- Aug 18, 2015
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Not taking away from those around the 1800s/early 1900s as it was still impressive, but sport was nowhere near as high level and it would have been easier to switch sports and compete well, just be being generally athletic. Definitely more impressive to do it now when players train pretty much their whole adult life and some of their youth.Mentioned above, IMO Jim Thorpe is more impressive. Eric Liddell another famous example from that era.
Modern era give us the likes of Jeff Wilson, Lauryn Williams, Becca Romero, Alex Zanardi etc I think there have been a few lady dual internationals between rugby, cricket and football from Aus and NZ. A few americans have done 2 of Baseball, basketball and American football too.
Fry is definitely a worthy nomination though - I've certainly done so before.
IIRC, he nominated Max Woosnam as his superior (who, like Thorpe, I had to look up after nominating Fry, and getting replies like this)