By Steve Kish
Michael Phelps is now the greatest Olympian in history. Phelps will
go on to be Olympic legend. The imaginary character that no one
remembers racing. With the gold medal victory in the mens’ 4×200
freestyle relay, Phelps passed Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose record of 18 Olympic medals stood for 48 years.
Phelps is revered by Americans, swimming fans and peers for his
accomplishments during his 20 year career. Phelps, who has owned world records for over 11 years, has been dominating and record breaking
on the biggest stages.
In today’s Olympic age, 19 medals will be nearly impossible to match,
yet alone 22, which is the total Phelps can reach with his last three
events. Phelps has set a barrier that will possibly stand the test of
time. He is quoted as saying “I wanted to do things that had never
been done before.” Mission accomplished Mr. Phelps.
Phelps broke onto the scene in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, winning 8
medals, 6 gold, 2 bronze. Phelps followed up that amazing performance
by beating Mark Spitz’s individual record of seven gold medals in a
single Olympic games by winning 8 gold medals.
Today Phelps moved himself further into legendary status. Number 19
makes him numero uno of all time. The man who smacks his arms
against his back to mimic the sound of a seal clapping to intimidate
his opponents, no longer needs the smack. He has intimidated other
competitors to the total of 15 gold medals, 2 silver, and 2 bronze.
Phelps, in 2008, not only beat the competition, but he also decimated them and made
history once again when he set seven world records and one Olympic record on his
way to 8 gold medals. The only question left for Phelps now is, ” How do
you like Rio?”
By Steve Kish