Michael Phelps The Untold Story of a Champion

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-21
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Michael Phelps is an American sports hero, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete the world has ever known. His unprecedented eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics have made him a superstar. But his journey to Olympic immortality is every bit as compelling as his achievements in the pool. From learning to cope with ADHD to the story of how Phelps became the greatest swimmer ever, Phelps' tale is told in full detail here for the first time.The author, Bob Schaller, has known Phelps and his coach for more than eight years, and has extensively interviewed him, along with his mother, sisters, coach, and teammates. Filled with revelations, career statistics, photographs, and insightful analysis of how Phelps achieved the seemingly impossible, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn the complete story behind the legend.

Author Biography

Former journalist Bob Schaller has written numerous articles for USA Swimming and its magazine, Splash.  He is the author of several books, including NEVER STOP PUSHING: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand, about Olympic gold medalist wrestler Rulon Gardner and WHAT THOUGH THE ODDS: Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph. Visit his website at www.bobschaller.com.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. IX
Preface: Let the Games Begin: China, 2008p. XIII
Acknowledgmentsp. XVII
Introductionp. XIX
Raised by a Single Mom and Two Amazing Sistersp. 3
The Family That Swims Together: The Push to 2000 for the Phelps Siblingsp. 13
The Architect Behind the Plan: Coach Bob Bowmanp. 21
Quest for History, Take 1: Athens, 2004p. 35
Becoming a Young Man: Life at the University of Michiganp. 45
The "Thorpedo" on Swimming's Radarp. 69
Omaha, Nebraska: No Calm Before the Stormp. 77
Mark Spitz: Michael, Watch Out in the 100 Butterflyp. 87
What Could Go Wrong?p. 101
China Takes World's Center Stagep. 107
Beijing 2008: Saturday, August 9p. 117
Sunday, August 10: Finals, 400 IMp. 129
Monday, August 11: Finals, 4 x 100 Relayp. 133
Tuesday, August 12: Finals, 200 Freestylep. 149
Wednesday, August 13: Finals, 200 Butterfly and 800 Free Relay (4 x 200)p. 153
Thursday, August 14: No Finals, But Little Time to Restp. 167
Friday, August 15: Finals, 200 Individual Medleyp. 173
Saturday, August 16: Finals, 100 Butterflyp. 183
Sunday, August 17: Finals, 4 x 100 Medley Relayp. 193
U.S. Women Make Their Own Historyp. 199
Live, from China: A Family Affairp. 211
From the Great Wall, to the Great Beyondp. 221
Glossary of Termsp. 231
Strokesp. 235
Major Events on the U.S. Swim Calendarp. 237
Author Interviewp. 239
Phelps' Career Statisticsp. 245
June 30: A Day that Brought the World Michael Phelps-and a Whole Lot Morep. 249
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