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    Top 100 Olympic Athletes???

    Hello all,

    Here is a list I found of the 100 greatest Olympic athletes...which unfortunately seems to start at number 94, and seems to have a missing piece or two. There are also short biographies on each athlete you can find by going to the website, which I deleted to save space here. Only biographies for the top 3 are provided here....with #1 being practically unknown. Of course, it will need revision due to the achievements of the latest legendary athletes.

    Top 100 Olympic Athletes (Summer).
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle4423021.ece

    Four years ago for Games in Athens, I devised a points system to rank the leading track and field athletes in the history of the Olympics. This year, the list has been updated and revised to include all the discontinued events that were left out in 2004.

    The inclusion of such events as the standing long jump and 56-pound weight throw has made a dramatic impact on the top 100 rankings and produced a surprise athlete in the No 1 position.

    Of course, it is impossible to compare the athletes of the early Games against the professionals of the modern era and such legends as Dick Fosbury and Bob Beamon, who made such dramatic impacts on the sport, are missing because they appeared in only one Games. But that's the beauty of a list - it gets people talking ... and fuming.

    The points system.

    Competitors in relays and team events are given half the points: 1st 6pts; 2nd 4.5pts; 3rd 3.5pts; 4th 2.5pts; 5th 2pts; 6th 1.5pts; 7th 1pt; 8th 0.5pt.

    94=
    Daley Thompson (Great Britain) 30pts
    born 1958 Notting Hill, London
    Gold decathlon 1980; decathlon 1984
    Fourth decathlon 1988. Seventh 4x100m 1984

    Bobby Joe Morrow
    (United States) 30pts
    born 1935 Harlingen, Texas
    Gold 100m 1956; 200m 1956; 4x100m 1956

    Cornelius Leahy (Great Britian) 30pts
    born 1876 Cregane, Limerick, Ireland; died 1921 Manhattan, New York, US
    Gold high jump 1906
    Silver triple jump 1906; high jump 1908

    Alberto Juantorena (Cuba) 30pts
    born 1950 Santiago de Cuba
    Gold 400m 1976; 800m 1976Fourth 400m 1980. Seventh 4x400m 1976

    Deon Hemmings
    (Jamaica) 30pts
    born 1968 St Ann
    Gold 400m hurdles 1996
    Silver 400m hurdles 2000; 4x400m 2000
    Fourth 4x400m 1996. Seventh 400m hurdles 1992

    Maurice Greene (US) 30pts
    born 1974 Kansas City, Kansas
    Gold 100m 2000; 4x100m 2000
    Silver 4x100m 2004
    Bronze 100m 2004

    Glenn Davis
    (United States) 30pts
    born 1934 Wellsburg, West Virginia
    Gold 400m hurdles 1956; 400m hurdles 1960; 4x400m 1960

    Steve Backley
    (Great Britain) 30pts
    born 1969 Sidcup, Kent
    Silver javelin 1996; javelin 2000
    Bronze javelin 1992
    Fourth javelin 2004

    83=
    Miruts Yifter (Ethiopia) 31pts
    born 1938 Tigray
    Gold 5,000m 1980; 10,000m 1980
    Bronze 10,000m 1972

    Vilho Tuulos
    (Finland) 31pts
    born 1895 Tampere; died 1967 Tampere
    Gold triple jump 1920Bronze triple jump 1924; triple jump 1928
    Fourth long jump 1924

    Robert Richards
    (United States) 31pts
    born 1926 Champaign, Illinois
    Gold pole vault 1952; pole vault 1956
    Bronze pole vault 1948

    Nina Ponomaryeva (Soviet Union) 31pts
    born 1929 Sverdlovsk, Russia
    Gold discus 1952; discus 1960
    Bronze discus 1956

    Micheline Ostermeyer
    (France) 31pts
    born 1922 Rang-du-Fliers; died 2001 Bois-Guillaume
    Gold shot 1948; discus 1948
    Bronze high jump 1948

    Edwin Moses
    (United States) 31pts
    born 1955 Dayton, Ohio
    Gold 400m hurdles 1976; 400m hurdles 1984
    Bronze 400m hurdles 1988

