Michael Phelps:From a weak boy to the Olympic Star
Childhood Phelps was born on June 30, 1985, and grew upin the Baltimore suburb of Towson. His mother, Debbie, is an administrator with the BaltimoreCounty school system. He has two older sisters. Phelps began swimming at the age of seven, partly because of the influence of his sisters and partly to provide him with an outlet for his energy. When Phelps was in the sixth grade, he was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “At first, I was a little scared to put my head underwater, so I started with the backstroke”.
2000 SidneyBy the age of 10, he held a national record for his age group, and Phelps began to train at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. More age group records followed, and Phelpss rapid improvement culminated in his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15 and becoming theyoungest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in68 years. While he did not win a medal, he did make the finals and finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly.
2004 Athens Gold 100 m butterfly Gold 200 m butterflyGold 200 m individual medleyGold 400 m individual medley Gold 4×200 m freestyle relay Gold 4×100 m medley relay Bronze 200 m freestyleBronze 4×100 m freestyle relay
2008 Beijing At Beijing Phelps again entered eight events and this time he came thru with a victory in all eight, becoming the first Olympian to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games. It was a real triumph!“The moreyou dream the moreyou achieve”.
2021 LondonIn London Phelps won his19th Olympic medal in the4x200m relay.He had finally broken therecord held by LarisaLatynina. The gymnast fromthe former Soviet Union wasawarded the last of her 18medals in 1964. Latynina waspresent at the race and askedto be the presenter ofPhelpss medal, but was toldthat Olympic rules would notallow it. She called Phelps “I think that everything is possible as long asdeserving of the record you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything”.
Phelps says his Olympic swimmingcareer is over but adds he wants to keepswimming, but now in oceans: "Ivealways wanted to dive with great whites.Sharks are one of my favorite animals inthe world." “Swimming is normal for me. Im relaxed. Im comfortable, and I know my surroundings. Its my home”.
The secrets of his successIn peak training phases, Phelps swimsminimum 80,000 meters a week, which isnearly 50 miles. He practices twice a day,sometimes more if he’s training at altitude.Phelps trains for around five to six hours aday at six days a week. To give himself someadditional entertainment in the water,Phelps listens to music during his longworkouts with waterproof headphones.Swimming in the water, especially that long,can be pretty boring. Listening to music can “I cant remember the last day Iprovide that extra spark to your workout. didnt train”.Special dietEveryone is amazed to hear that anyone could possibly consume 12,000calories each day, but Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps’ diet includes lotsof food when he is training. Phelps trains six days a week and exercises fivehours a day, so he is using up the calories that he consumes.
"Breakfast of Champions"Phelps starts his day byeating three fried-eggsandwiches loaded withcheese, lettuce, tomatoes,fried onions andmayonnaise.He follows that up with twocups of coffee, a five-eggomelet, a bowl of grits,three slices of French toasttopped with powderedsugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes.
LunchAt lunch, Phelpsgobbles up a poundof enriched pastaand two large hamand cheesesandwiches slatheredwith mayo on whitebread - capping offthe meal bychugging about 1,000calories worth ofenergy drinks.
DinnerFor dinner, Phelpsreally loads up on thecarbs - what he needsto give him plenty ofenergy for his five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week regimen - witha pound of pasta andan entire pizza.He washes all thatdown with another1,000 calories worth ofenergy drinks.
Michael Phelps FoundationIn 2008 Michael established the Michael Phelps Foundation with a bonus of $1million from his long-time partner, Speedo. The foundation promotes healthyand active lifestyles especially for children.The organization extendsopportunities so thattalented individuals canparticipate in national andinternational swimmingevents. The MichaelPhelps Foundation hashelped many individualsachieve their dreams andthe organization vows towork harder to introducemore programs to helpachieve the youngstersreach their goals.
Golf Michael Phelps has a keen interest in golf which explains why he plans the post Olympic career move in Golfing. He also comments "As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to and golf is one of the things I want to focus on”.“Even in high school, Id tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wantedto try to play golf. She wasnt too happy. Shed say, Think about this. AndId always end up getting back in the pool”.
“I want to be able to look back and say, Ive done everything I can, and I was successful. I dont want to look back and say I should have done this or that. Id like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.”