It was so bittersweet to watch Phelps’s last individual race. I am literally in awe of him, he is such an inspiration to all. I feel so lucky to have been able to watch him swim through 3 separate Olympic games over 12 years… and not only win, but DOMINATE.
Beautiful as he is, he’s more than just a “hot swimmer” or even just a talented athlete. He is a champion. He was BORN a champion. Born to swim. Born to win. THAT is the difference between Michael Phelps and everyone else.
Everything about Michael Phelps is epic. From the moment he walks into the aquatic center with those headphones around his ears, to the moment his fingers touch that pool wall, and he turns around and sees his name on the board, and gives his victory cry… every single moment is epic. And each and every time he wins, he makes sure that the audience feels his triumph too. He makes you feel every emotion that he feels. There is no victory that tastes sweeter or is more exciting to watch than a victory belonging to Phelps.
Phelps is a hero and an inspiration, not only to swimmers and athletes, but to all. He inspires every kind of person. I could go on and on about how awesome he is, but I don’t think you need to hear it from me. As Phelps said, his swimming does all the talking… except instead of talking, it seems to be screaming at the top of its lungs.
I’m sad we won’t be able to see Phelps compete in Rio. I can hardly even remember the Olympics without him in it… it definitely won’t be the same. But there can only be one Michael Phelps, and he has gone down in history as the greatest Olympian of all time. I have a feeling that he’ll be sitting comfortably in that position for a long time to come.