    Ralph Metcalfe (United States) 31pts
    born 1910 Atlanta, Georgia; died 1978 Alsip, Illinois
    Gold 4x100m 1936
    Silver 100m 1932; 100m 1936
    Bronze 200m 1932

    Douglas Lowe
    (Great Britain) 31pts
    born 1902 Manchester; died 1981 Cranbrook, Kent
    Gold 800m 1924; 800m 1928
    Fourth 1,500m 1924. Fifth 4x400m 1928

    Maurizio Damilano
    (Italy) 31pts
    born 1957 Scarnafigi
    Gold 20k walk 1980
    Bronze 20k walk 1984; 20k walk 1988Fourth 20k walk 1992

    Ato Bolden (Trinidad & Tobago) 31pts
    born 1973 Port-of-Spain
    Silver 100m 2000
    Bronze 100m 1996; 200m 1996; 200m 2000
    Seventh 4x100m 2004

    Thane Baker (United States) 31pts
    born 1931 Elkhart, Kansas
    Gold 4x100m 1956
    Silver 200m 1952; 100m 1956
    Bronze 200m 1956

    Mamo Wolde (Ethiopia) 33pts
    born 1932 DreDele; died 2002 Addis Ababa
    Gold marathon 1968
    Silver 10,000m 1968
    Bronze marathon 1972
    Fourth 10,000m 1964

    Sara Simeoni (Italy) 33pts
    born 1953 Rivoli Veronese
    Gold high jump 1980
    Silver high jump 1976; high jump 1984
    Sixth high jump 1972

    Yuri Sedykh (Soviet Union) 33pts
    born 1955 Nova Cherkassk, Russia
    Gold hammer 1976; hammer 1980
    Silver hammer 1988

    Tatyana Samolenko (Soviet Union) 33pts
    born 1961 Sekretarka, Ukraine
    Gold 3,000m 1988
    Silver 3,000m 1992
    Bronze 1,500m 1988
    Fourth 1,500m 1992

    Steven Lewis
    (United States) 33pts
    born 1969 Los Angeles, California
    Gold 400m 1988; 4x400m 1988; 4x400m 1992
    Silver 400m 1992

    Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) 33pts
    born 1974 Berkane
    Gold 1,500m 2004; 5,000m 2004
    Silver 1,500m 2000

    Mildred Didrikson
    (United States) 33pts
    born 1911 Port Arthur, Texas; died 1956 Galveston, Texas
    Gold 80m hurdles 1932; javelin 1932
    Silver high jump 1932

    Olga Bryzhina (Soviet Union / Ukraine) 33pts
    born 1963 Krasnokamsk, Ukraine
    Gold 400m 1988; 4x400m 1988; 4x400m 1988
    Silver 400m 1992

    Linford Christie (Great Britian) 33pts
    born 1960 St Andrew's, Jamaica
    Gold 100m 1992
    Silver 100m 1988; 4x100m 1988
    Fourth 200m 1988; 4x100m 1992

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    71=
    Edvin Wide (Sweden) 33.5pts
    born 1896 Turku, Finland; died 1996 Stockholm
    Silver 10,000m 1924
    Bronze 3,000m team 1920; 5,000m 1924; 5,000m 1928; 10,000m 1928

    Wilma Rudolph
    (United States) 33.5pts
    born 1940 St Bethleham,Tennessee; died 1994 Brentwood, Tennessee
    Gold 100m 1960; 200m 1960; 4x100m 1960
    Bronze 4x100m 1956

    Annegret Richter
    (Germany) 33.5pts
    born 1950 Dortmund
    Gold 4x100m 1972; 100m 1976
    Silver 200m 1976
    Fifth 100m 1972; 4x100m 1976

    69=
    Gyula Zsivotzky (Hungary) 34pts
    born 1937 Budapest; died 2007 Budapest
    Gold hammer 1968
    Silver hammer 1960; hammer 1964
    Fifth hammer 1972

