mpic Medals has exceeded the record which stood for 48 years.
“In a Los Angeles Times poll, more than 65 percent of voters say Phelps in the greatest Olympian. Jesse Owens comes in at a distant second with just under 14 percent of the voters. And Carl Lewis, a 10-time Olympic medalist, including 9 gold, and who won 10 World Championships medals, including 8 gold, came in third with around 7 percent.“
Michael Phelps is certainly the most decorated Olympic Athlete. Whether he's the greatest Olympian ever depends on how one regards "greatness" in the context of the Olympic Games. For me Michael Phelps is certainly the greatest Olympic Swimming Athlete to-date. However, his records, medals and impact is in one discipline--swimming. And some of his medals depended on a team effort.
For me the Greatest Olympic Athlete is the Decathlete and Hepthlete because these champions excel in a grueling multi-event competition of running, jumping and throwing events that test an individual through a greater variety of totally unrelated events that have to be mastered to the degree to be the best in the world. …