I am talking of a specific event (for example, in the world of motor car racing, a specific race) in which the particular individual in question excelled or achieved something that ranks as majestic amongst the achievements of humankind.
The term “majestic” implies some sort of speciality in the particular achievement. In other words, something quite remarkable. It is difficult to define I know, but here are some things you might want to consider when making your nominations:
It does not necessarily have to be something that has gone down in history or is particularly famous. Like all my threads, I encourage (and indeed to be point blank honest, prefer) the unknown achievements that when viewed from a birds-eye perspective, truly are astonishing.
Think very carefully when making your nominations. It is a question of “skillfullness” here, and although I realise that there must be some skill involved when picking up a 300lb weight, I am sure you can think of some event/activity that has required more pure skill (and once again I realise that this is difficult to extract and to define) in order to achieve it.
Try to consider the statistical odds which are at work in your example. Has it ever been achieved before? If so, how many times? What were the odds of it being successful? Were the odds overwhelmingly in favour of the opposing side? etc.
All that said, my nomination goes to the Swiss pig gelder (whatever that is) who in (around) 1500 performed the worlds first succesful cesarean section operation (successful in that the mother didn’t die for a change). It is mentioned by Cecil in one of his columns. Think about it, he was coping with primitive technology, and didn’t have the knowledge, understanding or innovations of modern day medicine (including anaesthetics or antibiotics). Yet he was still successful.
So, who would you nominate? Try to justify your answers by explaining why you chose who you did (and obviously what they did).