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Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time

Search online for the greatest Olympian of all time and undoubtedly the answer will predominantly be swimmer Michael Phelps. He has been labelled the greatest ever Olympian due to his record number of gold medals won, but medal count should not be the only criteria for determining the greatest ever Olympian. He is also on everyone's mind as he competed in the most recent Olympic games.

However, the Olympic Games has showcased some great athletes over a long time period, from a large range of international sports. A close look at the facts and figures of all Olympians will throw up many other athletes that should also be considered for the title of the Greatest Olympian.

Olympic Legends

The number of medals should not be the main criteria for the greatest Olympian. In some sports there are not many medals available. Also, some weight should be given to the athlete who best shows the Olympic spirit, humility and sportmanship. Here are some of the Olympians who should be considered as the greatest.

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Greatest Olympic Athlete?

In a slightly different twist, a poll on ESPN Sport Science conducted in 2012 looked at the Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time. The voting was based on the best athlete (not player) who has a combination of strength, speed, endurance, quickness, durability and the other attributes that make an athlete elite. In the first round, Michael Phelps easily won the voting.

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