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Michael Phelps – Greatest Of All Time

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No matter your sport, dedication, focus, and consistency are needed to become a legend. The world of swimming sport is incomplete without this young man who made swimming lovers marveled at his skills.

Today’s story is about Michael Fred Phelps II, popularly known as Michael Phelps. On June 30, 1985, he was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of nearby Towson. He attended Rodgers Forge Elementary, Dumbarton Middle School, and Towson High School. Phelps is the youngest of three children of Deborah Sue “Debbie” Phelps and Michael Fred Phelps.

Due to his parent’s divorce, Phelps revealed that the divorce had a severe negative impact on him and his siblings, and his relationship with his father was distant for a few years after the divorce. He was banned by USA swimming which slowed down his career, but he never lost focus.

Everyone has their sad story that nearly kill their spirit, but willingness to go on has always helped determined individuals.

The journey to fame began when his rapid improvement culminated when he qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15, as he became the youngest male since Ralph Flanagan in 1932 to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. At the World Championship Trials for the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, on March 30, Phelps broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly to become, at 15 years and 9 months, the youngest male ever to set a world record in swimming. Then, at Nationals, the selection meets for the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Phelps set an American record in the 200-meter individual medley and was just off the world record in the 200-meter butterfly.

His Eureka moment finally arrived at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships. Phelps won four gold medals, two silver medals and broke five world records. Phelps broke his first world record on July 22 in the semi-finals for the 200-meter butterfly. After that, Phelps swam a 1:53.93 to break his own world record of 1:54.58 set in 2001 and became the first man to swim under 1:54.00. In 2004, he won his first-ever Olympic gold medal at Athens and won six medals, five golds, and one silver at the 2005 World Championship Trials.

At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Phelps won seven gold medals, tying the record for a global long-course championship held by Mark Spitz since the 1972 Summer Olympics, and broke five world records. Phelps’s first gold medal came in the 4×100-meter freestyle. Phelps swam the lead-off leg in 48.42 seconds, and Neil Walker, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak each expanded the lead to win in a Championship record of 3:12.72. Next, Phelps set an Olympic record in the preliminary heats of the 400-meter individual medley. He followed that up in the final by winning the gold medal and breaking his previous world record by nearly two seconds. On August 17, Phelps won his eighth gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay, breaking Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals won in a single Olympic Games, which had stood since 1972.

Today, Michael Phelps has lots of achievements that have cemented his name into the swimming hall of fame. He is branded as a living legend.

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