TheBookPolice wrote:I'll see your Deion Sanders and raise you one Bo Jackson.
Word. I actually cried when I heard Bo would never play football again. Deion was great as well.
As far as this greatest athlete/Olympian is concerned. Phelps is a great athlete, of that there is little doubt.
I like Tiger, but comparing him to Phelps is way out of line. Tiger is a great GOLFER - very little athleticism is required compared to an Olympic caliber swimmer. I doubt very seriously Tiger has swung a club until he shit himself, or his lungs felt like they were going to explode. While Tiger may be a great athlete, he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shown it other than his ability to hit a golf ball Ã¢â‚¬â€œ far.
Hand/eye coordination does not make you a great athlete, look at the millions of grossly obese Wii players that could kick your ass at a video game, but work up a sweat walking to the fridge for another Dew. Hand/eye coordination is a requisite to be good in most sports, but again Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Olympic Swimmer / Golfer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no comparison.
Greatest Olympian? Jesse Owens. Went into the heart of Germany and kicked ass. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a pressure player.
For my money, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll go with the Tri-Athlete as the most well rounded athletes. Swimming, running, biking - people can get by being good at one discipline and so-so at the other two, but the elite tri-athletes are good at all three. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m talking a real Tri-Athlete who trains for and accomplishes a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile marathon run. Most athletes would have trouble completing one of those events in a day. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done two of them, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be damned if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m running 26 miles without someone chasing me with a gunÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.