ESPN identified 10 skills that go into athleticism: endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, nerve, durability, hand-eye coordination and analytic aptitude then asked a panel of experts to assign a number from 1 to 10 to the demands that 60 different sports makes of each of those 10 skills. By totaling and averaging the responses of the panel ESPN arrived at a degree of difficulty number for all 60 sports on a 1 to 100 scale. That number places the difficulty of performing each sport in context with the other sports that were rated. The top 10 sports in terms of degree of difficulty were determined to be: boxing, ice hockey, football, basketball, wrestling, martial arts, tennis, gymnastics baseball and soccer. The Rick Anderson Worlds Best Athlete International Skills Competition Selection Committee then picked a skill from each of the top 10 most difficult sports and created a decathlon style multi-sport tournament whereby individuals compete in all 10 events that represent 10 different skills that are common to the performance of the 10 most difficult sports in the world. Competitors are rated on a scale of 1 to 1000 for each event and the person who achieves the highest overall point total is crowned the Worlds Best Athlete.

The Worlds Best Athlete International Skills Competition was founded by Rick Anderson and his son Christian-Tyler Anderson, as a Canadian multi-sport tournament dedicated to the promotion of sports throughout the world. The first tournament will be held in the summer of 2005 in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.




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