Greatest Olympian of All Time


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1Michael Phelps

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

He has won 18 gold medals is great at all 4 strokes I could not think of a greater swimmer

Best swimmer behind my cousin

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2Michael Jordan

There just was something special about him

He is the legend of Basketball period

3Usain 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

4Jim Thorpe

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...

5Steve 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.

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.

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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.

- anthonybecerra831

Jesse owens pissed off Hitler

7Carl 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

8LeBron James
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.

- anthonybecerra831

The Contenders

11Nadia Comaneci

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
- anthonybecerra831

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.

- anthonybecerra831

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

- anthonybecerra831

15Bruce Jenner
16Aleksandr Karelin
17Eric Moussambani

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

- anthonybecerra831

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

18Emil Zatopek

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

19Michelle Kwan

Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003) - anthonybecerra831

20Apolo Anton Ohno
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