Sexiest Athlete hurts sports.
Forbes and Busted Coverage named German sprinter Alica Schmidt "World's Sexiest Athlete," perpetuating shallow rankings.
Looks-focused rankings hinder progress in a sport based on speed, effort, and tactics.
Athletes face confusion about looks, weight, and conflicting messages from coaches.
Obsession with appearance can lead to eating disorders and poor physical and mental health.
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) affects athletes' performance and well-being.
Focusing on looks undermines the importance of talent and skill in sports.
Youthfulness and physical attractiveness are temporary, not defining qualities.
Placing Schmidt on a pedestal for looks disregards the impact on athletes' physical and mental health.