It comes down to a few names to me.... It's between Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali. What is your take in this subject?
That's an unanswerable question. Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe and Joe Louis, Serena Williams and quite a few others also deserve consideration.
That is a difficult question to answer. You have too many variables to consider including certain factors like awards, length of time played, etc
Would you really class babe Ruth as an 'athlete'. Great hitter but in the athlete term I'd hard to compare him to anyone who made real efforts in sports.
I have to agree with CyclingFitness......you cant really class Babe Ruth as an "athlete". I would have to go with Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders....they actually excelled in more than one sport.
@Beth37....If there is a Triathlete that dominates the sport, say like Lance Armstrong dominated cycling, most definitely. I'm just not familiar with any of them. Most Olympians do multiple events of the same sport.
Right now Ashton Eaton looks to be coming through as something VERY special. Won the Olympic gold in decathlon by a mile, smashed the world record in the process and will likely only get better over the next few years. He's 21 years old and a bit of a multi-sport monster.
Of course you have guys like Jessie Owens who in there day were incredible. Carl Lewis was another who had the ability to compete in so many things (and things away from the track).
I wouldn't try to use Eddie Eagan to actually answer the question but he won Olympic medals in boxing AND in the 4-man bobsleigh O_o
by rcrm895 years ago
Excluding darts () and multi-event sports like heptathlon/decathlon.I would say rugby.
by Steven Escareno5 years ago
Well, you can make a strong case for him that's for sure. Then again, you could argue that he's never been a great x's and o's guy because he's always had the luxury of having an assistant coach in Tex Winter that...
by boberto6 years ago
Two of the largest Sports in the World today!!Which would you say is the better Sport!?Personally i could happily watch Football and never get bored, i think it is the best Sport in the World and involves a lot more...
by lesliebyars4 years ago
I am a big boxing fan so I am tempted to go with Sugar Ray Robinson or Muhammad Ali. But they are not my choice. Michael Jordan to me is the best athlete ever. He dominated his sport like no other.
by open-minded7 years ago
My friends are watching boxing right now and I can't understand how they enjoy watching 2 men hit each other? And boxers, why would you willingly hurt yourself?
by Johnathan L Groom5 years ago
While it is famous worldwide, soccer is low in the ranks of favorite televised sporting events by most. Why? Should soccer get more American publicity?
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