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Who Is the Most Iconic Olympian of All Time?

GMR 2012/06/29 22:31:20
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  • KoAm 2012/06/30 05:53:49 (edited)
  • John "B... KoAm 2012/07/02 17:45:43
    John "By God" American
    Great choice!!! Amazing accomplishment!
  • fooley177 KoAm 2012/07/02 20:25:03
    fooley177
    Obviously if Orr and Esposito were allowed to play, THE BRUINS would have won the Olympics.
  • Dick Nixon KoAm 2012/07/02 23:41:18
    Dick Nixon
    I love the movie to...
  • Vitalani 2012/06/30 04:56:00
  • Lanikai Vitalani 2012/06/30 14:29:57
    Lanikai
    +1
    Poor Bruce, from HOT to not.

    Bruce Jenner
  • Vitalani Lanikai 2012/06/30 19:15:24
    Vitalani
    +1
    Oh jeez I know. He looks like a woman who had too much plastic surgery now. =\
  • Nish 2012/06/30 04:50:28
    Carl Lewis
    Nish
    +4
    I think

    Carl Lewis

    carl lewis

    and

    Florence Griffith-Joyner
    florence griffith joyner
  • Lanikai Nish 2012/06/30 14:31:40
    Lanikai
    I could not select a steroid cheat. Sorry.
  • AvaC 2012/06/30 04:36:02
    Other
    AvaC
    +7
    Well, 2 of them are already on the list: Jesse Owens and Jim Thorpe. Here are some others who I think are iconic:

    Mark Spitz

    Mark Spitz

    Flo Jo

    Florence Delorez Griffith-Joyner (better known as Flo Jo)

    Hasley Crawford

    Hasley Crawford. He's the one man who ever won a gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago to this date. He did so at the 1976 Games in Montreal.

    Nadia Com u0103neci

    Nadia Com─âneci
  • Andrew AvaC 2012/06/30 09:00:21
    Andrew
    +3
    How about Edwin Moses!
  • AvaC Andrew 2012/06/30 16:10:23
    AvaC
    +2
    Edwin Moses was great but I specifically chose Hasley Crawford because he's the only Olympian from my country to have won a gold medal. I'm hoping for at least another one at the London Games since we have a contingent of 53 athletes representing in 6 disciplines.
  • Caedus01 Sith Lord of the P... 2012/06/30 04:12:42
    Jesse Owens
    Caedus01 Sith Lord of the PHAET
    +7
    He stuck it to Hitler
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2012/06/30 04:08:14
    Other
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +4
    Jim Thorpe
    jim thorpe
    jim thorpe
    jim thorpe
    jim thorpe
  • Cognito22 2012/06/30 04:05:39
    Jesse Owens
    Cognito22
    +5
    A decade after his death, President Bush posthumously awarded Owens the Congressional Medal of Honor. Bush called his victories in Berlin "an unrivaled athletic triumph, but more than that, a triumph for all humanity."
  • Cap Cognito22 2012/06/30 06:04:35
    Cap
    +1
    I don't think so, the Medal of Honor is supposed to be awarded only to those serving in the military. I don't pretend to be an encyclopedia, and exceptions always can be made, but I've never heard of any in regard to that award in respect to the requirement of serving in the military. You may be thinking of the posthumous award to Owens of the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian award - which occurred in 1977.
  • Cognito22 Cap 2012/06/30 12:31:08 (edited)
    Cognito22
    +2
    You're right.
    It is not the Medal of Honor given to service in the military.
    It was the Congresssional Gold Medal by George HW Bush in 1990
    and Medal of Freedom by Gerald Ford in 1976
  • Lanikai Cap 2012/06/30 14:32:32 (edited)
    Lanikai
    +2
    I think it was the civilian equivalent
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2012/06/30 04:00:18
    Jesse Owens
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    +3
    Jesse Owens and Michael Phelps are the only ones that I have heard of....
  • shadow76 2012/06/30 03:49:29
    Jesse Owens
    shadow76
    +4
    It has to be Jesse Owens!
  • Raphy 2012/06/30 03:46:19
    Jesse Owens
    Raphy
    +7
    Cause he went over there and whipped Germany athletes in there own country under Hitlers tyrannical rein.
  • LarryStylinson 2012/06/30 03:19:06 (edited)
    Other
    LarryStylinson
    +1
    Alex Bilodeau first gold medal by a Canadian on Canadian soil alex bilodeau gold
  • Boris D. 2012/06/30 03:10:34
    Jim Thorpe
    Boris D.
  • Lanikai 2012/06/30 02:06:53
    Jim Thorpe
    Lanikai
    +6
    Followed by the 1984 US olympic gymnastics team and the 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey team.

    None of them tested positive for steroids.
  • Lanikai Lanikai 2012/06/30 02:08:23
    Lanikai
    +5
    Let's give an honorable mention to the 1972 Israeli team, they were murdered by islamic extemeists before they even got to compete.
  • carol 2012/06/30 02:05:39
    Jim Thorpe
    carol
    +10
    Jim Thorpe --The best!
  • Cat 1017 carol 2012/06/30 13:00:44
    Cat 1017
    +1
    Who is he?...Jesse Owens is more recognizable cause of the Hitler incident.....
  • Lanikai Cat 1017 2012/06/30 14:34:40
    Lanikai
    +3
    http://www.cmgww.com/sports/t...

    A native American that was called the Greatest Athlete of the 20th century.

    He was truly, truly amazing and an inspiration to SO many.
  • Apache Cat 1017 2012/06/30 14:44:41
  • smitty Cat 1017 2012/07/02 16:01:12
    smitty
    I did a report on him in high school. His life is a fantastic read. He was an amazing human being. Everything against him yet he prevailed.

    Saying he was an amazing athlete is doing him a disservice.

    If you are into sports, research the man. You will be happy you did.
  • Cat 1017 smitty 2012/07/03 14:58:50
    Cat 1017
    +1
    I think I will...I love history and Biographies...
  • smitty Cat 1017 2012/07/03 15:12:03
    smitty
    Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised. I love Olympic time.
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2012/06/30 01:32:19
    Jesse Owens
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
  • joe mauro 2012/06/30 01:18:21
    Other
    joe mauro
    +3
    MARK SPITZ
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/06/30 01:13:03
    Other
    SOUL4REAL
    +4
    Flo Jo,was the fastest woman alive!!
  • Queen B 2012/06/30 01:08:55
    Jesse Owens
    Queen B
  • Charlie Queen B 2012/06/30 04:58:48
    Charlie
    +7
    Shoving it in Hitler's face in Germany - Priceless!
  • Queen B Charlie 2012/06/30 12:20:11
    Queen B
    +3
    And that is exactly why I think he is the most iconic Olympian.
  • Cat 1017 Charlie 2012/06/30 13:02:10 (edited)
    Cat 1017
    +4
    I agree...Made Hitler so angry he left the stands....LOL..priceless is right....LOL...
  • Lord Emperor of Dune 2012/06/30 01:03:34
    Other
    Lord Emperor of Dune
    +3
    Probably Tommie Smith, for better or worse tommie smith olympics

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