    Matthew McGrath (United States) 34pts
    born 1878 Nenagh, Ireland; died 1941
    Gold hammer 1912
    Silver hammer 1908; hammer 1924
    Fifth hammer 1920

    66=
    Don Quarrie (Jamaica) 34.5pts
    born 1951 Kingston
    Gold 200m 1976
    Silver 100m 1976; 4x100m 1984
    Bronze 200m 1980
    Fifth 4x400m 1976

    Irina Privalova (Russia) 34.5pts
    born 1968 Malakhovka
    Gold 400m hurdles 2000
    Silver 4x100m 1992
    Bronze 100m 1992; 4x400m 2000
    Fourth 200m 1992; 4x100m 1996

    Irina Press (Soviet Union) 34.5pts
    born 1939 Kharhov, Ukraine
    Gold 80m hurdles 1960; pentathlon 1964
    Fourth 4x100m 1960; 80m hurdles 1964. Sixth shot 1964

    64=
    Galina Zybina (Soviet Union) 35pts
    born 1931 Leningrad
    Gold shot 1952
    Silver shot 1956
    Bronze shot 1964
    Fourth javelin 1952. Seventh shot 1960

    John Ljunggren (Sweden) 35pts
    born 1919; died 2000
    Gold 50k walk 1948
    Silver 50k walk 1960
    Bronze 50k walk 1956
    Fourth 20k walk 1956. Seventh 20k walk 1960

    59=
    Derartu Tulu (Ethiopia) 36pts
    born 1972 Bekoji
    Gold 10,000m 1992; 10,000m 2000
    Bronze 10,000m 2004
    Fourth 10,000m 1996

    Peter Snell (New Zealand) 36pts
    born 1938 Opunake
    Gold 800m 1960; 800m 1964; 1,500m 1964

    Pietro Mennea (Italy) 36pts
    born 1952 Barletta
    Gold 200m 1980
    Bronze 200m 1972; 4x400m 1980
    Fourth 200m 1976; 4x100m 1984. Fifth 4x400m 1984. Sixth 4x100m 1976. Seventh 200m 1984. Eighth 4x100m 1972

    Tatyana Kazankina (Soviet Union) 36pts
    born 1951 Petrovsk, Russia
    Gold 800m 1976; 1,500m 1976; 1,500m 1980

    Nathaniel Cartmell (United States) 36pts
    born 1883 Uniontown, Kentucky; died 1967 New York City
    Gold 4x400m 1908
    Silver 100m 1904; 200m 1904
    Bronze 200m 1908
    Fourth 100m 1908

    56=
    Jackson Scholz (United States) 37pts
    born 1897 Buchanan, Michigan; died 1986 Delray Beach, Florida
    Gold 4x100m 1920; 200m 1924
    Silver 100m 1924
    Fourth 100m 1920; 200m 1928

    Mohamed Gammoudi
    (Tunisia) 37pts
    born 1938 Sidi Ach
    Gold 5,000m 1968
    Silver 10,000m 1964; 5,000m 1972
    Bronze 10,000m 1968

    James Connolly (United States) 37pts
    born 1868 Boston, Massachusetts; died 1957 New York City
    Gold triple jump 1896
    Silver high jump 1896; triple jump 1900
    Bronze long jump 1896
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    Wyomia Tyus
    (United States) 37.5pts
    born 1945 Griffin, Georgia
    Gold 100m 1964; 100m 1968; 4x100m 1968
    Silver 4x100m 1964
    Sixth 200m 1968
    52=

    Parry O'Brien (United States) 38ptsGold shot 1952; shot 1956
    Silver shot 1960
    Fourth shot 1964

    Herb McKenley
    (Jamaica) 38pts
    born 1922 Pleasant Valley, Clarendon; died 2007 Mona
    Gold 4x400m (1952)
    Silver 400m (1948); 200m (1952); 400m (1952)
    Fourth 200m (1948)

    Kelly Holmes
    (Great Britain) 38pts
    born 1970 Pembury, Kent
    Gold 800m 2004; 1,500m 2004
    Bronze 800m 2000
    Fourth 800m 1996 Seventh 1,500m 2000
    49=

