keep your guard up, keep moving arond, keep your stamina going, drop combintations and correct punches. That's just the beginning. Strap on a pair of balls and try boxing, you'll most likely fail before you get any good.
ESPN officials agree that boxing is the hardest sport. If some sports authority agree with each other on the demand of sports, why is there even an argument with individuals? These authority figures have witnessed, studied, immersed and fully explored each area of each major sport, even minor ones. Putting this authority argument aside, they have very good reasoning skills when ranking boxing as such a hard sport. ESPN uses 10 key factors when deciding these sport ranks.

1: ENDURANCE
2: STRENGTH
3: POWER
4: SPEED
5: AGILITY
6: FLEXIBILITY
7: NERVE
8: DURABILITY
9: HAND-EYE COORDINATION
10: ANALYTIC APTITUDE

While sports like Gymnastics ranks very high on flexibility, boxing makes the over-all top marks due to the physical demand in every single aspect of these keys. Many sports lack some of these keys almost entirely (like fishing or cheerleading).
[Newest]While I am a competitive swimmer and voted for swimming in this list, I honestly believe that boxing is the hardest sport. 'enough said.
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21Pole Vaulting
To be a good pole vaulter you have to have the speed of a sprinter, the strength of a thrower, the flexibility of a gymnast, and the vertical jump of a jumper. There is a lot more technique in the pole vault than many people think. I am a pole vaulter in college and jump 17'6" and it took many years to achieve that. Pole vaulting should be number one on this list.
Pole vault is the ultimate test of endurance, strength, and sheer will power. There are so many depended variables in pole vaulting that if one thing isn't satisfactory then it will lead to the entire vault being terrible. Not to mention on how long it takes to improve form to be able to vault higher. Then there's also other factors to be added into vaulting, you have wind, temperature, trying to get on a larger pole. It may not deserve #1 on the the list because I respect gymnastics to be extremely hard but it definitely deserves to be in the top 3.
I believe pole vaulting should be higher on this list! Right next to wresting and gymnastics. One of the things these sports have in common is that their whole body has to be in shape to gain any success. Pole vaulting has a physical and mental strain. You are constantly hurt, so there isn't any excuse why you are giving it your all, because everyone is in pain. If you are getting bruises on your legs and arm... you're doing it right. The hardest part about pole vaulting is, no matter how hard you try you seem to never perfect the sport. People literally train for years to perfect this one "trick" and almost everyone fails.
[Newest]Easily hardest sport athletically and technically

22Volleyball
In volleyball you have to sacrifice your body for every single point! I come home from volleyball games covered with huge purple bruises on my arms and legs! It's so easy to get injured and you are constantly diving on the floor to retrieve the ball. It is also very technical! You have to be in the exact right place with your body positioned in the exact right way. One tiny error and the ball is shanked! You are constantly relying on your teammates for everything and you have to be prepared for whatever comes over the net. Volleyball is unpredictable.
Volleyball is extremely difficult especially competitively. This sport is a complete mental game. Once some one gets in your head your cracked and the game is over. You have to think about everything your doing in fast paces. Where your supposed to be when there hitting. How high your platform should be when your passing. How much leg muscle you should use to push a hut. Foot work is different in passing, setting and hitting. You have to master every piece of volleyball to succeed. Plus conditioning. I've ran track and I think I do more running and conditioning at a volleyball practice then I did in track. I practice for 4 and a half hours every Saturday. Just to prepare me for an all day tournament. You don't see swimmers swimming for 6 hours or any other sport play 6 games in a day! So volleyball is extremely hard because it's a physical endurance sport and a mental sport.
Volleyball is probably not the hardest sport in the world, but it is pretty difficult for a while. It takes strength, knowing where to be at all times, and bravery. You need strength to serve the ball, to pass the ball, to spike the ball, and even to set the ball. If you don't have strength, then you won't be able to do much. Also you have to know where to be at all times, because if you aren't where you are supposed to be, you lose the point and possibly the game. It is very important to be where you need to be. Also bravery is very important, possibly the most important. The whole time you have to be brave. You have to go for the ball. You have to fight for it. Yes, there are so many injuries that can be caused by this game. Some include, spraining your leg or arm, breaking your leg or arm, and getting a concussion. You have to be brave, but know all of these things. You fight for the ball no matter what happens. Volleyball is very difficult sport, competitively and mentally.
[Newest]I think volleyball is very hard! It is much harder than soccer
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23Track and Field
Shotput requires more than just throwing some heavy ball (which is what most people think), it requires technique, patience, diligence, and strength... Emphasis on technique. I've been doing shotput for almost 5 years now. It is so hard and you have to work on your form everyday. Even the pros have a tough time touching up their forms. You can't just rely on muscle strengths; you rely on your hips, your speed in the ring, where your arms go, etc. Every little thing you do in the ring affects where the ball goes. Oh, and there's plenty of conditioning and weight lifting involved. You don't have to be big and strong to do this sport. You just have to be fit and determined to stick with it.
I can't believe this isn't higher on the list. Most people do not realize the kind of intensity this sport brings. You constantly must train and its like power lifting, giving 100% all the time just for micro progression. And during races it is extremely taxing on the body, you must have a well built cardio vascular system as well as muscle growth. Have you ever tried SPRINTING a QUARTER OF A MILE in 48 seconds? Most other athletes only have to worry about 100 meters much less 400 meters (1600 meters in 1 mile)
Track requires pure dedication and a love for just running. If you don't run everyday you won't improve. We run outside in the rain and freezing cold. We sit at meets for hours waiting for our event and let me tell you it's not fun when it's 32 degrees and windy. Have you ever tried running in the wind? Probably not. It's hard and it hurts! I think track is one of the hardest sports that requires the most dedication.

