Greatest Sportsperson Ever

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  1. diggler

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    Forget Federer, Tiger, Schumacher, Pele, Armstrong, Jordan. Check out this one.

    Heather McKay completely dominated the sport of women's squash in the 1960s and 70s, winning 16 consecutive British Open titles between 1962 and 1977. She lost only two matches in her entire career (in 1960 and 1962), and was unbeaten in competitive squash matches from 1962 through to 1981 when she retired from active open squash.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_McKay

    Any contenders?
     
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    This thread was started in the General Pro Player Discussion, as opposed to Odds & Ends for what reason :confused:
     
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    Also Interesting....

    In 1972, the world's best handball player (Paul Haber) beat the world's best racketball player (Bud Muelheisen) in a match. Yes, hands vs. racket. I still don't know how it could happen.
     
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    Sounds like Heather was very dominant of her chosen sport, but for me the greatest sports person of all time is Lance Armstrong.
     
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  6. surfryder

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    wayne gretzky?

    1487 games, 894 goals, 1963 assists

    61 records in his career

    pretty dominating if you ask me

    gordie howe played 1767 games and only managed 801 goals...
    leads assists in regular season by over 800...with less than 100 games between him and number two paul coffey

    including playoffs, he leads by 1000...

    in one season, he holds the top 7 positions for assists with 163 as number one and ties for number 8 with mario lemuix at 114

    including playoffs, he holds the top 10 positions tied with mario for number 11

    for his position at center, he leads with most goals by over 100 with only two seasons between him and number 2

    has the highest goals per game per average for one season 1.18goals and is tied with mario lemuix for number 2 with 1.15

    12 seasons with 40+ goals
    all consecutive by the way

    4 of which were 60+

    50 hat trick games
    two seasons had 10 hat tricks

    24 career game winning playoff goals


    where is your silly squash player now?



    no one is even close to the great one, and no one will be for quite some time
     
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    Playing a sport with a vast amount more competition than Hockey has ever had or will ever have.
     
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    For me it has to be Steven Redgrave. Minor sport I know but the guy won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000, as well as an additional bronze medal in 1988. That is just ridiculous, to be at gold level standard in an endurance sport (rowing), which is a sport where the olympics are the pinnacle (unlike tennis) for 16yrs is just astounding
     
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    Talking about dominance and records, I gotta add some WILT CHAMBERLAIN to the mix ;)
     
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    For the 20,000? :)
     
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    im failing to see how that is an accurate statement...lol 1,412,355 registered professionals world wide through 20 countries in the IIHF out of the 64 countries that are all registered to compete.


    can you provide some numbers about how many professional squash players there are world wide?

    oh i did the research...over 300 players registered through the PSA worldwide...

    not quite the same ratio at all. so less players to compete, so less competition, so less talent really in the game. sounds like hockey wins this argument.
     
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    Wayne Rooney, by many miles.
     
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    rooney is too new to have proven himself so far...cant really use him
     
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    hobbes at calvinball
     
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    500 players in the NBA now, and thousands and thousands in the history of the sport. Plus hundreds of thousands other bball pros around the world and millions of players world-wide, and Michael Jordan is the best of them all.

    MJ takes the spot! :D
     
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    Yeah but was she hot?
     
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    no 10characters
     
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  19. surfryder

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    i was hoping someone would bring him into this....

    i'll keep apples to apples here...

    MJ - Most scoring titles—10
    Gretzky - 12 seasons with 40+ goals

    MJ - Most consecutive games scoring in double figures—866
    Gretzky - 50 hat trick games two seasons had 10 hat tricks...thats a hat trick every 7 games.

    MJ - Five time MVP—1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998
    Gretzky - Most MVP awards (Hart Trophy): 9.

    and my favorite CNN article...

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/news/1999/04/18/gretzky_jordan_head/

    they are both amazing athletes, but id have to say jordan doesnt quite touch gretzky. he is more like a sampras...someone great in his era, and set a few records, but will have them shattered within his lifetime... no one will shatter gretzky's 60 other records in his lifetime, and no one will dominate hockey being one of the smallest players the way he has for a long time. jordan was ideal height and weight for his sport, gretzky was severely under size.

    i was hoping valentino rossi would come into play!! he is a very impressive athlete and id love to see how his career stacks up when he retires. he def. dominates his sport as long as he stays un injured.
     
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