Originally posted by @lemondropJockey Wilson. Now there's a sportsman.
Originally posted by @john-osmarWho ?? Never heard of him. Obviously only big over there in the US.
If "domination of their chosen sport" is the criteria, I would nominate Bill Russell. He played 2 years in college and won the NCAA Championship both years, including a 58-game win streak. He then led the US to an undefeated Olympic Gold Medal. He then played 13 years for the Celtics and won 11 NBA Titles. (In one of the years he didn't win it, he broke his leg in the Final Series.) That's 14 major championships in 15 years.
Originally posted by @mchillSo if you dominate a second rate field you are the greatest athlete?
JMHO - Martina Navratilova! Her 9 Wimbledon singles titles and 59 major championships (the last one at age 50!!) sends her straight to the top. The enormity of Martina Navratilova’s career places her atop the list when tennis historians debate which player – male or female – is the best of all time. When one of her closest competitors Billie Jean King says t ...[text shortened]... over such long period.
Originally posted by @eladarNever heard of him either. We're talking the greatest athlete of all time. Not some obscure American athlete that nobody from outside of America has ever heard of.
So if you dominate a second rate field you are the greatest athlete?
Jim Thorpe is often touted as the greatest athlete ever.
Originally posted by @radioactive69Jahingar khan went 555 games unbeaten in squash
Never heard of him either. We're talking the greatest athlete of all time. Not some obscure American athlete that nobody from outside of America has ever heard of.
Other than the obvious Don Bradman Heather McKay must also be up there. Here is a little information about Heather
"Heather McKay won 16 consecutive British Open squash championships ...[text shortened]... g the world’s greatest sportswomen".
Only lost 3 times in her life. Now that's a champion !!!
Originally posted by @roma45I saw him play once against Del Harris. (A British player). He was pretty awesome. I think there was also a Jansher Khan, but it was many years ago.
Jahingar khan went 555 games unbeaten in squash
That's just tournament games real figure over 800 if you count exhibition matches.
Longest winning streak by individual or team in history.
Originally posted by @lemondropBaseball and football
multi sport athletes should also be given consideration
Bo Jackson comes to mind
he was the best multi sport athlete I ever saw
played both baseball and football at the all star level
injuries cut short his career