Let Her Rip

Michael Phelps swims a lot, and he has been swimming for a long time. You may have heard him referred to as the most decorated athlete in olympic history. He was born to swim, beginning his Olympic career at the tender age of 15. He has longevity too. Just last night, at the seasoned age of 31 years old, he won his 21st olympic gold medal. Astonishing in its own right—even more so when you consider that he accomplished that feat after disaster struck.

Pandemonium broke loose as Michael Phelps tore his swim cap minutes before the 200m fly…stop the presses.

The reprieve comes just in time—a teammate lends him one.

Let’s go back to 2008, the year Phelps made Mark Spitz  “Mark who?” That was the year Phelps beat Spitz’s long standing record by winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympic game. Not only did he win 8 gold, but he did it while suffering another equipment malfunction—leaky goggles.

My kids were all competitive swimmers with the YMCA. Granted, they weren’t all that competitive. They were nowhere near the level of Phelps, but me thinks they could share something they learned before their very first swim meet.

What to bring: 

2 goggles

2 swim caps

2 towels

—I’ll stop right there. The list is extensive, but at the top of the list you see: 2 goggles, 2 swim caps
Michael, maybe you should bring a spare. 

August 10, 2016, One Word Prompt: Maybe~ <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/maybe/”>Maybe</a&gt;

3 thoughts on “Let Her Rip

  1. Mark Who. That was my first impression of Michael Phelps (well, okay, I was aware of who he was in a general sense before that). Mark Who. I know, let it go… Still, it seems he’s forgetting a few of the basics on a regular basis!

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    1. It makes me wonder if it’s all staged for dramatic effect, or if the media is just latching onto whatever they can to turn it into a story. Either way, these issues are reduce loud for someone at his level.

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      1. I agree. I’d like to think he didn’t hear the question with the whole “Mark Who?”thing. World class athletes should know the history of their sport. And yes, if there isn’t otherwise a story, the media will do they can to create a sensation with a lollipop.

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