Michael Phelps Wins His 21st Olympic Gold Medal!

Michael Phelps Wins His 21st Olympic Gold Medal!

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2016

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Michael Phelps sat alone, thoroughly exhausted.

What has made Phelps so special is his excellence across multiple events and distances and the way he has been able to sustain it over the years. To celebrate, he threw his arms up in the air and shook his finger back and forth at the crowd.

"But I'm going to keep swimming until I stop having fun".

He is the greatest Olympian of all time.

A little more than an hour after his butterfly final, Phelps anchored the gold-medale winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay, a race that didn't even seem on his radar five weeks ago. Four lengths of each stroke to show who is the best overall swimmer in the world, the 200-meter IM is one of the most anticipated races of the Games.

Phelps won the event at the 2004 Athens Games and again in Beijing four years later. Two other athletes on the list have won three medals in their fifth Olympics. Ledecky marveled. "It's insane what he did tonight".

Phelps looks for a fourth straight gold medal in the 200-meter individual medley.

"After he won the 200m freestyle silver medal I thought it was obvious he is in good shape swimming a personal best while his butterfly has been good throughout the season", Neethling said.

"We've won a lot of medals. It's just insane. It's mind-blowing". A true jerk would have set his mom, wife, and child against each other to determine which was more proud of him.

I noted that swimmers are cushioned by water from the physical pounding of running and jumping. It turns out the Classical and Hellenistic-era Greeks mimicked this modern fastidiousness with their own detailed record of events, and Olympic historian and Twitter user Bill Mallon drew our collective attention to this awesome fact. No runner or rower would dare attempt that. I wanted another picture with him on the medal stand.

This was the second consecutive gold for the American women, and included two returning members from the winning 2012 team, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman.

Forever was based on 2012 being the end of his career. The swimmer who had tried to surf his way through the London Olympics with the dedication of a beach bum began authoring a redemption narrative that included a full commitment to training.

Shanking shots of all sorts, including five - yes, five! - double-faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round in a real shocker Tuesday, ending the No. 1-seeded American's bid to become the first tennis player to collect a pair of singles golds.

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Ledecky had smashed her world record in the 400-meter freestyle on Sunday night.

Don't mess! Michael Phelps didn't just scream and holler after beating his rival Chad le Clos at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Tuesday, August 9.

"I came to the pool tonight with a mission", Phelps said Wednesday. And if I did, every ounce that I had was left in the pool.

Regardless of the exact calculations, Phelps' entry in the relay added zest to a night that was already one of the highlights of his week because of his butterfly rivalry with le Clos and Cseh. However, Jessica MacLean, acting director of the International Cupping Therapy Association, said she has seen a 20 percent increase in purchases of cupping therapy equipment and a 50 percent increase of healthcare practitioners seeking out their cupping certificates over the last three days.

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