What is your favorite spectator sport?
And who is the person you like to watch the most in your sport of choice?
There are thousands of outstanding athletes. Yet, some athletes have the ability to make their sport look easy. They never look off balance. They are always smooth and they never appear to be rushed, even though their sport is often played at a fast pace.
These kinds of competitors are a joy to watch. And many of them demonstrate a style and a grace which younger athletes and weekend warriors love to emulate and imitate.
The list that follows is subjective and I do not claim that it is a complete list of graceful athletes.
There are many superb athletes who I did not see play.
I generated these names by talking to some avid sports fans.
I welcome your thoughts, comments and ideas as to who should be added to this list.
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In golf,the sweet swings of Sam Snead, Fred Couples and Ernie Els came to mind.
For football, I selected: Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Lynn Swann, Jerry Rice, Lance Alworth,
Paul Warfield, Gale Sayers, Erick Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Chuck Muncie.
Baseball players who make the game look easy include: Joe DiMaggio, Paul Blair, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Trout, Mariano Rivera, Ozzie Smith, Willie Mays, Derek Jeter, Greg Maddox and Hank Aaron.
The most graceful basketball players on my list are: Walt Frazier, Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Keith Wilkes, Connie Hawkins and George Gervin.
Tennis players who seem to glide on the court, keep their balance and swing effortlessly include: Roger Federer, Yvonne Goolagong, Martina Hingis, Ken Rosewall and Arthur Ashe.
Boxer who made the sweet science look easy are-Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.
Figure skaters who were a joy to watch include: Kristi Yamaguchi, Peggy Flemming, Michelle Kwan and Tara Lipinski.
The most graceful hockey player is Wayne Gretzky.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist in River Edge, New Jersey and the Founder of www.StayInTheZone.com