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Who was the greatest athlete ever?

 
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Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt (22 May 1878 – 23 May 1960), commonly known by the title Rustam-e-Hind and by the ring name The Great Gama, was a pehlwani wrestler and strongman in British India and later, Pakistan.

He was born in Jabbowal village (Amritsar District) in the Punjab Province of British India in 1878, and was awarded a version of the World Heavyweight Championship on 15 October 1910.

Undefeated in a career spanning more than 52 years, he is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

Gama defeated some of the most respected grapplers in the world, "Doc" Benjamin Roller of the United States, Maurice Deriaz of Switzerland, Johann Lemm (the European Champion) of Switzerland, and Jesse Peterson (World Champion) from Sweden.

Louis Cyr was a French Canadian strongman with a career spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

His recorded feats, including lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) (1/4 ton) with one finger and backlifting 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg) (2 tons), show Cyr to be, according to former International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness chairman Ben Weider as stated in 2000, the strongest man ever

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Karelin

Karelin competed in Greco-Roman wrestling, representing the Soviet Union and Russia between 1987 and 2000.

Karelin lost his first and last match.
In between he won 887 matches.
He was undefeated for 13 years and no one scored a point against him for 7 years.

Karelin won 2 Olympic Gold medals and one silver, so he was drug tested.

Sir Donald George Bradman was an Australian international cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.

Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 is considered by some to be the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport

The next best average by anyone of note is only around 60.

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. Thorpe was the first Born American to win a gold medal for the United States in the Olympics.

He is considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports, he won two Olympic gold medals in the 1912 Summer Olympics one in classic pentathlon and the other in the decathlon.

He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. After his Olympic success, Thorpe joined the Canton Bulldogs American football team in 1915, enabling them to win three professional championships.

He later played for six teams in the National Football League (NFL).
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Jesse Owens
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rofl5
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Jesse Owens
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Great in what he went through to win 4 gold at one Olympics, but that was about it.

ie he had 4 good years.

The others I mentioned were unbeatable for up to 52 years.
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Jesse Owens
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Great in what he went through to win 4 gold at one Olympics, but that was about it.

ie he had 4 good years.

The others I mentioned were unbeatable for up to 52 years.
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Jesse because he faced down Hitler and the Nazis while making total mugs of their ranting.
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Jesse because he faced down Hitler and the Nazis while making total mugs of their ranting.
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Yes but millions of Germans should have faced down the Nazis before Jesse did.

So standing up for what is right, is different to being unbeatable for years in a sport.

Jesse was an amazing person, but he was only doing the right thing, as well as winning 4 Gold medals.
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Overall? Danny Ainge. I recall when he retired a local sportswriter said something like this. Danny Ainge might not be the best basketball "player. But remember. He was the only three sport all-american high schooler. He played pro baseball. He excelled at pro basketball. I have played golf with Danny Ainge and he could walk onto the course and play PGA level golf all day long. Ive been bowling with him and he could run the PBA. He is the consumate athlete. If Danny joined the Professional Bass Tournament he would do whatever he had to do to excel at bass fishing. There is not an athletic event on planet earth that with a few weeks of practice Danny couldnt compete at a professional level."
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Jim Thorpe that is all
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Umm, Achilles....fleet of foot, swift of sword. 2500 years later and people still know his name. Le Broan? Some jogger? Really guys? Suck his dick why don't you
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Little known he was a long distance runner
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rofl5
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+1

Bo Jackson
Barry Sanders
Jim Brown
Michael Jordan
Jim Thorpe (honorable mention)
Tiger Woods
Jack Johnson
Mike Tyson
Rocky Marciano
Andersen Silva
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Little known he was a long distance runner
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Took gold at first olypmics
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rofl5
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+1

Bo Jackson
Barry Sanders
Jim Brown
Michael Jordan
Jim Thorpe (honorable mention)
Tiger Woods
Jack Johnson
Mike Tyson
Rocky Marciano
Andersen Silva
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Oops, Usain Bolt.
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Little known he was a long distance runner
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Took gold at first olypmics
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Did he have a french name, IIRC?
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Little known he was a long distance runner
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Took gold at first olypmics
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Did he have a french name, IIRC?
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La Fontaine?
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PREFONTAINE

DISTANCE RUNNER
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Re: Who was the greatest athlete ever?
Little known he was a long distance runner
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Took gold at first olypmics
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Did he have a french name, IIRC?
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La Fontaine?
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Prefontaine.
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FIFY
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Throw Andretti in the mix and Petty.
Pro Drivers (big circuits) MUST be athletes.
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Serena.
Not even close.

Eye candy great? Fine.
I prefer a dolled up Venus.
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You fool!
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