Are decathletes the World’s Best Athletes?

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Two days ago, I posted about a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that surprisingly featured 3 track athletes in its Top 10 (including Decathlete Roman Sebrle at number 1). Today, in some rare down time at the USATF Jr. Nationals I saw a related article that had a pretty interesting video of Bryan Clay going through the SPARQ testing protocol. The premise is that most athletes only do one or two things well and that decathletes do many varied skills at a very high level. Does this make them the World’s Greatest Athletes? As a former decathlete I’m kinda partial to saying yes. What do you think?


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