What can you say about Michael Phelps? This week has been incredible, with more drama per second than any film you could imagine watching. Eight Gold Medals?!? A victory of .01 seconds? Jason Lezak’s comeback touch against the French in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay? The Phelps story had it all, and his humility and charm only adds to his legend. Get your endorsement contracts ready, folks; America has a new hero.
In case you didn’t know, Michael has spent the last four years at my alma mater, The University of Michigan, preparing for this Olympics with his coach Bob Bowman, who took over the U of M Swimming program. Phelps, because of his endorsements after the 2004 Olympics in Athens, was ineligible to compete for my Wolverines, but he was instead a volunteer assistant coach, all the while training for Beijing and going to school. I am sure that Baltimore will welcome him with open arms when he returns home to swim for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club with Bowman, but I am proud that Mr. Historic enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor.
In the entire week of coverage, my favorite piece was NBC’s look into Phelps’ eating habits, featuring his 10,000 calorie-a-day diet courtesy of some of my favorite old haunts in Ann Arbor (what, no Zingerman’s?!?)…
Congratulations to Michael Phelps on his historic Olympic achievement and GO BLUE! What an amazing week.