10 Greatest Sports Polymaths

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A list of those who excelled in more than one sport

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10 Greatest Sports Polymaths

  1. 1. The top 10 Sports Polymaths People who excelled in more than one sport
  2. 2. I have a fascination for those who excelled in multiple sports. Sharing this list of my heroes. Many of whom I discovered while making the list. As this list tells you, the sporting polymath is a dying breed
  3. 3. Just out of top 10 11. Alex Zanardi –F1 driver who won two CART championships in US. After losing both his legs, won para-olympic medals in cycling 12. Christa Luding – Winter Olympic golds in speed skating and a silver in Summer Olympic in cycling 13. Babe Zacharias – Olympic track and field medals and a basketball player. Also the first woman to be a golf celebrity
  4. 4. And… 14. Dennis Compton – the cricket legend played football for Arsenal (and England in an unofficial match) 15. Sir George Thomas – 21 time All England Badminton champ, 2 time England chess champion and Wimbeldon doubles semi-finalist 16. Johnny Douglas –England cricket captain. His only Olympic gold in boxing is marred by controversy
  5. 5. 10. CB Fry  Allrounder & England cricket captain 1896 - 1912  Long jump world record holder  Played football for England (also an academician & prolific writer)
  6. 6. 9. Shaun Palmer  World Champ snowboarder  World No 5 mountain biker  Professional Motocross racer  Professional auto racer  Gold medal in X games skiing Known as one of the architects of modern extreme sports
  7. 7. 8. Simen Agdestein  Norwegian chess Grandmaster  7 time national champ  Runners up in world junior championship in ‘86  Also former coach of Magnus Carlsen  Played professional football for 9 years and also represented Norway
  8. 8. 7. Carl Schuhmann  Leading gold medal winner in 1896 Olympics 3 – Gymnastics 1 – wrestling Also competed in athletics and weightlifting
  9. 9. 6. Clara Hughes  2 cycling medals in 96 Summer Olympics  4 medals (2 gold) across 3 Winter Olympics Only person to have won multiple medals in both Summer & Winter Games
  10. 10. 5. Bo Jackson  ‘85 Hiesman trophy as leading college American football player  NFL player – ’87 - ’92  Celebrated professional baseball player ‘86 – ’94 Only athlete to be an All-Star in two major American sports
  11. 11. 4. Max Woosnam  Tennis gold and silver at 1920 Olympics  Captain of Manchester City FC and England  Century at Lords  147 break in snooker  Famous for defeating Charlie Chaplin at TT with a butter knife
  12. 12. 3. Jim Thorpe  Won Pentathlon and decathlon in 1912 Olympics  Controversially stripped of his medals. Reinstated well after his death.  Played American football, baseball and basketball professionally.
  13. 13. 2. Lottie Dod  5 time Wimbeldon champ  British amateur golf champ  Played hockey for England  Archery silver medal in ‘08 Olympics
  14. 14. 1. Fred Perry You are No 1 on this list if you were world champ in your second sport  8 grand slam tennis titles  Ist to complete career slam  Table Tennis world champ in ‘29

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