24Golf
I have heard that PGA professionals like Tiger Woods always hits hundreds of balls every day and becoming proficient in golf requires lifelong dedication. Golf is not a casual game, and mastering the basic sub-games within golf requires dedication and commitment:
To play bogie golf (a score of 90 or less), most experts estimate that it takes an average player six years of regular play and weekly golf lessons. On the golf channel they claim that an average proficient golfer takes about 300 weekly lessons while playing at least 32 holes per week over a period of many years. This is a major investment of time, over 20,000 hours of practice. For example, if you take 5 hours to play 18 holes, you are looking at a time investment of at least 10 hours per week, 40 hours per month, totaling 360 hours of yearly practice. It's not just a sport, it's a second job.
Golf isn't an easy sport because if it was everybody would be playing it. You don't hear very many people say they play it because you know why? It's very hard and mentally frustrating. In golf there is two variables weather in which most sports don't have ton deal with. When you hit a ball the wind controlles where it goes and good golfers know how to hit a ball with bad weather and another instance is the grass. After a day of rain grass is muddy and it's very hard to hit it out of grass. The last variable is your mental game, you have to constantly tell yourself that you can do it and if you don't have confidence, you will start to play bad. The most frustrating thing is when you miss winning a tournament by one stroke. I have done that and do you know what I think? I tell myself if I would have just made that one putt I could have won. Most sports involve teams and you have the whiled team to back them up, but golf is a self relying sport. All those people that bypass golf because they think it's boring and easy, I dare you to go out and shoot at least an 85 which isn't even average for most courses it usually 72 but don't worry I'll give you a few strokes and I am confident you won't shoot that. Reply when you have done that and then tell me if golf should be ranked in the 30s for being hard.
Golf isn't an easy sport to play. Golf may not be rated as the hardest sport rated on this site, but you know what it it is because if it was easy a bunch of people would be playing it. You don't very many people saying that they play golf because you know why? It's so hard and mentally frustrating. Golf has many variables and with so many variables it's not easy to play. You have to deal with weather which in most sports you don't have to deal with, and your mental game plays a big part. Like in soccer if you mess up then you have a full team to back you up, but in golf you are completely self reliant. One single shot determines how you place. In golf sometimes I think if I could have just made that one shot then I could have won. Think about how that goes towards your mental game. In team sports many people have your back, but golf your are on your own. Everyone that bypasses golf because it's so called boring or easy, I dare you to go out and play 18 holes and shoot at least an 90 and see how easy that is, don't worry I'll give you a few free shots and even then I'm confident you can't shoot that. Respond when you've done that and then compare your sport to golf.
[Newest]Golf is always criticized as "being easy" because it looks easy. Nope! In knowing how to play, I see how hard some shots are for the pros. The other thing about golf is that there are no substitutions or breaks. That being said, I would place golf with endurance motocross, endurance cycling, running, and cheerleading, because I know how hard those sports are too.
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25Lacrosse
Come on how is competitive cheerleading harder than lacrosse? I'm not saying cheerleading is not difficult I understand not requires flexibility and strength, but it barely requires any endurance. In cheerleading you don't need to run, you don't get hit, and you don't catch or throw anything (besides people). Meanwhile in men's lacrosse there are many challenges for example defense requires strength, speed, ability to catch and throw the ball, and endurance. Middy (midfield) requires extreme insurance do to it's constant sprinting, strength, speed, agility, and ability to throw and catch. Also attack requires all the same traits as middy with less sprinting and all for all of these positions you need to be able to take a hit and shoot. Not to mention the goalie which is probably the most important player and also most difficult positions to play. Goalie might seem easy because it does not require much running or shooting but most people do not understand the importance and danger of being a goalie. My brother plays goalie and he has permanent bone structure damage from some some of the shots that have hit him. With all of these risks there is also almost always 1 or more moderate-severe injuries per game.
You are being charged at be very large defenders, have to sprint into a shot distance, then you have to take a shot, at a goalie, who has a better chance of keeping the ball out, then you getting the ball in. Tell me that isn't hard? Oh, and almost every hit you can think of is legal.
more like a 6ft pole held by a 300lb defender and a 2-3lb ball being tossed at over 90mph. Then, to make things worse, you have no protection other than a helmet and some optional shoulder/arm pads ;)
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How the hell is Football 52nf and horseback riding like 5th?!

26Synchronized Swimming
My experience as a synchronized swimmer
I'm standing outside the pool nervous as heck. we are all in position to jump into the pool, we have a few seconds until jumping in and I can't even breathe properly if I mess up even the smallest bit I will let my whole team down. If my noseclip comes off it's over. If I run out of breath and I come up it's over. If I touch the bottom even for a second big penalty. All these thoughts running through my head as I Stare at the pool. And the music starts I start counting non stop I won't stop counting for 3 and a half minutes if I mess up the counts I'd mess everything up. I jump in the water on count I can't see a thing the water was so cold it knocked the air out of me but I have a lift to attend to so no time to breath. I grab the bases foot as my base grabs the flyer my other foot girl kicks me and the shins girl slaps me in the face luckily my noseclip didn't come off. I can't see anything and I'm still underwater counting and eggbeatering with my legs we rush up on 1 which is hardcore eggbeatering then on 5 we use all our arm strength to push our base and flyer out of the water. And two counts later we finally get to breathe! We eggbeater keeping ourselves as high above as we can while lifting our arms up in the air each on counts also making sure we're in the right pattern while traveling forward as much as we can to get to the other end of the pool for the first lap. And as always smiling our fake plastic smiles bigger than anything. So fast! The time to be out of the water is over we jump and go back under to a different lift I grab the flyer as I'm a base and grab her shoulders and my 2 partners keep me up by eggbeatering then on 1 I use all my strength to push my flyer up into an arch then push her to her spot in the pattern. We all get into patter I still haven't had a breath and I can't see anything just blurs my eyes are burning from the chlorine I've been Counting the whole routine nonstop. Already tired comes my first hybrid the never ending hybrid. The worst of all. I smile as I come up and take one breath. I go under for a hybrid I count and move on each count I support scull furiously while doing this and my arms burn I'm holding my breath and I feel like passing out I can't see a thing. I still have 3 laps and 1 minute 30 seconds left of the routine. I obviously couldn't talk for the whole routine it would be too long. But imagine doing this at competition not once but however many routines your competing in and on top of it do nerve racking figures. ~synchro swimmer from Texas
And throughout synchro experiences there are so many opportunities to get injured! Like in lifts! When a girl is being tossed on the air while the teammates don't touch the bottom and she's doing 3 flips in the air! There are son many times where she could've landed on another emanate! And. Or only that, but you are CONSTANTLY kicking and hitting was hitting each other! And if you're not then you're not close enough in pattern! And I know an ACTUAL REAL story of an Olympics team lift where this girl had done flip and landed on another girls head and got a severe concussion. And you know what?! She competed at WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2 days after! Synchronized swimmers aren't cheesy, or weka, or stupid at all! And you wanna know another example? This Olympian told me one time on a lift this one girl didn't push hard enough so her arms were pulled back by the other girl above her and she ended up pulling 3 muscles! Got out of the pool for an hour and went right back I to finish training! And also not just injuries from lifts or being kicked by others in eggbeater, but just overall muscle injuries! With all the muscle tension, stress, and overuse, and flexibility! I know of THREE girls that had to get hip surgery cause of their muscles. And they all had to retire from their synchro career early and have long purple scars I their hips. And does ANYONE know how hard it is to hold their breath for 45 seconds undereater while continuously exaustingly working hard to get height and support your full body weight?! And does anyone know how hard it is to do a sprint on 20 seconds, take, one breath, and them swim 25 meters underwater and repeat that 6-10 times?! So... Not only is this sport extremely physically demanding, but also it's so dangerous!
Synchronized swimming is definitely the hardest sport. It requires endurance, flexibility, strength, mental strength, and a lot of determination. If you think synchro is easy, your wrong. Have you ever tred water for hours? Have you ever been pushed into a 2 feet over split? Have you ever had six hour practices every day? Ever been kicked in the face or in the head, but had to keep on swimming with that fake plastic smile? Have you ever had to memorized every move and every count for every routine? Have you ever felt your lungs burning and dying in your chest but knew if you came up your coach would kill you? Have you ever swam sprint free for 20 minutes straight? Have you ever had aches in your toes and knees from extending them too hard? Have you ever had to do all that and live with the fact that people think its easy? Try doing that and let me know how it's going.
[Newest]Here's the thing. People don't realize the dedication that synchro swimmers have for their sport. We CAN NOT miss one practice. Yesterday, I overheard someone say "Yeah, I'm skipping hockey tonight". It kinda rattled me because if I skipped synchro I would be letting down my team, I would be letting myself down. I can't miss a practice! That is unheard of in the world of synchro. If you missed practice, especially this early in the year (October), when we are making up our routine, you'd miss like a quarter of the whole routine. That's what makes me think that hockey is easy and that it doesn't matter if you skip a practice, like you do that on a regular basis.
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27Football
Perhaps it is harder to throw a person than an object yeah of course, but football requires mental and physical strength. It requires not only physicl prescence but also you have to get hit every play, and get right back up and do it again. For a football play to work 11 pklayers must all be in sync and as a game goes on and you are worn down you must keep going and doing the same thing. It takes a certain type of person to have the courage to collide with another human being at full speed every 30 seconds. You have to have mind and body in sync, reacting quickly is essential nomater how physically gifted someone is. One player makes a mistake it effects the whole team.
This is the worst list I have ever seen. Football at 20? Really? Competitive Dancing is ten spots higher, let alone swimming being number two. I played football in parks and rec when I was a lot younger, and it was hardcore. One time some kid got hit so hard he broke some ribs and they had an ambulance come out onto the field to bring him to the hospital. This is Parks and Rec for middle school, not even a Middle School team. Bring it up quite a few notches to the pros, and people are tearing ACLs left and right, breaking ankles, and getting concussed every week. Football is without a doubt top 2 or 3.

