- 07/31/2012, 10:22PM ET
San Diego Man said 07/31, 10:22 PM
Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer of all time. However, he is not, by far, the greatest Olympian. Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis were far better athletes and Olympians.
Michael Phelps swims in almost identical events. It is like Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens or Osain Bolt competing in the 100 meter race, the 125 meter race, and the 150 meter race. Then, they get to compete in the 400 meter relay, the 380 meter relay, and the 420 meter relay.
Give me a break.
Marlins Fan said 07/31, 11:06 PM
Pretty sure Olympic greatness is measured in medals. Not only does Phelps have the most Gold medals of all time, he's also poised to become the Olympian with the most overall medals of all time, too. He has more medals than either Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens or Usain Bolt. (Seriously... Bolt? What, did you just start following the Olympics in 2008 or something?)
Arguing one event over another is apples and oranges, but I will say that swimming is infinitely more difficult than sprinting.
And as far as your "all of Phelps's events are similar" argument, all the dudes you mentioned are runners. So of I got this correctly, you're saying that swim events are easy and similar bit track events are difficult and vary greatly from one event to the next?
Makes no sense.
Anyway I get the impression that you like running and therefore have put it on a pedestal. But the premise of your entire argument is flawed.
One last thing, don't be a zombie. Zombies are bad, mmmkay...
San Diego Man said 08/01, 12:52 AM
What is a zombie?
What you are forgetting is that Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis also won the long jump.
For your information, I have been following the Olympics since I was young in the 1960's. Personally, I would like to say that the greatest Olympian of all was Abebe Bekila won won the marathon running barefoot, but that would not be right.
I was first a swimmer, then a runner, and then a shortstop and pitcher.
Get real. Swimming is not more difficult than swimming other than the butterfly is terribly difficult and stupid. Freestyle is the only real swimming event.
Thank you so much for your response. I do appreciate it and look forward for more.
Marlins Fan said 08/02, 04:07 AM
Zombies are people who don't finish their TDs.
Its fine that Owens/Lewis won medals in multiple events. Its remarkable. It probably makes them part of the "Greatest Olympian of all time" conversation. In other words they are potential contemporaries of Phelps; some of the greatest Olympians of all time, guys who deserve to be mentioned when talking about the world's best.
And that's where your argument is fundamentally wrong. You say that "Phelps is nowhere near the greatest Olympian of all time. Thing is, he arguably IS the GOAT, and even if you disagree you certainly have to admit ghat Phelps is on a short list of names.
We can argue the merits of each individual event. We can argue swimming vs. track and field.
We cant argue that Phelps is nowhere near the GOAT. He is, and its inarguable.
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