Although the title "World's Greatest Athlete " seems a natural fit for these two events, its traditional association with the decathlon/heptathlon officially began with Jim Thorpe . During the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, Thorpe won the gold medal in the Decathlon (among others). Thorpe notably also competed professionally in soccer , baseball , American Football , and basketball ; and competed collegiately in track and field , soccer , baseball , lacrosse , and did ballroom dancing . King Gustav V of Sweden , while awarding Thorpe the decathlon gold said: "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world." That title has become associated with the decathlon event ever since.
Lee Priest grew up in Wallsend , Australia. Priest's mother was also a bodybuilding competitor, and posed with Priest onstage. Priest started training at the age of 12 with the help and support of his grandfather. He competed for the first time at the age of 13 and won. He went on to win numerous other competitions leading up to him winning the IFBB Mr. Australia at 17, 18, and 19. Priest competed at the World's Championship at 17, where he placed 4th. At 19 he again competed and won The Mr. Australia title, but was not allowed to get his pro card in Australia because of his young age. It was then Priest decided to enter an amateur competition, Niagara Falls Championships. While there, Priest was discovered and given his pro card. Priest became one of the youngest men ever to turn IFBB pro at the age of 20.
Olympian Travis Ganong makes flying down a mountain look easy – perhaps in part because he’s so well-rested. Ganong aims for eight hours a night, and loves a midday nap. “Feeling rested and ready is so important, not just physically but mentally,” he tells Van Winkle’s . “As a ski racer, we face so many variables, be it wind, fog, snow conditions or deteriorating snow surface, and sleep is a variable that you can control as an athlete. His best tip for ensuring solid shut-eye? Logging offline at bedtime. “If I’m on my phone looking at a screen just before bed, I have trouble falling asleep, so I try to avoid that,” he says. “Also traveling with an eye mask can help and taking some melatonin before big days to help me find a peaceful sleep. Otherwise I find myself thinking too much about the next day and tossing and turning.”