What I liked best about the article is that author acknowledges a new word that describes the human condition when forced to confront adversity...
From the Chicago Tribune:
"... Before America moves on and stops paying attention to swimming for another four years, consider the magic that happened inside the Aquatics Centre. I heard the term "Phelpsian" used to describe the effort of the most accomplished Olympian ever. In the sports thesaurus, "Jordanesque" is a synonym.
This was Phelps, on the brink of retirement, using sheer will to increase his medal total to 20 and enhance his legacy by becoming the first man to win an individual event in three straight Olympics.
This was a proud champion refusing to go out anywhere but on top, humble beating Hollywood. ..."
Ryan Lochte is a great champion but why is it that the author brands him as an athlete that seemingly under delivered? One gold medal means you are the greatest of the games in that event. Two means you are a national treasure. Three means you are of historical interest and finally, any more than four becomes, "Phelpsian."
Not only did he change the sport he changed the sports dictionary.