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pooltchr
08-16-2008, 09:15 PM
The USA men's team is pretty damn awsome...and Phelps is almost unbelievable!
What a great accomplishment!

Steve

sack316
08-17-2008, 06:53 AM
pretty amazing stuff. He'll take home more gold medals than a lot of countries will take home medals period.

What also amazes me is what a difference in the sport over the decades. Sportscenter showed the time difference between Phelps and Spitz, and phelps shaved quite a bit of time off of Spitz's times.

Just looked it up, there are 51 countries in the games with 8 or less total medals! As far as swimming, only the US and Australia have more than 6 total swimming medals. We talk about dominance in sports, and see so many names deservedly tossed around... but wow this is just pure domination.

Sack

sack316
08-17-2008, 07:07 AM
oh, and what's even more incredible is the fact that by achieving such a feat, he simply met expectations- rather than exceeding them. When you can do something nobody has ever done before, AND it surprises no one, you are something special.

Sack

hondo
08-17-2008, 08:49 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: sack316</div><div class="ubbcode-body">oh, and what's even more incredible is the fact that by achieving such a feat, he simply met expectations- rather than exceeding them. When you can do something nobody has ever done before, AND it surprises no one, you are something special.

Sack </div></div>

You are dead on with that, Sack.
Amazing. Plus, I think it really inspired other American athletes.

pooltchr
08-17-2008, 08:54 AM
In addition to all he has accomplished already, he isn't done yet. How many more will he get in 2012?????????
Steve

dg-in-centralpa
08-17-2008, 12:53 PM
Steve,
I hope he retires. Why not go out on top. He has nothing else to prove. In 2012, if he loses, he'll be a failure in his and others eyes as well.

DG - jmho

pooltchr
08-17-2008, 04:46 PM
He will have to qualify all over in 2012. If he can do that, why not go for it? Maybe he gets a few more...more power to him. Until someone proves they are better, I think he should keep on going for it.
Steve

wolfdancer
08-17-2008, 06:46 PM
Sack, Phelps was the hi-lite of this Olympics for me, and his medal count is awesome...but can he sew or play the harmonica, and he's probably got "two left feet" when it comes to dancing???
He's just lucky that "Babe" wasn't a swimmer, and was only limited to 3 events....or he'd have to enter the next two Olympics just to catch up.
Although she would have probably chosen to compete in five or more events, Olympic rules forced her to choose only three.

Babe Didrikson winning the 80-metre hurdles at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.[Credits : AP]Didrikson began by winning the javelin event with a world record throw of 143 feet 4 inches (43.68 metres). She then set another world record while winning the 80-metre hurdles in 11.7 seconds. The high jump, her last event, found her in a tie with teammate Shiley. Both women had cleared 5 feet 51/4 inches (1.657 metres), a world record, and had failed at 5 feet 6 inches. Judges called for a jump off at 5 feet 53/4 inches. When both women cleared the height, the judges scrambled for a way to fairly declare a winner. Their solution hardly seemed fair. While both women were credited with the world record, Shiley was awarded the gold medal and Didrikson the silver on the basis that Didrikson’s western-roll style of jumping (diving over the bar) was illegal.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias Biography: She is undoubtedly one of the greats in the history of women's golf. But a strong argument can also be made that Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the greatest female athlete of all-time. Writing about her in 1939, Time magazine described Babe as a "famed woman athlete, 1932 Olympic Games track & field star, expert basketball player, golfer, javelin thrower, hurdler, high jumper, swimmer, baseball pitcher, football halfback, billiardist, tumbler, boxer, wrestler, fencer, weight lifter, adagio dancer."
They left out tennis and diving, among others. Somehow, Babe even managed to find time to play harmonica on vaudeville and win the sewing championship at the 1931 Texas State Fair!