5. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee, one of the best female track and field athletes ever, won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze Olympic medals at four different Olympic Games, and was voted the “greatest female athlete of the 20th century” just ahead of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
4. Deion Sanders
Known for his blinding speed and quickness, and other athletic abilities such as extreme agility, great balance, and body control, he was the best defensive player and the best cover cornerback in the NFL’s history. Accomplished in three sports, he played nine seasons of professional baseball where he became the only person to play in the Super Bowl and the World Series.
3. Tiger Woods
Golf may not be as physically challenging as other sports, but it requires a high degree of skill which Tiger Woods apparently has. Born Eldrick Tont Woods, Tiger is one of the most successful golfers of all time. He was also cited as the highest paid athlete for several years according to Forbes magazine. His record-breaking performance came in the 1997 Masters, when he first reached the number one position in the world’s rankings, the youngest person ever to do so.
2. Roger Federer
Considered by tennis critics and former and current players to be the “greatest tennis player of all time”, Federer owns several world records. He won 17 Grand Slam titles, with 5 of them all-time records and reached the Wimbledon finals 8 times.
1. Michael Jordan
Considered “the greatest athlete ever,” Jordan dominated the world of basketball during his prime. Having some the most exciting game play in NBA history, his impact spans generations and he has become somewhat of a cultural icon and legend.