I just want to start a separate thead to give full props to Phelps and to thank him for for making the Olympics fun to watch. I didn’t think I’d have any interest in the Beijing Olympics, but Phelps made me want to watch and cheer for the first time in a long time. His hair’sbreadth victory over Cavic was as thrilling a moment as you’re ever going to see, his medal haul is spectacular and he seems like a nice, humble kid to boot, always quick to try to spread the glory to his teammates and not be a prima donna.
Also, he made me appreciate the nuances of swimming as a sport. I wasn’t just watching to see if he would win, I actually began to become interested in and appreciate the technique, the strategy and the aesthetic of the sport in a way never had before.
Michael Phelps, you rock, sir. Thanks for the lift and thanks for making me feel some US pride.
I doubt this kid is going to have any trouble getting dates when he gets back to the states.
He really inspires me. He just sort of lives in his own little world where he’s constantly trying to improve himself. He deliberately seeks out things he’s not naturally good at, and works on them. I’m not a swimmer, but his take on life can pretty much be applied to anything. If he can take gold in his worst events, I can take on challenges too. His spirit and his humility are really something.