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ESPN Gets Scientific to Determine Greatest Athlete of All Time

Many a heated debate has raged over who is the greatest athlete of all time. Is it Michael Jordan? Muhammad Ali? Wayne Gretzky? Perhaps soccer great Pelé? Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk? The question goes from the barroom to the laboratory on Sunday with ESPN Sport Science: Greatest Athlete of All Time (March 10 at 3:30/2:30c on ESPN).

"Previously, people would identify the best player or the person who had the biggest impact on their sport," says host John Brenkus, whose Sport Science segments air on SportsCenter and in periodic specials on the network. "What we're analyzing are categories like quickness, agility, speed, strength, power, endurance, durability, performance under pressure. We're looking for the real athlete, not just the player."

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ESPN Gets Scientific to Determine Greatest Athlete of All Time

Many a heated debate has raged over who is the greatest athlete of all time. Is it Michael Jordan? Muhammad Ali? Wayne Gretzky? Perhaps soccer great Pelé? Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk? The question goes from the barroom to the laboratory on Sunday with ESPN Sport Science: Greatest Athlete of All Time (March 10 at 3:30/2:30c on ESPN).

"Previously, people would identify the best player or the person who had the biggest impact on their sport," says host John Brenkus, whose Sport Science segments air on SportsCenter and in periodic specials on the network. "What we're analyzing are categories like quickness, agility, speed, strength, power, endurance, durability, performance under pressure. We're looking for the real athlete, not just the player."

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Premiered: September 30, 2007, on Fox Sports Network
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Premise: Pro athletes take part in experiments to reveal the scientific secrets behind the sports they play.

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