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Well Phelps Has Done It!  
User currently offlineNavymmw From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 257 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Phelps just got his 8th Gold Medal during these Olympic games which is the most won during one Olympics ever. Congrats to him! Now does anyone think he will compete as hard as he did during these events in London in 2012?

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User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

I saw it! Wow, what a run.

It will be interesting to see if he pursues competition.


User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2741 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Wow....I was looking for it. On NBC right now they are showing a bunch of women running. This is why I hate this whole 'not really live' thing for all of us on the West Coast. Unless his swim race was on a different channel.


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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1997 times:



Quoting Navymmw (Thread starter):
Now does anyone think he will compete as hard as he did during these events in London in 2012?

No, I saw an interview with his coach and him a few days ago and he says when he competes in London, his program won't be that much. I would guess he will do 2-5 events, probably like 3-4



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8837 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

I heard some woman today saying that Michael Phelps could make a fortune on stud fees.

I almost fell out of my chair!



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Amazing feat.
Was reading about his diet & it seemed off the books.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

Congratulations to Phelps! If he was a country he would currently be in 5th place on the medal table based upon gold medals.

It was interesting to read that Phelps may owe some of his success to a genetic flaw: Marfan syndrome.

Hopefully he doesn't have it, but just suppose he, or some other athlete, had a potentially fatal genetic problem that made them better able to compete, but could kill them young. You might imagine an unscrupulous nation that tried to "breed" athletes with such a flaw in order to win more medals.

While Phelps may have physiological advantages I'm sure most of his success is due to hard work on his part. Apparently, he had Attention Deficit Disorder as well, so while the Australian swimmers took ventolin as kids (many began swimming to help their asthma) he took ritalin!  Smile

Anyway, good on him!



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1875 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Amazing feat.

8 gold medals; he should now take time off from swimming and stop and smell the roses. Instead of rushing home, he could see the sights, and show up at the US basketball games, and track/field to offer support for there efforts.


User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1848 times:

Incredible feat - Amazing!

There are not many times in a persons life when you can witness a tremendous moment in Olympic history.

What special recognition was given to Phelps on the podium when receiving his 8th gold medal?






...I'm just waiting for MadamConcorde to say that Bush gave Phelps some 'special vitamins' to make him swim faster, a USA conspiracy. No disrespect to you Madam but I just expect it...



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1783 times:

Out of the USAs 19 golds, Phelps won 8 of them... amazing. From beating the French in the relay (thanks to Lezak) and the 0.01 second victory in the 100m fly, he gave us something very special this year.

User currently offlineFlexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1767 times:



Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 8):

...I'm just waiting for MadamConcorde to say that Bush gave Phelps some 'special vitamins' to make him swim faster, a USA conspiracy. No disrespect to you Madam but I just expect it...

well, no doubt someone gave him some "special vitamins" as you call it, but then again the same is true for all the other swimmers, so: Congratulations to Phelps, truly amazing to win so many medals in a very competitive sport!


User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Yeah well done to him.

I read he get's a $1,000,000 award from speedo for winning 8 gold's but that will be just the tip of the iceberg of all the money he will now go on to make from advertising etc.....


User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1737 times:



Quoting Flexo (Reply 10):

I don't think so - the man was made for swimming. I watched a documentary on him - his body was practically engineered for swimming. His torso, his legs, and his ankles all allow him to swim better and faster than other people.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13078 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Phelps has reached, along with other swimmers in the relays as well as many supporters and his coaches, a perhaps untouchable standard of achievement in Olympic sports with his 8 golds in one Olympics.
Phelps story isn't perfect. One issue to me is that the Father, who divorced his mom when 7 years old and has had a strained relationship with, wasn't at these Olympics. I wish that somehow he could have been there to see in person his son's exceptional performance.

What I am concerned with as to Phelps now is where does he go from here. He is not in a sport that has professionals so there is no big money in performing. The relatively big bucks for very few in swimming are in endorsements, advertising, appearance fees and even motivational speaking if he can do that. The rest of his life will be from now and always connected with winning medals in the Olympics. Some believe he will go to the 2012 Olympics, but that could change too. I do hope he keeps his head straight and uses common sense, seeks good advice and advisors, hope he got a good college education at U of Michigan; avoids the hanger-oners, the bimbos, and those that would use him. I also hope he doesn't do something stupid, criminal, or something like acting which could ruin him. To me, his best future will most likely be as a swimming coach, perhaps at the Collegiate level.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

Does the US government reward their winners?
How much would Phelps get.  Smile
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10699 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1682 times:

Incredible, there have been very, very few sportsmen before who dominated their game that much. The only that comes to my mind is Michael Schuhmacher. I stayed awake until 5 in the morning to see Phelps win (and of cause the second gold medal of our sole german swimming heroine, Britta Steffen).
Phelps has been tested quite often for doping now, so I trust everything is clean. Still the amazing, unprecedented performances of Phelps, Bolt and, just 30 minuts ago the Jamaican sprinter girls naturally cast some doubts wether everything was achieced without using unfair methods, so its very good that the test material will be preserved for 8 years.


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3620 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1658 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 14):
Does the US government reward their winners?

As far as I know they don't get paid anything. Why should they?

They'll make money from Nike, Coke, etc selling products.


User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1655 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Was reading about his diet & it seemed off the books.

Tell us about it.

Rgds
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User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1655 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 14):
Does the US government reward their winners?

Not of which I know.

Rgds
ASF


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16859 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1643 times:



Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 8):
...I'm just waiting for MadamConcorde to say that Bush gave Phelps some 'special vitamins' to make him swim faster, a USA conspiracy.

