Greatest Olympian of All Timeanthonybecerra831
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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.
10 gold medals, the ultimate man, and the dominate athlete - anthonybecerra831
Michael is truly the best Olympian of all time. No doubt about it. Just finished watching him win his last gold medal in Rio 2016 Olympics...
2016 five medals this man a legendV19 Comments
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.
The fastest and best runner ever
He is insanely talented.
Not even in the same league as the rest of the world.
He only had two medals. He is way too high.
He is the legend of Basketball period
There just was something special about him
Athletes can only be compared to other athletes of their time period. Training, diet, and modern facilities give athletes of modern times a considerable advantage. That being said in my opinion Jim Thorpe is the greatest athlete of all times!
Now contest! Read the history books and you know he was and still is by far the greatest athletes to ever live...V2 Comments
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.
Five Gold medals in a power/strength/endurance event in five consecutive Olympics makes him the greatest Olympian ever, much more so than the sheer number of gold medals won by Phelps, as great as his own achievement may be.V3 Comments
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.
Defied prejudice, racism, and a master race.
Jesse Owens moved America a step closer to equality for all and showed the world the fallacy in Hitlers super race ideas that were gaining popularity. May we never forget.V1 Comment
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
'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.
Nadia was so ahead of her time that it was ridiculous.
She was doing aerials, 2 of them on the beam alone with three flip flops. She dismounted beam with a double twist when her rivals did single twists. Aerials are still rated a D in today's much harder scoring system.
She even has an E rated release move on her UB routine named after her. E rated skills still have among the highest rating under today's scoring system).
She was doing 2 double backs in 1976 when the floor mat had no springs. Today's floor mats have a ton of springs, yet even in the Elite group, many of today's gymnasts had a hard time ending their floor with another double back. Comaneci did that in 1976... That's almost 40 years ago!
Mark Spitz won SEVEN gold medals at his Olympics. But check out his time comparing to Michael Phelps!
Comaneci was the Queen of all the Olympics. There is no King.
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
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.
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.
Should be way higher. Wins the marathon the first time he ever competed--after he already won the 5 and 10K
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
The 'flying Dutchwoman' was voted female athlete of the 20th century
So much inspired
Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003) - anthonybecerra831
He finished in 1min 53 seconds - more than twice the time it took Thorpe. Which earned him the nickname the eel
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
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?!
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