As in all walks of life, sport has an immense bracket which houses those who are deemed to be good athletes, and another far more defined one which holds those who are great.
It bears testament to a sporting star's character when they can challenge themselves to improve even when at the supposed 'ceiling' of their specific area.
And the only way one can do that is by not only keeping their body and mind in a perfect equilibrium, but also by ensuring that they always strive to better themselves and realise the next goal.
There's a few examples of these types of figures in today's sporting climate and, low and behold, they're by and large the dominant forces in their respective fields.
But just who are the greatest athletes in the world at present? The ones who have dedicated their entire lives to achieving the absolute maximum they can?
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