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Who was your favorite Athlete Growing up?


Personally I'd have to say Tiger Woods, though Golf was never my sport (through my uncles I've been getting into it and even learning how to play) I took to Tiger Woods because of his strong work ethic, his dedication to the game.

He wasn't just a good player he was intelligent, he had the ability to keep his head in the game and focus on where he wanted his shot to go, I also admired him for putting his education first, The only time I'd watch Golf is if Tiger was playing but I never personally took the sport.

Putting aside all his crap and everything that's happened with him since there was a time when Tiger Woods like Michael Jordan was passionate he had that fire to succeed, I am not old enough to Idolize guys like Jordan, Rice, Gayle Sayers even though Jordan did play during my time I feel like I'm too young even now to say I Idolized him, Tiger Woods was just coming along when I was a kid.

So who are yours and why?

Maybe next time you'll be sweeter to me, I know you can be sweet
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Nomar Garciaparra was my favorite when I was younger. Reason? Well, I'm not sure there is one other than he was one of the better players on my favorite team.
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Emmitt Smith, Oscar De La Hoya, i like theyre style of character. They were good athletes and good people.

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When I was really young, it was Martina Navratilova. She looked like an old lady with glasses, even though she was only in her thirties. I think she was probably an odd person for a little boy to have as his favourite athlete, but yeah.

Then when I was a teenager, I had a huge crush on Martina Hingis. So I guess she was my favourite. There's a bit of a Martina theme going on. Now that I'm older, I find Hingis to be a really annoying person. But I was more interested in what she looked like, at the time.

I guess I'll add that I supported Tim Henman too, since it seems I'm the only person listing women athletes. Mike Tyson was a big childhood favourite of mine too (OK that's a lie...)
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Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Zico, Steve Yzerman, Magic Johnson

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Mario Lemieux
He's #2 on my Hockey Players Who I Wish Never Got Injured list...right ahead of Eric Lindros and right behind Bobby Orr. His Top 10 goals are incredibly filthy.

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I was surprised to see so many hockey fans on this site. But yeah, it was a fellow by the name of Joe Sakic. Was just one of the most dominant players of that era, had that legendary wrist shot, and was a large part of Canada's win at the 2002 olympic games, one of my fondest sports watching memories. That was a great tournament. All those hall of fame stars, the fifty year drought, the loonie under center ice, the Gretzky speech, meeting the cross border rivals in the gold medal game, felt like something special.
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Hockey: Bobby Orr, Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Teemu Selanne
Basketball: Jordan, Isiah Thomas
Football: Pele, Zidane

Hard to pick just one.
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Hockey: Bobby Orr, Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Teemu Selanne
Basketball: Jordan, Isiah Thomas
Football: Pele, Zidane

Hard to pick just one.

Nice list, Pele was the best ever but unfortunately never saw him play when I was growing up, Zico (IMO the best player after Pele retired) was amazing

And I keep on fighting for the things I want
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Nice list, Pele was the best ever but unfortunately never saw him play when I was growing up, Zico (IMO the best player after Pele retired) was amazing

Yeah, I figured I would forget someone. I also forgot Steve Nash. I'll have to leave Vancouver Island now before the lynch mob gets me.

Terry Fox should be on that list.
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