Who do you think is the fittest athlete ever?

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  1. Davydenko

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    Who do you reckon?
     
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  2. Barca tennis

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    In tennis, Nadal for sure my friend.
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  3. chris1992

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    Bruce Lee i remember was incredibly incredibly fit.

    In tennis, Nadal (cardiovascular) or maybe Tommy Haas for muscle bulk
     
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    Its got to be a track and field athlete- afterall for them, fitness defines how good you are.

    So, I reckon, Michael Johnson.
     
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  5. jmsx521

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    Athletes who don't have too much muscle and can do pretty much everything very well. For example the Decathlon Athletes: They are trained to do excel in many sports & their fitness is at very high level. Michael Johnson was a very good runner at 100, 200, and 400 I think… but put him in a swimming pool and I bet he wouldn’t swim well!
     
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    I'd say these guys...
    Dave Scott
    6-time winner of the Ironman Hawaii (men's record)

    Mark Allen
    6-time winner of the Ironman Hawaii (men's record)
     
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    Lance Armstrong

    Although it depends on your definition of fitness - i'm going on cardio fitness so Lance walks it for me
     
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    ....Samson
     
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  9. Kobble

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    No such thing. Law of specificity. Pound for pound, I would say gymnasts have the best chance of transferring to any given sport that suits their height and weight. It is the most complete form of training. All the muscles are developed beyond just advanced fitness.
     
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  10. ojingoh

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    GOATS I couldn't name mostly out of ignorance. But the sports I do with the most...

    Swimmers -- better cardio system due to training in the water, train for hours. Michael Phelps has to be one of the best conditioned atheletes on earth.

    Cyclists -- unbeleivable pain threshold and endurance. A european stage race like the Tour de France is like running 23 consecutive marathons. Lance had incredible cadence (pace) on his pedaling, often doing 125 rpms. So he had good knees. But the best cyclist in terms of ability? Probably a Spaniard who won the TdF 5 times in the early 90s, Miguel Indurain. He had a VO2 max of 88 (Greg Lemond had a 92.5)-- the average male college student is around 45. He also had a resting heart rate of 28 and could get to it within 2 minutes from his maximum heart rate of 201.:shock:
     
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    Impossible question to answer. Fitness is a broad range of athletic and physical skills.

    A gymnist in unlikely to run a 10K under 35 minutes, or a marathon under 3 hours.

    Rowdy Gaines would look pretty funny on the tumbling mat.

    Tiger Woods would get his clock cleaned by your average Chinese ping pong player.

    Michael Johnson might get to the top of the Col d'Izord with Marco Pantani, but no one will be surprised by his time.

    Yet, they are all very fit. Viva la difference!

    -Robert
     
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    Good answer. Your question wasn't properly defined.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to athletics, you can't have it all. Training for a marathon will harm your ability to sprint, at least to some degree. The amazing athletes are those that have very good endurance and yet still have a large amount of explosiveness. The top football (soccer) players are an example of this, though they don't need the upperbody strength of other athletes.

    I have respect for the top tennis players, especially grinders like Nadal. He can change directions quickly, scramble, whip a big forehand, and keep going for hours and be ready to play at a high level the next day.
     
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  13. cncretecwbo

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    yeah it depends on what you mean by fit, an endurance athlete would be nothing compared to a power athlete in sprints and jumping ability, and the same applies the other way.

    although i do admire boxers especially lightweight types
     
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  14. tennisdad65

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    runners, swimmers, cyclists.. fitness/speed is the major skill in these sports..
    pick the top guy in either of the 3 above sports and you cannot be too far from being right
     
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    Swimmers' water skills don't translate to dry ground. Distance runners and cyclists would get burned on speed and strength/power tests. None of the above sports have the footwork/hand eye coordination requirements of other sports. I'd go with the decathlete and also think Lebron and Ladainian are also good choices. They are all strong, fast, have excellent hand eye coordination and better than average cardio fitness. Think of the old "Network Battle of the Stars" and imagine Lance Armstrong going against Randy Moss or Michael Phelps against Ladainian...pain!
     
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    Chuck Norris.

    • When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

    • There is no 'ctrl' button on Chuck Norris's computer. Chuck Norris is always in control.

