2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps

I’m sorry to say that I’ve not been keeping up with the Olympics this year but I have caught up on my top two favourite sports of the late; swimming and tennis. Frankly, I’m not a major sports buff but I can see myself becoming one and I’m currently not up to date on the terms in each sport but what I pay attention to are the men and women and their determination. I follow up mainly on the men’s tournaments.

Lets begin on the swimming, shall we? Not surprisingly, I will talk a little about Michael Phelps. This dude is a machine! I first heard of him when it was either the 2004 games in Athens or 2008 in Beijing. He shattered world records one after another and this year he’s retiring from competitive swimming because he got to do what he always wanted to. Now for some snippets courtesy of Yahoo!Sports.

For the third straight Olympics, he is the most decorated swimmer: eight medals in Athens – six gold, two bronze – at the age of 19 in 2004, his “Hello, World” moment; eight more in Beijing – all gold – in 2008, a master at the height of his powers; and now six more in London – four gold, two silver – in a display of both fallibility and resilience that ended with three straight golds.

“I’ve been able to do everything I’ve wanted,” he said. “Bob [Bowman, his coach] and I have somehow managed to do every single thing.” [Phelps]

- Yahoo!Sports

At his last race, the 100 meter relay with team mates Adrian, Hansen and Matt Grevers, Phelps sealed his Olympic career with a final gold medal after which he was presented with the FINA statue. The inscription on the trophy declared Phelps, “The Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time.”

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