Swimming is such a retarded stat-padding sport.
>it's just about swimming in a straight line
>one hundred gazillion different events at the olympics
>every other event is just slightly different
>''lol, slightly different swimming technique, that's an extra event''
>''lol 50 meters extra swimming, let's make that a new event''
It baffles me that this sport has such a disproportional amount of events. Phelps is overrated as fuck
>you will never be so good at sport a country wants you as their king
>people in the USA get arrested for smoking weed
nice land of the free you got there, bucko
>I won the 100m freestyle, the 101m freestyle, the 102m freestyle, the 100m freestyle relay and more races over the same meme lengths in a slightly different stroke
No, but more relevant than Phelps in this discussion
First legit answer.
>played well in 2 DOMESTIC sports
I don't watch sport: the post
Despite his stats, nobody plays ice hockey and it's therefore difficult to name him as the GOAT of GOATs
Based. Up there with Jim Thorpe.
Jim Thorpe, Michael Phelps, or that Aussie Cricket player. Any other answer is dead wrong tbqh.
I know Jim Thorpe was an American sports babby but he was GOAT in ALL OF THEM aaaannddd he won golds in the Olympics.
>18 gold medals
Most other athletes that medal could accomplish the exact same thing if their sports had as many events as swimming.
His number of medals is overrated as is swimming.
>nobody plays ice hockey
>nobody plays basketball
>No posts for Rousey
Lol, get a load of these NEET losers.
I'll break it down for you real nice mi familio
Rousey was the undisputed best at her sport for over 2 years. There wasn't even any competition. She just dominated everyone and could have dominated most male fighters above her weight class aswell.
On top of that, the only way she lost was with an illegal cheap shot from a known PED user in a match where she wasn't even playing at 100%. On top of that you have a stunnign beautiful woman who dealt gracefully with all the stress and hype and never once let it get to her, always showing class and sprotsmanship even when all the neckbeards on this board and elsewhere were constantly criticizing her paradigm shifting combat style. She could literally wipe the floor with every other athlete in every other sport and the nobodies posted in this thread wouldn't even be able to land a blow in the octagon.
and who is jim thorpe anyway? sounds like some old grandpa lol what a bunch of losers.
>Canada, USA (well behind American football, basketball, baseball and maybe even soccer), some poorfag Euro countries like Finland
>relevant on a global scale
Basketball was nowhere near as popular back in the 80's and 90's as it is now due to Asia.
It will always be Don Bradman
Stop fucking asking
But "furpuck" is the ultimate combination of physicality, speed, toughness and technical skill. That's why so few people, especially dindus, don't even bother trying to be good at it.
MJ is the most dominant GOAT. He had great competition and the rules were tougher back then
Gretzky is the ultimate stat GOAT but his era had babby goalies who were absolute shit. A modern NHL elite player like Crosby, Kane, Ovechkin would put up 200 pts in the 80s no question
The fact that there is still a Messi/CR7 debate says they're not GOAT status of their sport yet.
All-time athlete has got to be Carl Lewis or some olympic decathlete
> ib4 some cricket faggot nobody cares about
> ib4 some wrestling faggot nobody cares about
>you try it and tell me how it goes.
I can't choose between the two, but you can't go past Carter and McCaw
I agree with everything you said except for there being any debate about who is better between Messi and CR7.
Messi is better by every metric. Nobody with a brain can dispute it.
More goals, more trophies, more assists, less caps, less penalties, higher scoring average, more opportunist created, higher on the autism spectrum.