This underwater photograph shows U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps competing during the men's 200m butterfly swimming semifinal at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 12, 2008.
Usain Bolt may have been the only athlete who upstaged swimmer Michael Phelps in the recent Beijing Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter surprisingly set two individual world records in the 100 and 200 meters and was part of a 4×100 relay world record Jamaican team.
China As if swimming in a fantasy aquarium, a school of decorative fish hovers inside Beijing's renovated Water Cube. Where Olympic swimmers used to compete, visitors now frolic in a wave pool and on elaborate water-park rides. PHOTO: MATTHEW NIEDERHAUSER, INSTITUTE
The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Twelve-time Olympic Medalist and Author Dara Torres on The Just 2 Choices Show. Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympic Games a few years later in 1984. At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games. When she took three silver medals home – including the infamous heartb...
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Michael Phelps wins eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics (2008) -- Not only can Baltimore claim the greatest baseball player of all time and the greatest quarterback, but Phelps is already the most prolific Olympic swimmer, and he's headed for the London Olympics this summer.
"If you're enjoying yourself in your sport and enjoying the competition, you're going to get better." -Eric Shanteau, an Olympic swimmer who was diagnosed with cancer less than two months before the Beijing Olympics.
At the 1904 Summer Olympics, American gymnast George Eyser won six medals: 3 gold; two silver, and one bronze. What makes Eyser even more unique is that he competed with a wooden leg. During his youth, Eyser lost most of his left leg after a train ran over it. This didn’t stop him from making history a few years later, becoming the only person to compete in the Olympic Games with an artificial leg, until 2008 when South African swimmer, Natalie du Toit, competed in the Beijing Olympics.