I know what the deal is with Phelps. See since he now is hanging out with Tommy Chong between races, he keeps grabbing a bite to eat. And you know what your parents always said about not swimming after eating.
^No wonder he's always at Subway!!!
Hmmmm. I don't know Hector. Phelps started out pretty rough this time around. He lost to his team mate Lochte and made some mistakes in the relays to cost his team a gold as well. And man, if you want to see some arrogance, see this article on Lochte just before a match. That guy is unbearable...
But you know it likely takes that kind of pride and arrogance to be the best. So I don't know. If you can compete in a squad of people like that and find a way to dominate, that is really saying something about your achievement. Because no one is just giving it to him. They all want to chop him down. But I understand how you feel about the media coverage. They blow it up whether it's good or bad. Imagine if he hadn't won any Gold this time around? Imagine the media dogging him out? I wouldn't want that on my head. But your right Hector. The media is pretty much just one big massive hype machine.
It's not how hard you hit, but how hard you can be hit and still move forward.
To say he is not an athlete is disrespecting the man's obvious talents.
The beautiful thing is that records are made to be broken. Might take years, but someone will come along and potentially break this record phelps has made.
Until then, give the man respect for earning his medals and representing the United States. I know personally I couldn't do what he did and nobody here either.
I've covered track and field for 20 years on the college level. Just because decathletes compete in a competition that tests a wide array of skills doesn't mean they are the best athletes. Generally a person becomes a decathlete because they are very good at an event but not among the best. A coach will steer an athlete into the decathlon because he's not quite good enough to be great in an individual discipline. If you took the best pole vaulters, jumpers and sprinters and trained them for the decathlon instead of their event, they would likely turn the decathlon scoring upside down. I'm not trying to diminish the athletic ability, skill or mental toughness of decathletes, but it's kind of like being a jack of all trades and master of none.
Yes...I know they are jack of all trades...and masters of none...but that's a straight up all around baddass...
Damian, there's a reason why the guys in high school sign up to swim..and only swim...well the rest all sign up to play all of the athletic sports - football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and T&F..you have swimmers, and then you have 5-sport athletes...