The title of the most athletic person in the world is one that will probably never be given out, yet ways to settle the debate have been put forward since ancient times. Perhaps one of the most famous recent ones is the Ironman Triathlon!
Created in the late 1970’s, the original idea arose from an argument during the awards ceremony for the O’ahu Permiter Relay where many different runners and swimmers were present.
While the two groups argued over which took more athletic skill, someone reminded the group that Sports Illustrated had recently declared the Belgian Cyclist Eddy Merckx held the record for highest oxygen uptake, making him the most fit man in the world.
One thing turned in to another and eventually a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle race, and a 26.2 mile marathon were the result to settle the matter!