That Romanian Woman who won the Women's marathon by that huge margin was pulling something out from between her boobs and sniffing something during the race, obviously it must have been something legal because she was being filmed the entire time.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
What I am concerned with as to Phelps now is where does he go from here. He is not in a sport that has professionals so there is no big money in performing. The relatively big bucks for very few in swimming are in endorsements, advertising, appearance fees and even motivational speaking if he can do that. The rest of his life will be from now and always connected with winning medals in the Olympics. Some believe he will go to the 2012 Olympics, but that could change too

He will get some endorsements, and make a nice chunk of change. Then start preparing for London, when he retires I would assume he would do what many Olympians do after their careers. Open a swimming school to train the next generation, I can see a long waiting list of families in the Baltimore/Washington area to get their kids into that school.

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 17):
Tell us about it.

12,000-14,000 calories a day.



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3993 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

Amazing feat. I just wonder, though, if he had won 7 gold medals with 7 world records or whatever and then in the last one "only" won silver whether we would have people starting threads saying that "Michael Phelps is such a big loser" or "My grandma could swim faster than Phelps".


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User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1631 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
I also hope he doesn't do something stupid, criminal, or something like acting which could ruin him.

he got a DUI in 2004.


User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1629 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 19):
He will get some endorsements

Some?

He'll be the most sought after spokesperson for the next year.
He had $6M in endorsements prior to even taking a lap in the pool in Bejing.

It will be interesting to see how he juggles that with his amatuer standing for 2012.


User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1627 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 19):
marathon by that huge margin was pulling something out from between her boobs and sniffing something during the race, obviously it must have been something legal because she was being filmed the entire time.

I'm going to say some kind of salt----for the electrolytes (??????)


User currently offlineUS330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1621 times:



Quoting TylerDurden (Reply 22):
It will be interesting to see how he juggles that with his amatuer standing for 2012

Amateur standing doesn't matter any more. I was reading somewhere--one of the three major NYC newspapers--where they were talking about Katie Hoff (dubbed the phemale phelps by some before the games--she phailed to live up to the hype), and saying that criticism of her efforts are fair game because she apparently signed a huge contract with Speedo. If she was allowed to compete, despite this clearly non-amateur status, then why wouldn't the same be true for Phelps? Besides, almost all the sports are now professionalized.

If Phelps does in fact have Marfan Syndrome, then that might do more to increase the legend--after all, it is believed that one of the most famous American Presidents in history, a Mr. Abraham Lincoln, had the same disorder, as well as the Egyptian Pharaoah Akhenaten.


25 TylerDurden : I thought a limit was being placed on the amount of $$$ athletes could receive. I really haven't followed it very closely. Thanks for the info.
26 Post contains links Flexo : I recommend to read the interview with the former doping supplier Heredia, it is a little longer, but truly sobering for everyone who still believes
27 Flighty : You may have noticed such "amateur" athletes as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were taking part this year. So I guess that rule is somewhat adjustable.
28 Post contains links HAWK21M : Phelps's crazy diet regds MEL
29 ScrubbsYWG : i think it would be interesting to hear how many calories phelps burns in a day.
30 Waterpolodan : Exactly as many as he takes in, give or take a few hundred, because he eats just enough to maintain his weight based on his training regime.
31 Misbeehavin : It is quite the feat, and Phelps has done an awesome job for sure. But - not to take anything away from him - I think swimming awards all too many med
32 Waterpolodan : How many medals are awarded for all the running and walking events? If you add all of those up, including the relays and whatnot, it's probably not v
33 Elite : 8000 - 10,000 calories per day... if he's not training then he's eating.
34 Misbeehavin : I'm not sure how many track medals there are, but I doubt they would be anywhere close to the number of swimming medals. But of the 60-odd US medals
35 PHLBOS : Worth noting: that DUI he got was about a month AFTER the Athens games. Hopefully, he won't repeat the same mistake this time. Very true, however (to
36 Post contains links HuskyAviation : The US Government doesn't, but I'm pretty sure the USOC does. They pay athletes a bonus for each medal they win, scaled for whether it is a gold, sil
37 Haggis79 : you might be closer to the truth than you would wish for - literally...
38 Waterpolodan : If Phelps is ever tagged as a user of illegal substances, I'll send you a check for 10,000 dollars. Until then, leave the conspiracy theories out of
39 HAWK21M : Can he burn that much in training or is this a media hype? regds MEL.
40 ZuluAviator994 : I'm not bashing Phelps here, he did an amazing job, and I know how much work he puts in. BUT, he comes off the wall on his back for the fly and breast
41 Waterpolodan : He probably burns about 1,200 calories an hour or more during his intense swim sets, and figuring that he spends 6 hours a day in the pool training,
42 N1120A : Well, Phelps will likely do all the relays, which will take up 3 events. He will also probably add the 100 Free, while dropping the 400 IM. By the ti
43 Flexo : Him being tested so often doesn't mean he's clean. Read the interview with Heredia I posted earlier if you are really interested. But, of course you
44 N1120A : It means there is a lot less of a chance for him to be dirty. Further, to assume that everyone is on drugs is ludicrous.
45 CXfirst : Who Cares???? After a couple gold, who cares about the 8th one or whatever? The real news should be that NORWAY has 2 medals in swimming. A silver and
46 Haggis79 : you are aware that there are many forms of doping that are not detectable by current tests, are you?
47 ZuluAviator994 : Please tell me your not listening to rowdy gaines? Piersol did a non-continuous turn..he glided in. and watch the replays, phelps comes off on his ba
48 N1120A : Far fewer than before. They can even test for THG at this point. Piersol's turn was legal and actually cost him time. Backstroke turns need not be co
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