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I totally agree even in middle school ball I got a concussion and was out for weeks I agree this is the worst site ever
The plays get so confusing! We have like hundreds. When it is hot outside imagine being in about 20 pounds of gear and still being expected to run fast. Get plowed into the dirt by a lineman. Messing up on a play means the whole team messes up. The helmet is heavy and is hard to catch with. You are getting hit every single play.
[Newest]I really hate football. It's so confusing and I don't even know whats going on

28Long-distance Triathlon
I don't think most of you have even done a twelve hour race before? Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and then brag for the rest of your life. Not the average Joe can do one. The Ironman Triathlon is the toughest race in the world. Often called the hardest day in sport. It is not a sport for the weak minded. After a while, the body shut downs and the only thing keeping you moving is your mind. With high drop out rates, many question if they could even finish after racing a few hours into the race. Nutrition and hydration is key to a great race. This sport combines three tough sports into a monster challenge.
This is without a doubt the most difficult, grueling sport that anyone could ever possibly imagine. I have been a competitive swimmer for most of my life, and have recently completed only sprint triathlons (of which have completely destroyed me. ) If I had to list the most grueling sports I would put cycling 1st and swimming 2nd; but combining them into a long distance event and adding a marathon at the end to make an Ironman triathlon? And THE TRAINING? Absolute hell, day in and day out. THIS IS NUMBER 1!
This is a joke. It's 51st. You swim 2.4 Miles, at least am hour, bike 112 mile, 5-6 Hours, and then run a marathon in 4 Hour. 12 Hours of hell in one day. This is with proper training and working your butt off everyday. You are dead at the end, in the middle, right after the swim but you continue, push through the pain and only then are you an ironman
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Okay I've done this before and I row. It hurts a ton. Still gotta say rowing a 2k is harder but this should be higher up on the list than it is.

29Cycling
Over 100 miles at over an average speed of 25mph for 7 days then have a day off then do it for another 7 days have a day of then again another 7 days and this is just one race in the season. People might think their just riding a bike but it's the toughest sport just for the endurance and just how hard it is on the cyclists bodies. Yes there are tough sports like rugby, ice hockey boxing where physical contact is part of the sport but the matches/bouts last a short period of time compared to a cycle race and their not expected to do it all again the next day.
Tour de France hardest physical test in the world, fact
I do Cycling myself, I also played inline hockey, water polo, swimming and tennis, if I were to put these sports into an order from the hardest to the easiest it would be: 1. inline hockey 2. Water polo 3. CYCLING 4. Swimming and 5. tennis. It is a sport were you need a lot of stamina and be exercised very well, you always have to push yourself to keep up and have a very good technique or else you have nearly no chance in keeping up with others. My heart rate sometimes goes to 200 beats per minute and I am very experienced! Also it is not to sit a lot at the pc or desktop because you can get a lot of cramps when in a race or training, I think this sport should deserve a vote and be in the top 15 at least!
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30Mountain Climbing
I don't believe that people consider golf harder then mountain climbing. That seems like a bunch of crap to me.
Its hard more than you could imagine, don't ever look down or you will fall down

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I do mountain climbing, I also do or have done water polo gymnastics, golf, horseback riding, tennis and skiing and mountain climbing's the hardest by a mile!
[Newest]Just got done climbing my hands are torn apart and my muscles are dead and if you fall you have to start all the way over this sport is definitely in top ten it's just that not many people climb so they don't know

31Competitive Aerobic Gymnastics
There are many difficult techniques. Slao it requires strength, flexibility, and jumping ability.
Wow I don't even do this sport, but it needs to be higher on the list
This should be be for cheer
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Anything involving gymnastics is hard!

32Soccer
Gymnastics and swimming are harder than football but seriously soccer players are the smaest people, study shows it, it should be in the top 5. Football requires talent, speed, agility, endurance, on the spot decision making, intelligence, practice, accuracy, being aware of everything that's going on around you, bravery, skills, muscle in every part of your body, balance, etc. Go to 1 of my practices and maybeyou'll get a slight understanding of what we soccer players go through everyday sometimes even twice a day.
I play soccer, I'm the best dribbler on the team my coach says and at a soccer camp last summer they made me go up an age group. Soccer is the 1 of the hardest sports out there. Think about it.
Gymnastics is really hard so that makes soccer so easy you can do it with your eyes closed. Gymnastics is definitely the hardest sport ever. Put on my Leo before you judge me!

33Skiing
Okay I honestly hate it when people think skiing is easy like seriously get some skis on and try going through a slalom course. Skiing takes up every muscle in you body including your mind. First of all your in a spandex suit in the freezing cold weather which can get your nerves up and make you tired. Then you have to wait at the top of the mountain expecting the course thinking of all the things you need to do. Then when you get out of the gate you want to ski as fast as possible and you have to use every ounce of your strength to do so. You have to push lean forward and cross block gates and if you close enough to a hate while you cross block it, it may hit you which is a good thing. I have so many bruises on my back and arms and knees and shoulders from skiing. Then when your going down the hill you have to roll your ankles and knees to get the perfect edge around the gate and while your getting your edge you have to cross block the gates lean forward look at whats coming next and go fast. It takes so much endurance to ski and it's a mind game. People think that alpine ski racing is like normal skiing but it's nothing like it. There is so much added thing and it sure does take skill and time to be able to do it. I practice every day for 5 hours. And I have school and friends and family on top of that and I push it all aside for skiing. If you still don't think skiing is at least on the top 10 hardest sports list, do me a favor and watch the Sochi Winter Olympics
The reason this isn't higher on the list is because many people are not aware of all that goes on in the sport of skiing; especially racing. I'm out on the hill every day in the winter and at the gym every day in the off season. We stand at the top of mountains in nothing but a suit of spandex waiting for our burst out of the gate in temperatures people shouldn't be exposed to. Last year, I was going down a speed trap and I was radared tumbling down the hill @ 72 mph. Legit! It's a definite mind game. You have to go all out all the time, every time. So many people die each year from racing and ski JUMPING alike. Have you seen those jumps? You would have an anxiety attack just standing at the top of one! Skiing requires coordination of everything, balance forward on your toes on two simple planks on a hill, focus on your course and your edge angles, and most importantly, knowing that you have to do WHATEVER it takes to get down as FAST as you can.
50 kilometres and 7.3 m/s average speeds, down to minus 20 degrees Celsius or even colder, Top 10 athletes in max oxygen uptake: 5 are cross country skiers 4 are cyclists and one is a runner. I recently saw a 15 pursuit where the winner fell over the finish line like a potato sack and had to be dragged out of the finish area as if he was dead.
Personal peak levels when it comes to technique takes decades to achieve often.
If a grown up/youth starts from scratch they would run faster than skiing in the first 2 - 3 years or more, imagine the people averaging almost 9 m/s in a 10 km race then (10 km running record is 6.3 m/s, and that's on a track)...

