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Michael Phelps-Greatest Athlete of All Time?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Deeper_Background, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Is Eric Heiden the greatest athlete of all time?
  2. MartinEnigmatica

    MartinEnigmatica Active Member

    Good point..he's incredibly versatile...but I think the oldest sport must have been running.
  3. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    To me, the list begins and ends with Vincent Bo Jackson.

    But, that's just me.
  4. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    But we swim in our mother's placentas
  5. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Hey -- that what I was going to say!
  6. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Left out running and jumping.
  7. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member


    You were in your mother's placenta?
  8. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Boxing would have to be one of the oldest sports too. Man's first weapon was the fist.
  9. nafselon

    nafselon Well-Known Member

    Why isn't Biondi in the argument. His 1988 Olympic year is comparable to Spitz's or Phelps' and moreover he was part of two or three NCAA Water Polo national championship teams at Berkeley and some of the toughest SOBs I know played water polo. I can say that Biondi doesn't have the overall depth as a swimmer that Phelps did since he was more of a sprint specialist, but I add in his water polo credentials as well.
  10. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Frankly, I thought it was silly enough that it wasn't worth more than "um...no"

    That and these debates give me a headache.
  11. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    I think mastering the various strokes and kicks required in swimming matches up with hitting, catching or throwing a ball. In fact, I'd argue that a butterfly stroke is more difficult than any of those.
    I'm not advocating Phelps for greatest athlete - wasn't that what the decathlon was supposed to determine? - but I think a lot of the comments have been fairly myopically pointed toward traditional "American" sports.

    Not to get all political, but Americans would find the world a far easier place in which to co-habitate if they were more accepting of things beyond their borders
  12. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    I respectfully don't agree with that POV, not in the least.
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