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 Post subject: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:34 pm 
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Yes, because Amurrica.

Edit: Didn't mean this to be a brag about America, it's just there seems to be some discussion about whether or not most medals = greatest olympian, so I was wondering what people thought.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:11 pm 
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idk. i dont know enough about the Olympics. only thing i can say for sure is that he's probably the easiest US athlete to root for in recent memory. just my opinion of course.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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No. That belongs to Jesse Owens or Carl Lewis.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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Don't want to go over the debate again, but it's Bolt for me.


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No. I don't think there is a greatest Olympian.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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No, and if it's purely off metal count than a swimmer will always be the greatest olympian.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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Joe Posnanski--the finest sportswriter there is--comments on Phelps and 19 other candidates for the honor (it's actually a list of 19, but then he mentions one more as an "interlude"; I have no idea why that one isn't ranked).

http://sportsonearthblog.com/2012/08/01 ... -all-time/

Some fascinating stories in there, particularly the ones about Emil Zátopek and Lasse Virén.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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Forgotten Son wrote:
No. I don't think there is a greatest Olympian.


Cripplers Quest wrote:
No, and if it's purely off metal count than a swimmer will always be the greatest olympian.

Both of these are excellent points.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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fuck no. take away the redundant strokes (all bar freestyle) and relays and the guy has something like 3 golds. carl and owens are easily greater, and every multiple winning decathlete and probably a few others


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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^Basically that.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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Not while Steven Bradbury exists.


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MintCondition wrote:
Not while Steven Bradbury exists.

bradbury is greatness, i actually saw him said g'day and chatted for a couple of minutes in a supermarket a couple of years back, it was really surreal because he is an Olympic god and all...


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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MintCondition wrote:
Not while Steven Bradbury exists.
:lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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Yes. Easily. Beijing 2008.


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 Post subject: Re: Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympian Ever?
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negative, and rv makes the best points against that.


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