Navymmw From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 257 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1874 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?
KPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2645 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1847 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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Allrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 1689 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1743 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!
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.
Elite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2773 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1629 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.
Flexo From St. Helena, joined Mar 2007, 405 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1613 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!
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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12692 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1577 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.
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10066 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1528 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.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16564 posts, RR: 52 Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1489 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.
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3639 posts, RR: 28 Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1479 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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TylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1473 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 (??????)
US330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 14 Reply 24, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1467 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 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.