su·​per·​ath·​lete ˌsü-pər-ˈath-ˌlēt How to pronounce superathlete (audio)
 nonstandard  -ˈa-thə-ˌlēt
plural superathletes
: an athlete of extraordinary skill or fitness : an elite athlete
To give TIME a sense of what it's like for these superathletes, Rusch took us through a typical grueling week of racing. Alice Park
The beauty of a marathon is that by rigorously following a training schedule, people of diverse physical abilities can run, jog and walk 26.2 miles without being a superathlete. Aliza Becker

Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superathlete was in 1911

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“Superathlete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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