As Bolt ex­its, where does he rank among GOATs?

South Florida Times - - SPORTS - AP Sports Colum­nist

By PAUL NEWBERRY Usain Bolt’s legacy is se­cure. But is he the great­est Olympian of them all? That's an im­pos­si­ble ques­tion to an­swer, of course.

Here's the de­fin­i­tive list of Sum­mer Olympic GOATs (Great­est Of All Time), as com­piled by a vot­ing panel of one.

10. Ray Ewry, United States, Ath­let­ics - Call him Mr. Per­fect. Over­com­ing child­hood po­lio, Ewry was the world's best at jump­ing from a stand­ing po­si­tion. He swept all three golds at the 1900 Paris Games - on the same day, in fact - and three-peated again in St. Louis. Af­ter the stand­ing triple jump was dropped from the pro­gram, Ewry took gold in the stand­ing long and high jumps in 1908, set­ting a mark for in­di­vid­ual golds that stood for a cen­tury. Plus, he took two golds at the 1906 Athens Games that once counted as an of­fi­cial Olympics.

9. Na­dia Co­maneci, Ro­ma­nia, Gym­nas­tic­sCall her Ms. Per­fect. At the 1976 Mon­treal Games, the 14-year-old cap­ti­vated the world and helped turn gym­nas­tics into one of the most pop­u­lar Olympic sports by be­com­ing the first gym­nast to re­ceive a 10 from the judges. By the time Co­maneci was done, she had re­ceived six more per­fect marks and claimed three golds.

8. Aladar Gere­vich, Hun­gary, Fenc­ing - No one beats this swords­man for longevity. The only Olympian to win gold in the same event at six straight games, he was part of ev­ery win­ning sabre team from the 1932 Los An­ge­les Games through the 1960 Rome Games, when he was 50 years old.

7. Carl Lewis, United States, Ath­let­ics - An­other Olympian with stay­ing power, he ruled the long jump at four straight Sum­mer Games and fin­ished his ca­reer with nine golds and a sil­ver.

6. Mark Spitz, United States, Swim­ming - Bounc­ing back from what was viewed as a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance at Mex­ico City Spitz put his crit­ics to shame by sweep­ing a record seven golds at the 1972 Mu­nich Games.That mark stood un­til Michael Phelps' Great Haul of China 36 years later.

5. Larisa Latyn­ina, Soviet Union, Gym­nas­tics - The Ukrainian na­tive com­peted in 19 events over three Olympics, and only failed once to land a spot on the medal podium. With nine golds and 18 medals, she held the over­all ca­reer mark that stood un­til Phelps swam past it in 2012.

4. Paavo Nurmi, Fin­land, Athet­ics - The Fly­ing Finn will for­ever be re­mem­bered for win­ning both the 1,500 and the 5,000 me­ters less than an hour apart at the 1924 Paris Games. But that's only part of his amaz­ing story. Com­pet­ing in a dozen events over three Olympics, he won nine golds and three sil­vers. Nurmi also brought a new an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach to run­ning that is still felt to this day. Now, on to the medal podium. ... 3. Jesse Owens, United States, Ath­let­ics - The bronze goes to the Amer­i­can track star who de­fied Adolf Hitler, win­ning the 100 me­ters, 200, 4x100 re­lay and long jump at the racially charged Ber­lin Olympics in 1936. A year be-

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