34Synchronized Skating
If you think this sounds easy, think again. This sport requires usually 10 - 20 skilled figure skaters on the ice at once, all holding on to each other forming lines, circles, pinwheels, and more. If one skater falls, often other skaters will fall on top of each other. Every movement you make must be completely in sync, on beat, and in time with the music. You need to be powerful and graceful. People have gotten SERIOUS injuries from synchronized skating. I know one girl whose finger was cut off because she fell and the skater next to her accidentally stepped on her hand. It takes great determination and skill, so I believe it should be ranked much higher.
Many people only see what goes on above the surface of the water, while below the swimmers legs, and arms are constantly moving to keep them afloat. While it may look easy, and hopefully graceful above the water, the swimmers are so close together you are being constantly kicked, scratched, and punched by your fellow teammates. We spend up to 8 hours or more per day to perfect and make sure each swimmer looks exactly the same and is on beat with the music. And along with making sure you are in time with music, where you are supposed to be in relation to your teammates, and doing certain movements to to the music, you must hold your breath for more than 30 seconds at a time. And contrary to what many peoe believe it is a sport.

35Formula 1
In order to drive a Formula 1 car competitively, you need be concentrating 100% all the time - if you even get distracted for a fraction of a second you will crash and probably get injured or even die, but while you're doing that you also need to be thinking about everything around you and how it will affect your driving, and you need to be thinking about strategies and tactics that are changing all the time. All while traveling at an average speed of up to 270km/h. At speeds like that, the g-forces experienced on fast corners are equivalent to having your own body weight or greater pressing down on your neck and face. And you're being subjected to that at least once every minute, for 2 hours.
Not to mention, you need to have a really good brain for physics and engineering, to help design and set up the car for your driving style
Formula 1 is undoubtedly the toughest sport on the planet, people have died over the years and despite very high safety standards serious injuries continue. Drivers get paid millions of dollars for a reason and very few ever even make into F1 as only the very fastest and strongest race drives in the world are selected, so the level of competition is unlike any other sport.
The amount of stress your body goes through is much greater than any other sport. A F1 driver typically loses 10L of water every race, and is subjected to as much as 5 times his bodyweight each lap. Under these conditions the driver must make split second decisions at over 300kmhr and maintain his awareness. The concentration levels required every second under the stress they are subjected to is the most out of any sport.
[Newest]Driving formula 1 is not driving NASCAR. Formula 1 is like a ballroom dance that has to be executed perfectly, or else the driver (and maybe spectators) could pay dearly. The mental prowess needed to shift, brake, accelerate, turn, pass, follow, pit or even blink is intense

36Olympic Weightlifting
Why is it so low? I'm no weightlifter, just a rugby player (it's like football, but for real men), a former horserider, but I had to vote for that one.

Horse riding needs LOTS of technique. Rugby players need to run fast, have good endurance, be tough and strong... We pump a fair amount of iron. But weighlifters just make me feel... inadequate. It's probably the hardest sport I've ever seen. It requires a HUGE amount of explosive strength, lots of flexibility, coordination, technique and discipline.

If you don't have all of this, you don't just fail to lift that weight, you may also wreck your back or your knees...
Suprised to see oly this low, probably due to its utter lack of popularity outside crossfit circles (and communist countries). a lot of "best at exercising" type sports ahead of it on this list, which I don't really agree with skill wise. Requires all the technique of a golf swing, a surprising amount of flexibility, and, of course, insane strength. Plus, years of dedication are required to even begin to generate the degree of adaptation necessary to compete at a high level.
The most explosive sport in the world. One needs to be extremely proficient with the technique in both the snatch and clean and jerk in order to succeed in this sport. Technique is important, but so is the immense of amount of power and strength required as well.

37Ballet
Ballet should be number one it is definitely the hardest gymnastics I did it for three years and was over weight the whole time I do ballet now and I am not over weight anymore and I love it and am sweating at the limit after fifteen minutes and I lost a lot of weight and I am constantly gaining muscles and it can't be this far down this is a joke ask a doctor they will say ballet is the hardest thing to do gymnastics is much easier than ballet the weak minded people think you have to do splits in gymnastics so it's hard you have to do splits in ballet you have to do splits and leg lifts nearly a hundred timess a week

So that's what I think and ballet Is definitely not thirty eighth on the hardest sports
How can ballet be this far down? Ballet is the HARDEST sport, a bunch of doctors and other professionals voted on it, not some ill-minded people who don't know anything (such as the people here). It requires strength, gracefulness, flexibility, and so much more. All of you who think you're so hot, come take a class at my studio. The dancers here dance classical ballet, and can do planks for 8 minutes in perfect form, do tons of crunches, sit-ups, and more. They dance on their toes en centre! So, come on down, let's see what you've got.
! Ballet should be in top 5! It is by far one of the hardest sports! Your toes bleed, you have to do the splits and stretch in so many painful ways! Gymnastics and ballet are definitely the hardest sports! Ballet is harder than soccer, ( and I should know because I play it ) tennis, definitely golf, golf is easy, running, ( but running is extremely hard because I used to be a runner, it should be in top 5 ) football, ETC. Look, all I'm saying is that ballet is so hard and I'm extremely dissapointed that someone who obviously knows nothing, put ballet al the way down here. 👯
[Newest]Ballet should be number one it is actually very strenuous.

38Rhythmic Gymnastics
Rhythmic gymnastics is not just a sport, it's a sport that includes lots of tears and lots of strength. It does look very pretty and all of that but it's very painful and each rhythmic gymnast gets an injury... But I love it and I will fight. By the way it's not just twirling a ribbon how you would think! It's hard since you have to start at early age (around 6-7), have to have flexibility, have to have incredible high jumps, have to have great balance, have to have great spins(up to 7 spins with leg in front, leg 180 degrees, leg at the back and loads of other spins) and a rhythmic gymnast has to have strong arms since she has to throw her equipment up to the ceiling (around 6 metres up) and so she could stand on her hands. Thanks for reading. Rhythmic gymnastics to my opinion is hard what about you?
I'm an artistic gymnast and I've seen fithmic gymnastics they train just as hard as us and they are amazing they at least have to be in the top ten like common cheer in front of this cheer is stupid rhythmic gymnastics is amazing this defiantly should be in the top tens
I don't do this sport, but I think this is one of the hardest sports out there. This should be at least top 20

39Bodybuilding
Every other sport in the world is a one time thing. You go out there and you play one game and then you go home and relax, its all over. Bodybuilding is a 24/7 sport. You are constantly doing something to be on that stage. I have played soccer, hockey, and football. None of them even come close to bodybuilding. You need to diet constantly even on your off season, you need endurance, discipline, 12-15( at least) years of hard work and dedication followed by another 10-20 if you want to continue bodybuilding and try to place higher in the Olympia. What other sport ever requires that. You also need to push your self past the limit. That isn't required by many other sports. Why do you think that there are only like 100 IFBB pro bodybuilders and 1500 pro football players?
I can't believe that bodybuilding is not closer to No. 1. The amount of will power it takes to lift those god damn weights is impossible to comprehend.
This sport is so under rated on this website! I my self am a bodybuilder and it has so many different aspects you must take into consideration. Bodybuilding is not only lifting weights, it strict technique and determination. Your workouts, diet, supplement intake and resting times are vital and without even one of these components, you will fail in the sport! Bodybuilders may have extremely strong muscles, but their mind beats all others. Truly a sport that calls for sheer determination as well as motivation!

It in my opinion is a disgrace that it is below sports such as football, popularity has obviously taken part in the heir achy here!

