8 Gold Medal Champion

8 Gold Medal Champion

There’s really nothing I can say that everyone else hasn’t said about Michael Phelps, except to add to the congratulations to Michael Phelps and the USA swim team! Awsome performance by all.

Glad to say he is from our home town Bawlmore : ) — and that he is a fine upstanding human being.  We’ve produced at least two in that category … Phelps and Cal Ripken.  Both humble, both family oriented and not afraid to show they love their mom in public, goal oriented, team player and supporter,  and so much more.   There’s a great information piece found on Times Online that is worth the read.  Including this bit of info:

    Phelps’s lungs pump 30 litres of blood to his muscles, nearly twice the amount of an average man. At the same time, his immense fitness levels, physiology and metabolism are responsible for a lactic acid level that is about a third of the average swimmer’s. He has broad shoulders and a long torso but comparatively short legs, an ideal combination for propelling himself through the water with minimal resistance. This is accentuated by his paddle-size hands and flipper-style size14 feet. On top of all this, he wears and was involved in the development of the state-of-the-art Speedo swimsuit (Nasa did its bit too), which claims to reduce drag in the water. ‘I feel like a rocket off the wall,’ he says on Speedo’s website.”

Another interesting tidbit — at least to me — is why wasn’t Mark Spitz invited to attend the Olympics?  I would love to know why — seems strange.  And again, with true professionalism and grace — Spitz was very gracious and complementary with Phelps which also shows his strength of character, according to the Los Angeles Times:

  • In his NBC remarks, Spitz said he had decided four years ago, when Phelps won six gold medals at the Athens Olympics, that Phelps had the potential to go further.”Now the whole world knows,” Spitz said. “We are so proud of you here, Michael, in America and the way you’ve handled yourself. . . . You represent such an inspiration to youngsters around the world. You have a tremendous responsibility for all those people you are going to inspire over the next number of years. I know that you will wear the crown well.

    “You know, you weren’t born when I did what I did. I’m sure I was a part of your inspiration, and I take that as a full compliment. They say you judge one’s character by the company that you keep, and I’m happy to keep company with you.”

Congratulations and good show Hon!


No you know I have to post something about Michael Phelps. After all he is from Bawlmore, Hon. (And that’s our hometown too  : )

The big buzz is Phelps caloric intake. People are saying that after he retires from swimming, Michael Phelps might want to try his hand at competitive eating. (Please don’t let me see him at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest). At any rate the Olympic star recently said he consumes 12,000 calories per day, or 9,500 more than the FDA recommends for an active, young male.
Phelps has to keep his intake up in order to compensate for all the calories he burns during the 30-hours per week he spends in training. He told NBC that an average day might have the following menu:

  • Breakfast: 3 fried egg sandwiches, 2 cups coffee, 5-egg omlette, bowl of grits, 3 pieces of french toast, 3 chocolate chip pancakes
  • Lunch: 1 pound pasta, 2 ham and cheese sandwiches, energy drink (1,000 calorie)
  • Dinner: 1 pound pasta, 1 large pizza, energy drink (1,000 calorie)

Three years ago, Phelps told an interviewer:

I eat pretty much whatever I want. I don’t have a strict diet. It’s all about cramming in as many calories into my system as I possibly can. To be honest with you, I have a tough time keeping weight on.

Wow. Eats what he wants and still looks great in a swimsuit : )   You Go Michael!