The 21 Fastest Athletes in Pro Sports

Since the dawn of sport, speed has been an advantage. These 21 pro athletes have the type of blazing speed that strikes fear into the heart of their opponents.

Connor McDavid

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Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid entered the NHL as one of the most highly touted players in league history. He signed a mega-deal with Reebok when he was just 15 years old and has been referred to as "the LeBron James of hockey." 

I can't speak to how fast McDavid is on foot, but he can flat-out fly on the ice. 

The 21-year-old Edmonton Oilers center has won two consecutive "NHL Fastest Skater Competition" events and was recently voted the fastest skater in the NHL by his peers. 

His skating speed has been clocked at over 25.5 mph during game action. 

The scary part is his skating coach thinks he can get even faster. "I think he can add more speed," Joe Quinn, who's served as McDavid's skating and skills coach for over a decade, told The Hockey News. "He's going to get better. He still has a lot of room to get better."

Perhaps the most impressive thing about McDavid's speed is how he's still able to execute difficult feats of hand-eye coordination while flying down the ice. That's by design, as Quinn strives to makes all of his skaters "multi-taskers" on the ice. 

"It's one thing to have speed, it's easy to see it, but he does things as full speed that are hard to defend against," Quinn says.

McDavid totaled a league-leading 108 points last season. 

"I don't quite get how his first three steps, how he can separate from players so quickly with those first three steps. And even more impressive how he can do it almost quicker with the puck than without," Tyler Seguin told CBC.ca earlier this year.

McDavid is still just 21 years old, so we may see him get even faster as the years go on.


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