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Michael Phelps set out before the Beijing Games with the most audacious goal in the history of the modern Olympics, to win eight gold medals at a single Games.
He did it. And more. He elevated himself, his family, his team and his country. He made people around the United States – indeed, around the world – pay attention to his sport and to the way an American not only invites challenge but deals with pressure and expectation.


  1. La said:

    On the butterfly race- it was amazing to watch him stretch to a win- it is fun to watch people set such high goals- reminds us all that anything is possible!

    August 25, 2008
  2. beth said:

    he is amazing!

    August 19, 2008
  3. hot mama said:

    He sure was exciting to watch. I thought he was my kid I would get so excited and up tight. That is the young man to use as a role model. You pick them good Mattie! Mom

    August 18, 2008
  4. Kay said:

    I think it was cool- everyone was tuning in every night just to see whether he could do it. It was so exciting – and that is what the Olympics should be.

    August 17, 2008
  5. Bob said:

    Also very rich, there were a few million in sponsership dollors for his success!

    August 17, 2008
  6. mattie said:

    3 words…what an athlete!
    He’s amazing and quite an athlete and role model.

    August 17, 2008

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