Telegraph: Michael Phelps not the greatest Olympian

The Telegraph tries to argue that perhaps Michael Phelps is not the greatest Olympian as “bestowed upon him over the last 48 hours by marketing sharks and American commentators whose staple is performance-enhancing superlatives.”

His argument is based on the fact that swimming doesn’t put as much stress on the joints as other sports and the fact that there are too many similar events in swimming, making it easier for a swimming to win a swag of gold medals.

“…the international swimming federation Fina, permit such a variety of combined, or medley events and relays, that a wider range is available for competitors than in any other sport barring gymnastics. Phelps is symptomatic of this, as were Ian Thorpe in Athens, Kristine Otto with her six medals in 1988 and Spitz with his seven in 1972.”

Do you think Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian? If not, who would you choose?

Posted by Mike 11 years ago

filed under: Michael Phelps



Mr B - August 15, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

I’d go for Carl Lewis. He competed at a sensational level for a good period of time.

Arun - August 16, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

Yes, for me, Phelps is the greatest Olympian.

phelps - August 17, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

Of course Phelps is the greatest Olympian, ever. Beat that Carl Lewis and Mark Spitz.

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