Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Phelps is as Good as Gold

Posted by redsatellite on August 13, 2008

Michael Phelps now owns more gold than most jewelry stores.

For Michael Phelps, it’s not enough to just set a new standard. He has to demolish the old one. Winningest Olympian ever? He’s two golds past that already and not finished yet, just over halfway to his goal of breaking Mark Spitz’s record seven in a single Olympics.

World records? In a sport measured down to the hundredths for a reason, Phelps sets a pace to crush one of them by more than four seconds.

Even when his goggles malfunctioned during the first race of a golden morning in China, the gangly, 23-year-old American squinted through water-filled lenses on the way to, yes, a world record. Of course, he was none too happy to beat it by only six-hundredths.

Amazing. Simply amazing.

There is nobody in our sport that can win like he wins,” U.S. head coach Eddie Reese said. “He is not just winning, he is crunching world records.”

Quick…someone call for a Brinks truck.

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