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The Greatest Olympians of all Time

Michael Johnson

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Michael Johnson famously summed up his speed by comparing himself to a go-kart going downhill at high speeds.

Emil Zatopek

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Emil was an expert runner, winning the 5000-meter, 10,000-meter, and the marathon in one Olympics (which hasn’t been done since).

Aleksandr Karelin

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Despite an upset in 2000, Aleksandr’s three gold medals in a row will never be forgotten.

Lasse Viren

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He worked very hard in preparation for the Olympics and showed off just how much his hard work paid off.

Sir Steve Redgrave

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Redgrave won the gold at five Olympic games and competing in five, showing a special talent in consistency.

Pyrros Dimas

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Defying history, Pyrros managed to win a medal in four Olympics in a row – unprecedented for Olympians in weightlifting.

Paavo Nurmi

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Paavo proved his competence in his sport by setting Olympic records in the 5,000-meter and 1,500 dash in one day.

Nadia Comaneci

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Nadia is an exceptional gymnast, least of which due to her perfect 10.0 score for the uneven parallel bars.

Jim Thorpe

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Jim nearly swept the 1912 Olympics pentathlon, with one being the javelin throw (which he had never done before).



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