Who is the best swimmer in history?
Top 10 Swimmers of All Time
- Mark Spitz, born 1950.
- Michael Phelps, born 1985.
- Â 3. Ian Thorpe, born 1982.
- Aleksandr Popov, born 1971.
- Pieter van den Hoogenband, born 1978.
- Johnny Weissmuller, born 1904 â€“ died 1984.
- Grant Hackett, born 1980.
- Krisztina Egerszegi, born 1974.
Is Michael Phelps the greatest athlete of all time?
However, anyway you slice it, Phelps has to at the very least be put on a list of the greatest athletes of all time simply because he is both the greatest Olympic champion of all time and he won more gold medal than anyone in a single Olympiad.
Who is the youngest ever recorded athlete to participate in the Olympics?
Dimitrios Loundras represented Greece in the parallel bars at the inaugural modern Olympic Games in 1896, and came third as part of the team event. At 10 years and 218 days he is the youngest known medallist, and before he died in 1971 he was the last surviving competitor from the 1896 Games.