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David G
09-21-2010, 08:42 PM
Even if you don't read the whole article, the video is definitely worth watching! What a hot-dog! <G>

http://www.grindtv.com/surf/blog/20591/could+kelly+slater+be+the+best+athlete+ever+no+ser iously/

B_B
09-21-2010, 11:18 PM
Like Favre, Slater threatens retirement at every turn. Unlike Favre, he tends to go the distance when he comes back.
only part of the article which makes any sense...
and no, a surfer will never be 'the world's best athlete'

Bruce Hooke
09-22-2010, 01:40 AM
That's some beautiful surfing...but I'm afraid the first thing that came to my mind when I got into the article was that the ability of one person to totally dominate a sport for 20 years could in part be a sign that the sport is not that well "developed" meaning the athlete is competing against a smaller pool of competitors. I don't know who many people are seriously engaged in competitive surfing but I am betting that it is considerably fewer than the number of people involved in the other sports referenced in the article.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-22-2010, 02:03 PM
Paul Elvstrøm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Elvstr%C3%B8m
Steve Redgrave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Redgrave
and of course Birgit Fischer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birgit_Fischer)

Paul Pless
09-22-2010, 02:25 PM
Paul Elvstrøm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Elvstr%C3%B8m
Steve Redgrave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Redgrave
and of course Birgit Fischer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birgit_Fischer)What about Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Karelin?

PhaseLockedLoop
09-22-2010, 02:37 PM
Serge Corbin dominated marithon canoeing for a long time--probably not 20 years.
Jon Lugbill dominated C1 for 14 years or so.

Rob Leatham (dubbed TGO by his friend Brian Enos) has won practically everything he's entered in USPSA shooting since 1983. He's won the US single-stack championship every year since 1984 (including 2010).

In this video you can see him shoot a stage starting at 2:55. Single stack, no comp, full-power .40 cal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5o78-Sv44E

pefjr
09-22-2010, 02:40 PM
Roger Federer?

boatbuddha
09-22-2010, 02:41 PM
If my 70s childhood taught me anything it's that Bruce Jenner is the worlds best athlete.

TomF
09-22-2010, 02:41 PM
What about Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Karelin?Oh God. Karelin was a monster.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHOA-VrcRZU&feature=player_embedded#!

Paul Pless
09-22-2010, 02:50 PM
Oh God. Karelin was a monster. Do you remember how contrite Rulon Gardner was after defeating Karelin in the 2000 Olympics? Karelin looked devastated.

Tom Montgomery
09-22-2010, 02:53 PM
The world's most complete athlete must be some American basketball player or European football player. To be at the top of both sports requires peak aerobic fitness, speed, acute agility, flexibility, and great physical strength.

I'll also accept nominations from among the world's top male gymnasts

pefjr
09-22-2010, 02:59 PM
To be at the top of both sports requires peak aerobic fitness, speed, acute agility, flexibility, and great physical strength.

and stamina

TomF
09-22-2010, 03:07 PM
The world's most complete athlete must be some American basketball player or European football player. To be at the top of both sports requires peak aerobic fitness, speed, acute agility, flexibility, and great physical strength.

I'll also accept nominations from among the world's top male gymnastsHmm. How about Jordan Jovtchev, on rings?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj6VmNgpakQ&feature=related

David G
09-22-2010, 03:32 PM
Paul Elvstrøm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Elvstr%C3%B8m
Steve Redgrave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Redgrave
and of course Birgit Fischer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birgit_Fischer)

My title was more by way of an attention-grabber than a serious assertion. I know it's nearly impossible to declare a "best" athlete. No common metric. Tricky to create a fair definition.

All these folks you mention deserve their accolades, no doubt, but could never qualify as Best Athlete. I mean... none of them are from the U.S. - now are they? <ducking, dodging, darting, and just plain hiding now>

purri
09-22-2010, 08:06 PM
Anyone else here do/did Modern Pentathlon? (did it from age 34 to 45)

wizbang 13
09-22-2010, 08:19 PM
Pele

DGentry
09-22-2010, 08:38 PM
Anyone else here do/did Modern Pentathlon? (did it from age 34 to 45)
Modern Pentathlon? Now that's something people don't talk about every day!
I shoot, run, ride, swim and fence, but - unfortunately - never did them all at once. I looked into it, for sure, but there's very little in the way of competition in the US. I'm now somewhat put off by the conversion to air pistols.
In any case, my running and swimming are (even though I did triathlons for years) too slow to be really competitive. I was a pretty succesful fencer and have been shooting since kindergarten, though.
Is there a big MP scene in Oz?

That surf vid is pretty rad. I also surf (which I learned to do in Byron Bay, Australia), but those guys inhabit a whole different world!

Wait wait WAIT . . . is this a bilge post?? NOOOooooooooooooooooo!!

purri
09-22-2010, 08:53 PM
MP is often described as five new ways to pain. Yeah the rules have been wimped out. Now only 2K run (was 4), 200m swim (was 300M), 10 jump obstacles (from 15), fence is unchanged (round robin) and air pistols FFS (was slow fire from 20 shots duelling with 222rf)

When I comped we had abt 35 nationally including juniors (under 21) and of veterans (over 40) there were only 5.

Yeah I heard abt Jim Dupont! Y:o