If you guessed Michael Phelps, you guessed right!
This swimmer is just amazing! Have you been watching the Olympics? Not to give my age away, but I remember Mark Spitz winning Gold some 32 years ago, very vividly and all the girls had a big crush on the tall, lean, moustached Olympian.
Now, Michael Phelps has surpassed his record which had held up for 8 Olympics. The NBC announcer put it this way - 8 Gold medals swimming at the Olympics that started on 8-8-08 at 8 PM. You think #8 is a lucky number for Phelps?
Here's a picture of one of our fabulous relay teams helping Michael achieve is 8 Golds! Those guys all deserve accolades too.
According to Wikipedia - some facts about Michael:
Michael Fred Phelps (born June 30, 1985) is an American swimmer and 14-time Olympic gold medalist (the most by any Olympian), who currently holds seven world records in swimming.
He holds the record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics; a total of eight, surpassing Mark Spitz.
Overall, Phelps has won 16 Olympic medals: six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, and eight gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In winning these medals, he has twice equaled Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin's record of eight medals (of any type) at a single Olympics (Dityatin: Moscow 1980; Phelps: Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), and ranks second in total career Olympic medals, after Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina, who won a total of 18 medals (nine gold) spanning three Olympic Games.
Phelps' international titles, along with his various world records, have resulted in him being awarded the World Swimmer of the Year Award in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007 and American Swimmer of the Year Award in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007. Phelps has won a total of 48 career medals thus far: 40 gold, six silvers and two bronze. This includes all of the Championships in which he has competed: The Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships.
I'm really amazed and proud of our athletes, who train so hard and have such discipline! To think, I wasn't going to watch the Olympics this time, and now I'm hooked.
Don't get me started on the courageous female gymnasts! I'm pulling for them all the way!
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