40Free Running
Okay truth is in free running your practically jumping from 50 ft in the air while doing flips. Can anyone else do that? This is how free runners travel from A to B in an efficient way. Many times you deal with life and death in this sport
Freerunning and parkour are two of the most underrated sports out their it seems ( in the U.S.A. at least). These two sports take a mssive amount of dedication to be good at them. Which includes working out every day, eating healthy, and practicing for multiple hours on end. For instance you can't just do a 360 back flip, or do a front flip over a 30ft drop to a ledge that is 8 ft away. Or lifting your body up horizontaly from the ground by grabbing on to somthing that's beside you and then climb it while your horizontel only using your arms and core.
I do lots of running I have come 3rd 2nd and 2nd again you have to keep up the stammer and you need to get your breathing right and get your pass right and a couple of times I have to pull out as I have been sick will I was running as I missed out in the cored breathing
RUNNING SHOULD BE NUMBER 1
RUNNING IS so HARD.
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This should be # 1 on the list, people think it's easy but is like to see half of the people who say it is do it. Takes an extreme amount of strength and concentration.

41Baseball
Baseball is by far the hardest sport and should be number one because when a 90 mph ball comes and your hitting round on round there is a very small margin for error or to miss.
As far as difficulty, Baseball is near the top.

Not many people can hit a 90mph pitch day in and day out.
And that is the main part of the game. Not to mention throwing, catching, running, jumping, and fielding balls in the air and on the ground.

Whereas sports like American Football require only physical abilities, not skills.
People don't understand how difficult baseball is because the only people they watch are people that have been playing it for years. Hitting a round ball with a round bat is one of the hardest things to do and coming at even 80's makes it difficult. Baseball is the only sport where failing 70% of the time makes you a good player, that's why baseball is the hardest sport. Just think about it, maybe ask one of your varsity baseball friends to pitch to you, good luck. Baseball is chess, not checkers
[Newest]Try hitting a round ball with a round bat! Tell me how that works out for you!
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42Skateboarding
I'm actually pretty angry that both skateboarding and surfing didn't make it anywhere near top 10. I could only think of it this way: For a lot of these sports (swimming, dancing, football, hockey, soccer, cycling, etc. ) we all pretty much know how to pick up the basics, and with maybe an hour or two of practice, could have them down in no time. Of course we would be no where near competition ready or really that good at all in any of them, but the basics could come pretty easy. Those same basics would take at least a day or two on a skateboard, and a lot of us would probably still not have it down. Skateboarding takes so much concentration and dedication and I never realized how much people underestimate that. The pound of the pavement is way less forgiving than people think. Being one with your board and being aware of every single movement your muscles need to make is so essential. Hopefully one day people will see the light and understand how hard it is to get good at this sport, haha.
How can this not be in the top ten? I guess you can never truly understand unless you actually do it. I play a lot of sports. Most are on this list, but none of them compare to skateboarding. You are outside for endless hours of the day trying to land one trick. It takes forever to be considered good. It is also physically demanding and painful. Out of all the sports I have played which include football, basketball, boxing etc. I think skateboarding is the most painful. When you fall it hurts a lot. In fact nearly all of my most painful memories are from skating. Not only that, but it is an incredible workout. Pushing around for hours and doing tricks is not easy and very tiring, and frustrating. I think skateboarding is underrated. The amount of dedication and strength to be good is insane. It should definitely be in the top ten at least.
I cannot believe that skateboarding is not higher on the list. 36th? Really? Don't get me wrong, things like gymnastics and swimming, running, etc are not easy (I've played many other sports), but when it comes down to the dedication that skateboarding entails, it is unmatched by any other sport out there for the reason that skateboarding is a practice where it can take literally up to years to even fully master certain tricks that are still considered basic!
The cardio is grueling (especially on hot days) and your tolerance for pain is through the roof. It's also mental in that, you must be self disciplined and know how to persevere, because only through seemingly ENDLESS FAILURE can you improve in even the slightest. No one can truly understand, until they give it a shot.
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43Competitive Baton Twirling
This is the not even a sport.
I am a competitive baton twirler and I definitely practice more than my friends who play varsity sports. Baton twirling takes so much skill and hard work. You have to be graceful and maintain a constant speed throughout the entire routine and roll the baton all over your arms, back, front neck, back neck, etc. smoothly. We deserve way more credit than we actually get.
It takes everything dance and gymnastics does, and then some.

44Synchronized Diving
Synchronized diving is the hardest thing I've ever done. Diving by itself is the hardest sport I've ever done. I did gymnastics for 8 years and made it to level 8 and I just started diving about have a year ago and it's WAY harder. And I was at a top five ranked gym in the country and diving is stil wayy harder. You have no time to show anything unlike other sports who have more time to prove yourself. Smacking hurts like hell. It feels like your falling onto concrete that isn't an exaggeration. But I love diving! It's my favorite sport in the world and I would highly recommend it to a commited and tough person!
I do synchro swimming ( should b #1)
I ve been to places with the giant platforms
IT TAKES GUTS

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45Diving
When I first started diving I quit after the second day because the practices were so long! Now I rejoined and every year practices get harder and harder. So many people think that if the can just do a flip off a diving board then they would be an excellent diver but they are dead wrong! Diving isn't about chucking dives off a board. You have to first Learn the dive improve it and remember to always point your toes at meets pointing your toes can make your dive look so much cleaner! And after around 4 yers of diving I still don't even know all of the rules and can't get higher than a 4 on some dives, especially front dives ( it's my worst dive by far! )
Diving is a super hard sport! Its practically doing gymnastics into the pool except you have the threat of hitting the board! There are so many injuries and deaths in diving. It is such a super hard and risky sport!
Diving is defiantly the most technical sport. I coach diving at the USA level and NCAA D1 level. After 20 years of coaching, I'm still learning.

46UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship)
I bet if any athlete from another sport who never did martial arts will fail if they try this sport, trust me few people can survive five, five minute rounds trying to throw strikes and takedowns, while trying to not get KO'D or submitted, the people who do this sport are the most athletic athletes ever, don't bleive me, watch UFC and read some quotes about UFC fighters.
This sport is one of the most demanding out there not only do you have to stay in amazing physical shape to compete but you also have to perfect your striking clinch and ground game ide really enjoy seeing any other type of athlete try to endure a day session with the pros there sessions are usually 2 times a day with sparring in between and they don't do any easy light workout its all circiut work for the most part I'm in training right now and my whole entire body is sore and especially my rib cage from all the body shots
Have you seen how much hard sweat and practice these guys do? This almost inhumane. And at the fights you see blood and sometimes broken bones. You have to know at least two fighting style, one standing and the other grapaling (somewhat wrestling) with the eaither your screwed. You to learn strikes, counters, and blocks to every move possible. A lot to remember, and a lot of adrenaline.

47Softball
Softball is a hard sport but very fun my time playing softball was both fun and hard if you play I recommend pitcher, 3rd base and if you play travel than left field softball is a great sport never give up or down on yourself always try to improve softball is really 90% mental and 10% physical I really hope this comment encourages you to try softball
Softball is super hard. First of all you have to use a heavy metal bat. Even though it is easier to hit than a baseball but it is a lot heavier. Also it is hard to throw it and catch because the ball barely fits in your glove. I have been playing since pre k and it took foreverto throw a fast pitch. If you play baseball at least you get to throw under and doma wind mill and also have to know how to throw over hand.
People think softball is easy will it's not. It is proven that a softball batter has 20% less time to swing than a baseball player. Also everything else happens faster in softball. Anywhere you play is hard I would encourage you to try!
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Softball is a really hard sport to play. Sure, it has a bigger ball than baseball does but the field is smaller, which leaves infielders especially 3rd base little room to make a mistake. Also, the pitcher is closer to the batter less time so less time to swing. The balls that are used barely fit into the glove && a lot heavier to hit. So softball is a hard sport to play.

