Friday, August 15, 2008

From legend to God

OK, enough already.
Michael Phelps already sets six world records and wins six gold medals, including one in probably the greatest relay race of all time.
He now has the most gold medals of any other Olympian. Ever. And it's not even close.
And then, last night, Phelps wins his seventh gold medal? When he's exhausted? By tracking down his opponent in the last 25 meters? And he wins by one-hundredths of a second?
One one-hundredths?
Are you KIDDING me?

There are moments in sports when the very best not only win, they seem to do it in magical fashion, and then they become legends. Babe Ruth calling his shot. Michael Jordan's last-second shot to win the title for a sixth time or scoring 40 when he was sick with the flu. Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open on one leg.

Phelps is already legendary. He's now God of water. I would call him aquaman, but superhero status doesn't do him justice. Plus it's kinda geeky.

1 comment:

TenMile said...

And possibly has four more Oly to prove what a wonderful fluke the US gave rise to. Keep swimming.