‘Wall Street Journal’ Names … World’s Greatest Athlete?

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By: Joe Strupp

If you are looking for a Top 10 list of sports figures, The Wall Street Journal may be among the last places you’d seek one.

But not anymore.

In true Journal business-like style, the paper did more than just let columnists argue the points over which athlete is the best like some newspaper sports pages might do. The Journal assembled a panel of experts that included scientists and physiologists to compare everything from speed to coordination in determining the world’s greatest athlete.

And, in keeping with new media, the paper posted the entire report on its Web site, complete with graphics, video, and detailed background on the process.

Incidentally, the world’s greatest athlete was not Tiger Woods (who didn?t even make the list) or Alex Rodriguez (who placed 10th). It was lesser-known Czech decathlete Roman Sebrle.

“The Czech decathlete could jump over Shaquille O?Neal. He could throw a 16-pound ball the length of a 53-foot yacht. From a running start, he could leap over a two-lane highway,” the story by Reed Albergotti stated. “Mr. Sebrle has ideal size, according to physiologists, and expertise over a range of athletic pursuits, employing the speed of an NFL back and the vertical jump of an National Basketball Association forward.”

The entire Web report can be found here.




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