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    Greatest Athlete - All Sports-All Time

    Who IYHO is the Greatest Athlete - All Sports-All Time?

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    Jesse Owens gets my vote for the '36 Olympics.

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    Jim Thorpe get my vote.

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    Athlete

    Secretariat - even though he always had someone on his back, he only worked for hay.

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    This sure sounds like this needs a Maister Poll.
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    Babe Zaharias Didrikson was voted most versatile athlete. I also considered Pele, but Babe got my vote.

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    Michael Jordan

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    I think it depends on your definition of athlete. In my opinion it can't be a football, basketball, or baseball player if you are talking about pure athlete.


    I say Jim Thope, Bruce Jenner, or Roman Šebrle. Anyone that can compete with the best in the world at sprints (fast twitch), distance (slow twitch), jumps, discus, pole vault (coordination), and javelin, shot put (power) is the best athlete in my opinion.

    Or Cael Sanderson.
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    I grew up in Chicagoland in the 1990s, so of course...Michael Jordan.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    Anyone that can compete with the best in the world at sprints (fast twitch), distance (slow twitch), jumps, discus, pole vault (coordination), and javelin, shot put (power) is the best athlete in my opinion.
    I agree - you need someone who can do it all.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink_Planner View post
    I think it depends on your definition of athlete. In my opinion it can't be a football, basketball, or baseball player if you are talking about pure athlete.


    I say Jim Thope, Bruce Jenner, or Roman Šebrle. Anyone that can compete with the best in the world at sprints (fast twitch), distance (slow twitch), jumps, discus, pole vault (coordination), and javelin, shot put (power) is the best athlete in my opinion.

    Or Cael Sanderson.
    My knee jerk was Michael Jordan but after reading your post I decided hitting .228 in AA removes him from consideration.

    I would have to agree with Jim Thorpe. He won the Decathlon, played professional, football, baseball and basketball.
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    My knee jerk was Michael Jordan but after reading your post I decided hitting .228 in AA removes him from consideration.

    I would have to agree with Jim Thorpe. He won the Decathlon, played professional, football, baseball and basketball.
    Cael who? Hands down the best, not just he is a fellow alumni of ISU

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cael_Sanderson

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    Quote Originally posted by illinoisplanner View post
    I grew up in Chicagoland in the 1990s, so of course...Michael Jordan.
    Yes.

    Alexander Karelin would have to be high up there, too. Maybe Vasily Alekseyev or Ed Coan, as well.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Karelin
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasiliy_Alekseyev
    http://www.criticalbench.com/Ed-Coan.htm
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    It's hard to argue with Jim Thorpe for multi-sports achievements.

    Paavo Nurmi, The Flying Finn, is a candidate if you only consider distance running. Below are his Olympic accomplishments. He would also have competed in 1932 but was disqualified as a professional for having taken some appearance money.

    Gold 1920 Antwerp 10000 m
    Gold 1920 Antwerp 8000 m cross country
    Gold 1920 Antwerp 8000 m cross country team
    Gold 1924 Paris 1500 m
    Gold 1924 Paris 5000 m
    Gold 1924 Paris 5000 m cross country
    Gold 1924 Paris 5000 m cross country team
    Gold 1924 Paris 3000 m team
    Gold 1928 Amsterdam 10000 m
    Silver 1920 Antwerp 5000 m
    Silver 1928 Amsterdam 5000 m
    Silver 1928 Amsterdam 3000 m steeplechase
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Paavo Nurmi, The Flying Finn, is a candidate if you only consider distance running.
    Although Nurmi did a ton for distance running (Indiana even has a camp dedicated to him) I disagree. Halie Gebrselassie has been one of the world's best for 15 years in which time he has had the WR in the 2mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, one hour run, and marathon. Just to give you an idea, for the one hour run (which is exactly that... how far can you run in one hour) he went 13.2 miles. That would be 4min 33 second pace for 13.2 miles....amazing.

    Nurmi's steeple win though is huge...
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    It's hard to argue with Jim Thorpe for multi-sports achievements.

    Paavo Nurmi, The Flying Finn, is a candidate if you only consider distance running. Below are his Olympic accomplishments. He would also have competed in 1932 but was disqualified as a professional for having taken some appearance money.

    Gold 1920 Antwerp 10000 m
    Gold 1920 Antwerp 8000 m cross country
    Gold 1920 Antwerp 8000 m cross country team
    Gold 1924 Paris 1500 m
    Gold 1924 Paris 5000 m
    Gold 1924 Paris 5000 m cross country
    Gold 1924 Paris 5000 m cross country team
    Gold 1924 Paris 3000 m team
    Gold 1928 Amsterdam 10000 m
    Silver 1920 Antwerp 5000 m
    Silver 1928 Amsterdam 5000 m
    Silver 1928 Amsterdam 3000 m steeplechase
    Yes, definitely Thorpe would have to be considered.

    If you consider motorsports an athletic endeavor then Travis Pastrana would have to up for consideration, as well. He is a motorsports competitor and stunt performer who has won championships and X Games gold medals in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing.
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    I'm of the opinion that the greatest athletes, across the board, are the ones competing today. LeBron James, Adrian Peterson, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Ovetchkin, Usain Bolt, Michale Phelps, name the athlete... they are bigger, faster, stronger, and more finely-conditioned than any who came before them. Likewise, in 20 years, the new generation of elite athletes will be even better.

    That said, I think you have to measure athletes relative to their competition. For me, you can't call a swimmer or a tennis player or a gymnast or an athlete from any sport where a comparatively low number of people can participate the greatest of all-time. So, I think you have to limit the discussion to sports that require all-body cardiovascular endurance and an additional set of skills, for a sport that is widely played throughout the world: rugby, soccer, and basketball come to mind as the most prominent. Or, alternatively, someone that mastered several different sports at the highest level would also qualify in my book.

    Ultimately, it has to be Michael Jordan. He was 6'6" and 230 lbs in his prime and did things on a basketball court that had never been seen before... Also, I don't consider his short baseball career to be a knock against him. If you can compete in the high minors, you've made it to the top fraction of a percent of competition. There are 1,500 players drafted by MLB every year, plus a few hundred international free agents, so the attrition rate is ridiculously high. After spending the better part of his life devoted to basketball, Jordan was still able to play AA baseball? That's pretty impressive. Put a bat in LeBron's hand and watch him flail away. Hitting a baseball with any level of consistency is insanely hard. Jordan was one of a kind and, IMO, the best athlete of the modern era.

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    For best all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe is hard to beat. ("Babe" Didrikson sounds like a serious contender, too, especially if you rank men and women separately.)

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    This Bear will nominate Ronald Reagan. Master of so many events.....

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    I nominate Gil Thorpe.

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    (Who knows who Gil Thorpe is?)

    Nomination: Jim Thorpe. Awesome all-round athlete.

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    I'm nominating Spartacus for the title.
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    I was named to the all-star team in my 8th grade basketball tournament and second team all-league baseball catcher in my junior and senior years in high school.

    I guess that doesn't qualify me for greatest athlete.

    I tip my hat to Jim Thorpe.
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    Ok....

    William 'Refrigerator' Perry
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    Charles Barkley
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    Seargent Slaughter of the old WWF
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    Wait!!!!

    Quote Originally posted by The One View post
    ....Seargent Slaughter of the old WWF
    Did you forget about Capt. Lou Albano? If you did, I spit on your grave.
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