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Posted: 10 Aug 08, 23:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Michael Phelps. He rocks. The guy is genius. It's just beautiful to watch him swim.


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Hi Yara! Long time no see. The whole American relay team was amazing. To be fair the first 5 teams finshed ahead of the previous world record time. What a exciting race.

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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 00:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Michael Phelps is God??!?!?!?
Tell that to Treasure Moment XDDDDDDDDD
hahah i haven't really seen the olympics
I just don't really care about sports
but i do like watching gymnastics and saw an Asian chick fall :(


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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 02:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fuck the Olympics.


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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 05:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote:

Fuck the Olympics.

I know better things more suitable for fucking

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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 05:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Zebonka12 wrote:

Fuck the Olympics.

I know better things more suitable for fucking


Are you kidding? The Olympic flag alone has 5 holes.


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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 08:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote:

Fuck the Olympics.


Word.

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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 11:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If watching him swim is beautiful, watching him drive intoxicated must move you to tears.


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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 12:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, FRED Phelps is God. Jesus people, check the facts!


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Posted: 11 Aug 08, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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No, FRED Phelps is God. Jesus people, check the facts!


HA!

Although, he would have you go to hell for that, as it's really rather blasphemous.

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Zebonka12 wrote:

pittrek wrote:

Zebonka12 wrote:

Fuck the Olympics.

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Are you kidding? The Olympic flag alone has 5 holes.


Ha ha !!



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Posted: 13 Aug 08, 11:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

At least I can still have acess to Yahoo!

People, he is God indeed! Even Alexander Sukhorukov, one of his adversaries, implied so!

I hope you all enjoy the article, it's fun. The whole thing is here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080813/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_swm_swimming;_ylt=Ag2Bakw0TlatugfWSGHmi5sLMxIF

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Well, just a piece of it:

Phelps becomes winningest Olympic athlete ever

BEIJING - A daily double. Michael Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals ? and five world records in five events at the Beijing Games.

A day after etching his name alongside Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis with gold No. 9, Phelps set a standard all his own when he won the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday morning. An hour later, he swam the leadoff of a runaway victory by the U.S. 800 freestyle relay team, which shattered the old world mark by more than four seconds.

"He is just another person, but maybe from a different planet," said Alexander Sukhorukov, who swam the anchor leg for the second-place Russians.

In his signature stroke, Phelps had a problem with his goggles. But that didn't keep him from touching first in the fly.

No such worries in the relay. Seemingly impervious to fatigue, the gangly, 23-year-old American set a blistering pace of 1 minute, 43.31 seconds that got the Americans rolling toward a winning time of 6:58.56 ? the first team ever to break the 7-minute barrier.

"Come on! Come on!" he screamed at teammates Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Peter Vanderkaay.

The previous record of 7:03.24 was set by the Americans at last year's world championships. Russia took the silver, more than five seconds behind the Americans, who mainly had to make sure they didn't jump in the water too soon. Australia won the bronze.

"Safe start! Safe start!" Phelps yelled at Berens before he dove in.

After a six-gold performance at the 2004 Athens Games, Phelps needed only five days in Beijing to surpass Spitz, Lewis, Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina and Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi as the winningest Olympian ever.

Phelps is now all alone at the top of the career golds list, with three more chances to stretch his lead before he leaves China. He'll swim in the 200 individual medley, 100 fly and 400 medley relay.

"There is still something left in the tank," Phelps said. "I've got three races left, so there had better be something left in the tank."

In the fly, Phelps was second at the first flip, then pushed it into another gear, his long arms gobbling up huge chunks of water as he literally sailed along atop the surface. He finished in 1:52.03, breaking his mark of 1:52.09 from the 2007 worlds.

Phelps barely smiled as he looked at the board, breathing heavily and hanging on the lane rope. Hungary's Laszlo Cseh really pushed it at the end, but settled for silver in 1:52.70. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda took the bronze in 1:52.97.

Phelps rubbed his eyes and said climbing from the pool, "I can't see anything." A pair of leaky goggles kept him from even seeing the wall as he touched.

"My goggles kept filling up with water during the race," Phelps said. "I wanted a world record, I wanted 1:51 or better, but in the circumstances not too bad I guess."

Still, he had two more golds and two more records before lunchtime, leaving him just three wins away from beating Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single games.

He's also keeping pace with Spitz on the record front. Spitz set world standards in all of his wins at Munich; Phelps is now 5-for-5 in China.

"I'm pumped about our relay," Phelps said. "It's the most fun thing to be in a team environment and be part of a relay. It's cool when you get four Americans who all swim well together. Everyone has to play their part or it's just not going to happen. We've been lucky that we've been able to do that."

The Americans are sure lucky to have Phelps, who is already recognized as the greatest swimmer ever ? sorry, Mark ? and plans to keep competing at least through the 2012 London Games."




