Michael Phelps. Of course you know him! The champion is an American swimmer who has won 22 Olympic medals—six gold and two bronze at Athens in 2004, eight gold at Beijing in 2008, and four gold and two silver at London in 2012. Phelps holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympics (Beijing, 2008), and set a new record for most Olympic medals in 2012, beating gymnast Larisa Latynina's prior record of 18. He is truly an inspiration for me because of his attitude towards a sport. I have gained a lot of motivation from him to play my sport. He is indeed a great swimmer with a great style. He was named as the most decorated olympian in history. Young athletes like me have been talking about this great man as an inspiration and how he has made a completely new way of learning a sport with his attitude. He is indeed one of my favorite athletes and i hope you too find him the same. ‘You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get’ Do it the way he says.
Funny, of all the achievements you mentioned, the only thing that comes to mind for me when I think of Phelps is this story from a few years ago,ReplyDelete
"In February 2009, publication of a photograph of Phelps using a water pipe, a device used for smoking tobacco or marijuana, resulted in the loss of Kellogg as a sponsor, as well as a three-month suspension from USA Swimming. Phelps admitted that the photo, taken at a student party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. Phelps publicly apologized and said his behavior was "inappropriate".
What do you think about the humanization of our heroes? Curious to hear your thoughts on what happens when people we admire and/or idolize make mistakes. They are human after all. Does this make them more admirable or less? How should we treat public figures who make mistakes?