Saturday, August 4, 2012

Let the debate begin

Is Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all-time?

That's the biggest question to come out of these Olympic Games thus far. Phelps has won more medals (22) and more gold medals (18) than anyone in Olympic career. He ended his career in style by winning gold as part of the U.S. 4 x 100-meter medley relay team that also set a world record.

Since becoming the all-time medal-winner earlier this week, many have come out to say Phelps is among the greatest Olympians of all time, but not the best. Ask 100 different Olympic experts who is the greatest of all time is and you might get 50 different answers.

What about Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Nadia Comeneci, Roger Bannister, Mark Spitz, Eric Heiden, just to name a few?

But really, who cares?

I look at the numbers and Phelps as as many golds as Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina (second all-time in medals won) has in total medals. As far as I'm concerned, that's impressive enough.

When it comes to naming the greatest Olympian of all-time, there will always be much debate. When it comes to who holds the record for the most all-time, there is no debate.

It's Michael Phelps.

No argument there.


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