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    Who is the Most Important Athlete of the 20th Century?

    I'd say Bruce Lee.
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    Important in what sense, and where in the world?

    I'll say Jackie Robinson.

    Honorable mentions: Jim Thorpe, Jim Brown, Babe Ruth, Secretariat, Muhamed Ali--it all depends how you define 'important'.
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    How about important in the sense that it changed the way we think about something we all believe is "important". So it would exclude things like acne, ice cream, sitcoms, and Jane Fonda.

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    For Bruce Lee, I would say he redefined the way Asians are portrayed in the media outside of Asia. Then Jackie Chan took it one step further. He added something to it instead of copying Bruce Lee.

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    Jessie Owens
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    Jessie Owens
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    This is like getting students to elaborate. So how are these athletes important? Important then, and now.

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    IMHO, athletes already have too much importance in our society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    This is like getting students to elaborate. So how are these athletes important? Important then, and now.
    I chose Jackie Robinson because you get the intersection of the most popular sport of the 20th century and the most important issue--race discrimination. I'm still waiting for the OP to define important--do they need to change the world, change the way their sport is played, be the best ever at their sport...?

    p.s. I forgot Jessie Owens, Richard Petty, Eddie Merckx and Hank Aaron as honorable metions.
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    Lance Armstrong....his story has Greek drama written all over it.

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    Mohammed Ali. At one time the most recognized man on Earth.

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    Ali in my lifetime as he was one of the most well known human beings in the world. But I have to agree with Jackie Robinson overall for the great impact he had on the public's perception of African Americans. Of course, this is a decidedly US biased viewpoint.

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    Andre the Giant.

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    major taylor, yet only a few people know the name, and almost all of them ride a bicycle.

    Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first American African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
    Mohammed Ali. At one time the most recognized man on Earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    I'd say Bruce Lee.
    Slightly off tangent here, but since we got the PS2 and my son and I have been 'bonding' while playing Tekken Tag, he has taken an interest in the character bio's. I explained to him that some of the character move sets/fighting styles are based upon real ones. I also informed him that at least two of the characters are loosely based on real people: Lei on Jackie Chan and Law on Bruce Lee... He's never heard of Bruce Lee

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