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21 golds and counting.......enough said!
Karl Lewis The King. With a shadow of a doubt.Second, Nadia Comaneci.Bolt, the perfect clown. No class.Third, Owens.
Daley Thompson without a doubt. Swimming is a farce there is way to many tedious strokes and distances, it's like adding 50m, 60m, 75m and 90m as well as 100m to athletics then bolt would rake the folds in
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Who is the greatest Olympian? Well certainly not the US womans goal keeper. Hope Solo? More Stoop So Low.Zero class in defeat, pure arrogance in victory, the sole reason that the rest of the world are only too pleased to see the back of the US womans football team.Jog on!
Sir Bradley Wiggins = childish disgrace.Perhaps IOC could allow use of Ritalin.Podium ? naughty step might be beneficial.Is problem due to not having to grow up with being a professional play outer ?
Greatest Olympian? The is no single answer. As can be seen from the responses so far, everyone has a favourite and they choose their measure to justify that opinion. Impossible to compare disciplines; impossible to compare eras. What can be said is that every time a gold medal is won, that person or team was the best in the world at that moment in time. Let's recognise and celebrate that.
This comment will no doubt be heavily downvoted, but it is extremely Anglocentric to mention Steven Redgrave without even a nod to the great Romanian Elisabeta Lipă (née Oleniuc), who matches and exceeds Sir Steven's admirable achievements in Olympic rowing.
I'd like to know the backing track too....
Does anybody know what the backing soundtrack to the Michael Johnson video is?
Undoubtedly Phelps surpasses all other great Olympians not only because of his tremendous achievements but also due to his loyalty and faith to the olympic spirit
Do Jayne and Chris count ?
Undoubtedly Phelps whose achievements and loyalty to the olympic spirit are beyond comparison comparison..
It's Phelps there's no argument! None of the others count. All this guff about the "impact" the others have had is subjective guff.I can't help feeling there a racist undertones when Michael Johnson talks about Phelps. Phelps is a far better Olympian than he was. At least he wasn't thrown out for being in a doped up 4x400m team.
I think that the greatest Olympian must compete in a truly world sport, and therefore I'm sorry but this rules out rowing and gymnastics. Every kid in the world has joined in a race to see who could run fastest. Running fast is the ultimate world sport. Which brings you down to Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis. Given the context, my vote would go to Jesse Owens.
http://www.building.co.uk/sir-steve-redgrave/3061006.article"Right sort of chap" = 6 foot 5 with plenty of time and resources to train, living in Marlow with family business backing, handy for Leander.Similar to Land Management courses for Rugby Blues ?Was Redgrave Senior builder with Oz and Dennis in "Auf Weidersehen Pet" ?Rowed out of the Thames side ghettos?
Another Rowing Gold medal bought and paid for.Level playing field or financial doping ?
#329; Fosbury did not reinvent the high jump. He was one leading jumper (along with Debbie Brill) who made the backwards style prominent. A few others had tried similar at a lower level from the late 50s. The real revolution was the widespread use of foam and air landing beds which made the style safe (except when you missed the bed - which I did once).
And where does the Corinthian ethic appear in your piece, Mr Fordyce?The greatest Olympians cannot be those who chose this path for self agrandisment, promotion of the glory of the sponsoring State or commercial benefit.Which, I think blows your contenders clear out of the water.
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