The Greatest Athletic Feats in History

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They make us cheer, they make us cry, and they bring us together like nothing else can. Sports are more than just a pastime. They’re a lifestyle. They’re an opportunity to marvel at the resilience of the human spirit. And, seemingly super-human feats like the ones contained on this list give us permission to wax poetic about a world in which anything is possible. They remind us of our own limits, sure. But that, with the right attitude and work ethic, things like boundaries, records, and limits are just road signs meant to be passed.

Today on Healthversed, we salute the men and women who taught us all that indeed, anything is possible. From the basketball courts to the hockey rinks, we present the greatest athletic feats in the history of sport. Let’s go!

The Miami Dolphins Perfect Season

Back in 1972, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins came to the conclusion that life was much better when you don’t have to deal with losing. So naturally, they posted the greatest single season record, a perfect one, of 14-0. Though the 2007 New England Patriots got pretty darn close, the 1972 Miami Dolphins stand alone on the mountaintop of perfection.

Michael Phelps’s 23 Gold Medals

You read that right. The American swimmer is far and away the most decorated Olympian of all time. For a little added perspective, Phelps’ closest competitor, the Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, is credited with nine gold medals. Phelps began his Olympic career in 2004 with six golds and followed that up with another eight in 2008’s Beijing meet. It’s safe to say that we’ll never meet another competitor as dominant as Phelps. A fact that the rest of the swimming field surely appreciates.

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The Boston Celtic’s 8 Consecutive Championships

Eight years, eight championships. The feat truly speaks for itself. The near decade of dominance stretched from 1959 all the way to 1966 and is largely considered the greatest team achievement in the history of the sport. The streak accounts for eight of Hall of Famer Bill Russell’s 11 (also a record). Funny anecdote, Russell hadn’t realized that the team had won eight in a row until well after the historic tale had finished. He was focused, said Russel, on one year at a time.

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