    Alain Mimoun (France) 39pts
    born 1921 El Talegh, Algeria
    Gold marathon 1956
    Silver 10,000m 1948; 5,000m (1952); 10,000m (1952)

    Gail Devers
    (United States) 39pts
    born 1966 Seattle, Washington
    Gold 100m 1992; 100m 1996; 4x100m 1996
    Fourth 100m hurdles 1996. Fifth 100m hurdles 1992

    Valeri Borzov (Soviet Union) 39pts
    born 1949 Sambir, Ukraine
    Gold 100m (1972); 200m (1972)
    Silver 4x100m (1972)
    Bronze 100m (1976); 4x100m (1976)

    47=

    Philip Edwards (Canada) 39.5pts
    born 1907 Georgetown, Guyana; died 1971 Montreal
    Bronze 4x400m (1928); 800m (1932); 1,500m (1932); 4x400m (1932); 800m (1936) Fourth 800m (1928); 4x400m (1936). Fifth 1,500m (1936)

    Valerie Brisco-Hooks (United States) 39.5pts
    born 1960 Greenwood, Mississippi
    Gold 200m (1984); 400m (1984); 4x400m (1984)
    Silver 4x400m (1988)
    Fourth 400m (1988)

    43=

    Arthur Wint
    (Jamaica) 40pts
    born 1920 Manchester, Jamaica; died 1992 Linstead
    Gold 400m (1948); 4x400m (1952)
    Silver 800m (1948); 800m (1952)
    Fifth 400m (1952)

    Marie-Jose Perec (France) 40pts
    born 1968 Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
    Gold 400m (1992); 200m (1996); 400m (1996)
    Fourth 4x100m (1992). Sixth 4x100m (1996)

    Charles Paddock (United States) 40pts
    born 1900 Gainesville, Texas; died 1943 Sitka, Alaska
    Gold 100m (1920); 4x100m (1920)
    Silver 200m (1920); 200m (1924)
    Fifth 100m (1924)

    Volmari Iso-Hollo (Finland) 40pts
    born 1907 Ylojarvi; died 1969 Heinola
    Gold 3,000m steeplechase; 3,000m steeplechase (1936)
    Silver 10,000m (1932)
    Bronze 10,000m (1936)

    42
    Frankie Fredericks (Namibia) 41pts
    born 1967 Windhoek
    Silver 100m 1992; 200m 1992; 100m 1996; 200m 1996
    Fourth 200m 2004

    38=

    Jesse Owens
    (United States) 42pts
    born 1913 Lawrence County, Alabama; died 1980 Tucson, Arizona
    Gold 100m (1936); 200m (1936); long jump (1936); 4x100m (1936)
    Volodymyr Holubnychy (Soviet Union) 42pts
    born 1936 Sumy, Ukraine
    Gold 20k walk (1960); 20k walk (1968)
    Silver 20k walk (1972)
    Bronze 20k walk (1964)
    Seventh 20k walk (1976)

    Betty Cuthbert (Australia) 42pts
    born 1938 Merrylands, New South Wales
    Gold 100m (1956); 200m (1956); 4x100m (1956); 400m (1964)

    Sebastian Coe
    (Great Britain) 42pts
    born 1956 Chiswick, London
    Gold 1,500m (1980); 1,500m (1984)
    Silver 800m (1980); 800m (1984)

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    Florence Griffith-Joyner (United States) 43.5pts
    born 1959 Los Angeles, California; died 1998 Mission Viejo, California
    Gold 100m (1988); 200m (1988); 4x100m (1988)
    Silver 200m (1984); 4x400m (1988)

    35=
    Raelene Boyle (Australia) 44pts
    born 1951 Melbourne, Victoria
    Silver 200m (1968); 100m (1972); 200m (1972)
    Fourth 100m (1968); 100m (1976). Fifth 4x100m (1968); 4x100m (1976). Sixth 4x100m (1972); 4x400m (1972)

    Evelyn Ashford (United States) 44ptsborn 1957 Shreveport, Louisiana
    Gold 100m (1984); 4x100m (1984); 4x100m (1988); 4x100m (1992)
    Silver 100m (1988)
    Fifth 100m (1976); Seventh 4x100m (1976)

