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2013 Ultimate Athlete Overview


What sport produces the best athletes?

It's an age-old question that generates lively debate. While there may not be a correct answer, USA TODAY High School Sports and ASICS will give high school athletes the chance to make the case for their sport over the next eight months. 

The ongoing, interactive discussion will feature athlete profiles, smack talk,  training videos and more. It will culminate with the crowning of an Ultimate Athlete, who will carry the torch for his or her sport. 

Let the debate begin! 

 

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Ultimate Athlete Top Picks

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    Josh Rosen

    St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) quarterback Josh Rosen defends tennis as the toughest sport.

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    Jabrill Peppers

    Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) cornerback says you have to be a superior athlete to play football.

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    Malachi Dupre

    Star wide reciever says you have to be an ultimate athlete to play football

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    Jahlil Okafor

    Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) superstar Jahlil Okafor has no doubt that basketball is the top sport

  • Jeremy McNichols

    Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) wide receiver thinks football is the best sport by far.

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    Miles Reynolds

    Whitney Young (Chicago) guard Miles Reynolds is thoroughly convinced that basketball produces the best athletes of any sport.

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    Kathleen Cooke

    Westlake (Austin, Texas) cheerleader Kathleen Cooke says cheerleading is definitely a sport

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    Chase Forrest

    Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Cali.) QB Chase Forrest says you need toughness to play football

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    Star Makarome

    Star Makarome won the Class 4A-District 5 singles and doubles championships as a sophomore.

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    Alexis Conaway

    MOC-Floyd Valley star says playing three sports makes her a better athlete

  • McQuin Baron

    McQuin Baron of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) is one of the best water polo goalkeepers in the country.

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    Alexis Prillaman

    Caesar Rodney (Camden, Del.) three-sport athlete Alexis Prillaman says soccer is his first love

  • Isaiah Briscoe

    Roselle Catholic (Newark, N.J.) and NJ Playaz star says it's a no brainer for basketball

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    Kelly Hunter

    Papillion-La Vista South (Neb.) star Kelly Hunter is one of the most accomplished high school athletes in the country.

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    Garret Buckley

    Novi (Mich.) junior golf sensation Garret Buckley’s affection for the game developed at age 4.

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    Samantha Show

    Pearland (Texas) softball ace Samantha Show has been honing her craft since age 4.

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    Shack Stanwick

    Boys' Latin lacrosse star follows in his siblings' footsteps and explains why he is an Ultimate Athlete.

  • Nick Gordon

    The son of a three-time MLB All-Star, the Florida State commit's work ethic is what sets him apart as an ultimate athlete.

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    Bernie Montoya

    Bernie Montoya's runs through the Arizona heat give him the right to call himself an Ultimate Athlete.