48Badminton
Badminton can be one of the most exciting sports to play. Its a strong mental and physical game, knowing when to use the right stroke in the right place and at the right time. However, it also emphazises the use of footwork. Overall, Badminton can be a very fast paced sport with a good player with shots going almost 300km/h. If you don't believe me give it a shot yourself.
Fastest sport.requires lot of stamina and wrist power
As well as need great athletic skills strong legs.needs fast reflexes and flexibility.good for health requires lot of training.and its interesting to watchd due to the deception used n the matches ar never as long as tennis
A lot of things to learn is this sport, footwork, I could go on for ages, very difficult stuff
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This is the worlds worst sports. It is duplicate, inappropriate etc. It has very easy footwork, shots, drop etc. It is the worlds dumbest sport.

49Basketball
Basketball isn't easy to play. Because you can always get injury by playing basketball I am a basketball player and I play really hard that sometimes I get my ankle hurt...

And if you want to be a basketball player you have to have all the skill to fit in the game...
You have to go to your practice at all times
People run 12 to 15 laps for their practice and that's what we do in our team.. To just get our skill motivated in the game, we run 5 laps every practice and we add and add to be more faster at running.
Basketball isn't easy as it seems. Running. Lifting weights. Hand-eye coordination. Fast reflexes. Guts. Agility. Accuracy. Take one part from every sport, put it together and you get basketball! The training is hell and you get injured really easily, by turning too quickly or being ankle broke, you get injured. Getting rammed in the ribbed or elbowed, you're injured.
Are you going to tell me that competitive baton twirling is harder than basketball?!?

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Basketball is easily one of the hardest sports to play. You have to practice your whole life to be any good. You can't just pick up the ball and be a great runner, defender, or shooter at once. You need to practice hour after hour. It is physically demanding in practice to stay in top shape and we have to be able to run for long periods of time and and be able to me a "big shot" under pressure. this sport only allows the best to play. If you're not the best you're sitting on the bench.

50Trampolining
Hard work really hard! I even doing this sport for years it takes a lot of practice with the risk of landing on your neck in a triple somersault.
I think this sport is extremely hard and it should be much closer!
I used to do this, and its much harder than just dong flips on a normal trampoline

51Acrobatic Gymnastics
I'm an artistic gymnast and this sport is amazing It should be in the top tens like common cheer basketball baseball TENNIS you've got to be kidding me acrobatic gymnastics is way harder than those it should be in the top tens
I think this should be a lot higher, wow

52Rock Climbing
This is by far one of the hardest sports and do not know why it is number 53 on the list

53Kickboxing
This should be in the top tem

54American Football
It is really hard to catch with all the gear. The gear weighs you down too. People think that football players are weak because of the gear, but try to run and catch and do everything you do with all of that gear. The helmets block the view of catching and you can't run as fast. Also all those huge linebackers just got bigger with that gear. People are always saying "come have a football player do our practice." How about you go a do a football practice. The condition might be easy, but lets add in getting plowed into the dirt. Also add the 20-30 pounds of gear on your back.
You play for like 10 seconds and then you stand for like a minute
People are always getting plowed over. Football has so many injuries.
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Is this really easier than competitive baton twirling? Seriously? That's a joke.

55Running
WHY IS CROSS COUNTRY ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE what I'VE DONE EVERY SPORT AND CROSS COUNTRY IS BY FAR THE HARDEST THING I'VE EVER HAD TO DO IN MY ENTIRE LIFE
It depends cross country, but a lap arund the house no.

56Xtreme Martial Arts
It is what it is xtreme you do the number 1 thing but you are spinning around a bo staff or nunchuck or a sword plus people get insane injurys like if you get hit in the head with a bo you are out
Its a combo of gymnastic the number one thing and the number 11 thing only its harder
Actually never mind this is definitely the hardest memorizing many moves an hard techniques insane workouts and a fighting style crazy

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57Australian Rules Football
Yeah not really seen much and very small market, Syd Canberra Queensland are NRL states, So bout half of the country has their sport (AFL) and other half is NRL. But I think AFL is the hardest game to play in the world.. you have so have so many skills to be good at it and the injuries they get, I'm guessing, are the most of any sport.. I dunno about other sports but a little slip and doing your Knee is 1 year out of the game, full reco, if you break a bone anywhere on your leg (i think foot is the worst) then youll be trying to get it fixed, it might take like 2 years or more to fix it, or people just retire.. so basically you can take massive damage to anywhere on your body, and the way that they attack the ball is like American football, or more but with no padding what so ever
AFL will never top these lists because it is only really played at its highest level in Australia and it is population is to small to vote it higher but when you combine a full contact sport with athletes who run up to 20 Kilometers a game and a game that is played in temperatures ranging from 100 degrees F at the start of the season to full mid winter rain storms and mud, you have a tough game.
"The fitness, speed, courage and power needed to play AFL at the top levels are extraordinary. It's such a misunderstood sport that needs the best of the best athletes.

58Ice Skating (Freestyle)
I've been figure skating ever since I was four. This sport takes determination, strength, and flexibility. It may seem effortless, but it is the hardest sport I know. You spin so fast your arms and legs are pulled from you. It takes years of training to get to jumps. If you think it is easy, try standing on a single blade, with one leg higher than your head. If you think it is easy, try jumping three feet off the ground, spinning in the air, and landing on one foot. If you think. It is easy, try getting to the rink, day in and day out, skating for hours without taking a break. After that, do fifty push-up sand fifty sit-ups. Then try lifting your leg far above your head. Now do think it is easy.
I can tell you a thing or 2. Gymnastics is #1 and there's nothing you can do about it. So suck it. And I love how some people just swear that gymnastics isn't a sport. Oh its a sport. My gym gets there conditioning from the military. You can see some gymnasts 6-packs through their leos. Plus, if you think " by far I think baseball is the hardest sport ", then obviously you haven't done gymnastics. Bye bye losers
I'm actually very pleased by this coming in 50th because I have done MANY sports in my life like softball, basketball, volleyball, freestyle ice scating, competition cheer, lacrosse, gymnastics and swimming personally I agree with freestyle in 50 uh softball should be in top 20 cheer lacrosse and swimming are okay the only thing is swimming should be a little farther down but you know what that's fine gymnnastics yea its a hard sport I'm not sure about being number one but again that one is fine I just really am disappointed and also shocked about where some sports are a lot of people think figure scating is like freestyle ice scating but it's not they're different but should both be plased at 50 but I guess that's all I'm saying thanks for reading

59BMX Racing
BMX racing is actually a very hard, competitive sport that requires dedication, strength, speed, and the ability to function under pressure. Everyone is always getting faster, and you need to keep up. Training everyday is necessary, and if you don't, you fall behind. For everyday you don't ride, it takes two days to catch up to the others. If you don't ride for a month, it'll take two months to catch up and so on.
I do believe Bmx is one of the hardest competitive sports out there. Everyone thinks its so easy until they get out on the track and try it for themselves. Ask any parent that has tried they'll say its not as easy as it looks. Racing Bmx takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You need to be able to complete moves and passes within A split second.
BMX is such a hard sport! You are always having to keep your head in the game, and in big races, if you make one little mistake, the person behind you will take advantage and might pass you.

