Whether you’re a weekend warrior or have dreams of going pro, everyone wants to be the best at what they do. But do you really have what it takes to become an Ultimate Athlete? Or do you think you’re already there?
Hard work and dedication are the true keys to success, but there are plenty of additional factors that elevate certain competitors over the rest. We’ve broken it down into five essential attributes. To become an Ultimate Athlete, you must be:
Each of these attributes is best represented by an all-star athlete below. Choose the one that best describes your abilities below, and share this with your friends to see who they choose!
Competitive – Michael Jordan
He’s one of the select few athletes in history who is often referred to by first name alone – Michael. Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, “His Airness” has done it all – in 15 seasons he won 6 NBA titles, 10 league scoring titles, 5 MVP awards and was selected to the NBA All-Star team every year but his rookie season (when he won Rookie of the Year honors). To call Jordan “competitive” almost seems like an injustice. He was the physical vessel of the spirit of competition himself, and is famous for how much he hated losing. Nothing illustrates that more than Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, often referred to as the “Flu Game.” Jordan, battling a stomach virus that left him unable to retain food or fluids, miraculously scored 38 points in 44 minutes to lead his Chicago Bulls to victory over the Utah Jazz. The Bulls would go on to win the series and give Jordan his fifth NBA championship.
Relentless – Ronda Rousey
The sport of mixed martial arts has exploded in popularity in the last decade, thanks in no small part to superstars like Ronda Rousey. The first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in judo in 2008 (she earned Bronze), Rousey has found success in nearly every competition she’s entered. As the former Women’s Bantamweight Champion, she strung together 12 consecutive victories in MMA bouts, six of those in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Of those 12 victories, 11 were won in the first round; nine by submission. When the opening bell rings, Rousey will come at you with everything she’s got until the fight is over. In her words, “It’s not about just winning the round. It’s not just about winning the fight. It’s about winning every single second of your life.”
Powerful – Bo Jackson
If you don’t know Bo, then you don’t know about one of the greatest professional athletes in modern history. Stories about his feats have taken on mythical status, and sometimes it’s tough to separate the tall tales from fact. What is true is Jackson is one of a select few athletes to be an All-Star in two major professional sports, and the only one to do it in both baseball and football. A Heisman Trophy-winning running back at Auburn University, Bo set SEC records for career rushing yards (4,303, fourth all-time) and average yards per carry (6.6). In an unprecedented move, he walked-on to the Auburn baseball team, mashing 28 home runs in only 90 games. He played professionally for both the Los Angeles Raiders football team and Kansas City Royals baseball team – at the same time – and was a star player for both clubs. He set the single-game rushing record for the Raiders with 221 yards in 1987, and was the starting left fielder in the 1989 MLB All-Star Game. In the first at-bat of the game, he crushed a 448-foot home run.
Graceful – Ashley Fiolek
If her name doesn’t sound as familiar to you as the others on this list, that doesn’t mean she’s not deserving. Despite being born without the ability to hear, she never let this disability keep her from achieving greatness. In her relatively short five-year professional career, Fiolek won the Women’s Motocross Championship (WMX) a whopping four times, twice back-to-back. She also won two consecutive X Games gold medals in Women’s Moto X Super X. All before the age of 25. Though she began her racing career at the age of seven, she was a multi-sport athlete as well – running track, playing basketball and studying ballet. In addition to her abilities on a bike, she’s just as graceful off of it. She is currently working with her friend Noora Moghaddas, a top women’s motocross rider from the Middle East, to improve conditions for women and girls in their respective countries and teach them to ride.
Cunning – Jack Nicklaus
Few people so thoroughly dominate their sport as much as Jack Nicklaus. An Ohio native, “The Golden Bear” is often called the greatest golfer of all time, having won 18 career major championships (and 19 second-place finishes) in his 25-year professional career. The next-closest golfer only has 14 – Tiger Woods, a once-in-a-generation talent in his own right. Nicklaus was the first professional player to consistently chart and document his shots on the course in order to identify potential weaknesses and improve his game. Gary Player refers to Nicklaus as having “the greatest mind the game has ever known.” After retiring in 2005, he shifted his focus to dominating the field of golf course design. As of 2014, his firm Nicklaus Design has completed over 375 courses in 36 countries, roughly 1% of all the courses in the world. He has written many best-selling instructional books, and at the age of 76 continues to manage the annual Memorial Tournament in his home state.
If none of these famous athletes match your current style, that’s okay! Just because you’re not as strong as Bo Jackson or as talented as Ashley Fiolek, that doesn’t mean you can’t also achieve greatness. Let their achievements inspire you to be the best you can be in whatever you do, and maybe one day you’ll be a champion just like them. Start by looking the part; visit OGIO.com to get the greatest in gear for both on and off the field.