Games Room or IMHO…? Olympics in the title, let’s go for here.
I realise that the Olympics is all about specialism and niche performance, and everyone trains exclusively for their specific event, but was curious about who would make the best overall athlete? Leaving aside team sports for a moment, if everyone competing in the Olympics had to compete in a every single individual event within the schedule, who do you think would be the overall champion? For scoring, I’d suggest, say there are 5000 competitors, that points are rewarded 1-5000 by ranking in each event undertaken and the total points added together and the lowest total is the overall winner. Or something!
So, out of all current competitors, who do you think would have the best aggregate score over the entirety of all individual events?
For example, Usain Bolt is a fine athlete, but from his biography I know he can’t really swim and is scared of water, so would do poorly in the pool ( a huge event calendar), the sailing events and possibly the canoe slalom. Many other athletes are very specific to their chosen sport and would cross over poorly into other disciplines.
My guess (for the men’s) would be an already multi-disciplinary competitor, such as Alistair Brownlee. He’s got all the cycling, running and swimming well covered, to a level that wouldn’t drop too far below the specialists in each event. His weakest showing would probably be in weight-lifting, or maybe shooting (?), but I can’t see too many non-specialists being high up the list here anyhow. For women, I’d like to say Jessica Ennis, although perhaps one of her larger-build competitors in the pentathlon may beat her when you add in rowing or boxing and such.
Who would you suggest as the most rounded and capable performer across the full spectrum at the games, and why? Thanks.