60Polo (Horse)
This is the hardest and most tiring sport

61Judo
Cannot believe judo is not higher on this list. For starters, the practice is grueling. We train in all sorts of weather: in the summer the dojo (place we train) is extra hot, then in addition we have to wear our gi's (judo suits), which can total up to about a kilo in additional weight. In the winter the mats seem harder because its colder.

We have to be ready to fall whenever! In competitions, if you get thrown you land on your back with someone who weighs the same of you on top of you. You guys go try that and tell me it isn't hard.
Judo should be number 1. You can lose in 1 second and you are sore all the time.
Man it is the hardest sport

62Rollerblading
Very hard at first and then after a while you will get the surely hang of it!

63Surfing
Wow... everyone thinks that these other sports are hard. How about you try riding a 40-50 foot wave of destruction like I do every day. You will not survive. A sport where you stand on a tiny little board and ride down a 40 foot wave is not ahead of cheer leading. Seriously! Imagine this. You are towed out by a jet ski which then leaves you all alone floating on a tiny board. Suddenly a mound of water begins to rise behind you. It looks as if a giant monster such as Godzilla is rising from the ocean. You have second thoughts as the wave grows even larger but you can't quit now. Its too late. You paddle with all your might as the wave approaches you at high speed. The wave has caught up to you and now you are at the very top of the wave looking straight down. Now if you fall there are many dangers such as being pushed under 50 feet which will very likely rupture your ear drums. Even if you make it back up you only have 20 seconds before another wave pushes you back under. Your surfboard might also hit you at high speed and knock you unconscious. Anyway, you get to your knees as your knees as you glide down the wive. Water is spraying you in the face and you almost slip as you get to your feet. You know that if you fall its game over forever. Struggling to keep your balance you look up and see a 40 foot wall of water looming over you. Its about to curl over any second now so you have to turn to avoid being crushed by more than a 100,000 gallons of water. Do you have enough skill to save your life or will you fail. There is none to take your place. No bench to go sit on. You can't just get an ice-cream cone if you lose and decide to win next time. Determined to not die you lean to the side to turn the board. The wave crashes down right where you were a few seconds ago but you can't stop turning or you will be crushed. Your visibility is reduced as all the mist sprays in your face. You almost stumble but you gain your balance again. Now you are inside the wave. You aren't safe yet though because if you don't drown when you fall surly you will smash your skull on the rocks. After all, this wave is as powerful as a speeding train. You break out of the tunnel and now you are riding the powerful white water. You can't see your lower body which is in a cloud of water. You finally make it to shore! Yay! Hooray! You did it! It's so easy and safe that you know you wanna try again! Or maybe you wight decide to settle for one of those so called "harder sports." Hm... tough choice you got there.
People don’t realize that surfing is not just popping up and standing on a board riding waves... There’s a lot that goes into surfing.
1. being physically fit. Without having the core body strength, arms shoulders back leg abb strength it will be extremely hard to be successful
2. getting to the outback. Think that’s easy? Think again. Count on there being rip tides.. Narly currents. Incoming waves that will beat you to a pulp and push you back to the shore. If your still game after paddling forever till your arms feel like jelly and you reach the lineup. Then comes
3. Timing. If you don’t catch that wave at the right moment you’re going to wipe out, not catch the wave or the wave will pick you up and crush
4. Coordination balance and hand eye feet coordination is key. Without this you can’t begin to drop into a wave or balance on the board.
5. Climate count your blessings if your surfing in warm climate some waters are so cold if you don’t have the right equipment you’ll freeze and start cramping
6. Sportsmanship. A good chill friendly attitude is a must to surf, its all about enjoying the wave and the company on the lineup
7. Common sense is something that is used on the fly out in the waters, knowing your limits and what you can and can’t handle
• and did I mention sharks…surfers and shark attacks usually go in the same sentence, it is not uncommon to see fins swimming about as your on the line up.. Weather dolphins sharks sea otters seals jelly fish etc an abundance of animals to do you harm while trying to catch a wave
I don't understand how surfing and all the other board sports are so low on this list! Surfing is EXTREMELY hard. Just to be an alright surfer is hard. Now become a pro. People seem to think that when you catch a wave you will just magically stand up and turn and do tricks and stuff. You wont. Surfing is a very hard sport that takes an insane amount skill and endurance. Try standing out there surfing all day. By the end of the day you will be so exhausted that you can't even lift up your arms. If you are a serious surfer you will probably do core workout classes and stuff too. Competition surfing takes HUGE dedication, skill etc. You need to be the best out there. Big Wave surfing takes HUGE guts. You need to be able to ride up to a wave that people flee from and know that surfing this could mean your death. Not a lot of other sports have you do that.

64Short Course Triathlon

65Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is by far one of the toughest sports in the world with the risk of injury and guts to just ride off a cliff and I myself mountain bike and it requires balls of steel with the nerve to risk your life to have fun.
You are on a small trail with giants holes and crazy rock courses. Not even including the insane drops and steep hills. Also jumps. These trails are just sketchy to walk on let alone ride down super fast on a bike.
High speeds, rough rooty and rocky sections, trails barley wide enough for your handle bars, high speed crashes, steep hill climbs and decents, and is done in any weather

66Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is more of a sport that competitive baton twirling! People these days are ridiculous! Cross Country skiing may not be the hardest sport. But defiantly harder than horse back riding!
Cross country skiing should definitely be in the top 20 at least! Skiers are probably the most fittest people in the world. It uses every muscle of your body

First of all the technique is very hard to master. You have to learn two techniques: skating and classic which are both very hard.

Second of all skiing is a outdoor sport and you practice in every condition including: freezing cold temperatures, snow storms, in the summer you practice on roller skiis in the hot sun or rain.

Third the hills are very tough. For the uphill you have to learn a technique called harringbone. Uphills uses your arms, core, legs and endurance. The downhills are also very hard imagine going 20- 60 km an hour on a pair of small skiis. Now try doing a corner without wiping out even pros wipout on downhills!

Racing is even harder because you have to be in a pack with more than 50 people and this is hard because you are trying not to clip a nither persons skii or else it could cause a major crash.

In biathlon you have to do all of this plus be mentally prepared for the shooting part were you have to hold your brath to keep yourself from shaking so you can aim and if you miss you need to do a penalty loop.

This sport is easily harder than darts, kitesurfing, sport stacking etc.
How is this 67. It should be in the top 10. This sport is unbelievably hard.

67Sailing
You may all think that sailing is just sitting in a boat and moving a little. Your totally wrong. It takes mental and physical strength to sail. You need to know what your doing otherwise it will be one of the worst days of your life. I sail and its taken me 9 years just to become good and if you don't think sailing is a sport you try it.
Imagine doing a wall sit and a sit-up at the same time while getting sprayed at by a hose. That's sailing
Try it and I guarantee. You will say it is hard and not just sitting down so don't say it's crap until you've tried it because it is very hard and impossible to sail perfectly

68Biathlon
Are you kidding! Biathlon is by far the hardest sport there is. First you have to ski cross country, as if that isn't hard enough, you have to calm yourself and your heartbeat, and become a precision shooter, and if you miss, MORE skiing.
The amount of focus training it takes to slow down you heart beat before s shooting is incredibly hard and the skiing is also very hard
I've never heard of it but it sounds hard

69Rally Racing

70Snowboarding
Definitely the hardest sport, been snowboarding for years and still can't play like a pro

71Netball
Netball is a very hard sport although heaps of people think its for girls and so on... But I can guarantee you no boy is able to play is well as girls or women their age. You have to think loads and run heaps, quick moves and smart people tend to play netball. I think netball should at least be to 10! If you think netball is easy go out there and play against girls or women your age and then talk!
Netball is a very hard sport it takes heaps of effort and I can't believe its 70 and comes after free running. I mean come on people we all know how much skill it takes if girls can play soccer and can even be better then boys then why can't boys play netball? Even if they did they would not be able to think and have as much skill as girls do. GIRLS ARE STRONGER THAN BOYS! Vote for netball and make it come in the top 20... lets do this
Netball is hard it takes mental strength and quick clever thinking to react it is much like basketball but adjusted so women can play

72Ski Jumping

73Speedskating
How is this not #1? It looks so easy when you watch races on T.V., but you should try getting in the basic position. It's not just about having thunder thighs. Each stroke uses your core. You need endurance, speed, crazy agility, and mind set. So much harder than running, you have no idea.