    • Chuck Norris is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of tennis.

    • Chuck Norris is expected to win gold in every swimming competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, even though Chuck Norris does not swim. This is because when Chuck Norris enters the water, the water gets out of his way and Chuck Norris simply walks across the pool floor.
     
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  17. Spokewench

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    I've got to go with Lance Armstrong - he was a training guru and maniac.
     
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  19. cncretecwbo

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    id go with a decathlete, they are well rounded, anyone else is too specific in one way or another
     
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    I reckon the answer is going to have to be either me, or possibly "Rickson".:)
     
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  21. Enlightened Coelacanth

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    To me the best combination of endurance and speed ever on a tennis court has been Borg. But the fittest ever? It can't be answered. The question is too broad.
     
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  22. crash1929

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    chuck norris! lol. man there are some funny people on this board!
     
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    Would have to say a "no rules" fighter like joyce gracie or an nfl running back or linebacker. to take that pounding you have to be fit, no? I would also think the guy that can run the longest before falling down and giving up. who is that guy?
     
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  24. Serve em Up

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    Whoever wins the Ironman Triathlon in any given year.
     
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  25. cncretecwbo

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    well i doubt they are blazing fast or have brilliant verticals, they can go for a long time, thats about it
     
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    Well, most of them are pretty fast over shorter distances too. Allen could run a 4:20 mile. Stadler could hold 35 mph on the bike for about two minutes. :)

    If I had to select a top athlete in the world, however, I'd probably select from soccer, tennis, or middle distance runners. But, that's my prejudice. :)

    -Robert
     
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    Roman Sebrle

    "ROMAN SEBRLE. The Czech decathlete could jump over Shaquille O’Neal. He could throw a 16-pound ball the length of a 53-foot yacht. From a running start, he could leap over a two-lane highway. Mr. Sebrle has ideal size, according to physiologists, and expertise over a range of athletic pursuits, employing the speed of an NFL back and the vertical jump of an National Basketball Association forward. Some judges questioned whether Mr. Sebrle could withstand a tackle by an NFL lineman, but none questioned his talent in the 10 track and field events that make up the decathlon. He has won Olympic gold and silver medals for the Czech Republic and is the current world champion." -taken from the WSJ.


    Seriously....look up the guy on wikipedia. He's a FREAK!
     
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  28. grizzly4life

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    no idea about fittest......... could easily be someone you've never heard of.

    i would nominate bjorn borg as a famous athlete who was really fit.
     
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  29. Rickson

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    The founder of parkour might be the world's best all around athlete. Extremely powerful legs with tremendous upper body strength as well.

    David Belle
     
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    ^^^ some of the action sequences by David Belle in the movie
    District B13 are pretty cool.
     
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  31. cncretecwbo

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    yeah i just read about him, insane
     
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    just wondering. is there a competition where the guys just start running and whoever runs the longest distance wins? that guy would get my vote.
     
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    Michael Jordan, at his peak he was at 3% bf, 6'6' 225..monster.
     
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  35. cncretecwbo

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    read below, he was low, probably not that low. I am a unc fan too so i wouldnt try to downplay MJ's ability

     
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    I guess Federer, since he is number one. Nadal is fit but it makes him go too strong and end up in an injury.(Tennis Week loot lol)
     
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    I'll give him the benefit of the doubt @ 6% then, he was a beast back in the mid -late 90s.
     
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  38. ojingoh

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    Yeah just saw that. For an international version of parkour check out the beginning of Casino Royale.
     
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  39. Hot Sauce

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    Lebron James, maybe?
     
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    my vote would go to a boxer or mma fighter. dont care which one but those guys are insanely in shape. there workout sessions are crazed and make normal people puke.
     
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    I dunno, some of those MMA guys seem to get winded quickly. Someone like Michael Jordan puts them all to shame athletically speaking. The guy could fly across the friggin' court. He could even stretch his arm out to 50 feet and drop the ball into the basket.
     
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    kobe?..../....
     
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  43. snoopy

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    Maybe one of these guys:

    Chris Chelios, Laird Hamilton
     
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    For his era... Eddy Merkx. You don't get the nickname "The Cannibal" for nothing.
     
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