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Michael Phelps is an unavoidable name in the history of world sport. The American swimmer, 27 years and never tires of success and partly to Londres`2012 bet to break more records.
The athletes come from Baltimore has won 16 medals at the Olympics but do not want to stay here. After a temporary interruption in the sport, which went through a serious crisis of confidence - recall the episode was photographed smoking a marijuana pipe - Phelps quickly realized that his work was not completed and returned to the pool to prepare for the Olympics . At first it was difficult but with the help of family and coach Bob Bowman, the swimmer was able to rediscover the motivation to wake up every day at dawn to go train.
Try to realize now what the record that Michael Phelps does not have and which seeks to achieve in the English capital.
- With 16 medals at the Olympics, Michael Phelps needs to win three in London to overcome the Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina (18), and become more medal athlete in the history of the Olympics.
- Never in the history of the Olympics was a swimmer (male) to win the same event at three consecutive Olympics. In London, Phelps will have four chances to achieve that record: 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 and 400 styles. The U.S. is not alone, joining the Japanese Kosuke Kitajima, who could also achieve this goal in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
In conclusion, Michael Phelps is already in the Olympus of the gods of sport but could go up (even more) to a level nearly unattainable. Let`s wait and follow carefully the swimming competitions of the Olympic Games that begin Saturday.