Saturday, August 01, 2009
"It doesn't matter what suit you wear,'' Phelps said. "It matters how you train.''
WHOA! What a u-turn that is! Can we have our suits back now!
Michael Phelps, in a super-human effort, puts forth a super-human time of 49.82 in the 100-fly, to beat Milorad Cavic who swam a 49.95!
After Phelps was beaten in the 200 free by German swimmer, Paul Biedermann, then after posting a mediocre time in the 4x200 relay, and finally allowing his coach, Bob Bowman, to globalize a middle-school tantrum filled with finger pointing, insults and excuses, I thought Phelps was distracted and quite finished.
So much for "tea leaves."
Phelps one again did the impossible.
Link to Universal Sports coverage of the race: [Link]
Here are two quotes that will outlast this world championships:
Michael Phelps: "It doesn't matter what suit you wear,'' Phelps said. "It matters how you train.''
Bob Bowman: "We've lost all the history of the sport. Does a 10-year-old boy in Baltimore want to break Paul Biedermann's record?" Bowman said. "The sport is in shambles right now and they better do something or they're going to lose their guy who fills these suits." [In reference to Bob Bowman pulling Phelps out of competition]
I respect the spirit and amazing talent of Michael Phelps, but I can't root for him anymore nor support his sponsors.