5. Michael Phelps
The 24 year-old swimming phenom has been one of the most dominant athletes in the world over the past four years. In 2004, he won six gold medals the Athens Olympic Games while setting numerous records on the way. In 2008, at the Beijing Olympic Games, Phelps broke his own personal record of six gold medals by reeling in eight golds at the games. He also broke former US swimmer Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
4. Wayne Gretzky
Gretzky is widely known as arguably the best hockey professional hockey play that has ever played the game. His career spanned from 1978-99, which saw during this time saw him play for three different teams. He was a twenty-time all-star, and lead the NHL in goals in four different seasons. He also could dish the puck well, as he lead the league in assist in sixteen separate seasons. If all these honors were not great enough, he is still the all-time leader in goals with 894, and assists with 1,963;
3. Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong has proved he is one of the best, if not the best cyclist in the world over the past 10 years. He is a seven-time Tour De France winner, and has placed third one time as well. At one time in his life, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and has only a 20% chance to live. His courage, pure talent, and athletic ability overshadowed his diesaese, as he was able to overcome his cancer and continue his legacy of being on of the better cyclists in the modern era of cycling.
2. Tiger Woods
Woods has been a golf prodigy since taking up the game at the young age of 3 years old. He took the game from his dad, and he has really put himself in another level, not only as an athlete, but also as a golfer. Over the course of his career, he has won 70 events, while competing in 248. Of those 70 wins, a remarkable 14 have been from Major events.
1. Michael Jordan
There is not much else that needs to be said about my #1 athlete of all-time. He won 6 NBA Championships, in a row. He also was a decent baseball player, as he played in the minor leagues for a little while, and he was one of the most feared competitors to play against on the basketball court. He averaged an amazing 28.3 points per game for his career, and hit clutch shot after clutch shot at every point imaginable during his fifteen years in the league.