Rare Clip of Now-Deceased Soccer Icon Pele and NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky Has Ex-UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre in Awe

Published 01/24/2023, 2:30 PM EST

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Georges St-Pierre is undoubtedly among the top three MMA athletes of all time alongside the likes of Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, etc. The former UFC double champ is respected for his athletic abilities and his strong wrestling that propelled him as a goat of the sport. Fans of the Canadian must surely know how active and in shape he has kept himself even after retirement.

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In a post that showed his love for sports, the former champion shared an epic throwback story on his Instagram. The video posted by Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse and subsequently shared by GSP showed four legendary athletes racing against each other. The four athletes in the clip were ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky, soccer legend Pele, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and tennis star Bjorn Borg.

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Wayne Gretzky sprints past everyone in the clip shared by George St Pierre

In the video dating back to 1982, the four greats in their respective sport came together to compete in a 60-metre race. As per reports on the internet, Gretzky was 21 years old, Pele was 42 while Borg and Leonard were both 26 years old. The fact that Pele was a little older could be the reason he was unable to keep up with Gretzky, considering Pele was pretty fast himself. Gretzky, on the other hand, completely destroyed everyone else as he finished the race in an impressive time of 7.42 seconds.

 

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All four of them are considered legends in their respective sports. While Pele, who recently passed away, is considered by many to be the greatest footballer ever, Gretzky also holds the same unofficial title in Ice hockey. On the other hand, Bjorn Borg is a tennis legend who was the first man to win 11 grand slam titles. For boxing fans, Sugar ray Leonard needs no introduction. The retired boxer is considered among the best fighters to have ever set foot in the ring.

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GSP is a great athlete himself and naturally must have felt compelled to share this legendary race.

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Who is Wayne Gretzky?

Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian ice hockey legend and is the leading goal scorer in the history of the NHL. Along with that, he also holds the record of totalling over 200 points in one season. Impressively, he was able to achieve that in four seasons throughout his career. 

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Naturally, owing to his records, Gretzky is generally considered the greatest ice hockey player by masses. Surely, GSP, being a Canadian himself, must be familiar with the greatness of the Ice hockey legend.

The clip shared by St. Pierre was a classic representation of his love for sports. As an all-time legend of the sport, GSP has proved himself as equal to the above-mentioned icons. Who do you think will win if GSP races against the current crop of superstars?

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Pragjyoti Singh

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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at Essentially Sports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.
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