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Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 17 August 2008 2:02pm
Phelps strikes again!
Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 17 August 2008 2:17pm
I'm giddy with happiness for Michael Phelps. Was it, like one commentator said, FATE that brought him to this remarkable place in history? His childhood wasn't all wine and roses. I know the Olympics didn't concentrate as much on personal stories this time, so don't know how much others know about him. Still, with the strong love and support from his mom and sisters, he became a champ.

And wasn't Mark Spitz so generous and dear with his comments regarding Michael? It's good to see he is still such a nice man . They say girls still have his poster hanging in their lockers and bedrooms. lol. He remains a hunk, and still someone of whom we can all be proud for his sportsmanship and graciousness.

Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 17 August 2008 2:20pm
Yes, Ellerd, seeing Dara return at age 41 and do so well. What a thrill, eh? She's such a likable woman. She fit right in with the young set, too, as far as personality goes. lol

She'll be like me, feel young at heart forever!
Re: Beijing Olympics by MMMmmm... on 17 August 2008 9:22pm
Re: Beijing Olympics by MMMmmm... on 17 August 2008 10:13pm
p.s. I really enjoyed everyone's posts!

Patty -
I thought Mark Spitz was great about it too!
Re: Beijing Olympics by mrsteabag on 18 August 2008 2:52am
The women's beach volleyball teams should either wear more clothing, or their male counterparts should wear Speedoes. JMHO. :)
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 18 August 2008 4:41am
According to ESPN, 20% of Americans stopped watching the Olympics, because Michael Phelps is done.

Patty you are right about two things:
Michael Phelps did NOT have a great childhood and fate brought him to this place. His older sisters were both swimmers, until they got hurt and his mother put him in swimming, because he has ADHD. In other words, a way to guide his energy.
Mark Spitz: The U.S. Olympic Committee has been snubbing him, because he refused to compete after 1972.
Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 18 August 2008 11:55am
Oh! I didn't know that about the committee snubbing Mark.... Hmmmmpf, That's fascinating. They should be ashamed of themselves. I guess they figured some viewers were lost who would've tuned in strictly to see him. Bah!

Yes, Mike, and Michael's two sisters were very much involved with him developing into what he is today. They invested a lot of time and care in him. He was ridiculed a lot during childhood because of his body being so long and his ears sticking out a little, plus the ADHD. He had a rough time with it. And his teachers were not very understanding, to make matters worse. So, Michael has a special bond with those 3 women in his life. Close observation of them crying whenever Michael won a medal, was more than tears of joy. It went deeper. The looks in the sisters' eyes was indicative of something more than that of happiness and pride. Maybe it brought back to them Michael's earlier struggles and how he conquered them.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ken Dunn on 18 August 2008 9:39pm
We have Michael Johnson the former 100 and 200 meter USA sprinter commentating on the Games athletics in the UK and another commentator said to him that he might be 'quaking in his boots' at the prospect of Usain Bolt possibly taking both the 100 and 200 titles with new world records.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ellerd on 20 August 2008 2:30pm
Are we all suffering a bit of Olympic fatigue? LOL!

The Chinese continue to be unbeatable in the diving. Of the six events so far, Chinese competitors have won gold in all of them. Two Chinese divers finished on top of the women's 10m platform preliminaries tonight. Two Australian competitors also got in - would love to see one of them win gold!

Australia is fifth on the medal table now, behind China, the US, Great Britain and Russia.
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