Our Olympic Quotation of the Day
4th August 2012
Today we have some wise words from Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever.
We all know that success is about attitude and commitment and Michael’s words demonstrate both of those things;
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.”
“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.”
“It all starts with a goal.”
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
“If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.”
“I can’t remember the last day I didn’t train.”
Having now won 18 Olympic Gold Medals, I think we should pay attention to what Michael Phelps has to say.
A Bit About Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps was born June 30, 1985 and is now most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, in all. He holds the all-time records for the total number of Gold Medals (18), the total number of Gold Medals in individual events (11), and for the total number of Olympic medals in individual events for a male (13).
By winning eight Gold Medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Michael took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games with five of those victories being in individual events, which tied the single Games record.
As of 3rd August 2012 he’s won three Gold and two Silver Medals at the London Olympics.
On August 2, 2012, Michael won his 16th Olympic Gold Medal when he edged out Ryan Lochte to win the 200m individual medley, and by that victory he became the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics.
So far, Rebecca Soni and Michael Phelps (twice) are the only swimmers to successfully defend an individual title from the 2008 Olympics. This 16th Gold Medal also marked his 5th Olympic title in the individual medley, which, breaks the record of four that’s been shared by Hungarian Tamás Darnyi and Ukrainian Yana Klochkova.
The following evening, Michael repeated that achievement and won the Olympic Gold Medal for the 3rd time in the 100m butterfly, his last individual event. His final event is the 4 × 100m medley relay on 4 August.
Michael’s the long course World Record holder in the 100 metres butterfly, 200 metres butterfly and 400 metres individual medley, as well as, the former long course World Record holder in the 200 metres freestyle and 200 metres individual medley.
Having won a total of 71 medals in major international long-course competitions (57 Gold, 11 Silver, and 3 Bronze) including the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships, his international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award 6 times and American Swimmer of the Year Award 8 times.
His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Michael the Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year award.
After the 2008 Olympics, he started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. He expects to do further work with his foundation after the 2012 Olympics, which he has said will be his last.
He’s one very impressive young man.
Have a great one,