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Discussion in 'Community' started by rechedelphar, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. rechedelphar

    rechedelphar Jedi Master star 6

    Mar 29, 2004
    Which sports have produced the most GOATs in a country?

    DR Congo - Dikembe Mutumbo
    Sudan - Manute Bol
    China - Maybe Yao Ming but they have had much success in Olympic sports and table tennis[​IMG].

    Dominican Republic - Albert Pujols (maybe Sammy Sosa but then steroids stuff)
    Venezuela - Miguel Cabrera
    Cuba - very well could be Yasiell Puig in about 15 years
    Japan - Sadaharu Oh (868 homeruns[​IMG], most of any player all time in all leagues)

    Philippines - Manny Pacquiao[​IMG]

    Ice Hockey:
    Canada - Wayne Gretzky[​IMG]
    Finland - Temmu Selanne

    Switzerland - Roger Federer
    Serbia - Novak Djokovic
    Cyprus - Marcos Baghdatis
    Chile - Marcelo Rios
    Ecuador - Andres Gomez
    Sweden - Bjorn Borg
    Czech Republic - Martina Navratilova
    Thailand - Paradorn Srichaphan

    Romania - Nadia Comaneci

    India - Sachin Tendulkar

    Tons and tons of countries. Basically every African country for sure.
    Brazil - Pele
    Argentina - Maradona
    France - Zinedine Zidane?
    too many to list, people with more historical soccer knowledge finish this list as I'm sure it would be the biggest on here.


    Jamaica - Usain Bolt

    I am not familiar with things like motor sports and some of the smaller sports. List out some you think and debate any of mine if you wish.

    Keep in mind the popularity of the sport as well. Is being dominant in a very small niche sport as good as being very good in a worldwide popular sport.

    Also I don't want this thread to turn into a debate about American athletes because we will not reach a conclusion there.
  2. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One star 8

    Dec 11, 2000
    USA - Mike Modano (or maybe Brett Hull even though he's technically Canadian)
    Sweden - Nicklas Lidstrom
    Czech Republic - Jaromir Jagr
  3. Juliet316

    Juliet316 Chosen One star 10

    Apr 27, 2005
    Tennis -
    USA (Men) - Pete Sampras
    USA(Women) - Venus Williams
    Czechoslovakia/USA - Martina Narvratilova

    USA- Michael Jordan
    Germany - Dirk Nowitnski
    France - Tony Parker

    USA - Richard Petty (Reached his 200th career win on this date in 1984 and still remains the only driver to do that)
  4. rechedelphar

    rechedelphar Jedi Master star 6

    Mar 29, 2004
    what I meant was best sportman in all sports in one country. So only one per country and then look at which sports have the most. Some of these are highly debatable because it's hard to compare sports.
  5. MarcusP2

    MarcusP2 Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 10, 2004
    Paavo Nurmi > Temmu Selanne
  6. MarcusP2

    MarcusP2 Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 10, 2004
    Also Australia:
    Don Bradman (Cricket)
  7. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

    Nov 25, 2013
    Bow down to the GOAT of all GOATS - Joey Chestnut - Hot Dog eating

    Even Covid-19 can’t stop the sporting legend that is Joey Chestnut. The champion hot-dog eater won the annual Nathan’s Fourth of July competition by gulping down 75 hot dogs in 10 minutesto win his 13th title. He also beat his own record, which had been 74.

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  8. FatBurt

    FatBurt Chosen One star 6

    Jul 21, 2003
    Chris Hoy
    Chris Boardman
    Bradley Wiggins
    Laura Trott
  9. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral Baseball Draft Commish/SFTC Tiemaster star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 13, 2005
    I still don't understand this thread
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  10. MotivateR5D4

    MotivateR5D4 Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Apr 20, 2015
  11. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

    Nov 25, 2013
  12. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 8

    Feb 27, 2013
    It’s prepping a list for the next survival battle.
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  13. CT-867-5309

    CT-867-5309 Force Ghost star 6

    Jan 5, 2011
    I propose we ignore the thread starter and name each country's greatest athlete. @heels1785 please choose an appropriate title to reflect this topic

    Particularly interested in hearing non-Americans name their country's greatest athlete. Want that local perspective.

    Argentina - Maradona
    Australia - Rod Laver
    Austria - Arnold Schwarzenegger
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  14. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC Manager star 9 Staff Member Manager

    Dec 10, 2003
    Done. Little wordy, but I'm in a chicken nuggets coma.

    Armenia - Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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