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Monday, August 18, 2008

Phelps - Time to Call Bullsh*t!


By Christopher Wilde

During a televised press conference Olympic swimmer and multiple Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps had this to say:

"First of all, records are always made to be broken, no matter what they are. Anybody can do anything they set their mind to. I've said it all along: I want to be the first Michael Phelps, not the second Mark Spitz."

Anyone can do anything they set their mind to?  Really?  Are you serious?  Has the glory of winning gone to your head already?  

Anybody can do anything they set their mind to?  Like win eight gold medals in swimming?  Anyone can do that?  How about someone with dwarfism?  Can they compete against you and win just by setting their mind to it?  How about anyone without your gigantic arms and other genetic luck can they do what you've done?  Most likely not.

But what about those statistical few who do possess your gifts- can they do it?  Yes, if someone can support them financially, athletically, and emotionally from a young age through the many years of training and failure to get to your level of performance. 

If they can do all of those things and have the will then yes, yes they can do anything they set their mind to.   The rest of you can just forget it!

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