Tuesday, July 19, 2011

World's Greatest Athlete

Who is the best athlete in the world?

It’s a simple question with a supposedly impossibly complex answer (Keep that “supposedly” in mind. We’ll be coming back to it.). Critics, journalists, pundits, and fans have pondered this question or some form of it probably as long as sport has been around.

The problem, of course, is that comparing athletes across sports can be harder than comparing apples to ground beef. They’re both food, but they both bring/takeaway different goods to/from the table. A baseball player and a track runner are both athletes (to take a saying from my good buddy Adam, I’ll fight anyone who says baseball players—not all pitchers included—are not athletes), but each sport those athletes play requires different overall skill sets that may share similarities but are largely unique. The same is true for football and cricket players, basketball and racquetball players, swimmers and weightlifters, etc. All true athletes by definition possess athleticism, but figuring out who has the most by comparing them across sports is virtually impossible, and quite frankly, a waste of time.

Of course, that doesn’t stop people from trying. All of those arguments are purely subjective and mostly based on personal preferences and experiences (ex: There’s no way some Euro soccer player is a better athlete than a red-blooded American football player.). Here at Let’s Be Logical, we believe the best and most logical way to discover the true best athlete in the world is through objective measures.

Logically, you’re probably thinking right now, “Objectivity would be great, but how do you do that?” The short answer: by creating the greatest athletic competition known to man. Your thought now might be, “Okay. Again, that’s great, but how do you that?” The ever shorter answer (and this is where that “supposedly” from the first paragraph comes back into play): it’s already been done, and it’s called the Iron Man.

No, not that Iron Man (we’re aware of the naming issues and are working on it). This Iron Man is comprised of approximately 30 different athletic competitions that take place in one day (yes, one day). Each competition focuses on a different athletic skill and covers virtually the entire sport spectrum. Simply completing the competition makes you an athlete. Winning it makes you the undisputed greatest athlete in the world.

Below is an event list from the most recent Iron Man competition. Tell us what you think about it in the comments below and if it sounds like something that would interest you. Follow Let’s Be Logical to stay updated on information and other details about the Iron Man.

October 2010 Iron Man Event List

Mile Run
Kickoff Distance Challenge
Punt Distance Challenge
Field Goal Distance/Accuracy Challenge
Football Throw – Distance Challenge
Football Throw – Accuracy Challenge
Baseball Throw – Distance Challenge
Baseball Throw – Accuracy Challenge
Open Field Tackle Tournament (using flags)
Soccer Penalty Kick Challenge
Disc Golf Tournament
Tennis Tournament
Bike Time Trial
Softball Home Run Derby
Bench Press Competition
Deadlift Competition
1 v 1 basketball tournament
3 point shootout
Badminton tournament
Racquetball tournament
25 meter swim
75 meter swim
Ping-Pong Tournament
Poker Session
Long Jump Competition
100 meter dash

Final thought: While maybe it's not a true test of athletic prowess, Let's Be Logical thinks this athletic competition is entertaining and epic nonetheless.


  1. Dude, I am so game for this. Thanks for putting in all this effort so far!!

    The only thing I would do is add AT LEAST a 5 mile run at the end. :-D but seriously, one of the key qualities possessed by all great athletes is the ability to compartmentalize and isolate pain while pressing onward towards their goal. Adding (at least) a 5 mile run would not only test the athlete's resolve, but it would also test their endurance to an extent that none of the previous events have. All of the world's elite special operations forces have some grueling endurance event at the end of their selection process, Army SF has a 20+ mile 50 lb ruck after 3 weeks of hell and Delta has a 40+ miler with just as much weight. I don't think that's just a coincidence.

    As my dad always says, if you're not vomiting at the end of it all, chances are you didn't try hard enough. Anyways, just a thought. :-D

  2. Compartmentalizing and isolating pain while pressing onward is already accomplished in the Ironman Challenge. By the middle of the day, your entire body hurts, yet you still have to perservere through a series of athletic skill challenges. To me, that makes it more difficult than just continuing to move forward. Because of the greater skill involved in the athletic challenges, increased focus is required.

  3. I probably should have mentioned this in the post, but the Iron Man Challenge starts before 7:00 AM and ends after midnight (sometimes as late as 2:00 or 2:30 AM). It's definitely a grueling competition.

    Those special forces dudes (all respect to them, by the way) may be able to run 20+ miles with 50 extra lbs, but could they bowl over a 175 at 1:00 AM after competing in approximately 30 other athletic competitions that span across virtually the entire sports spectrum?