~muffun~ asked in SportsOther - Sports · 1 decade ago

who is the greatest athlete of the century?

Sports illustrated elected Micheal Jordon but but I expected to be Muhammand Ali. Like everyone knew Ali even when there was no ESPN or cable TV's most of his time. Eskimos up north knew who he was too and thats without nike's or reebok to promote him.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Michael Jordan

  • 1 decade ago

    It's a bit hard to answer when the century is just in it's infancy.

    If you're referring to last century, then that's a different matter. The problem with sports illustrated, is that they would have pandered to the US readership and given less emphasis to international athletes.

    Being a big cricket fan, I'm tempted to chose Sir Donald Bradman. His average with the bat is 65% higher than the next best batsman in cricket history and continues to be close to double that of current batsmen. But that poses the question. Was he an athlete or a sportsman?

    For pure athletics, Decathlete Daley Thompson would have to be up there at the top end of the list.

    Consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. Olympic record that stood for 20 years. Decathlon requiring athletic ability spanning 10 events over 2 days.

  • 1 decade ago

    This is an odd answer, I know, but for me it's Jahangir Khan. Who's he? Well, the greatest squash player of all time. He went undefeated for five years and a grand total of over 550 games in all. It's hard to find any other athlete who dominated his sport like he did back in the 80's

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Don Bradman

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  • 1 decade ago

    Pelé already has been elected The Athlete of the Century.

  • 1 decade ago

    How about Jim Thorpe or Jesse Owens?

  • 1 decade ago

    Lance Armstrong hands down.

  • 1 decade ago

    Of the CENTURY? THAT's a hard one, because there are so many. Probably Babe Ruth was the one known the longest and most. He was incredible.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You have never heard of him so you do not know. that's ok most kids today know little or nothing about any kind of history. His name was Jim Thorpe. You will not look up history so you will not think so.

    Source(s): History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man.
  • smitty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    JACKIE ROBINSON WAS ALL CONFERENCE IN BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL AND TRACK AT UCLA. BASEBALL WAS HIS WORST SPORT BUT HE STILL MADE THE HOF.

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