Wednesday, 6 February 2013

NST : The king of speed

NST Life and Times
5 February, 2013

Phelps qualifies for his first Olympics at the USA trials in 2000

THE achievement of swimmer Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympian of all time by winning an unprecedented 22nd medal at last year’s Games — is celebrated by Speedo with a series of 22 iconic images charting his swimming history.

He won every Olympic gold medal wearing Speedo.

Speedo has supported Phelps from the age of 14, right through to his latest record breaking achievements in London.

During this time, he has secured 18 Olympic titles — twice the amount that any other athlete in any other sport has won — together with an unparalleled 27 World Championship Gold medals.

Among these triumphs were the eight Gold medals won in Beijing in 2008, a feat, which earned the Baltimore native a US$1 million (RM3.1 million) bonus from Speedo.

Phelps announced that the money would be used to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation, which today helps to grow the sport of swimming among children and young people, while promoting the benefits of an active, and healthy lifestyle.

Speedo president David Robinson says Speedo is passionate about the sport of swimming and about inspiring people to swim.

“Michael’s achievements will, undoubtedly, motivate the next generation of champions to take to the pool and aim to emulate their hero; the most accomplished swimmer of all time.”

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