Thoughts on olympic greatness

11/08/12 10:30 PM Alice *Featured Arts & Leisure Classics & Archaeology Humanities Sports Ancient Greeks Caprus of Elis David Potter Euthymus Hercules Leonidas of Rhodes london 2012 Michael Phelps Milo of Croton Olympic Games Polites Summer Olympics Theagenes Timesitheus usain bolt milo milo’s pancration phelps greatness theagenes euthymus olympic

By David Potter


In a year when Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, and Usain Bolt became the first man to win the 200 meters twice, it’s worth asking: What does ‘great’ mean in sports? We might gain perspective by considering how the Ancient Greeks determined greatness in athletes. Then and now, true greatness is as defined not by a single moment, but by the ability to build a record of extraordinary achievement.

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