Some people at the end of the last Olympics in Beijing said that Phelps cannot go much higher from there. He had won eight gold medals and was unstoppable in Beijing. His detractors said after the highs there is always lows and hoping for a great show in the next Olympic will remain a dream for Phelps.
But there are dreams that are transformed into reality. And the ones doing it are not ordinary men or women. They are special, though made up of the same flesh and bones that seem to be part of every one’s body. The difference between an ordinary and a special one who makes his dreams into reality is in determination and hard work.
And the man who is now standing on top of the world, after his Himalayan achievements in Olympics, is none other than Michael Phelps. Only 27-year old, this man seems to be made up of different stuff altogether. There are players who train hard, but as Lochte a few days ago said, Phelps trains hardest of them all.
Just day before yesterday he became the all-time highest medal winner in the history of Olympics, a huge achievement at such a young age. But his thirst for further success didn’t stop at the laurels he received at the end of the day.
Many people had said that Ryan Lochte had become a bigger name than Phelps. But he proved once again that he cannot be eclipsed by anyone till he is in the game. He has already won four medals in the tournament and the way he beat Lochte for 200m IM was enough indication that he still had years of game left in him.
In London Olympics he came as underdog and became a frontrunner. In Beijing Phelps had entered as a heavy favorite in the pool but no one could predict the feat that would unfold. He started off his endeavor by winning the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley, as well as breaking his own world record by nearly two seconds. He followed that performance up by winning his second gold medal of the 2008 Olympics in the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay. People looked like puzzled when he continued to make records and collecting gold medals. He nabbed first place in the 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 4×200 meter freestyle relay and 200-meter individual medley. Those amazing performances were all world records. In the 100-meter butterfly too Phelps clinched the gold