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    Malvin Whitfield (United States) 44.5pts
    born 1924 Bay City, Texas
    Gold 800m (1948); 800m (1952); 4x400m (1948)
    Silver 4x400m (1952)
    Bronze 400m (1948)
    Sixth 400m (1952)

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    Jan Zelezny (Czech Republic) 45pts
    born 1966 Mlada, Boleslav
    Gold javelin (1992); javelin (1996); javelin (2000)
    Silver javelin (1988)

    Melvin Sheppard (United States) 45pts
    born 1883 Almonesson Lake, New Jersey; died 1942 New York
    Gold 800m (1908); 1,500m (1908); 4x400m (1908); 4x400m (1912)
    Silver 800m (1912)

    Viktor Sanayev
    (Soviet Union) 45pts
    born 1945 Sukhumi, Georgia
    Gold triple jump (1968); triple jump (1972); triple jump (1976)
    Silver triple jump (1980)

    Tamara Press (Soviet Union) 45pts
    born 1937 Kharkiv, Ukraine
    Gold shot (1960); shot (1964); discus (1964)
    Silver discus (1960)

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    Kipchoge Keino (Kenya) 46pts
    born 1940 Kipsamo
    Gold 1,500m (1968); 3,000m steeplechase (1972)
    Silver 1,500m (1972); 5,000m (1968)
    Fifth 5,000m (1964)

    27=
    Heike Drechsler (East Germany / Germany) 47pts
    1964 Gera, East Germany
    Gold long jump (1992); long jump (2000)
    Silver long jump (1988)
    Bronze 100m (1988); 200m (1988)

    Fanny Blankers-Koen (Holland) 47pts
    born 1918 Lage Vuursche; died 2004 Hoofddorp
    Gold 100m (1948); 200m (1948); 80m hurdles (1948); 4x100m (1948)
    Fifth 4x100m (1936). Sixth high jump (1936)

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    Gwen Torrence (United States), 47.5pts
    born 1965 Decatur, Georgia
    Gold 200m (1992); 4x100m (1992); 4x100m (1996)
    Silver 4x400m (1992)
    Bronze 100m (1996)
    Fourth 100m (1992). Fifth 100m (1988). Sixth 200m (1988)

    22=
    Al Oerter (United States) 48pts
    born 1936 Queens, New York; died 2007 Fort Myers, Florida
    Gold discus (1956); discus (1960); discus (1964); discus (1968)

    Alvin Kraenzlein
    (United States) 48pts
    born 1876 Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 1928 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    Gold 60m 1900; 110m hurdles 1900; 200m hurdles 1900; 1900 long jump

    Michael Johnson
    (United States) 48pts
    born 1967 Dallas, Texas
    Gold 4x400m (1992); 200m (1996); 400m (1996); 400m (2000); 4x400m (2000)

    Archie Hahn (United States) 48pts
    born 1880 Dodgeville, Wisconsin; died 1955 Charlottesville, Virginia
    Gold 60m 1904; 100m 1904; 200m 1904; 100m 1906

    20=
    John Walter Tewksbury (United States) 49pts
    born 1876 Ashley, Pennsylvania; died 1968 Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
    Gold 200m 1900; 400m hurdles 1900
    Silver 60m 1900; 100m 1900; 200m hurdles 1900

    Robert Korzeniowski (Poland) 49pts
    born 1968 Lubaczow
    Gold 50k walk 1996; 20k walk 2000; 50k walk 2000; 50k walk 2004
    Eighth 20k walk 1996

    21
    Harry Hillman (United States) 50pts
    born 1881 Brooklyn, New York; died 1945 New Hampshire
    Gold 400m (1904); 200m hurdles (1904); 400m hurdles (1904)
    Silver 400m hurdles (1908)
    Fourth 400m (1906)

    Renate Stecher (East Germany) 50.5pts
    born 1950 Suptitz, East Germany
    Gold 100m (1972); 200m (1972); 4x100m (1976)
    Silver 4x100m (1972); 100m (1976)
    Bronze 200m (1976)

