The Top 100 Olympic Athletes (Posnanski)

This is part of the discussion on The Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time. This list of 100 top Olympians was compiled by NBC Sports columnist Joe Posnanski in 2016. We have presented just his top 10 here. His top Olympic athlete of all time is Jesse Owens, though he made a similar list in 2012 and had Michael Phelps at the top.

Top 10

  1. Jesse Owens, Track, United States
  2. Michael Phelps, Swimming, United States
  3. Larisa Latynina, Gymnastics, Soviet Union
  4. Usain Bolt, Track, Jamaica
  5. Carl Lewis, Track, United States
  6. Mark Spitz, Swimming, United States
  7. Paavo Nurmi, Track, Finland
  8. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track, United States
  9. Nadia Comaneci, Gymnastics, Romania
  10. Florence Griffith-Joyner, Track, United States



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