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    Greatest Athlete

    I heard a commercial or somewhere claiming that UFC fighters were the best athletes in the world. Im not sure I agree with that but I thought it raised a good topic to discuss. I've always considered football players or basketball players to be better athletes I guess, although my HS wrestling coach claimed collegiate wrestlers were the best athletes.

    Athlete defined: Athletic: having to do with athletes; physically active; having a muscular, well developed body, being in shape; An attribute of a motion or play which requires fine physical ability

    Also, for a while I considered Usain Bolt to be perhaps the best athlete. In many countries, "athletics" is track and field. Also, a sprint requires perhaps the least amount of sport specific skill, contrary to a sport like football- which allows people like peyton manning to dominate the game despite lacking standard athletic qualities. No other sport other than track sprinting requires such a raw amount of strength + speed + power/explosiveness + endurance.

    Athletes to consider:
    Michael Jordan
    Bo Jackson
    Bruce Lee
    Usain Bolt
    Willie Mays
    Cael Sanderson
    Forrest Griffin
    Wayne Gretzky
    Pele
    Muhammad Ali
    Tiger Woods

    those are just examples of great athletes from various sports

    So, whos the best?


    Last edited by dualthreat; 03-06-2011 at 11:49 PM. Reason: bo pele ali tiger

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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    An individual who can excel in more than one sport. IMO triathletes are among the best athletes so I would go say that the guys that win Ironman should be at the top of the list.


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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Bo Jackson



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    bo jackson does fit the category of excelling at multiple sports. football, track, baseball, bobsledding, hell he was good at hunting too



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    bo jackson does fit the category of excelling at multiple sports. football, track, baseball, bobsledding, hell he was good at hunting too
    Bo knows!
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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    It will depend on how you weight different attributes. I think there's a mental aspect to being athletic. I also think theirs a hand/eye aspect. IMO, being an "athlete" is more than just being physically superior. Bo Jackson is probably the most physically superior person I can think of. Michael Jordan, thought would probably be the best athlete I can think of. Tiger Woods in his 2000-2001 stretch was a phenomenal athlete. I realize people won't agree with that and that's why this is a difficult argument.


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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    correct yaman... there are lots of physically gifted athletes that excel in nothing because they aren't smart enough, collapse under pressure, or other various mental shortcomings



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Ashton Eaton.



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    An individual who can excel in more than one sport. IMO triathletes are among the best athletes so I would go say that the guys that win Ironman should be at the top of the list.
    I agree. They have to be EXTREMELY athletic to do what they do and races are a mind game, you have to be mentally tough to do well.



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Jim Thorpe.
    Olympic gold medalist in pentathlon and decathalon.
    Professional in football, baseball & basketball.
    But... That was literally 100 years ago.



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    ashton eaton isn't even the best decathlete in the US. Curious as to why he gets your vote...



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    I'm not old enough to remember him, but I usually hear the name Bo a lot.



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Hershel Walker is a phenomenal athlete. Football, Bobsledding, 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, MMA and the guy is a physical marvel. The fact he just took up MMA long after most guys retire is remarkable.



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    Re: Greatest Athlete

    Bo Jackson (arguably the greatest physical specimen of all time)
    Jim Thorpe (just dominated everyone, and decathletes are probably the most well-rounded athletes)
    Herschel Walker (the other contender for greatest physical specimen)
    Gale Sayers (my "underrated" choice)
    Jackie Robinson (4-sport letter winner at UCLA, still the only athlete in UCLA history to do so. Keep in mind, baseball was his worst sport at UCLA.)


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    I have thought about this some. There are so many ways to look at it but these are the guys I have for different "types" for lack of better words.

    Micheal Jordan-Mental aspect as well as physical attributes.
    Tiger Woods-Same as MJ. The guy ran a sub 50 400 in high school. I have a feeling if it wasn't golf, with his attitude, he would have made it in something.
    Bo Jackson-Freak
    Herschel Walker-Freak
    Jackie Robinson-Persistency. It took a special athlete to do what he did.


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