Best Athletes of the 1980s
The great one, a big bash of records and awards, the man who lifted pro hockey in the United States, 1982 he did a triple crown of awards 1) ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year 2) Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and 3) Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. His highlight reel of goals and moments make the Sports nightly reel and Gave CNN Sports Tonight an instant success. The Stanley Cups, over 3,000 points and a place in hockey history forever.
In 1984, movie fans went nuts seeing The Karate Kid, in 1986, 49ers fans went nuts seeing the comeback kid playing again. In week 1 of the NFL season, Montana led the 49ers to a 31-7 win over the still rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers but during the game Montana suffered a back injury. Because the injury was so severe that doctors suggest that Montana should retire. Then in week 10 he was back and it became the NFL Lead Story of the day as he led the 49ers to a 43-17 win over the football's St Louis Cardinals. At the end of 1986, he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year (with Tommy Kramer), another reason why Joe is the best.
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
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!
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.
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...
From Germany comes Marita Koch, her specialty running full speed ahead. Throughout her career, she set 16 world record outdoors and 14 more indoors. She took part in the 1980 Summer Olympics and then the 1983 World Track and Field Championship, but one moment stands out. On October 6, 1985 st the year's world cup meet she blazed her way at the 400 meters at a record pace so fast it was hard to explain as she set a world record of 47.60. a record that still stands. one of track's most unforgettable moments.
The 'White Pele' took part in three World Cups (1978,1982,1986), but non was victorious for his National team, though the teams of Brazil were eligible for the trophy.
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.