wrveres wrote:Tavish wrote:wrveres wrote:Shouldn't the nod here go to some of the Triathletes that have dominated year in and year out in the Ironman?
They should be considered for sure, but are on no different level than a Bo Jackson or Dave Winfield. Its just different skillsets.
Personaally I don't give Bo the respect he deserves cus his career was cut short. Was he a great Athlete sure, but there may have been many great Athletes that had short careers but not the fame or marketing power of Bo. We may never know ...
I have heard it agrued that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sport, and if true, then I gotta go with the only guy who has 500 plus HR's and 500 plus Sb's ..
It all goes back to what each persons defines as an athlete. Personally I would consider anyone who was able to excel at the highest level of different sports in the category of "greatest athlete". Someone who was successful at basically any athletic competition you put in front of them (sorry MJ, you're out). It probably excludes some people who couldn't play multiple sports because of time constraints or the level of dedication needed to excel in their particular sport, but thems the breaks.
Thorpe probably best fits my definition. Dominate in football and Olympic champion in the decathalon / pentathalon (the definitions of wide skill sets). He wasn't an All-Star type baseball player, but he was an above average player.
I honestly don't know enough about foreign multisport stars to even try and add them into the mix.