Can you say that Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian because he has the most number of medals?
Is number of medals won a good criteria for saying that an Olympian is the greatest or it depends on the sports - how difficult it is and time/era?
What should be the criteria for the greatest athlete?
No. Michael Phelps is certainly a great athlete. But its easier to earn more medals in a sport like swimming since its possible for an athlete to compete in more events than in a sport like basketball, where only one set of medals is awarded during a single Olympic Games. I think one needs to look at how dominating an athlete is over his peers, and how many people compete in that particular sport at that time.
The decathalon is an event that includes 10 different track and field events that include running (long and short distance), throwing, jumping, and vaulting. Yet the winner of this grueling two-day event gets only one medal. Many people say the winner of the Olympic decathalon is the "greatest athlete in the world," and why not? It seems to me it takes much more skill and versatility to win this event than swimming several different lengths and using different swimming strokes.
What an impressive feat! Not only the most medals of all time but the majority of them are gold. One thing that stands out to me is the amount of years he's had to continue to train. Having said all that, I think we also have to consider bygone eras. For Jesse Owen to do what he did right in Hitler's face - well that's down right colossal!
by tipstoretireearly 5 years ago
Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte: Who will win more gold medals at the London Olympics?
by mintinfo 5 years ago
Michael Phelps could lose his gold medals for breaking Olympic rules. Is it fair?Olympic rules state that no athlete shall engage in any third party advertising that is not sanctioned by the Olympic organization within a certain time period before and during the Olympics. It has now been revealed...
by kimback08 9 years ago
The media is having a frenzy over the photo that surfaced in Great Britain of Michael Phelps smoking marijuana at a college party in Columbia, South Carolina. He has apologized for his "youthful behavior." Should be be condemned for his actions, or should he be left...
by MountainManJake 5 years ago
How do you feel about that? Will he ever compete in the Olympics again after this?
by mosaicman 5 years ago
What do you look at when deciding who is the "Greatest Olympian Ever"?People are debating whether Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian ever. What goes into the decision, the medal count, the circumstance, age, the stage in which it happened?
by Chad Young 5 years ago
Will Michael Phelps beat Lochte in the olympics or is he coming out of his prime?
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