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Phelps v Thorpe

There are always questions about who is a better between two swimmers, and extra difficult when they have different stroke specialties.

Here we compare two swimmers, Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps. The ratings are based on a number of factors, rated by you the website visitor (see how the winners are calculated). To add your own rating, see the list for Thorpe and Phelps, and for Swimming.

the Phelps v Thorpe Swimmers Battle

ian thorpeAs the votes are only low at the moment, we are not analyzing the results other than just showing the current rating results. For each of the factors, the player has been rated from poor to excellent, shown as an average score out of five. As the rating is ongoing, the comparison may change over time. Stay tuned.

Factors of Success Thorpe Phelps
Body Size and Composition Body size includes height, lengths and girths. Composition refers to the distribution of muscle and fat in the body.
Aerobic Endurance also known as cardiovascular fitness and stamina, is the ability to exercise continuously for extended periods without tiring
Strength & Power Strength is the ability to exert a maximal force, and Power is to do this in as short a time as possible, as in accelerating, jumping and throwing implements.
Speed / Quickness the ability to move quickly across the ground or move limbs rapidly to grab or throw
Flexibility the capacity of a joint to move through its full range of motion, which is important for execution of the techniques of sports
Agility the ability to quickly change body position or direction of the body
Balance & Coordination the ability to stay upright or stay in control of body movement is an important component of many sports skills
Reaction Time the ability to respond quickly to a stimulus
Analytic & Tactical Ability the ability of the mental system to evaluate and react to strategic situations (tactical ability)
Motivation & Self Confidence a motivated and focused athlete, with a level of belief in themselves, often seen as arrogance in athletes
Coping with Pressure Situations the ability to stay focused and perform up to expectations while under increasing pressure, and under changing conditions
Skill and Technique the specific skill set and technique required to be successful in a particular sport.

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