Gunaxin recently posted an online survey on the Most Dominant Athlete of All Time.
The list was limited to 30 male athletes from the following sports: Auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, golf, Greco-Roman wrestling, hockey, horse racing, soccer, surfing, swimming, tennis and track.
We think Gunaxin missed one athlete: Petar Stoychev for his impressive domination of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit for nine consecutive years.
Often times, Petar won swims by only a few seconds after competing fiercely for up to 9 hours in cold, rough water against the world's best marathon swimmers. For that nine-year stretch run, Petar certainly has a track record of success that can be nominated for Gunaxin's list. Petar's nine-year run surpassed the other amazing contemporary marathon swimmers like the seven-year run by John Kinsella, Paul Asmuth and Shelley Taylor-Smith.
The Gunaxin's nominees included:
Richard Petty (AUTO RACING), 200 career NASCAR wins
Michael Schumacher (AUTO RACING), 91 career Formula 1 wins)
Ty Cobb (BASEBALL), .367 lifetime batting average
Babe Ruth (BASEBALL), .342 lifetime batting average with power
Michael Jordan (BASKETBALL), 6-time NBA champion and 5-time NBA MVP
Wilt Chamberlain (BASKETBALL), 2-time NBA champion nd 4-time NBA MVP
Muhammad Ali (BOXING), multi-time world champion
Joe Louis (BOXING), world champion for 140 consecutive months
Sugar Ray Robinson (BOXING), pound-for-pound greatest boxer of all time
Lance Armstrong (CYCLING), 7-time winner of the Tour de France
Jim Brown (FOOTBALL), named greatest pro football player ever
Joe Montana (FOOTBALL), won 4 Super Bowls
Jerry Rice (FOOTBALL), all-time wide receiver leader
Lawrence Taylor (FOOTBALL), greatest defensive player of all time
Tiger Woods (GOLF), world's best golfer
Jack Nicklaus (GOLF), 18 major victories.
Alexander Karelin (WRESTLING), 3-time Olympic gold medalist undefeated for 13 years
Wayne Gretzky (HOCKEY), NHL all-time points leader
Bobby Orr (HOCKEY), led NHL league in scoring as a defenseman
Secretariat (HORSE RACING), first US Triple Crown champion in 25 years
Diego Maradona (SOCCER), second-best soccer player of all time
Pele (SOCCER), won World Cups
Kelly Slater (SURFING), 9-time ASP World Champion with 54 victories
Michael Phelps (SWIMMING), 8 gold medals in 2008 Olympics
Mark Spitz (SWIMMING), 7 gold medals in 1972 Olympics
Roger Federer (TENNIS), all-time leader in singles Grand Slam victories
Rod Laver (TENNIS), world No. 1 player for 7 consecutive years
Usain Bolt (TRACK), set world record for 100/200 meters and 400-meter relay
Carl Lewis (TRACK), won 10 Olympic medals (9 gold)
Edwin Moses (TRACK), won 107 consecutive finals