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(USA Today)   You're the most accomplished Olympian in history. What do you do next? Oh, I know, how about date a supermodel. Date a supermodel? All right, then date a supermodel it is   (usatoday.com) divider line 117
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2012-08-07 02:17:03 PM

orbister: True Value: If winning multiple gold medals in swimming over the course of multiple Olympics is so easy then we should expect this to be a regular occurrence.

He's lasted longer than many swimmers, but winning multiple medals in swimming at a single Olympics is absolutely routine. Oh, and both Spitz and Thorpe won multiple golds at multiple Olympics.


I said nothing about multiple gold medals at a single Olympics. And citing two (amazing) swimmers is no proof that it's a regular occurrence. Spitz and Thorp were also among the best ever.
 
2012-08-07 02:25:15 PM
100 posts and 1 pic of her FARK be slippin and trippin
 
2012-08-07 02:28:14 PM

padraig: Not to piss on Michael Phelps' parade, he's a mighty athlete, but it's a bit unfair to praise him for all his medals (compared to other athletes) when he's in a field with so many opportunities to win some, what with all the combinations of distance, style, alone or by team, etc...

A judoka, for instance, could be the best judoka since the beginning of time, but can only go for a medal in his own weight class. Same for all team sports, boxing, etc...


My butthurt alarm just went off at about 20 decibels.
 
2012-08-07 02:47:52 PM
Just imagine how successful Phelps would be if he had never smoked pot!
 
2012-08-07 02:54:20 PM

Persnickety:
You are completely discounting the fact that the chief reason Phelps has so many medals is that this is his third Olympics. He's 27 and has dominated the sport since he was 15. That is Michael Jordan level of awesome. Note that Phelps doesn't even compete in any backstroke or breaststroke events.


Dude's worth millions of dollars and has a steady girlfriend. I imagine he gets to enter all the breast stroking events he wants.
 
2012-08-07 04:30:46 PM
How about that Oriental swimmer chick? They could bang each other in the pool, and chlorine is a natural spermicide.
 
2012-08-07 06:12:01 PM
I don't comment much here. But the guy is who he is. good for him.
 
2012-08-07 06:16:05 PM

orbister: Persnickety: If this were true, you'd expect running races to feature every country imaginable instead seeing the top spots always dominated by the same few countries. At world class levels, it's not enough just to have natural talent. You need world class trainers and training facilities.

I don't think you're contradicting each other.

Swimmers swim all strokes in training and then get lots of chances to win medals in competitions. That's why individual swimmers tend to win lots of medals.


They practice all strokes but nobody excels at all of them. Most swimmers are lucky if they are good enough at one so what you are saying is not generally true at the world class level. Phelps competed in two of them which already makes him exceptional. He's also been in three Olympics which means he has dominated the sport for a very long time. I will grant there are more events in swimming than other sports but not much more than, say, running events.


Swimming also requires extremely expensive training facilities; a 50m pool doesn't come cheap, so competitive swimmers tend to come only from western europe, north america and Australia.

The latter shows another effect. Sometimes countries pump vast amounts of money into particular sports in an attempt to win lots of medals and boost national morale. See: Bulgarian wrestlers, East German throwers, Australian swimmers and, at the moment, British cyclists.


Pools aren't really as expensive as you are making them out to be. Every health club, college campus and most private schools have one. Even public schools and small cities often maintain their own pool. The 50m variety is rarer but the difference between 25m and 50m pools is small unless you are talking distance swimming. There's probably a difference at the elite level however I would wager that everyone on the US team started out for many years in a 25m pool and only moved on to a 50m pool after proving themselves. Also, the US consistently competes at the top in swimming without really any public support. I know other countries do things differently but that doesn't mean that's the only way it can be done.
 
2012-08-07 06:23:10 PM

babymulch: hope she likes taco bell and three-ways

[graneyandthepig.files.wordpress.com image 450x599]


?

That's not her.

/fake tits. Pass
 
2012-08-07 06:28:05 PM

orbister: Persnickety: You are completely discounting the fact that the chief reason Phelps has so many medals is that this is his third Olympics. He's 27 and has dominated the sport since he was 15. That is Michael Jordan level of awesome. Note that Phelps doesn't even compete in any backstroke or breaststroke events.

You make his point. Phelps (like Thorpe, and Spitz, and ...) manages to win lots of medals by doing just two things many times with minor variations. No other Olympic discipline, with the possible exception of cycling, allows one athlete to compete in so many events doing essentially the same thing.


How about track events? Where is the track star who earns medals at 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, steeplechase, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay? Can that athlete maintain that level over the course of three Olympics?


I think wins in the multi-discipline events, like pentathlons and decathlons, are much more impressive since they demonstrate a true range of talent.

Disagree. They prove you are very good at a bunch of things but not the best at anything. While there is a place for that, that's not really the gist of most athletic competitions, or any other competition for that matter.
 
2012-08-07 07:26:01 PM

Serious Black: Why would you date a fugly guy like Michael Phelps if you could land any guy you wanted?


/Was thinking the same thing, must be a obvious "further my career by sleeping with a new news focal point and making sure to hit the cameras with him" ploy.

//I hate it when that happens.
 
2012-08-07 07:28:02 PM

Bendal: Let's see; Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, is worth millions in endorsements and ad contracts, probably for years to come.

His girlfriend, OTOH, is a "supermodel" no one has ever heard of, and is already talking about a long term relationship and kids.

Can anyone say "gold digger" here?


/aaaaannnnd...we're done here..next thread.
 
2012-08-07 07:39:18 PM

Bit'O'Gristle: Serious Black: Why would you date a fugly guy like Michael Phelps if you could land any guy you wanted?

/Was thinking the same thing, must be a obvious "further my career by sleeping with a new news focal point and making sure to hit the cameras with him" ploy.

//I hate it when that happens.


So kinda like Victoria beckham?
 
2012-08-07 08:20:50 PM

Serious Black: Why would you date a fugly guy like Michael Phelps if you could land any guy you wanted?


???
You think she's the catch in this relationship? The dude is famous and probably has quite a bit of money. His "value" will remain or increase, while hers is already declining.
 
2012-08-07 08:35:36 PM
I'm guessing he's slept his way through freakishly lean, streamlined swimmer chicks? Flexible women with crazy breath control?

Ah what the hell. It's not like they're getting married. Give the brother some slack.
 
2012-08-07 10:28:57 PM
they could potentially make some pretty impressive children. or a bunch of freaks. like rob schneider on grownups. he's got one hell of a physique, though his proportions are weird, and he's not terribly good-looking, some might call him worse. either way, two freaks of nature combined, who knows what might come out
 
2012-08-08 03:47:41 AM

Persnickety: You are completely discounting the fact that the chief reason Phelps has so many medals is that this is his third Olympics. He's 27 and has dominated the sport since he was 15. That is Michael Jordan level of awesome. Note that Phelps doesn't even compete in any backstroke or breaststroke events.


And if he had dominated the sport of Judo for the last three olympics, his medal count would be... 3.
 
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