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Could Usain Bolt surpass Phelp's legacy for GOAT??
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ukdolfan


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure how anyone can seriously try to argue that swimming doesn't offer the opportunity to compete in a lot more events than most other sports.

I get that the 100m has been combined with the long Jump before but suggesting that offers a serious additional opportunity to medal is ridiculous. It isn't the same as all the alternative swimming events, its more like saying the diving is also in the pool so Phelps has the opportunity to get all those medals.

The impact of scheduling makes it impossible to compare players purely on the basis of the number of medals though. Someone like Ben Ainslie can only enter one Sailing event each olympics, he has four golds and a silver. There is no way he could enter 8 events in a year.
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howie102


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maes wrote:
most the world probably already forgot who redgrave was...

i think the events that Bolt accomplished his feats in (the two most watched) speaks volumes..


Is. Not "was". He is one of the finest Olympians of all time, with a record in an extremely demanding sport, which will be hard to beat. There's a very small crowd of true elites - Korbut, Johnson, Phelps, Spitz, Lipa, Owens - and none of them will be forgotten.

Its a pointless arguement, ultimately, as there are too many considerations for what "greatness" really entails.

But to suggest that Sir Steve has been forgotten is moronic.
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