Usain Bolt may have been the only athlete who upstaged swimmer Michael Phelps in the recent Beijing Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter surprisingly set two individual world records in the 100 and 200 meters and was part of a 4×100 relay world record Jamaican team.
"If you're enjoying yourself in your sport and enjoying the competition, you're going to get better." -Eric Shanteau, an Olympic swimmer who was diagnosed with cancer less than two months before the Beijing Olympics.
Michael Phelps wins eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics (2008) -- Not only can Baltimore claim the greatest baseball player of all time and the greatest quarterback, but Phelps is already the most prolific Olympic swimmer, and he's headed for the London Olympics this summer.
When USA Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones isn’t competing or training, he’s advocating for water safety. After nearly drowning at the age of five, Cullen overcame his fear of water to win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2009, Cullen and the USA Swimming Foundation launched its Make a Splash Tour, presented by Phillips 66. The Make a Splash Initiative is targeted towards children and aims to provide the lifesaving tools and training for every child in America to learn to swim.
Michael Phelps...he was cute at the Beijing Olympics, and four years later, he's still cute. :P
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At the 1904 Summer Olympics, American gymnast George Eyser won six medals: 3 gold; two silver, and one bronze. What makes Eyser even more unique is that he competed with a wooden leg. During his youth, Eyser lost most of his left leg after a train ran over it. This didn’t stop him from making history a few years later, becoming the only person to compete in the Olympic Games with an artificial leg, until 2008 when South African swimmer, Natalie du Toit, competed in the Beijing Olympics.