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14 Gold Medals, and a Player, Too!

Michael Phelps

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Oct 30, 2009

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I watched the 2008 Summer Olympics with no small measure of amazement as Michael Phelps won gold medal after gold medal. One day it was Phelps by a country mile, and the next day his relay teammates ran down their opponents at the last possible second. Over their loud protests, I made my sons watch each race on television, knowing that we were witnessing something truly special on a historical and global scale. Finally, Phelps won the race that defies explanation, and we watched the replay of it over and over again and still were left shaking our heads in disbelief. Phelps was beat, but somehow used a half-stroke, a move of a champion, to beat Milorad Cavic by literally a fingernail! When I watched the replay seven or eight times, my sons were very happy to be in the room watching with me. Eight races, eight gold medals, what ...


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