Michael Phelps is a globally recognised athlete, notably for his significant achievement of the most amazing performances in the history of Olympics and also has earned the title of being the greatest Olympian of all time.
Legend of Michael Phelps
Anywhere you go, it would be very hard to find a person who has no knowledge or hasn’t even heard of the name Michael Phelps. Normally the main highlight of the Olympics would be when Michael Phelps performance or the equally amazing athlete Usain Bolt gets on the track. How does Michael Phelps earn such a reputation? It’s mainly the fact that he has a rather humongous series of achievements backing him up. At the age of 15, Michael Phelps became the youngest American Olympic competitor from a time period of 68 years.
In the Olympic Games held in Athens 2004, Michael Phelps won six gold medals and also won two bronze medals, making a very impressive mark in Olympic history. In 2008 Michael Phelps will top his own performance at Athens by winning all the events he participated, a total of eight, at the Olympic Games held in Beijing.
Michael Phelps would make his last Olympic participation at the 2012 Olympics to take home four gold medals and two silver medals, which would add up to a grand total of eighteen gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. Michael Phelps currently is retired but recently announced that he might return to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games. Phelps has written and published two books, No Limits: The Will to Succeed and Beneath the Surface: My Story. He has also produced racing swimsuits in collaboration of Aqua Sphere.
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What made him special?
In the world of swimming, even a difference of 0.01 second can make the difference of winning and losing. Swimmers go to extreme lengths to maximise their speed, following a strict routine to maximise their speed. Heavy training to insure that you would move forward, because if your body is not streamlined, most of that raw power you gained from training will be wasted primarily on moving through the water due to the effect of drag on your body.
The leaner your body is, the more streamlined it will be, therefore minimising the effect of drag acting on your body so that you will move much faster through the water. The specialty about Michael Phelps was mainly his ferocious competitiveness, but it was also about his body. Michael Phelps has a height of 6’4” and is reported to have size 14 feet. Phelps long torso and short legs are ideal for minimising drag and propelling movement on forward. With the determination go never give up, these specialties about Michael Phelps allowed him to attain the title of the greatest Olympian of all time.