Best Athletes of the 1980santhonybecerra831
The Top Ten
No question. Reinvented offensive hockey - Ned964
I voted here. This man was one of the most brilliant players the sport has ever seen, and he helped to attract me to a sport many of my countrymen still despise. In the USA, If I were to ask 100 people here who he is, I believe maybe 1 would know. What a shame. Still I'm glad I got to see him play - Ned964
The absolute number 1 of the decade
He is still the God of football for the Argentinians (Messi haven't manage to dethrone him).
100% no doubt one. - ParasN2000
CORRECTION :I totally disagree...
I can understand the differened opinions with the list maker as I just realized that he's too young and didn't lived in the 80s.
I totaly disgorge with this top ten.
The absolute number 1 of the decade is D.A.Maradona.
The number 2 belongs to M.J. MVP of the NBA 1988, three consecutive years (1987,1988,1989) top scorer, twice best male basketball player of the year (1983,1984) as a college player, Olympic champion with the National team (1984).Also, his personal best career year in NBA was in this decade.Although three NBA super players were at their best in '80s (Jabbar. Johnson. Bird), Jordan was the one that amazed everybody. Only club titles weren' t in his hands.
He should be in the top ten.
The number 1 of this list (Gretzky) is famous for 350 millions of people and totally unknown for over 6 billions...(also third as greatest athlete of all time! ).
Amazing Athlete fast,powerful just a great all round athlete,should be #1
One of the greatest athletes of all times, 'the Pocket Hercules' was the first weightlifter to won 3 gold Olympic medals and the broke his first world record in men's category aged 16!
Florence Griffith - Joyner is regarded the fastest woman of all times.
In 1988 USA Olympic trials she broke the world record of 100 meters by 0.27 seconds and in same years' Olympics the world record of 200m by 0.37 seconds. I remind that Usain Bolt improved the world record of 100m totally 0.15 seconds and the 200m totally 0.13 seconds. She won 3 gold and one silver medal in 1988 Olympics. She also won a silver medal in 1984 Olympics.
Her world records still stand.They aren't the oldest (J. Kratochvilova, 800m since 1983), but if there is a record of track and field that will stand for half a century, it will be her one of 100m (10.49).
She's quite forgotten by a lot...
What a sniper. Deadly accurate shot - Ned964
Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in those two events at four different Olympic Games (1984 - 1996). Her best performance was in 1988 Seoul Olympics, were she won both gold medals. One year earlier she succeded the same in 2nd World Championship of Track and Field, held in Rome.
Joyner-Kersee was the first woman to score over 7,000 points in a heptathlon event (during the 1986 Goodwill Games). Also she still holds the second best record in long jump with 7.49m from 1994.
Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time.
In 2013, Julius Earving (always an opponent of Jabbar, said that according to stats Kareem is the number 1 of all times.
Maybe this is partially true, but Jabbar is definitely in the 5 best of all times (positions 3-5 with LeBron James and Earving Johnson).
One of the 3 greater waterpolo players ever.
Leonid Arkadevich Taranenko is a former Soviet/Belarusian weightlifter. His 266 kg clean and jerk in 1988 is still the largest amount ever lifted in competition, though no longer an official world record due to restructuring of weight classes. His record in total (475 kgr-1988) stood for 29 years.
He won one gold Olympic medal (1980) and one silver (1992).
Marita Koch is a German former sprint track and field athlete. During her career she collected sixteen world records in outdoor sprints as well as fourteen world records in indoor events. Her record of 47.60 in the 400 metres, set on 1985, still stands (the second long lived track and field world record). Her 200m world record was broken by Florence Griffith - Joyner.
She won one gold Olympic medal and one silver in 1980 Olympics.
18 sacks in 1 season, from the Defensive Tackle position - Ned964
For one shining moment in 1983, this was the biggest athlete on the planet - Ned964
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