74Hurling
Hurling is not the most physically demanding sport in the world but is the fastest and most skilful sport by far. Epically for goalkeepers. The average shot from about 25 yards away can exceed speeds of 100mph. So the goalkeeper must protect an 80sq foot goal with a piece of wood that's 5 inches wide at the widest part, and keep the sliotar out of the goal. Plus his only protection is a weak plastic helmet.
Extremely tough sport. Carrying a hurl all through the game, avoiding guys who hit you as hard as they can, while trying to hit a ball smaller and heavier than a tennis ball
It's almost impossible, e to avoid being shouldered to the ground, getting hit with a Hurley. It takes lots of commitment and is played with a love for the game
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Oh my god this should be up top you've obviously never played hurling

75Snooker
Having played most sports at least once and many quite a lot, I would rank snooker as technically the hardest. There are endless types of shots to master, screw, topspin, Running side, check side, reverse side screws shots, swerve shots, stun shot, stun run through, long pots, short pots, thin cuts, plants, doubles, safety shots, cannons, I could go on. Different implements have to be mastered like the rest, spider and Half butt. Add to this the knowledge of angles, an opponent who is trying to beat you, different playing conditions, extreme mental strength, supreme concentration and intense pressure. Temperament is also essential. The fact is you never master snooker and you learn every game. Despite what some may say you need to be pretty fit too, especially over long matches or tournaments. It is extremely difficult to make it at snooker.
Played it for 6 hours a day for 2 years, I enjoy going for a run and playing football but nothing even comes close in terms of difficulty to this. It is literally a game of millimeters the smallest ajustment and and your whole game can fall apart. Having said all that it;s also the most enjoyable sport i;ve played and if you give it a chance you can easily become addicted!
The on, y person who would play this is Severus Snake.

76Skydiving

77Yacht Racing
Is that even a thing? Bahaahha.
Yacht racing is hard.
What is that anyways

78Mounting Boarding
Broke my leg in this sport

79Paintball
Hard core man! Hard core!

80Handball
Handball is a very tough, intense sport. It takes many varieties of skill and concentration. This sport is not to mention mentally challenging but physically challenging also. Handball is also the fore father of many "tough" or "most challenging" sports today. Back when, handball had very extraordinary measures. This game or sport in my opinion is by far the most important sport of all!
The guy said enough handball forever
Handball hardest team sport.

81Wind Surfing
I believe windsurfing is a very very hard sport to learn. First you have to have good balance to even stand on the board, and that whole time your trying to keep your ballence you have to keep in your mind which way the wind is coming from and where to point your sail to go forward and turn upwind or downwind.

82Racquetball
people think that what you do at the gym is racquetball. watch the pros or open players its constant running jumping, diving and swinging as hard as you can. not to mention the ball reaches over 160 miles per hour in every rally

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83Freestyle BMX
This should be in the top 10 people would think so if they watched the dew tour people really don't know how long it taakes to learn each trick especially doing front flips and backflip tailwhips
I have no idea how kicking a ball around a field is hard to be fair, foot ball is wank! Its not even a mans sport! They earn all that money to be taped on the leg then get carried off the pitch crying when people are fighting for our countrys! Foot ball needs to piss of

84Roller Derby
Roller derby has been called a cross between hockey, football and track. It takes skill and coordination as well as quick thinking. Plus, it gives women a full contact sport which involves hitting, blocking and sprinting. All while being on roller skates.
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85Sport Jujutsu
Its really hard to roll around with other people bigger than you and have to be aware of someone getting you in a arm bar and snapind your arm in 3 places

86Longboarding
I have been long boarding for 7 years and it takes skill balance and a lot of training to get close to good. You have to know that your either going to fall at very high speeds such as 50 - 100 mph or your going to fall trying to do a trick. And it takes time to get some what close to pro.
Steezy dope sick yolo swag

87Cricket
May not be the hardest sport, but certainly should be in top 10 list. If you think cricket is just about hitting the ball as far as you can or just randomly bowl the ball, you are making a huge mistake. Think about the hand eye coordination involved or the strength, endure, stamina and determination a fast express bowler needs to really tip the ball at over 150Kms, and the batter who has to face these fast bowlers. No only that, the ball can be very deceiving as there are various ways in can be delivered to the batter and at any speed. Think about a batsman who scores over 100 runs, you should try scoring at least 10 runs at pro level some day. Depending on the format it can last for 4 hrs, to 1 day to 5 days. Imagine batting at 35-40 degrees C heat for 10 or more hrs, anyone else would be dead. So gymnastic is truly a hard sport, but from this list it doesn't truly specify why it is, because think of boxing and you get hammered and knocked out, think of it, its really not what you think. I didn't write these comments just because I love cricket for the sport, but also had to think about other sports as well.
Cricket should be second hardest it is really hard in many ways we have to hit a heavy ball up to 85 meters for a six, dive on your head, catch a speeding ball which is coming to you, some people are also injured during play and if the ball hits your face and you are without a helmet you can be paralised
It would be one of the toughest jobs in the world to be an International batsman. Travel the world for your Country and be expected to make runs in front of thousands of people, whilst seam bowlers are throwing down deliveries at 140kmph. Top 3 for sure.
[Newest]Most of sports in these list are very fanny sports. cricket is best & hardest sport in world. it should be in top 10.

88Kendo

89Marathon

90Water Ski
Water skiing should be up higher water skiing involves strength determination teamwork and communication I am on a ski team and it is a huge commitment I am at the lake 6 days a week and I know a lot of people who have gotten severely injured my friends and I have had many pulled muscles concussions and broken bones and if you water ski you know you fall a lot and its really bad to fall from the top of a 5 tier pyramid you hit 30+ ropes on the way down and you get skied over but the worse thing is if you land on the wake hard enough you r most likely to get a concussion and gonna black out so don't go around saying my sport is easy trust me it does not feel good to be dragged behind a boat going 30 mph or to face plant going off a jump 5 feet on the air or to fall forward off a pyramid ya so think again it's not as easy as it looks!

91Wiffle Ball
Not even a sport
Bullcrap ever heard of the wiffle ball pitcher who stuck out a major league batter So underrated

Thebadbaconguy


92Bouldering

93Muay Thai
What the heck? Is this some Chinese noodle dish?
Wow can't believe that wasn't in the top ten wow

Thebadbaconguy


94Kitesurfing
One of the best and kinda hard. Sport

95Gaelic Football

96Sport Stacking
What, like cup stacking?

97Wakeboarding

98High Jump

99100 Meter Sprint
The 100 meter sprint is literaly the easiest sport just to go out and do.

100Competitive Jumproping
This is something that many people don't even think exists. BUT IT DOES it is one of the hardest sports you can ever do. It takes LOTS of endurance to jump for a long period of time, and it takes great muscle in your legs. I hope that the word gets spread about this sport because it is very important

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