(By H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)
By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
The always swaggering Usain Bolt recently changed his Twitter bio from "the greatest athlete of all time" to "the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen."
Well, one of the greatest Olympians of all-time begs to differ with that proclamation.
Bruce Jenner, who won the gold medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Games, has a different definition of "athlete" than Bolt.
"He's the best sprinter," Jenner told TMZ. "He can't pole vault, he can't throw anything. ...that's an athlete."
Jenner believes that decathletes are tested the most athletically and added that Bolt would be "terrible" at decathlon.
Sure, the decathlon tests the most versatility of an athlete but does that make Ashton Eaton more athletic than Michael Phelps?
The decathlon is made up of 10 different track and field events: 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and a 1500-meter run. The gold and silver medals at the 2012 London Games went to U.S. athletes Eaton and Trey Hardee, who ran their 100-meters in 10.35 and 10.42 seconds. Not quite as fast as the 9.69-second time Bolt ran, but not bad.
Maybe if Bolt and Jenner have dinner to debate their difference in opinion for best athlete, Jenner can set Bolt up with a Kardashian.