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Crosby Named One of World's Top Athletes

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby was named one of the world’s top all-around athletes in rankings compiled recently by the Wall Street Journal. The results were published in the paper’s weekend and online editions (online.wsj.com).

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 20-year-old center was ranked as the world’s No. 6 all-around athlete by an expert panel that graded candidates on six criteria: speed; vision and reflex; stamina and recovery; coordination and flexibility; power, strength and size; and success and competitiveness.

Judges were Ed Coyle, exercise physiologist at the University of Texas; Steve Fleck, chairman of the Sport Science Department at Colorado College and former head of the physical conditioning program for the U.S. Olympic committee; Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating and currently an orthopedic surgeon at Salt Lake sports medicine facility; Kris Homsi, director of sport science for Sparq, a training and assessment company used for college recruiting; and Mark Verstegen, who operates the Athletes Performance training facilities.

Czech decathlete Roman Sebrle, current world champion and Olympic gold medalist, was named the world’s top all-around athlete. Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was second, followed by boxer Floyd Mayweather, LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers and tennis star Roger Federer in the top five.

Crosby was sixth, followed by hurdler Liu Xiang of China, 400-meter sprinter Jeremy Wariner of the U.S., soccer star Ronaldo de Assis Moreira of Brazil and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.

The Journal’s panel began with a list of 79 top athletes before formulating its top 10.

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