    19
    John Flanagan
    (United States) 52pts
    born 1873 Kilbreedy, Ireland; died 1938 Kilmallack, Ireland
    Gold hammer (1900); hammer (1904); hammer (1908)
    Silver 56lb weight (1904)
    Fourth discus (1904). Seventh discus (1900)

    18
    Hannes Kolehmainen (Finland) 52.5pts
    born 1889 Kuopio; died 1966 Helsinki
    Gold 5,000m 1912; 10,000m 1912; cross-country individual 1912; marathon 1920; Silver cross-country team 1912

    17
    Elmer Niklander (Finland) 53pts
    born 1890; died 1942
    Gold discus 1920
    Silver discus (both hands) 1912; shot 1920
    Bronze shot put (both hands) 1912
    Fourth shot 1912; discus 1912. Sixth shot 1924. Seventh discus 1924. Eighth 56lb weight 1920

    Lasse Viren
    (Finland) 56pts
    born 1949 Myrskyla
    Gold 5,000m (1972); 10,000m (1972); 5,000m (1976); 10,000m (1976)
    Fifth marathon (1976); 10,000m (1980)

    Robert Garrett (United States) 56pts
    born 1875 Baltimore, Maryland; died 1961 Baltimore, Maryland
    Gold shot (1896); discus (1896)
    Silver high jump (1896); long jump (1896)
    Bronze shot (1900); standing triple jump (1900)

    14
    Emil Zatopek (Czechoslovakia) 60pts
    born 1922 Koprivnice; died 2000 Prague
    Gold 10,000m (1948); 5,000m (1952); 10,000m (1952); marathon (1952)
    Silver 5,000m (1948)
    Sixth marathon (1956)

    13
    James Lightbody (United States) 61.5pts
    born 1882 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died 1953 Charleston, South Carolina
    Gold 800m (1904); 1,500m (1904); 3,000m steeplechase (1904); 1,500m (1906)
    Silver 4-mile team race (1904); 800m (1906)

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    Irena Szewinska (Poland) 62pts
    born 1946 Leningrad, Russia
    Gold 200m (1968); 400m (1976); 4x100m (1964)
    Silver 200m (1964); long jump (1964)
    Bronze 100m (1968); 200m (1972)

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    Shirley Strickland (Australia) 62.5pts
    born 1925 Perth, Western Australia; died 2004 Perth, Western Australia
    Gold 80m hurdles (1952); 80m hurdles (1956); 4x100m (1956)
    Silver 4x100m 1948
    Bronze 100m (1948); 100m (1952); 80m hurdles (1948)
    Fourth 200m (1948). Fifth 4x100m (1952)

    10

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee (United States) 63pts
    born 1962 East St Louis, Illinois
    Gold long jump (1988); heptathlon (1988); heptathlon (1992)
    Silver heptathlon (1984)
    Bronze long jump (1992); long jump (1996)
    Fifth long jump (1984)

    9
    Ralph Rose (United States) 64pts born 1885 Healdsburg, California; died 1913
    Gold shot (1904); shot (1908); shot both hands (1912)
    Silver discus (1904); shot (1912)
    Bronze hammer (1904)
    Sixth 56lb weight (1904)

    8
    Meyer Prinstein (United States) 65pts
    born 1878 Szczuczyn, Poland; died 1925 New York
    Gold triple jump (1900); long jump 1904; triple jump (1904); long jump (1906)
    Silver long jump (1900)
    Fifth 60m (1904); 400m (1904)

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    Merlene Ottey (Jamaica / Slovenia) 70pts
    born 1960 Hanover, Jamaica
    Silver 100m (1996); 200m (1996); 4x100m (2000)
    Bronze 100m (1984); 200m (1980); 200m (1984); 200m (1992); 4x100m (1996)
    Fourth 100m (2000); 200m (1988). Fifth 100m (1992). Sixth 4x100m (1980). Eighth 4x100m (1984)

