The 60 hardest sports in terms of difficulty have been ranked (20-1)

  • Will Day

20. Cycling: Distance 

Distance cycling, like the Tour de France, is seen as the biggest test of endurance that sport has to offer, and it also requires a lot of leg power with the various bends and hills. 

19. Figure Skating 

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was the first winter sport to be included in the Olympic Games, when contested at the 1908 Olympics in London. It requires good balance. 

18. Speed Skating 

Again, another sport that gives away the aim of the sport in the name. The aim of the sport is to skate as fast as you can in an attempt to reach the finish line first. It is another event hat requires tremendous balance. 

17. Field Hockey 

Field hockey is another part of the hockey family often played on grass or artificial grass surface. Each team plays with 10 field players and a goalkeeper. It requires a lot of spacial awareness and power. 

16. Track and Field: Pole vault 

Pole vault is a sport that has you on edge every time you watch it. How the pole doesn’t snap always seems to amaze and this is down to the skill of the athlete. It requires unbelievable balance and also a lot of courage. 

15. Rodeo: Steer Wrestling 

Steer wrestling, also known as bulldogging, is a rodeo event in which a horse-mounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then wrestles the steer to the ground by grabbing its horns and pulling it off-balance so that it falls to the ground. 

14. Lacrosse 

Lacrosse is a popular sport in the US. It consists of a lacrosse ball and lacrosse stick and the aim is to score in the opposing team’s goal. It is the oldest organised sport in north America. 

13. Rugby 

Rugby is one of the most popular sports across the world and has one of the largest followings also. It was founded in 1871. 

12. Water polo 

Despite water polo being something you have a crack at while on holiday, it is also a professional sport which is competed in. It requires a lot of upper body strength and awareness. 


11. Skiing: Alpine 

Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is the pastime of sliding down snow-covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings. It requires a great amount of balance. 

10. Football 

Football is the most watched sport in the world and has the largest following. With the Premier League currently getting back on its feet as well, it could make for a very exciting foreseeable future for football. 

9. Baseball/Softball 

The sport that Michael Jordan left basketball for has to be one that is hard, as after all, MJ never does anything which is easy. Baseball is a bat-and-ball game which is very popular in the US with the MLB being a major talking point for them. 

8. Gymnastics 

Gymnastics requires a lot of flexibility and skill. A certain amount of courage is also required. 

7. Tennis 

Tennis is a lot quicker paced then many realise with many forehand shots clocking upwards of 100 mph. Tennis is very popular all over the world and with how quick paced the game is, makes for a challenging game. 

6. Martial arts 

Martial arts combines timing and flexibility with power, which makes for a very skill-based sport. Considering it is a striking sport, there is a lot of respect for competitors respectively. 

5. Wrestling 

Wrestling requires a lot of tactical thinking and a lot of power.

4. Basketball 

Basketball is one of the quickest paced sports on this list. It mixes agility, power and speed and has seen its fair share of not just sport superstars, but world-renowned superstars over the years. 

3. American Football 

American Football requires power and agility and is one of the most watched sports in the US. The Super Bowl is always one of the most watched sporting events each year. The NFL is also one of the biggest talking points in America. 


2. Ice Hockey 

A sport previously dominated by Wayne Gretzky comes in second on this list. Ice Hockey combines tactical awareness and power. Ice Hockey also requires a good balance. 

1. Boxing 

Number one on Unbiased America Sports’ list is boxing. The striking sport has recently had a bit of a revival with all of the hype surrounding the heavyweight division, however, has always required a lot of skill. 

It combines balance with power and tactical awareness. 

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