Gold Rush, Olympic style

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Rachel Faulkner writes, Most people have heard about the famous swimmer Michael Phelps.

Most people have heard about the famous swimmer Michael Phelps. They know that he won a gold medal in the last Olympics. But that may be all they know. They may not know that Phelps is on a new mission – to become the most “decorated” athlete EVER. Michael Fred Phelps was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1985. He was always a phenomenal swimmer, training at the North Baltimore Aquatics Club (coach: Bob Bowman). When he was just fifteen years old, he swam competitively in the 2000 Olympics Games in Sydney, Australia, the youngest member of the swim team. Five months later, he broke a world record in the 200 m Butterfly. After that, he broke that record in a Japanese tournament. In 2002, he broke the world record for the 400 m individual medley, closely followed by two more world record breaks. In 2004, after graduating from high school, he left Baltimore with his coach and went to the University of Michigan. In the 2004 Olympics, he won eight medals (six gold, two bronze) in his events. Following the Olympics in Athens, he went back to Michigan and volunteered as assistant coach for the University of Michigan. In 2007, he broke five more world records and the Worlds championship. So now, we are in the present. More specifically, the 2008 Sumer Olympics Games in Beijing, China are the current hosts of Phelps. And Michael Phelps has a goal – to win eight gold medals, more than any other Olympian. So far, he has won two of those golds – one two days ago and one yesterday in the 400 m individual medley and the 4-by-100 relay. He has six more races to compete in, and he has already smashed a World Record. Last night, his relay team led an unbelievable race against their prime rivals, France. In the last heat, the Americans pulled ahead of the French ever so slightly to win the gold medal. Will Phelps win the next six golds? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, Michael Phelps is, and will remain, an outstanding American athlete and a role model to all.

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  1. i disagree…
    i disagree, i think that the Olympics are a very important topic around this time, considering in Colorado right now, there isn’t much happening

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