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Old 04-03-2007, 05:34 PM   #91
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:51 PM   #92
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I'm not entirely sure that Mr. Phelps is a mr. after seeing this picture...
He was in the pool!! He was in the pool!!

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:42 PM   #93
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never judge a package by it's wrapping, especially if said package has been in a pool and is wrapped in tight tight speedo material.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:14 AM   #94
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never judge a package by it's wrapping, especially if said package has been in a pool and is wrapped in tight tight speedo material.

Sadly, I know what you are talking about ....

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to get away from the Phelps porn for a moment (not that there's anything wrong with that), here's a somewhat flowery article that, nonetheless, does a nice job at putting his performance into perspective:

[q]When Michael Phelps performs he brings his opponents to their knees and the world to its feet. When he commences races, folded on the blocks like a pterodactyl contemplating flight, you are sitting. As he finishes, you feel compelled to award him a standing ovation, to shout your admiration. Even at a television set.

Phelps is exhilarating because he is obscenely fast. Men break records by the length of an unclipped nail; he did last week by an entire body length. Still, to say he swam the 200 metres freestyle in 1:43.86 seconds is meaningless, so let us say this: if Phelps raced Otto Scheff, the 1908 world record holder, he would have won by 62 metres.

Phelps' five world records in winning seven World Championship golds in eight days is an achievement to sit with anything man has done since he invented the athletic contest. You'll find it there, just below Jesse Owens breaking three world records and equalling a fourth, in a span of 45 minutes, in 1935.

In a time of mayhem in cricket, for instance, Phelps is important. The world record does not change the way we live, but it reminds us of the purity of the athlete, it illustrates the muscularity of the human spirit. Here before us lies the persistent man, the noble man. Occasionally we are shaken by insinuations that the most chaste champion (i.e. Thorpe) may be fake, but still we keep the faith, we have to. Anyway, watching sport as a cynic is to miss half the pleasure.

Phelps is no different from a climber of distant mountains, for he goes where no other has, he is an advertisement to alien civilizations of human potential, of what is possible when body and mind are together tuned. For every 0.05 of a second gained, Phelps must swim hundreds of miles, taste pain and lick it.

How far, we wonder, can we go as a species, and Phelps, right now, is our representative in this process, mankind's lead scout in discovering the limits of the human body. But every time Phelps goes faster, we also wonder, is there a point beyond which we cannot go, is there a finish line to athletic progress?

Between 1912 (10.6 seconds) and 1968 (9.95), the 100-metre track record progressed by .65. Despite sophisticated spikes, artificial tracks, lycra shorts, sports science advances, from 1968 to now the record has progressed by .18 to 9.77. For some it is little, for others substantial.

In shorter distances especially, on track and in pool, it seems harder to squeeze that little extra from the body. Perhaps improvements will be so slight that the measurements will have to alter, from hundredths of a second to cycling's thousandth of a second.

But because there is no such thing as the perfect race (in reaction time, in turn technique, in fitness towards the end, Phelps will insist his races were imperfect), man can only go faster. That day in 1935, when Owens broke all those records, he had a sore back.

Records will fall because every time progress slows, the planet belches out another freak of physiology, an athlete designed by God for a particular purpose. Phelps has a long torso, a wingspan (six foot seven inches) that stretches further than he does vertically (six feet four inches), and size 14 feet. He is built for speed in water.

In the 200 metres butterfly, the world record improved by 5.29 seconds between 1971-1981, by 2.32 seconds between 1981-1991, by .51 seconds between 1991-2000. The improvements were by smaller margins every decade. Then Phelps, alone, from 2001 till last week, lowered the record by 3.09 seconds! When Phelps is done, we will blithely proclaim we will never see his like again. It's true. We will see better.

On an iniquitous planet, sporting talent remains unexploited. Out there on the margins, in lands where 50-metre swimming pools are rare, who knows what lies. Twenty-five years hence when opportunity arrives, a gangly-armed hero may come walking out of the warm surf of Bangladesh to remind us we can go faster still. There will be a time, imagine, when Phelps will seem slow.[/q]
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Flowery, but still gave me chills.

Every time I read about Phelps and what he has done for swimming, it just makes me even more sick to think of Michelle Smith, and what she did for swimming for a while.
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Flowery, but still gave me chills.

Every time I read about Phelps and what he has done for swimming, it just makes me even more sick to think of Michelle Smith, and what she did for swimming for a while.
I remember that.

Lovely article!
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He was definitely built for swimming. Very interesting article.
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Dude's an alien.
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I saw a promo on NBC today about a "Duel in the Pool" that will be on tomorrow, I think. What's this all about?

They, of course, mentioned Michael Phelps, but it seems like a one on one competition between the USA and Australia.
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^Michael Phelps vs............................................Flipper the dolphin.
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:40 PM   #102
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He has the whole package
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*must find pics of this duel in the pool.

Good to see this thread is still alive
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:36 AM   #104
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I tivoed both days this past weekend. Got to watch some of it. It's fun to watch the U.S. and Australia go head to head in the pool. Of course the U.S. dominated the event. Michael only swam in about 3 events (if I remembered correctly).
He was also on the Tonight Show last Friday night.
Here are some photos from the duel for ya snowbunny




The guy does have one nice looking body.
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Here are some photos from the duel for ya snowbunny




The guy does have one nice looking body.

Excellent choices there


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