Sports are about being the best, always being on top, and scoring the most eye-catching, awesome goals possible.But who’s the real champ?
It’s pretty hard to find a winner between Michael Jordan’s amazing dunks and Greg Lemond’s beastly performance on the road.
Reddit users took to the Internet to duke it out about who had the greatest display of athleticism of all time.
We’ve found the 16 that truly seem to be the most fantastic, jaw-dropping examples of athletic prowess. The responses have been edited only for clarity.
'How long is a moment? Jesse Owens set world records in the long jump, the 220-yard dash and the 220-yard low hurdles, and tied the record in the 100-yard dash.
In a span of 45 minutes.'
'Jesse Owens winning four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Hitler was certain German athletes would sweep the Olympics, proving the superiority of the Aryan race. Owens was black. '
'Reinhold Messner scaling all 8000m+ mountains....without oxygen tanks.'
'Rienhold Messner in 1978 climbed Mt Everest continuously from base camp to summit and back without stopping, solo and without oxygen.
Only a few years before most people thought you would die at that altitude without oxygen. He also did the first ascent without oxygen with Peter Habeler but I think his solo ascent is more impressive.'
'Eric Heiden winning all five speed skating gold medals in the 1980 winter Olympics. It would be comparable to Usain Bolt winning the 100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, and 10000m running events. Unbelievable achievement.'
'None greater than Ryan Gigg's goal of the century against Arsenal in 1999.'
'Sam Hill's Champery Downhill run in 2007. He qualified 1st 13 seconds ahead of second(in a sport where results are determined by hundredths of a second) and put together a nearly flawless championship run in the soaking wet mud. Considered the greatest downhill run of all time.'
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