The best athlete is a subjective question and therefore cannot be answered. The reason for this is no two athletic events are the same (in the swimming events the answer would be easier as many top swimmers take part in many different events) - it is impossible to compare a 100m sprinter to someone that walks 50km or to a pole vaulter? However a decathlete who takes part in 10 different events (many to world class standard) over 2 days could be described as the best "all round athlete".
The best athlete was jim Thorpe .
Best Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award ended in 2004.
be of a great athlete
Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award was created in 2004.
Most will say, especially after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, that Michael Phelps is the best male athlete. He won 8 gold medals; an Olympic record.
shortest and the tallest USA athlete in the 2010 winter Olympics
An Olympic athlete or Olympian competes in the Olympics.