Posted by · 11:13 pm · August 16th, 2008

Michael PhelpsI think there are plenty of arguments against “greatest Olympian of all time.” The nature of swimming events amplifies the amount of shots a competitor has at gold medals. And the striking differences between all events demands a subjectivity for each.

But the Michael Phelps story at this year’s Olympic games in Beijing is one of those heart-warming things that gives you an excuse to smile in the dark recesses of the day-to-day grind. Eight gold medals. A new benchmark amid countless world records.

Bravo, sir. Bravo for the memories, however telegraphed the achievement seemed to become in recent weeks. For the U.S. or for the world itself, healthy competition and accomplishments such as these are they’re own kind of healing. What a story.

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  • 1 8-16-2008 at 11:51 pm

    John K said...

    I find myself frequently rewatching Jason Lezak’s split in the 4×100, and I get goosebumps each time. Simply awesome.

    That plus Nastia, and it’s been a really special Olympics so far.

  • 2 8-17-2008 at 2:12 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Somehow I am not too excited about it. I dunno, perhaps it’s just my disappointment with the Dutch athletes at these games.

  • 3 8-17-2008 at 3:38 am

    Mimi Rogers said...

    I’m sure 50 years from now a feature film will be made on the life of Michael Phelps – the greatest Olympian of all time. I think his personal life from when he was a child with Attention Deficit Disorder to his rise to international stardom is a story worth telling.

  • 4 8-17-2008 at 9:08 am

    Hollywood Noir said...

    People are saying it’s just today’s news, that he’ll fade in a year and become a nothing.

    Maybe so, but I do know one thing: he has made these Olympic games undeniably sweet, something special and something only the greatest dreams are made of. I’LL always have the memories of his almost superhuman success at the Beijing games and will always remember what he did for swimming – and for America.

  • 5 8-17-2008 at 3:58 pm

    Ronn said...

    No way is he fading away as a competitor and especially not as a memory. That’s just silly talk. For one thing, it is unlikely he has even won his last medal. He’ll be back in London probably competing in 5 events.

  • 6 8-18-2008 at 11:44 pm

    doug nagy said...

    Willie Nelson needs to pen a song about this man and Dolly Parton needs to suck his dick.

    This guy is an American hero and deserves every amount of praise he gets. This Olympic legend will be remembered forever as a testament to human potential and strength of will.