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Posted: 13 Aug 08, 12:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Van den Hoogenband is going to win gold tomorrow. I just feel it.


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Zebonka12 wrote:

Fuck the Olympics.


Word.





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Posted: 13 Aug 08, 19:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry, Weird Al Yankovic is God. Or was it that he's a parody and a good one at that? Tis somewhere on Uncyclopedia...

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Posted: 14 Aug 08, 06:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Van den Hoogenband is going to win gold tomorrow. I just feel it.


I was wrong.


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Posted: 14 Aug 08, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's really wonderful to be able to watch such extraordinarily talented people, who may change the history of a certain art or sport and have their legacy reminded by millions of people from all over the world over time, winning it all and displaying such confidence, seriousness and dedication to what they do.

This article is great fun and it's a beautiful hommage to him, the greatest athlete ever to have been at the Olympics! I hope you people who enjoy the sport like it! Here it is:

Phelps sets gold standard
By Charles Robinson

BEIJING: Four years ago in Athens, when Michael Phelps had completed the lifelong dream and was clutching his first gold medal, his mother and two sisters scoured a fence line dividing swimmers from spectators.

In the middle of hundreds of prying eyes, a hand reached through the fence during an intimate moment. Huddling close, Phelps' mother Debbie and his sisters Hillary and Whitney locked their eyes on the glimmering medal hanging from a ribbon. They all cried. Even now, when one of them tells the story, they struggle to keep the tears back.

"Michael stuck his medal through the fence and we were all there. It was so special", Hillary said. "He stuck the medal through and was like: Look what I did! I did it. I did it."

On Wednesday in Beijing, Phelps repeated the feat for the 10th and 11th times, winning the 200-meter butterfly and swimming the opening leg of the 4x200 freestyle relay, giving him more gold medals than any Olympian in the history of the games. The former mark of nine golds was held by American icons Carl Lewis and Mark Spitz and Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi and Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina.

Phelps' historic run has been so stunning, even his competitors are grasping for ways to define his greatness. British swimmer Simon Burnett and U.S. mens head coach Eddie Reese were walking into the cafeteria this week when Reese said Burnett told him: "I think I've figured out Michael Phelps. He's not from another planet. He's from the future. His father made him and made a time machine. Sixty years from now he is an average swimmer, but he has come back here to mop up."

"I'm almost kind of at a loss for words", Phelps said. "Growing up, I always wanted to be an Olympian. Now to be the most decorated Olympian of all time, it just sounds weird saying it. I just have absolutely nothing to say. I'm speechless."

"It's a pretty cool title, I guess you could say." [haha - laugh not in the original article!]

Phelps grabbed that title in typical fashion. He set his fourth world record in capturing the 200 fly in 1 minute, 52.03 seconds, which is .06 seconds faster than the world record he set in the prelims one day earlier. And he was part of his fifth world record when the 4x200 free team finished in 6:58.56, gouging a ridiculous 4.64 seconds off the previous mark.

"It is very hard to be swimming the relay also on the same day (as the butterfly). I don't know how he is doing this", said Pawel Korzeniowski, who finished sixth behind Phelps in the fly. "Everybody is thinking: How can he do this and break world record?"

Amazingly, Phelps won the fly despite his goggles filling with water as he approached the 150-meter mark in the race. Once getting to the finishing blocks, he flung off his cap and goggles in disgust and vigorously rubbed his eyes, despite having set a record in the race.

"I couldn't see", Phelps said. "I was trying to see the "T" on the bottom [of the pool] to try and judge my turn and the finish. I was more or less just sort of counting strokes. I sort of know how many strokes I take in a 50, and I was hoping I was going to be dead on and I was going to be able to hit the wall perfectly. I was able to get my hand on the wall first and it was a best time, but I think I was just disappointed that I know I can go faster than that." [Haha, man, this is ridiculous. This guy IS God]

Even with the technical issues, Phelps' wins still smacked of every other race in these games, when Phelps was only shoulder to shoulder with his foes for a mere moment standing on the starting blocks. After that, the world has been a witness to prolonged amazement, to the point where his races in Beijing have attracted the likes of U.S. President George W. Bush, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and countless other individuals who are stars in their own right.

But to truly understand Phelps' impact, you have to listen to his teammates, who have spent their lives training for this moment but are finding an extra bit of inspiration watching Phelps.

Swimmers like America's Aaron Peirsol, who will go down as one of the best U.S. swimmers ever, having captured three gold medals in Athens and who is favored to leave Beijing with three more. One of Phelps' more measured teammates, Peirsol has always been respectful of his touted teammate, while also repeatedly pointing out that the rest of American swimming is pretty good, too. His message has never been subtle: Phelps is great, but he's still part of a team.

And yet, even Peirsol was among those most impressed Tuesday, when Phelps had captured his third straight gold.

