The title is stated with a little bit of tongue-in-cheek but a recent award to Bolt does resurrect this topic.
Shortly after the Beijing Olympics we had some interesting discussions on the forum comparing the amazing feats of Uber-Men Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. The biased (this is a track site!) general consensus around these parts was that Bolt’s 3 Beijing Gold Medal performance was superior to Phelps’ 8 Gold Medal haul for a variety of reasons. This discussion wasn’t confined to ET though. All over the net, heated discussions arose over who was the better athlete? Who’s sport was harder? Does a swimming world record even mean anything any more? All the while, fueled by the Michael Phelps bandwagon at NBC emphatically declaring him the greatest Olympian, athlete, man, and living organism ever created. Well, today we get as close of a resolution as we can possibly have on these issues as Usain was awarded the 2008 athlete of the year by the international media.