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Who Is the Most Iconic Olympian of All Time?

GMR 2012/06/29 22:31:20
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The London 2012 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, and soon most of the planet will be caught up in the breath-taking athleticism of the world's very best. Though the Olympics are technically a sporting event, they transcend traditional entertainment to become a spectacle of human endurance, willpower, skill, strength... It would take us a while just to cover the basics, so we'll leave it there.

In honor of the London 2012 Olympics, we're running a survey on some of the greatest moments in recent Olympics history, the greatest Olympics-themed movies, and a few other related topics. Make sure to check out our 8-Question Quick Poll and see what other people think!
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  • sherie Joker~R... 2012/07/05 12:53:56
    sherie
    +1
    Hahaha.....he was the first one to come to my mind!
  • Empress 2012/06/30 21:37:09
    Jesse Owens
    Empress
    +5
    What can I say? The man is a legend.
  • Mantic 2012/06/30 21:24:28
    Jim Thorpe
    Mantic
    +8
    Iconic? Easy answer.

    iconic answer
  • Marc m 2012/06/30 21:01:42
    Other
    Marc m
    +7
    Jim Thorpe ...
  • Just MEH....Piwan 2012/06/30 20:45:58
    Other
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +3
    Tanya Harding! the worst BITCH and poor sport Olympian of all time!
  • Skeptikat Just ME... 2012/07/01 11:20:02
  • Just ME... Skeptikat 2012/07/01 15:44:32
    Just MEH....Piwan
    Didn't say i liked her, but yes, an interesting choice!
  • smitty Just ME... 2012/07/02 15:48:26 (edited)
    smitty
    +1
    Oh geeesh..

    harding broken skates gif

    harding broken skates gif
  • Just ME... smitty 2012/07/02 21:31:40
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +1
    God she got fat!
  • smitty Just ME... 2012/07/02 21:32:27
    smitty
    +1
    Ahh come on that is muscle.

    grin
  • Just ME... smitty 2012/07/02 21:35:35
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +1
    i guess it is not to difficult to "pump up" these days, is it?LOL!
  • smitty Just ME... 2012/07/02 21:36:37
    smitty
    +1
    and my brother thought Nancy had a chance.
  • Just ME... smitty 2012/07/02 21:41:45
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +1
    Actually, Nancy was incrediby stupid, she was ONLY good a skating. After finding out that she wasn't so smart, i didn't feel so bad for her.
  • smitty Just ME... 2012/07/03 13:29:08
    smitty
    +1
    Still be stupid is no reason to get what she got. Yes I do agree though.
  • Just ME... smitty 2012/07/03 14:43:37
    Just MEH....Piwan
    +1
    Agreed, she didn't deserve it, but I guess the Disney company backed her up, and when they put her on a Disney float she kept saying "This is so corny"..that's it Nanacy, bite the hand that feeds you!
  • DOrigin... Just ME... 2012/07/03 09:48:57
    DOriginalDonald
    This poll is STUPID! I hate it!-Nancy Kerrigan
  • Just ME... DOrigin... 2012/07/03 14:44:13
    Just MEH....Piwan
    Since I don't really care about sports i tend to agree...the poll is stupid!
  • MarinerFH Just ME... 2012/07/05 20:21:37
  • Icon 2012/06/30 19:57:52 (edited)
    Jesse Owens
    Icon
  • Fuzzy 2012/06/30 19:29:54
    Jesse Owens
    Fuzzy
    +4
    Jesse Owens for his performance in Germany
  • strange_armour 2012/06/30 19:21:58 (edited)
    Other
    strange_armour
    +1
    Daley "Ben 10" Thompson.

    Admittedly, the cartoon Ben 10 didn't exist at the time but if it did, Francis Morgan Odayele Thompson would have been given the nick-name by all the media.

    This man is well and truly the one man army of the 1984 Los Angeles olympics.
    Sure, any random black guy can be really good at running for a bus, but only a select few can kick arse in TEN different events.
    That is why when anyone thought of the decathlon, they thought of Daley Thompson.

    Daley Thompson
  • DOrigin... strange... 2012/07/03 09:52:02
    DOriginalDonald
    Thompson WAS impressive, but Bob Mathias did it back to back in 48 and 52
  • Crimson 2012/06/30 18:48:34
    Other
    Crimson
    +5
    Wilma Rudolph-- First American woman to win gold medals in the summer Olympics in Rome (1960) and also considered the fastest woman of that time.

    Wilma Rudolph
    Wilma Rudolph
    Wilma Rudolph
  • john.keenan.792 2012/06/30 18:45:55
    Other
    john.keenan.792
    +1
    daily thomson u.k athlete from the late 70's and 80's
  • lolitalovely 2012/06/30 18:20:52
    Michael Phelps
    lolitalovely
    +2
    Although I think this swimmer (Ryan Lochtee) is better. His roomy Ben Hessen's really good too.
    ryan lochtee
  • DOrigin... lolital... 2012/07/03 09:53:29
    DOriginalDonald
    +1
    Lochte, FYI. YW
  • gcpajunen 2012/06/30 17:31:30
    Other
    gcpajunen
    really not sure
  • Chris D 2012/06/30 17:23:24
    Other
    Chris D
    +2
    Bruce Jenner
    Bruce Jenner
  • Rob Chris D 2012/07/01 19:02:08
    Rob
    I was gonna say, what about the Wheaties guy?
  • Chris D Rob 2012/07/03 19:58:39
    Chris D
    he looks like this now:
    bruce jenner then and now
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/06/30 16:48:04
    Jesse Owens
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    Or Bruce Jenner.
  • All American 2012/06/30 16:25:37
    Jesse Owens
    All American
    +1
    I think the answer might be relative to one's country, but here, in the US, Jesse is Da Man.
  • White Wolf 2012/06/30 16:21:26
    Other
    White Wolf
    Blanka Vlasich.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/06/30 15:51:45 (edited)
  • Dee stevegt... 2012/07/01 07:51:05
    Dee
    That's Greg Louganis. ;)
  • Waldorf 2012/06/30 15:30:11
    Other
    Waldorf
    +2
    Cassius Clay, Bonnie Blair, Mark Spitz, Nadia Comenici, Mary Lou Retton
  • Joker~R... Waldorf 2012/07/01 00:21:10
  • tankbunny 2012/06/30 15:24:23
    Michael Phelps
    tankbunny
    +1
    Absolutely amazing
  • Nikki 2012/06/30 14:49:39
    Jesse Owens
    Nikki
    +1
    outstanding and phelps is a bad azz i tha water...
  • Texas Johnny 2012/06/30 14:48:42 (edited)
    Other
    Texas Johnny
    +3
    Al Oerter! From 1956-1968 he won all Discus Throw gold medals in four straight Olympics. He was never the favorite and won each with a world or Olympic record to boot. He even threw in a neck brace because of an injury prior to the Tokyo Games. He is a true iron warrior. No one has done that in any track or field event to date!. Hooah!

    Al Oerter

    Al Oerter

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