"It may be ONCE in a century we see something like this", he said. "The rest of the world is catching up to the U.S., the way I look at it quite a bit. For him to be doing what he's doing at this moment in time, with the rest of the world coming up the way it is, I think that speaks volumes. And the way he's attacking this meet, too...he's not just winning, he's absolutely DESTROYING every race. It's awesome to watch. It's inspiring to me."

"Every time I watch him swim, I'm more and more in awe of what he does", said three time gold-medalist Natalie Coughlin. "Being his teammate and being part of the team while he's doing all this kind of gives us a different perspective. I think years and years down the road we'll realize more and more how amazing and special he is."

And yet, in a charming way, in a way that truly doesn't smack of false modesty, Phelps hardly seems to notice his own greatness. When Phelps locked up his ninth gold, his coach, Bob Bowman, casually reminded him of the company he had entered: Lewis, Spitz, Nurmi and Latynina. Four supremely talented athletes who, before Wednesday, had created the most elite Olympic fraternity.

"You're tied", Bowman told Phelps.

"Huh," he replied. "That's pretty cool."

Maybe that nonchalance was part of how Phelps got to Wednesday, and how he will take the gold medal record and advance it to the stratosphere. Fourteen, 16, 18 ? There is no telling how many gold medals Phelps will have when he is through. And he rarely thinks about that big picture, anyway, which may be one of the defining traits of his greatness.

"He never tries to make a quantum leap", Bowman said. "It's always just one more step. When you're kind of at the top of the mountain, the steps are pretty high. Even one more step takes you pretty far away from everyone else."

Wednesday's step is arguably more remarkable than any step in the games that came before it. From Athens to Beijing, Phelps has now gone where no Olympian before him has traveled.



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Posted: 14 Aug 08, 14:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A great swimmer no doubt, who has beaten everyone he competes against and deserves recognition for that. But according to a BBC report I saw, the world record times can be taken with a pinch of salt. The swimsuit he wears gives him an advantage over previous record holders as it decreases resistance. Also the swimming pool the chinese have built is specially designed to decrease water resistance. The marks they use give the swimmers more thrust than in pervious years, and finally leaving both end lanes empty also decreases water resistance...According to the BBC. I have no idea if this is correct or not so don't shoot the messenger.


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Another gold medal for Phelps. It's getting disturbing. lol I tell you, people, we're witnessing, for those who enjoy sports, history in the making. It's not going to happen again in our lives. It's a one-time in a century phenomenon.

I'd like also to point out that Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, the American gymnasts, did such a wonderful and beautiful presentation that I was moved to tears - they vied for the gold in the all-around, which is for me the most important proof to determine who's the best gymnast. They have to do the whole series, all the modalities, so it's very tiresome and you have to be good, very good in all modalities and really "stable", so to speak, there's no room for failure in the whole series.

The American gymnasts were just great. Beautiful. They won the gold and the silver medal. Liukin will bring the gold home and Shawn Johnson, the silver medal - Liukin is 18 year-old and Shawn Johnson is 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, I'd like to say something about Shawn Johnson, who got the silver medal - I wanted her to win, though I love Nastia's style, she's so confident that it seems she's just playing with her mates.

Shawn Johnson is sooooo cute. She's not only a great gymnast, very young, really talented, but she's so gracious and delicate and cute that she moves me to tears - I think her performance was better than Nastia's, but ok, the judges of course know it better than me. lol But she didn't make any flaw in the last modality, her series was daring and difficult and she's so gracious, charming and has such a beautiful smile.

She was in Brazil for the Pan-American games. She did some interviews and she's extraordinarily charming, cute, kind and clever. An awesome girl, a "little giant", for sure, this girl ROCKS HARD. She inspires me, she makes me wanna do better in everything I do, she has all the qualities an athelete should have, in my opinion.

So, congratulations for all the American squad - Liukin and Johnson were fantastic in the all-around.

And, of course, God won another gold medal and things are starting to become weird...hehehe. Man, this guy is outlandish, one really gets to doubt whether he's really a human being. Because these questions do arise: his adversaries just can't believe it. His team mates. The coach! Everyone's is in awe and a bit terrified. Hahaha. Like, it's one of the few times I see an athelete having to say that: "I'm normal person", "I'm a simple guy", hahaha, because, man, he's other-wordly. It's surreal what this guy can do. His turn is so perfect and beautiful that it defies any description.

It's been very fun and inspiring to watch so many talented athletes. And being able to witness God on earth, that's for sure a priviledge. Not to mention the guy is huge: I think if I were next to him I'd tremble with fear. At the same time, when he speaks and people interview him, he's very sweet and kind, very different from what we see on the swimming pool, where he's absolutely confident and agressive.

Great! Great! Great! Thanks for these people for bringing so much joy to so many people!




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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 06:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yara wrote:


we're witnessing, for those who enjoy sports, history in the making.


Sports history? There's an oxymoron..

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It's not going to happen again in our lives.



How will we manage!


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