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Old 08-19-2008, 09:42 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Yes, he's a beast, but he's in the most events than anyone.
I don't get it...

It's not like the US team withheld other swimmers so he could go for the golds; he was simply the best swimmer in ALL of those events. Qualifying for more events than anyone is a good thing.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:13 AM   #22 (permalink)
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his body looks weird i dont like swimmers body...funny shaped...he still amazing though
I agree I am not a fan of the swimmers body, but as an Orthopedic nurse Phelps is a phenomenon. His wing span is 3 inches greater than his height. 6'7" wingspan is insane. That in itself is disturbing since he is 6'4". His knees are double jointed, and his torso is much longer in proportion than normal. He is a case that found the perfect thing for his body type and shape. Amazing but completely funny shaped
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:29 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:49 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Yes, I have already realized that. I know he's the best swimmer, and I know that he will and would win every medal.

But what I'm frustrated about is the fuss about his medal count. Think of it like this. You hold a KO competition to see who can get the most KO's, and you have A. Silva in that competition, but it turns out that Silva gets to fight 8 times while others get 2-3 times, and then you praise Silva for winning that many.

(prob not the best example, but I hope you know what I mean)
all those people could have entered more events if they had the athleticism to compete in them all.
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Old 08-19-2008, 02:51 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I don't get it...

It's not like the US team withheld other swimmers so he could go for the golds; he was simply the best swimmer in ALL of those events. Qualifying for more events than anyone is a good thing.
That's not what I'm talking about. I've already said that he is the best swimmer. But in terms of Olympic sport as a whole, he's probably in the most events because well, swimming has the most events, that's why his medal count doesn't mean much to me.
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He has done it over lots of different disciplines and distances though. It's a bit like a track runner getting the gold in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, hurdles etc etc
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all those people could have entered more events if they had the athleticism to compete in them all.
You're not listening.

I've already established that he is the greatest swimmer. I'm just saying that his sport - swimming - has the most events, as opposed to other sports like Wrestling, Tennis, even track.

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He has done it over lots of different disciplines and distances though. It's a bit like a track runner getting the gold in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, hurdles etc etc
Not necessarily, the variance in his distance wasn't much (100,200,400), however, he has the option of doing each distance with butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke. And Track is alot different than swimming. It's almost impossible for someone like Gay or Bolt to win the 400m+, they're built differently, and they can only do it in one style. The most medals bolt could realistically win is about 4 at most (in one Olympics) Thus, according to media standards, he wouldn't be able to become the greatest Olympian ever.
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You're not listening.

I've already established that he is the greatest swimmer. I'm just saying that his sport - swimming - has the most events, as opposed to other sports like Wrestling, Tennis, even track.



Not necessarily, the variance in his distance wasn't much (100,200,400). And Track is alot different than swimming. It's almost impossible for someone like Gay or Bolt to win the 400-800m, they're built differently. The most medals bolt could realistically win is about 4 at most (in one Olympics) Thus, according to media standards, he wouldn't be able to become the greatest Olympian ever.
do you know how many sports have more than 8 events?
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do you know how many sports have more than 8 events?
look at how many events Phelps can potentially win, as opposed to Bolt.

Phelps:

100m butterfly
100m freestyle (did not enter)
200m butterfly
200m freestyle(did not enter, but competes in)
200m butterfly
200m IM
400m IM
4x100m Medley relay
4x100m Free relay
4x200m freestyle relay
400m IM

Bolt:

100m
200m
4x100m relay
400m (maybe, but not entered)
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Honeslty, I was more impressed by Bolt...

3 Golds in Track with 3 WR's which is unheard of

WR's in swimming get broken all the time, but records in Athletics don't, the 200m record had been there for 12 years, the 4x100m record had been there for ages too

Bolt broke the 100m record even though he slowed down at the end and celebrated at 90m

Bolt was more impressive for me
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