Greatest Olympian of All Time

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1
Michael Phelps
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.
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.

2Michael Jordan
There just was something special about him
He is the legend of Basketball period

3Steve 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.

4Jim Thorpe

5Usain 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

6Jesse 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

7LeBron James

8Carl 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

9Cassius Clay

10Michael 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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The Contenders

11Nadia 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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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.

12Muhammad 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.

13Fanny Blankers-Koen
The 'flying Dutchwoman' was voted female athlete of the 20th century

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14Mark 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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15Eric 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

16Aleksandr Karelin

17Emil Zatopek
Should be way higher. Wins the marathon the first time he ever competed--after he already won the 5 and 10K

18Michelle Kwan
Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003)

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19Bruce Jenner

20Apolo Anton Ohno

21Larisa Latynina

22Abebe Bikila

23Eric 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?!

24Gracie Gold

25Edwin Moses

26Greg Louganis

27Kristin Otto

28Wilma Rudolph

29Mark Todd

30McKayla Maroney

31Gabby Douglas

32Gracie Good

33Mo Huilan
She was the greatest AA gymnast that China ever produced.

She had PERFECT form and the highest level of difficulty in all four disciplines: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

Had she not got robbed of her score on her double twisting Yurchenko (when every one was doing the single twisting Yurchenko), she would have been the Olympic AA Champion.

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34Mary Lou Retton

35Misty May Treanor

36Mia Hamm

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