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Who has been the most dominant athlete of the last decade?

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In the early and mid 90’s, this question was all too simple – Michael Jordan. He won 6 straight championships with the Bulls and was virtually unstoppable in the playoffs. But, since his departure from the NBA, has there really been anyone as dominant in sports? The answer to that question is yes. However, the athlete who has been most dominant over the past decade is not necessarily on the forefront of our minds.

So who could it be? The following is a list of honorable mentions followed by the most dominant athlete himself.

5. Kobe Bryant

Ever since making the leap from high school to the NBA, Kobe Bryant has shown that he is definitely one of the most exciting players in the league. But, does that make him as dominant as Jordan? I don’t know; let’s size them up. They both have led the league in scoring. They both have won championships, and they both have 3-peated. But Jordan 3-peated twice, and Kobe had Shaquille O’neal as his backup. So, no, Kobe is not as dominant. To prove this, ever since Shaq left, what has Kobe done? Not much.

4. Tom Brady

Has there ever been a more calm and collected quarterback? Over the past decade, Tom Brady has been the most clutch player in the NFL, dissecting even the most impenetrable defenses with ease. By moving the ball around to so many different receivers and running backs, it is near impossible to figure out the Patriot’s offense. Tom Brady has been the winner of three Super Bowl titles out of the last six. Winning the championship every other year is pretty dominant, but not as dominant as Jordan.

3. Tim Duncan

With his latest title coming just last week, Tim Duncan has cemented his spot as the quintessential power forward in the game. With his overpowering defense, technically-perfect footwork and his cheeky bank shots, he is tough to handle even for a double team. However, even though the Spurs may be considered the dynasty of the 21st century, they are no match for Jordan’s Bulls.

2. Tiger Woods

The Stanford phenom has really developed into a historical figure in golf. With 57 PGA wins, including 12 Majors, there are only two other players in history worth mentioning in the same breath with Tiger Woods. They are Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones. Jack Nicklaus is the all-time leader in terms of wins with 73 PGA wins and 18 Majors. But, he played for 24 years. Tiger has only been playing for 11. Who do you think will end up with more? As far as Bobby Jones is concerned, even though he was the most prominent golfer of his time, he chose to stay within the amateur ranks, playing for fun. Without a doubt, over the past decade, Tiger Woods has been untouchable. So, is Tiger more dominant than Jordan? Yes, I think so. But, even so, he is still not the most dominant player of the last decade.

1. Roger Federer

Try these stats on for size. 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon. 7 straight major tournament finals victories. 3 straight Wimbledon and 3 straight US Open championships. Only player ever to win a major tournament without dropping a set. This man is unbelievable. Jordan was very good too, but it took him a little while to get started. Federer, on the other hand, came into the professional ranks, racket blazing and defeated all who stood in his way. He has been the number 1 player in the world for 5 years in a row. Has he been more dominant than Jordan? In a word – yes.

The aforementioned players are all amazing players in their own right. However, there is one player who supersedes them all. His name is Michael Phelps.

What has he done? Oh, just a few things. First, when he was 15 years old, he broke the world record in the 200 meter butterfly, making him the youngest swimmer in history to hold a world record. Then, two years later, he broke another world record as he became the fastest man to ever swim the 400 meter individual medley, showing his all-around swimming ability. After that, in the 2004 Olympic Games, he became the first swimmer to win 8 medals, a feat which has been matched only by Alexander Dityatin, a Russian gymnast. During those games, Phelps set records in almost every event in which he swam. Since 2001, he has never finished lower than third in any major competition, in any event. He currently holds 6 world records. These amazing feats not only solidify him as the most dominant swimmer of his era, but raises the question as to whether he is the greatest swimmer ever. Furthermore, he is still very young. He has the chance to win 8 more medals at the Beijing Olympic games. Simply put, no one can beat this guy. He is definitely the most dominant athlete in the world at the present moment and is likely to uphold that status for years to come.

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