Individual dominant athletes

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  1. robycop3

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    What individuals do you believe completely dominated his/her sport or event for a period of time? Some of mine are:

    RENALDO NEHEMIAH...110 M hurdles

    JOE LOUIS...heavywt. boxing

    CHRIS EVERT...women's tennis

    EARL ANTHONY...mens' pro bowling(No, I haven't forgotten Don Carter or Dick Weber!)

    VASILY ALEXEEV...weightlifting

    ALBERTO TOMBA...alpine skiing

    GREG LOUGANIS...diving

    NANCY LOPEZ...womens' golf

    I've left out some very obvious names to let someone else post.

    Perhaps some members in the UK or Australia can help us out with some of the dominant cricket players.
     
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    Michale Jordan- NBA (nodbody even comes close to Jordan now even the the leauge wants them too)

    Pele and Maradona in soccer, arugably the best ever to play the game.

    Wayne Gretzky in the NHL during his prime.

    Women's golf- Anika Sorenstam, if she keeps on winning she will probably be crowned the best woman glofer ever.

    PGA: Jack Nickalus- nobody has yet to match the Golden Bear, not even Tiger.
     
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    Rod Laver - Men's Tennis

    Richard Petty - Racing

    Billie Jean King - Women's Tennis

    Peggy Fleming - Figure Skating

    Babe Ruth - Baseball
     
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    Edwin Moses 400M hurdles
     
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    Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain

    Carl Lewis, anyone?

    Al Oerther (Sp)-discus
     
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    I would agree with all of these. But I would say that Tiger is well on his way to matching and/or bettering the Golden Bear.

    I would add these:

    Nascar: Dale Earnhardt

    NHL: Mario Lemieux

    MLB: Bob Gibson

    NFL: Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas
     
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    F1: Juan Fangio
    Ayrton Senna
    Michael Schumacher

    Nascar: Darrell Waltrip

    NHRA: John Force

    World of Outlaws: Steve Kinser
     
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    Ok! Hulk Hogan--WWF-well...it's an event.
     
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    Among boxers, one was considered "dominant" if he held the title for several years. I think Louis was dominant for the longest, but there is also Fitzsimmons, Johnson, Dempsey, Tunney, Marciano, Ali, Holmes, and Tyson. But those are just the heavyweights; Chavez, Robinson, Duran,...

    There is also a corollary of this topic as to athletes who were not the greatest at their game, at least were not dominant for long as participants, but who did dominate personality-wise, or in the public interest. This group would include Joe Namath, King Kelly, Jackie Robinson, Lee Trevino, Mark Spitz.
     
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    Greg Lemond - cycling
    Lance Armstrong - cycling
    Eddie Merckx - cycling
    Cassius Clay/Mohammad Ali - boxing
    Jacques Anquetil - cycling
    Mary Decker - track
    Carl Lewis - track
     
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    Pete Sampras - Tennis
    Barry Bonds - Baseball

    Special Note:
    John Wooden - Coaching, college basketball
     
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    These are just a few that stick out in my mind...

    Baseball - Dale Murphy, Pete Rose

    Hockey - Wayne Gretzky

    Swimming - Johnny Weismuller (many gold medals and world records back in the 20s)

    Nascar - Richard Petty

    Football - Johnny Unitas

    Tennis - Martina Navratilova (sp?)

    Gymnastics - Mary Lou Retton, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci

    Cycling - Lance Armstrong
     
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    MLB: Babe Ruth, pitching and hitting, Nolan Ryan
    NFL: Lawrence Taylor, defense, Jerry Rice, offense
    NBA: Some guy named Michael
    NHL: Wayne Gretzky
    Tennis: Venus and Serena Williams
    Soccer: Pele
     

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