Greatest Olympian of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Michael Phelps
By the end of the 2012 Olympics, he will have the most Olympic medals ever. Mark Spitz and Eric Heiden were fantastic athletes, but Phelps is in a league of his own.
10 gold medals, the ultimate man, and the dominate athlete

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He really is the best and the proof is in the 2008 and 2012 olympics... NO ONE CAN BEAT HIS RECORDS! I look up to him, he is a role model to me.
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2Steve Redgrave
Remarkable to win 5 consecutive golds, keeping his body in ultimate peak condition for 20 years to compete with the worlds top athletes!
Steve Redgrave the amazing person how has got so many medals and lots of amazing fans. Steve Redgrave seemed to be the absolute tip top of his Olympic game for more then 20 years. IF YOU ASK ME THAT IS AWESOME
Better than Michael Phelps. Easy to win swimming golds, as there are way more events whereas in rowing you can usually only do one. A truly great athlete. For almost 20 years he completely dominated, not to mention fighting diabetes.
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3Jesse Owens
Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 - a remarkable achievement in itself, but even more so when you consider that the black athlete achieved his victories in the swastiker-clad heart of Nazi Germany.

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Jesse owens pissed off Hitler

4Carl Lewis
For what he did in one Olympic 1984 - 4 Gold, and 4 Gold in 4 consecutive Olympics in the Long Jump, for his durability over 4 olympics, and 1980 he would have made the team but there was a boycott (so he was denied a 5th olympics) an

5Nadia Comaneci
In only a few sports can you strive for perfection, and 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to achieve the perfect 10 score in Montreal

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6Michael Jordan

7Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali has become one of the most infamous Olympians ever, as much for what he did outside of the boxing ring as what he did with the gloves on.

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He is the best because no one expected it and it isn't always about the number of medals. In some sports you can't win more than a couple of medals.

8Michael Johnson
'The only person who could beat Michael in his day was Michael Johnson.' Johnson was virtually unbeatable.Going into the 1996 Olympic games Johnson had won 54 straight finals at 400m, and had remained unbeaten for seven years.

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9Usain Bolt
Okay, he's only competed in one Olympic Games. But sport is an entertainment, and he stunned audiences around the world like no other.

Sport is also about achievement, and to be the fastest moving human being that has ever lived... well, make your own mind up.
He is insanely talented.
Not even in the same league as the rest of the world.
The fastest and best runner ever

10Fanny Blankers-Koen

The 'flying Dutchwoman' was voted female athlete of the 20th century

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The Contenders

11Mark Spitz

There were two things swimmer Mark Spitz wasn't short of: confidence and medals. Before the 1968 Olympics he boasted that he would win six gold medals - he took home only two

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12Eric Moussambani

He finished in 1min 53 seconds - more than twice the time it took Thorpe. Which earned him the nickname the eel

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He was so brave and he had the true olympian spirit! Go eric!
He ended up doing it by him self and I love the fact that he had the guts to do that! X


13Aleksandr Karelin

14Emil Zatopek
Should be way higher. Wins the marathon the first time he ever competed--after he already won the 5 and 10K

15Michelle Kwan

Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003)

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16Bruce Jenner

17Apolo Anton Ohno

18Jim Thorpe

19Abebe Bikila

20Eric Heiden
How is a guy who won 5 gold medals in a single games competing at totally different distances not #1 let alone even on this list. Can you imagine Usain Bolt winning his events and then 1500, 5000 and 10000 m?!

21Gracie Gold

22Edwin Moses

23Greg Louganis

24Kristin Otto

25Wilma Rudolph

26Larisa Latynina

27Mark Todd

28McKayla Maroney

29Gabby Douglas

30Gracie Good

31Mary Lou Retton

32Misty May Treanor

33Mia Hamm

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Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014


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