    6
    Ville Ritola (Finland) 75pts
    born 1896 Peraseinajoki; died 1982 Helsinki
    Gold 10,000m (1924); 3,000m steeplechase (1924); 3,000m team race (1924); cross-country team (1924); 5,000m (1928)
    Silver 5,000m (1924); 10,000m (1928); cross-country individual (1924)

    5
    Eric Lemming (Sweden) 94pts
    born 1880 Gothenburg; died 1930 Gothenburg
    Gold javelin (1908); freestyle javelin (1906); freestyle javelin (1908); javelin (1912)
    Bronze shot (1906); pentathlon (1906)
    Fourth high jump (1900); pole vault (1900); hammer (1900); discus (1906); stone throw (1906); javelin both hands (1912); Eighth discus (1900); hammer (1908)

    4
    Martin Sheridan (United States) 104pts
    born 1881 Treenduff, Ireland; died Manhattan, New York
    Gold discus (1904); shot (1906); discus (1906); discus (1908); discus Greek-style (1908)
    Silver standing high jump (1906); standing long jump (1906); stone throw (1906)
    Bronze standing long jump (1908)
    Fourth shot (1904); discus Greek-style (1906)

    3
    Carl Lewis (United States) 105pts
    born 1961 Birmingham, Alabama
    Gold 100m (1984); 100m (1988); 200m (1984); long jump (1984); long jump (1988); long jump (1992); long jump (1996); 4x100m (1984); 4x100m (1992)
    Silver 200m (1988)

    Probably the greatest athlete of the modern era, Lewis emulated Jesse Owens with the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m golden slam in Los Angeles in 1984. He never quite reached those heights again but added another five gold medals and a silver to his collection. Rumours about drug-taking, which have never been substantiated, have taken some of the gloss off his achievements in recent years. In 1999, he was voted Sportsman of the Century by the IOC and World Athlete of the Century by the IAAF.

    2
    Paavo Nurmi (Finland) 108pts
    born 1897 Turku; died 1973 Helsinki
    Gold 10,000m (1920); cross-country individual (1920); cross-country team (1920); 1,500m (1924); 3,000m team race (1924); 5,000m (1924); cross-country individual (1924); cross-country team (1924); 10,000m (1928)
    Silver 5,000m (1920); 5,000m (1928); 3,000m steeplechase (1928)

    The king of the Flying Finns, Nurmi dominated middle-distance and distance running during the 1920s, setting 29 world records from 1,500m to 20km. He won nine gold medals and three silvers, but it could have been even more if he had been allowed by Finnish officials to compete in all the events he wanted and had not been declared a professional before the 1932 Games. Nurmi became a successful businessman in Finland and carried the torch into the stadium at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

    1
    Raymond Ewry (United States) 120pts
    born 1873 Lafayette, Indiana; died 1937 Long Island, New York
    Gold standing high jump (1900); standing long jump (1900); standing triple jump (1900); standing high jump (1904); standing long jump (1904); standing triple jump (1904); standing high jump (1906); standing long jump (1906); standing high jump (1908); standing long jump (1908)

    Ewry won ten gold medals, but is almost unknown as his unprecedented achievements occurred in events long gone from the Olympic schedules. His records are even more amazing given that he contracted polio as a boy, spent time in a wheelchair and was thought to be paralysed for life. He began exercising, regained the use of his legs and became the greatest standing jumper in history. His clearance of 1.60m in the standing high jump of 1904 would have been good enough for a silver medal with a run-up in 1896. The standing events were scrapped after 1912, but Ewry's world record of 3.47m in the long jump lasted until the 1930s.

    * Notes
    Results for the 1906 Interim Games in Athens have been included although they are not considered to be official by the International Olympic Committee.

    All athletes' points have been credited to the nation for which they were competing at the time.

    The points for the Unified Team of 1992 are credited to the Soviet Union.
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    If WWII didn't cancel the 1940 and 1944 games, I think Jesse Owens would have been #1 (IMO).

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    Quote Originally Posted by future canadian
    If WWII didn't cancel the 1940 and 1944 games, I think Jesse Owens would have been #1 (IMO).
    Hello FC,

    Yes, at least in 1940.

