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The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
this one is going to get a little harder.. who would make your list of 5 greatest athletes of all times taken from across different sports.

who wants to fire the first shot?



I can at least start the process anyway:

how about jim Thorpe as my first candidate?

1. jim Thorpe
2. Michael Jordan
3. borg, nadal, and roger
4. ---------
5. ---------



I don't want my list to be dominated by the tennis players so I will say that borg, nadal, and roger are equal in athletic ability in their primes.



I need 2 more.

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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
1. MJ
2. Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt
3. Borg
4. Michael Phelps
5. Martina Navratilova, Jackie-Joyner Kersee, Bonnie Blair
06-Aug-2013 09:11 AM
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
This isn't a ranking, just a list:

Michael Phelps (Honorable Mention: Mark Spitz)
Martina Navratilova
Nadia Comăneci
Usain Bolt
Federer/Nadal/Borg
06-Aug-2013 09:28 AM
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
Michael Jordan
Ed Moses
Jesse Owens
Greg Lemond
Daley Thompson
06-Aug-2013 09:38 AM
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
all usain bolt can do is run. he was born with fast twitch fiber and he is blessed by the gods with his height.


I can see the legitimacy and the reasoning of having somebody like daley Thompson who could do 10 things at near world class level.

a top flight Olympic decathlete is a must on this list. I am still trying to decide who it will be. daley thompson is a good choice.

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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
(06-Aug-2013 09:38 AM)britbox Wrote:  Michael Jordan
Ed Moses
Jesse Owens
Greg Lemond
Daley Thompson

Owens, LeMond, & Thompson -- great picks.
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
some say that ali was one of the greatest athletes of all time.

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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
Yeah, Ali is definitely in the mix. I'm going to swap Ed Moses for Ali in my list come to mention it.

Michael Jordan
Muhammed Ali
Jesse Owens
Greg Lemond
Daley Thompson
06-Aug-2013 09:36 PM
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
are you sure you don't want to replace lemond with Connors, nasty, borg, nadal, or roger?

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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
Greg Lemond winning the 1989 Tour De France on the final stage time trial. 2 years after being shot and almost killed. He still had shotgun pellets in his heart lining and liver.



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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
good heavens. I never knew that.

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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
Jordan
Ali
Owens
Thorpe
Ruth
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
I won't even venture a guess cause it is too difficult. In tennis, the first who comes to mind is Borg--a freak of nature. Nadal and Federer would be next and it would be a tie--both have stamina. I have heard it said that Sam Snead (the golfer) was a great athlete in everything he played--tennis, basketball, football and baseball. I would think a guy like Bo Jackson would be mentioned. Certainly boxers are tremendous athletes, as well as swimmers like Phelps.

Virgil Cane is the name ...
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
Are we strictly referring to athletic ability, or are we combining it with talent, etc...?

For instance, I don't think of Diego Maradona when someone mentions "athlete," but if this is meant to discuss the greatest "sportsmen" of all time then he's right up there since in his heyday, very few excelled at their sport like he did.
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
1. MJ
2. Owens
3. Bo Jackson
4. Ali
5. Nadal/Fed

Biggest "freaks"(ie how does a man that size, do those type of things)...

1. Lebron
2. Clowney(yes, I'm extremely biased here Big Smile)
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
(06-Aug-2013 09:36 PM)britbox Wrote:  Michael Jordan
Muhammed Ali
Jesse Owens
Greg Lemond
Daley Thompson

out of curiosity - putting LeMond above Mercx for anti-doping considerations? achievement-wise, Eddy would have to make every list, for sure.


a bit surprised noone named Gretzky. i'd have a hard time not putting him on my list. he towers over the rest like hardly another in team sports.
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
I agree with Broken, are we talking talent here or athletic ability?

Tiger Woods
Michael Jordan
Roger Federer (talent); Borg/Nadal (athletic)
Michael Johnson/ Carl Lewis (greater talent/ athletic ability given the variation of events)
Maradona (talent); Cristiano (athletic)
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RE: The Magnificent Five Part II : Five Greatest Athletes of All times
(25-Aug-2013 01:56 AM)fedfan Wrote:  1. MJ
2. Owens
3. Bo Jackson
4. Ali
5. Nadal/Fed

Biggest "freaks"(ie how does a man that size, do those type of things)...

1. Lebron
2. Clowney(yes, I'm extremely biased here Big Smile)

I like the add-on here of biggest freaks.

I'd personally move Bo Jackson to this list and at the head of the table with Lebron pretty close behind.
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