Who is the Greatest Sportsman of the Modern Era?
By Frank Oliver
Copyright 2012 Frank Oliver
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I grew up watching sport in the 1980s just as globalisation was occurring and the amount of sport on television was expanding rapidly along with the number of networks. I have continued following and studying sport avidly to the present day. While I have always been interested in the history of the sports I followed and the great athletes of the past, I have always been more interested in the best from the period I was watching, what I call the modern greats. I was intrigued by the top athletes and have always been drawn to following the world number one. I wanted to know how they got there and how they were able to rise above their contemporaries on big occasions. There are only a handful of special athletes who are recognised as being on a level above the rest; after watching this very select group for more than twenty years I began to wonder… who is the greatest sportsman of the modern era?