| | Who is your pick as the most dominant athlete over the last 50 years......
...in their respective sport?
It's a tough question. I would have to say my pick would be someone who was so dominant in their sport where there are few who would question the pick, and also, the next best person was quite a ways behind.
My nominees would be;
Wayne Gretzky; I think the only player who could have come close to his records was Mario Lemieux, however Mario's career was cut short by injuries. Having said that, Gretzky's name is plastered all over the record books, and will probably remain that way for a long time.
Michael Jordan; Certainly the best in my generation, however there are probably players that some would argue would be right there with Jordan. I don't know enough about earlier players to comment.
Tiger Woods; The only player comparable is Jack Niklaus. They say that Tiger is on route to shatter all of Niklaus' records, if so, by how big of a gap?
Michael Phelps; Everyone knows how much he dominated the last Olympics, however Mark Spitz is pretty close.
Lance Armstrong; What did he win.....7 Tours du France? That's pretty incredible. Any other cyclist come close? (I'm no cycling expert)
Michael Schumacher; He won 7 Driver's Championships in Formula 1 racing. The next best won 4......quite a difference. My only issue is that they say it is 70% car, 30% driver...........so how much of a contender can he be?
Valentino Rossi; Unlike F1 racing, bike racing is 70% rider, 30% bike. Rossi is unbelievable on a bike.
So out of my nominees, I think I would go with Gretzky.
Who are your nominees, and who's your pick?
Last edited by dan the man 67; 02-02-2009 at 08:44 AM.