Phelps: The Best, Ever.

8 Gold Medals, 7 World Records, 6 Different Teamates, 5 individual races, 4 years in the making, 3 grueling relays, 2 billion viewers(tv, internet, live), 1 Michael Phelps.

When you hear the name, Michael Phelps – what is the first thing to come to mind? Greatest Olympian Ever? That’s exactly what he is, the Greatest Olympian Ever. Carl Lewis who? Lewis only got 11 Medals over a total of 4 Olympic Games(’84, ’88, ’92, ’96) — Phelps’ 8 Gold Medals were won in a single Olympics.

The biggest problem I do have though, is with China. At 11:10pm EST, people all across the United States erupted, while over in Beijing – anybody outside of the Water Cube was obliterous to Phelps’ winning of his 8th Gold Medal. As Phelps splashed into history late Sunday morning in Beijing, life at the center of the Olympics was oddly mundane. High atop a massive video board on a skyscraper, at 11:10 a.m., Phelps was nowhere to be found. The board played China’s gold-medal triumphs over and over.

More after the jump.

Phelps smiling after his 100m Butterfuly Gold-Medal Performance

Phelps smiling after his 100m Butterfuly Gold-Medal Performance (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

I said half way through the opening ceremony to a co-worker of mine, “This is China showing off to the world…” His responded by saying, “I know. It’s sad.” – Not only was the opening ceremony utterly boring to me, I saw no reason as to why they decided to light off over $50 million dollars worth of fireworks. Absolutely pointless. They could have used that money towards something important, like supporting their citi – oh wait..I forgot, they’re Communist.

I’ll have more about China and their Olympic controversies later in the week. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Dont forget today(Sunday) Nastia Liukin(Gymnast) of the United States is competeing for Gold in the Womens Uneven Bars Final.

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~ by Josh on August 17, 2008.

One Response to “Phelps: The Best, Ever.”

  1. Michael Phelps is, without a doubt, the face of his sport just like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Brett Favre, Roger Federer and Babe Ruth. However, for all that he accomplished in this years Olympic games, I still don’t think he ranks in the top 5 of all-time Olympians.

    Here is my TOP 5 All-Time Olympians:

    http://kowalkerjourney.com/2008/08/17/michael-phelps-greatest-olympian/

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