The big question on everyones mind, who is the greater olympian: Bolt or Phelps. If you go off of pure medal count, of course phelps is the clear choice, but it goes way deeper than that. One must consider the amount of events that both competed in, the importance of race, and the importance of the olympian to the country.
Swimming of course lends itself to a way larger amount of events, but Phelps has medaled in 28 out of 30 events with 23 out of those 28 being Gold. That is astounding in itself, the total and complete dominance since the year 2004 Phelps has had in the world of swimming is unmatched. Bolt, on the other hand has only ran in 7 races. The difference is between the two is Bolt has never not gotten Gold in an olympic race. Undefeated. If there were more sprinting races in the olympics, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have dominated every single one of those races. While Phelps obviously has more Golds and medals, I'm here looking at percent and I have to give Bolt the edge.
The importance of the races on global scale is a hard to measure, but the title of Fastest man on earth has meant something throughout history, leaders of communities were chosen by the best athlete. Swimming on the other hand, is a bit less prevalent once again, I have to give the edge to Bolt.
The importance of the olympian by country goes to Bolt by a mile, we don't think about Phelps save every four years, where as Bolt is revered year round every year. To be fair, the difference in the amount of sports and our reverence for those athletes in the United States is diffent. We equate the worlds best athlete on how well he would do in other sports, which is why there have been thousands of blogs written on how well Bolt would do as a wideout or Lebron as a tight end. While the cult of sport is much larger in the United States, we just can't seem to get it up for swimming.
With all of this i conclude that Usain Bolt is the greater Olympian. Think I'm wrong? Let me know how and why.
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