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Old 08-02-2012, 12:18 AM   #9
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:32 AM   #10
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Good for him. But... it's still just swimming, sport I put on the level of table tennis or shot putting.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:07 AM   #11
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I've always played down his accomplishments due to the fact there are so many variations of swimming events.

There are no other Olympic sports with the same opportunity for that sport's athletes.

Great for him over the course of his career. He's perhaps the greatest swimmer, but I don't think you can remove the term "swimmer" from any label you give him.

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Old 08-02-2012, 03:05 AM   #12
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Michael Phelps broke a record that was near impossible to do. We may never see another person come close to accomplishing what he has just done. People do not give swimmers enough credit for their sport and Phelps has been the best in the world for almost 4 Olympics straight. Regardless of his out of the pool activities, he has earned the right to be called the greatest Olympian EVER.

@Bull_Dozer....as an athlete myself, I would love to see you swim the 200M butterfly and we shall see if you call it "just swimming".
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:43 AM   #13
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he did it during the steroid era, so yeah ... very "impressive" XD. tbh he may be the best swimmer of all time but I don't trust any athlete that wins a gold medal these days, let alone 15.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:19 AM   #14
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Re: Sound off: How Impressive is Phelps record breaking medal count?

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Michael Phelps broke a record that was near impossible to do. We may never see another person come close to accomplishing what he has just done. People do not give swimmers enough credit for their sport and Phelps has been the best in the world for almost 4 Olympics straight. Regardless of his out of the pool activities, he has earned the right to be called the greatest Olympian EVER.

@Bull_Dozer....as an athlete myself, I would love to see you swim the 200M butterfly and we shall see if you call it "just swimming".
Isn't this his 3rd Olympics? He dominated two Olympics and has been very good but not dominant in this year's.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:58 AM   #15
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Isn't this his 3rd Olympics? He dominated two Olympics and has been very good but not dominant in this year's.
I believe he took part in the 2000 Olympics as well. And you are right he hasn't been close to being dominant this Olympics. He still has 3 events left though.

I would argue there are about 5 people who could be greatest Olympian ever, but Phelps belongs in the conversation.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #16
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we'll talk about that at the end of the olympics...
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