Diana Nyad — She has the fastest time ever swimming around Manhattan Island, and the only person to swim from Cuba to the United States, a feat she did at age 64!
The votes came in and were tallied. I was humbled. I received 52% of the votes!
It was on to the big leagues! After the public voting in each of the sixteen categories, each athlete was paired up against another category champion and compared via a multitude of metrics that ESPN's science team had put together to determine "The Greatest Athlete of All Time".
It would factor in just about every aspect of what we think about when we think "athlete". Skill, speed, strength, endurance, tenacity, longevity. It was all there.
I was paired up with someone that was a hero of mine growing up: Muhammad Ali!