When he first appeared in the Olympic arena, Michael Phelps was just a 15-year-old cherished ambitious youth.
The American “Fishman” did not win a medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, but he left viewers a strong impression when showing the spectacular breakthrough at the last 50 meters in the 200m butterfly race. He swam faster than all the other athletes and moved from 8th to 5th place. His teammate, Tom Malchow, told reporters at the 2000 Olympic Games that Phelps was a true athlete. and he will become one of the great fishermen. But who would have thought that the young man from Baltimore would develop to become the greatest athlete in Olympic history.
On July 30, 2012, Phelps won the 19th Olympic gold medal, the record number of medals in Olympic history and shattered the Olympic medal of 18 times the Olympic gymnastics legend. Old bucket, Larisa Latynina. He told reporters the secret of his success: “You must have a serious working attitude, strong will, motivation and many other factors. Luckily I have summed it all up so I can’t complain about anything. ”
America has always been the dominant force in swimming since the golden days of famous athlete Johnny Weissmuller in the 1920s, but Phelps has taken this position to a new level.
NBC channel once broadcast live the world champion with the name rarely seen in sports because Phelps was too famous. He is the first swimmer to win the Athlete of the Year award by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Phelps holds the record for the number of gold medals at an Olympics when he won eight medals in eight exciting days in Beijing 2008. Phelps has surpassed the American “Mark Spitz” when campaigning. This member won 7 gold medals in Munich 1972.
Right before the impressive performance in Beijing, Phelps had more to worry about when moving into a new apartment than practicing. He told Sports Illustrated magazine that he wasn’t worried about the future even though there was a little physical problem. Phelps added: “When I rebooted I knew I could do it. All I have to do is focus on something. ” And that was done. It usually takes a few years but after a short time Phelps has found the motivation to play.
Phelps was banned for three months in 2009 after a newspaper published a picture of him smoking a marijuana. Phelps almost wanted to retire from the green race track but he decided the London Olympics would be the last farewell to swimming, the sport he had been pursuing since he was a boy. And nothing is sweeter when the “Baltimore bullet” has collected a total of 6 medals at the 2012 London Olympics. With 4 gold medals at this tournament, the total number of gold medals in Phelps career reached a record number. is 18.
Phelps has set a world record 29 times and still holds a record in 6 contents. Phelps closed his career as the athlete who won the most medals at the Olympic Games (22 medals) and can be considered the greatest athlete to date.