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Greatest Athlete of all time

ESPN is having a showdown with a collection of the best athletes of all time.

Our Swiss friend Roger is up in the running

http://sports.espn.go.com/sportsnati...atestofalltime
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Well..... it's nice of them to put 3 Non-American's from 16 in the "Geatest Athlete of All Time" list.
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Old 12.02.2013, 14:31
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Clearly the answer is John Surtees:

"He was 500cc motorcycle World Champion in 1956 and 1958–60, Formula One World Champion in 1964, and remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels"

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Old 12.02.2013, 14:38
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Well..... it's nice of them to put 3 Non-American's from 16 in the "Geatest Athlete of All Time" list.
I count 4

I guess we should be happy they left Lance Armstrong out.
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Old 12.02.2013, 14:41
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Its Muhammad Ali on so many levels e.g. fighter, witty raconteur, political activist etc..
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

This list is a joke.

Carl Lewis in but not Bolt?
No women. (!)
Some nascar guy but not Fangio or Senna or Schumacher?
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Old 12.02.2013, 14:47
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Well since most of those on the list are not, by definition, athletes (A person who is involved in athletics, which involves track and field events, long distance, cross-country and road running, and race walking) - it`s a big FAIL from the start. You would think that anyone putting up a list such as this would at least get the title right - i.e. `Greatest sportsman/woman`
However at least they have one of the probable contenders (in my book) already listed at number 1.
There are just too many non-US sportsmen/women missing.
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

The list should really be:

"The most popular sportsman according to what we televise on ESPN"


Not that I'm a fan of the round-ball game, but Soccer really needed to be represented by someone other than Pelè.

Kelly Slater won 11 world championships and has won professional events for more than 20 years..... that's pretty hard to top by any standard.
Not to mention that surfing is a sport that at least is internationally recognised (yes NASCAR, I'm talking to you - nobody without a red neck cares)
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Of all time? Or in close living memory? Were there no great athletes before the 1960's?
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Of all time? Or in close living memory? Were there no great athletes before the 1960's?
Pelè 1958

(according to the list)
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

The study definitely lacks substance rather a bit of fun publicity. But a great discussion we used to have with the buddies over a few beers.


The easiest metric we could decide on, was a mixture between the sport's overall fame and what a single individual has accomplished for said sport.

Our discussions usually came down to either Wayne Gretzky or Tiger Woods.

(although some could argue that golf isn't really a sport :P )
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I count 4

I guess we should be happy they left Lance Armstrong out.
If you're counting Gretzky he's got US citizenship too.
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I count 4
Ahhh, Wayne Gretzky is Canadian..... well, that doesn't really count.

(Runs out the door before a Canadian Hockey stick can smash my teeth out)
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Sachin Tendulkar , Lin Dan

and yeah a few weeks back Armstrong would have made the ESPN list

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Ahhh, Wayne Gretzky is Canadian..... well, that doesn't really count.

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Old 12.02.2013, 15:25
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(although some could argue that golf isn't really a sport :P )
Speaking of which---apparently golf is a sport at the 2016 Olympics. Yet Wrestling has been removed!?!?!
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

for my money, it is Jim Thorpe hands down. and don't get me started on Gretzky, a dude who plays hockey his whole life without ever delivering or receiving a check, never digs a puck out from behind his own net and barely ever has to cross center ice on defense ain't even in the competition. Gordie Howe was 2x the hockey player in his 40's that Gretzky was in his prime.

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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

Reinhold Messner (if golf can be mentioned, so can mountaineering). Guy altered his body by years of eating very little & climbing hard in Dolomites at the same time, so his metabolism became super-effective (and he had to carry less on expeditions), claimed crown of Himalaya first in the world (all above 8000m peaks), also 7 summits (top peaks of all continents including Antarctic), went to Everest with Habeler without oxygen, although everybody including doctors said to him he would die/go insane there), and he continued doing extreme things just because he could. No big expeditions, carrying all he needed for summit & survival on his shoulders, no oxygen etc.

No pussy coaching, having big group of people taking care of every aspect of his career. Just him, his body, mind and things nobody ever achieved before.
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Re: Greatest Athlete of all time

http://iwhof.org/honorees/2010-2/mik...t-new-zealand/

Have a look at this from .54 to 1.40. Pretty awesome sporting ability.
Though personally, I think a "best of all time" should be someone who has proven themsleves in more than one discipline eg: multi sport/ triathletes, or pentathlon/decathlon champs.

Golf? I put that on par with shooting, archery, darts. Nah, they don't count.
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