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Old 04-01-2007, 06:46 PM   #46
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Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. I see no reason why he won't dominate in Beijing and, as you say, become the greatest swimmer of all time, and, possibly, the greatest Olympian...at least by medal count.

And, yes, he already has 6 Golds/8 total medals from the Olympics, so it's not like this is recent, his being so good. Debates like this are great because there is never an actual answer, but if you listen/read, you might learn something. Thanks.


i agree -- it's really, really hard to compare different people in different sports. i think we can all agree that it's a privilege to watch Phelps swim, Federer swing a racket, Woods hit a golf ball, and Jordan shoot a basket. we should simply be happy that we live at a time when these athletes are/were at their best.

i think my only slight sore spot is that i don't think Phelps gets enough Kudos, at least in the US, because of of swimming's status as an Olympic sport. that said, swimming is a big deal the first week of the Olympics, and if Phelps lives up to the hype, he'll be on the proverbial Wheaties box.
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Old 04-01-2007, 06:52 PM   #47
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I don't know much about swimming, nor do I really care to learn more, so WHY IN THE WORLD do I find myself being so upset with the guy that got Phelps DQ'd in his 8th race?

I think the dude did it on purpose because he lost to him earlier.

Thanks for pointing this out to me Irvine. It's been a fun ride.




i really don't think Ian Crocker jumped the relay on purpose, i think he simply wanted to put up an incredible time to sort of validate himself after being touched out by Phelps by .05 in the 100 fly, and he got excited.

that said, Phelps and Crocker have had an interesting history. by all accounts, they get along just fine, but in Athens Crocker led off the 4x100 free relay in a very slow time, more than a second slower than his best, and was in 7th or 8th place. the US managed to dig themselves out of the basement and get a bronze, but Crocker's slow relay leg in Athens ended Phelps's quest for 7 or 8 gold in Athens (and Phelps, at that time, wasn't going to beat Ian Thorpe in the 200 free anyway).

and now, we have a similar situation. due to a Crocker fuck up -- intentional or not, and i think not -- Phelps stays a medal away from genuine immortality.
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i think my only slight sore spot is that i don't think Phelps gets enough Kudos, at least in the US, because of of swimming's status as an Olympic sport. that said, swimming is a big deal the first week of the Olympics, and if Phelps lives up to the hype, he'll be on the proverbial Wheaties box.
I don't think he gets nearly half the respect and recognition that he deserves over here. When he went to China a year or two back he was treated like a god. He had mobs of people following him around.
He did get his face on the Wheaties box after the 2004 Olympics. I think if he does what he did in the world championships during the 2008 Olympics they will have to make the box out of gold for him.

I also don't think that Ian Crocker screwed up on purpose. That was really his only chance to get a gold medal there. It happens, I know that it has happened to Michael for a false start at the swimming US Open. But that is an interesting point you bring up Irvine about Crocker's screw ups.
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NSW I nearly called you to bitch I was at my parents house this weekend and none of their fox channels (I think they have 3) were showing it.... I did see it scheduled for fox in other regions
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His Fu Manchu stache he had going!

Love the back shot. That's a great picture of him swimming.
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I don't really see how posting pictures of him will prove that he is the most dominant athlete.

I am however willing to admit when I am wrong.

Go ahead people - prove me wrong. Very Very wrong.
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i thought swimmers tried not to be hairy and all
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Until it effects his performance, leave the hair alone
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fair enough... maybe he should grow a mullet
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Yeah? I'm sure he'd wear it well - maybe give him Samsonlike abilities
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I don't really see how posting pictures of him will prove that he is the most dominant athlete.

I am however willing to admit when I am wrong.

Go ahead people - prove me wrong. Very Very wrong.
It's more about giving him the recognition he deserves

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I'll recognize that alright...I think it will take more than that to prove me wrong though
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