The Greatest Athletic Feats in History

Martina Navratilova’s 20 Wimbledon Titles

Move over Jack. It’s Martina’s turn. Navratilova is no slouch in the winning-major-tournaments category. She won Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, a whopping 20 times. 20 times! Even more impressive is the fact that she won her last Wimbledon title, 27 years after winning her first one, at the age of 47.

Though Navratilova shares the record with Billie Jean King, her triumphant return to professional tennis, especially at 47 years old, gives her the edge over King’s incredible accomplishment. And we’re not alone either. According to Tennis Magazine, Navratilova is considered the greatest female tennis player to play the game from 1965 to 2005. Simply magnificent.

Usain Bolt Repeat Triple Champ

No best-of sports list is complete without the reigning fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt. Not only did Bolt smash the world record, Olympic record, and the rest of the field, but he actually did it twice. Bolt’s resume boasts three Olympic gold medals in three separate Olympic appearances in Beijing, London, and Rio de Janeiro — a feat that had never been done before. Though the Jamaican national may be ready for retirement, we’ll never forget the day that he broke the record and for that, he’ll always be the fastest man in the world in our eyes.

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Pele’s 127 Goals in One Year

Back in 1959, Pele cemented his legacy as the greatest player to ever take the pitch with 127 goals scored in a single calendar year. Though the feat has been disputed by some, we prefer to take it at  face value. Pele was a spectacular, generational talent that should be revered in the game of soccer. He hoisted a country on his back, introduced the game to the West, and built an incredible philanthropic legacy. So, FIFA can say what it wants. Pele is the greatest of all time and so are his 127 goals.

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