It is difficult to give a list of the top five sports accomplishments without stepping on someone’s toes, but these have to be considered as very impressive achievements, no matter who your favorite athlete might be.
The top five sporting accomplishments of all time are:
5. Michael Phelps 8 Gold Medals
Everyone felt that Mark Spitz had accomplished what no other man could ever hope to achieve with his 7 gold medals won in swimming. In the Summer Olympics of 2008, Michael Phelps not only won one more, but he set 7 new records in the process.
4. Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 Point Game
It was on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There have been many great players with amazing performances since that time, but none have approached this feat. The story goes that with 46 seconds left, Wilt the Stilt performed a slam-dunk off an alley-oop to hit the century mark. More than 200 of the paying spectators stormed down from the stands to attempt to touch the super star. According to the NBA, the final seconds of the game were never played.
3. Secretariat’s Triple Crown
The naysayers believed that Secretariat would fade in the third and longest race of the Triple Crown. Many horses before had done well in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but when it came to the Belmont Stakes they had faltered. This great horse seemed to feed on this and left every other competitor in the dust in one of the most lopsided wins in the history of the sport.
2. Jesse Owens 1936 Olympics
Adolph Hitler wanted to show Germany’s superiority in the Olympic Games when they were held in Berlin in 1936. His basic lies and propaganda were filled with hatred for anyone other than the white race. Jesse Owens put the nonsense to rest rather well by winning 4 gold medals against the Fuehrer’s athletes.
1. 1980 American Olympic Hockey Team
No one gave the teenage boys who had only played together a short time much chance against the Soviets. The Russians were considered the best team in the world. In 1979, they had shown their dominance by defeating the NHL All Stars 6-0. When the U.S. team made it to the Olympic finals, it was only a question in most people’s minds as to how bad they would be defeated. Against all odds, they won 4-3. Sports Illustrated voted this game as the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.
Of course, there are always new accomplishments to be made in the world of sports and the field is wide open for new achievements with every day that passes.
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