    I guess they don't believe in swimmers here either. Mark Spitz won 9 gold medals between 1968 and 1972, Greg Louganis won 4 golds I believe, and Mike Phelps had 6 golds in 2004...not to mention other medals. So by the point system they would be near or at the top by 2004. Then there are many other swimmers who won multiple medals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korbel
    Hello FC,

    Yes, at least in 1940.

    I guess they don't believe in swimmers here either. Mark Spitz won 9 gold medals between 1968 and 1972, Greg Louganis won 4 golds I believe, and Mike Phelps had 6 golds in 2004...not to mention other medals. So by the point system they would be near or at the top by 2004. Then there are many other swimmers who won multiple medals.

    Curious,

    Korbel
    Korbie,

    The list is a compilation of versatility and longevity not necessarily quality. Merlene Ottey never won gold but is highly ranked. Runners and swimmers competing in multiple events and in team relays are favoured over boxers or decathletes.

    Certain sports - boxing, wrestling are ignored completely. Teofilo Stevenson, the great Cuban heavyweight comes to mind.

    BTW Greg Louganis was a diver not a swimmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastender
    Korbie,

    The list is a compilation of versatility and longevity not necessarily quality. Merlene Ottey never won gold but is highly ranked. Runners and swimmers competing in multiple events and in team relays are favoured over boxers or decathletes.

    Certain sports - boxing, wrestling are ignored completely. Teofilo Stevenson, the great Cuban heavyweight comes to mind.

    BTW Greg Louganis was a diver not a swimmer.
    Hello Eastender,

    Yes, it's an incomplete list. I tried to find another more comprehensive one and couldn't...yet.

    Greg Louganis...there was never any mistake about that. I know his aunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmbot
    at least there are no equestrian folks on the list... are there?
    I dont think there is any ... however ... what happened to Ben Johnson ???


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    Quote Originally Posted by SexyNadya
    what happened to Ben Johnson ???
    A quick search on wikipedia yields this tidbit:

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Johnson_(sprinter) March 2006, television spots featuring Johnson advertising an energy drink, "Cheetah Power Surge", started to receive some airtime. Some pundits questioned whether Johnson was an appropriate spokesperson for an all natural energy drink considering his history of steroid use. [9] [10]

    One ad is a mock interview between Johnson and Frank D'Angelo, the president and chief executive of D'Angelo Brands, which makes the drink, in which he asks Johnson: "Ben, when you run, do you Cheetah?". "Absolutely," says Johnson. "I Cheetah all the time."
    The rest of the article is actually funny at times, but sad as well...

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    The rest of the article is actually funny at times, but sad as well...[/QUOTE]

    I agree. I'm looking at it right now. Light humor before going to sleep, but
    the story will remain the saddest end to what could have been a living legend.
    Ben Johnson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SexyNadya
    The rest of the article is actually funny at times, but sad as well...
    I agree. I'm looking at it right now. Light humor before going to sleep, but
    the story will remain the saddest end to what could have been a living legend.
    Ben Johnson.[/quote]

    Hello SexyNadya,

    I think his legend would have been a Canadian one mostly. There are many gold medalists usually remembered longest by their own country. Others like Paavo Nurmi and Emil Zatopek are truly international and timeless. Unfortunately, this legend was built on steroids. Without it I doubt the name would have stayed in the minds of many.

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    You have to specify that this list quote only the track and field athletes. So no swimmer, no gymnast and no other sports. That's why lots of great athletes were missing.

    The list has the default to be simply mathematics. If we can mesure courage and other intangible factors, Jesse Owens will be much high ranked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cargo
    The list has the default to be simply mathematics. If we can mesure courage and other intangible factors, Jesse Owens will be much high ranked.
    Hello Cargo,

    Often that is the beauty of the achievement. But the actual courage in Owens was more in the situation with his own country rather than against the Nazis. What he had to go through in Berlin was nothing compared to life at home. One story is that in the long jump a young German athlete, doing better than Owens, actually helped correct his technique to help him to victory. That's courage.

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