We like to think we’ve made a lot of social, scientific, and technological progress throughout the last few centuries, but that’s not always the case. Many studies have shown that our ancestors from various times were smarter, more practical, and tougher than we are. For example, many contemporary historians suggest that an unarmed battle between modern soldiers and the Spartans or Vikings of the past would result in a bloody mess for today’s fighters.
When it comes to sports, we also believe our athletes are faster, stronger, and have more endurance than those who came before, but we tend to forget all the things (such as performance-enhancing drugs, advanced equipment, medical advances, and specialized nutrition) that modern athletes have to aid them in becoming the best. However, even under these circumstances, it seems as though certain historical athletes would have demolished the most elite sportsmen we have today. A simple look at the following athletes just might convince you.