Great smile, and she is six foot one...Will or did Michael get his 19th medal tonight? It may have been discussed but it seems the more sucess the less people like him. I guess it is imposible to mix testosterone, the best athlete ever in a really hard sport (the plushenko of the pool) and knowing he is really Zeus, and stay humble. It makes me wonder how MK does it-that approachibility-or is that an act. I remember thinking Mark Spitz was stunning but so arrogant. The most successful Olympian, most decorated, best swimmer for all time, over time, he delivered again and again. I wish I could like him. Admire his drive, ethic, focus, yes, but I can imagine what lunch would be like. He was more likeable when young yes? I don't recall.
Whoa, the swim relay-these guys gave Phelps a huge lead. Number 19 and it is another gold. It took three Olympics, and he is Olympic God. Edurance sport and a man with a goal. Tonight was so exciting with the Fab 5. I remember so well Atlanta and the 7 young women. Kerri sticking the vault on one foot, being carried around the arena by Bela. I don't know if that image will be topped but this was wonderful. Gabby and Ally go into the all around having done great. It seems it is one or the other. I put my money on Gabby. It really was great to see how happy and proud. 5 super hardworking but lucky girls to have been chosen. Just Wow, what a night for gym. and swimming. Woohoo!!!!! I lost my feed...I am sure there will be many interviews...anyone still up watching?
Big congratulations to Michael Phelps! What an amazing athlete! I love the legends. Here comes a 19 time Olympic medalist! And he might be 22 time Olympic medalist. And who knows? He might even want to try to go to the next Olympics. No one can ever pass that!
What a wonderful night! I'm glad both Phelps and Lochte (as well as their teammates) had a gold-medal performance in this event. As Phelps points out in a later interview, he really didn't train as intensely for this Olympics as he did for Beijing, and that could explain some of his less-than-stellar swims here. But even in lesser shape, he's still pretty formidable. Congrats to him for edging past Latynina. (Though as she points out, she also coached the Soviet team through quite a few gold medals after her own competitive career.) He really is an extraordinary competitor.
Kudos to that French simmer, Yannick Agnel. What a speed demon! If it wasn't our guys he was murdering in the pool, I'm sure the announcers here would have made a lot more fuss over him. How is he being presented on TV in Europe? Kind of lovely to think of France as a swimming power.
And Mexico as a diving power! They must have some training program: both their men's and women's synchronized diving teams have been very good, doing some of the most difficult dives, and the men won a medal.
I'm thrilled with the gymnasts. A decisive victory. You don't have to understand the fine points of judging to see why they won. That vault of McKayla's! And all three floor exercises. Wieber shows why she has been atop the podium; she seems to have springs in her ankles, and she sticks her landings like glue.
^ Olympia, your whole post sums it up for me. What an amazing day/night!
It seems anti climatic, though, that Phelps seems to be breaking the record in spite of himself lol
She still has more individual medals; Phelps got a lot of his medals in relays. How many events does he have left in London? Can he break this record, too?
Honestly, I'm surprised a gymnast held on to the total medals record for so long, since it seems like it would be easier to rack up medals as a swimmer than in other sports, with so many different events - both team and individual. In addition, Phelps comes from a swimming powerhouse, which means he has a good shot at relay medals. Contrast that with someone like Kirsty Coventry, who swims for Zimbabwe; all her Olympic medals are individual (admittedly, she has fewer of those than Phelps). Anyway, if Plushenko gets a fourth (and fifth?) medal in Sochi, to me that would be more impressive than Phelps's haul, because longevity in skating is much more difficult and medals are few and far between. As for other impressive Olympic records, check out this guy, who is at #5 on the total medals list and whose career as an Olympian started in 1936 and didn't end until 1960! And of course there's Clara Hughes, who has six medals split between the Winter and Summer Olympics - a truly singular achievement.
My favorite swimming win so far has been the Lithuanian girl's, so surprising and she was so shocked and moved by it.
Without checking is it safe to assume the Russian Ladies won team medals in that era just as Phelps has team/relay medals?
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Just about every news story about Phelps record-breaking medal tally referenced Larisa Latynina, thus the basis for the comparison; seeing as how it's her record that was broken.
This thread should be celebrating the accomplishments of swimmers, and I suggest we all focus on that. Phelps is certainly a great swimmer, and there are other Olympians who are/were great in their sports. The end.
I doubt Henie , Grafstrom or even Button had much of a competition than Latinina in their own time but they are all time greats. Latinina still holds a bunch of records related to Olympics and gymnastics in general and medalling in AA in 3 Olympiads is a very impressive record on its own for gymnastics, none has done it again.
But that doesn't take away or add to Phelps' accomplishments.
He is the greatest swimmer of all time.
This bit about who is the greatest Olympian of all time seems strange to me.
My vote (opinion) would be for Jesse Owens...... if nothing else for the way he humilated Hitler and that wonderful inventor of the Olympic torch, Joe Goebbels.
But we all have our own opinions
Anyway, thanks for the welcome back ...............
Latinina has taken part in 3 Olympiads so the most team olympic medals she could have had is 3, which is what she has. She still holds the record of total individual medals, and we are just talking about Olympic trivia here, we dont take away anything from Phelps. It is just that on the news they talk about her just like they talked about Spitz all the time during 2008 Games.
I liked the Lithuanian girl too and I also feel for Ye Shiwen too, until sth else is proved I celebrate her amazing wins.