In sports, the modus operandi for athletes is to be bigger, stronger and faster than the other guy or girl. And, when you're bigger, you're usually—pound for pound—stronger than someone smaller. If the emphasis isn't necessarily on strength, then it's about being closer to the hoop or capable of seeing over all the other big people.
It's as simple as physics.
However, it would be shame to take for granted all awesome men and women who don't follow the status quo, or by virtue of their sport, are bigger by being smaller. I'm talking about your Muggsy Bogues as well as your Ron Turcottes.
And, what better way to celebrate their minute grandeur than by measuring it by how many times they can fit into the antithesis of their stature: former NBA tower/center Yao Ming?
Sure, we could all curl up and take a nap, somewhat comfortably, in a life-size hollowed-out chocolate Yao Ming, but these diminutive athletes could use chocolate-Yao Ming like a micro-hotel.
These are the tiniest people in sports.