Michael Fred Phelps (born June 30 1985) is an American swimmer who has won 16 Olympic medals becoming the most successful athlete atthe Olympic Games. He has won a total of sixty-six medals in major international competition, fifty-four gold, nine silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships.
A New York Post account of Phelps’s… wait for it… 12,000-calorie-a-day diet, gave us a stomachache. Could one human being really consume that much and still be in Phelps’s shape? And could this possibly be healthy for Phelps, even considering his five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week exercise regimen?
Michael Phelps became the youngest American male swimmer in 68 years to compete at the Olympic Games when he swam the 200m butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Games. Six months later he set a world record in the same event. It would be the first of many records he would set.
The Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps, who was photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe, has lost a major sponsorship deal and has been suspended from competition for three months.
I do plan on getting a college education. That's one thing I would like to do. Right now, swimming is the #1 priority for me. I'm not going to have this career forever, so I think I should take advantage of what I have
Yes, he now has won more gold medals than anyone in Olympic history.No, that does not make him the greatest Olympic athlete in history.
In fact, he doesn't even make my top five.
You know his name by now: Michael Fred Phelps. You also know his accomplishments: more gold medals in Olympic competition than anyone has ever won before.
And to the distinction of being the greatest Olympic athlete ever, we can add the ultimate: World’s Greatest Athlete.
For lunch, Phelps drinks 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks, one pound of pasta with tomato sauce and two large ham and cheese sandwiches (with mayo) on white bread.
For dinner, Phelps’ meal consists of six to eight slices of pizza, another pound of pasta with tomato sauce, and 1,000 calories of energy drinks.
To even get himself back into shape to compete with the world’s best took a while for Phelps after the euphoria of Beijing, where he bested the previous record of seven gold medals set by Mark Spitz in 1972.
“I literally didn’t do anything for six months (after Beijing),’’ Phelps said. “I would come for like a week or two straight, and then I would just take two or three weeks off.’’
"The only thing that matters for Michael is the Olympics. That's where a swimmer's legacy is set in stone," said Rowdy Gaines, the NBC swimming commentator and three-time Olympic gold medalist. "It's the pinnacle of success. It's the Super Bowl. He understands that's where his legacy is."
Phelps has won many awards including World Swimmer of the Year six times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eight times. He has taken part in many international competitions and has won 59 medals from these competitions. Of these, 50 were gold, seven silver, and two bronze. In addition, Michael Phelps received the Sportsman of the Year Award from Sports Illustrated magazine.
Phelps heads the Michael Phelps Foundation which was established to promote healthy lifestyles and the sport of swimming. He is regularly tested for drugs since he is a member of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and their “Project Believe” program. Testing is to ensure that his body is free from performance-enhancing drugs.
At age 15, he broke the record in the 200 meter butterfly and was the youngest man ever to set the swim record. He later broke his own record to become world champion.
When Bowman told Phelps that he had Olympic potential, the twelve-year-old gave up his other sports, which were soccer, lacrosse, and baseball, in order to bring all his energy to daily pool practice. He began winning every competitive event he entered. The first time he lost, however, he was so upset that he threw down his goggles. Bowman warned him about his unsportsmanlike conduct, and since then Phelps has taken his handful of setbacks in stride.
Phelps was born on June 30, 1985, and grew up in the Baltimore suburb of Towson. His mother, Debbie, is an administrator with the Baltimore County school system. He has two older sisters, and began swimming when they joined a local swim team. "At first, I was a little scared to put my head underwater, so I started with the backstroke," Phelps told Frank Litsky, a sportswriter for the New York Times, adding, "I was still scared because I don't think I had goggles."
"Growing up, I always wanted to be an Olympian," he said after pulling off his daily double in the 200-meter fly and the 4x200 freestyle relay. "And now to be the most decorated Olympian of all time . . . it just sounds weird saying it. I'm speechless."