Among the giants of fantasy, athleticism, and history, is there any room for the every day hero?
Or the receiver leaping in gyration to catch a poorly thrown ball that defies all bounds of athleticism.
He considers the beauty of athleticism and wonders if it is proof of the existence of some divinity.
1630s (athletical is from 1590s), "pertaining to an athlete," from Latin athleticus, from Greek athletikos, from athletes (see athlete). Meaning "strong of body; vigorous; lusty; robust" [Johnson, who spells it athletick] is from 1650s.