Michael Phelps, Eighth Wonder of the Olympics! Team Wins 4x100m Medley Relay Final

There was little doubt as the swimmers entered the pool area that this race was to be US all the way. This relay team was just too strong to miss Gold, but Australia and Japan may have a bit to say about that. Aaron Peirsol was to start, and the weak link was Brendan Hansen, who failed to medal in his heat. How would it play out?

If the team won this race, then Phelps would get Gold #8 and pass Mark Spitz. The key word there is “team”. For any man to break the record Spitz had set 36 years ago, he would have to depend on the rest of his team. The relay is a team effort. If Jason Lezak had not chased down braggart Frenchman Bernard in the 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relay, Phelps chance at history could not have been possible.

Once again, Phelps could contribute on his leg and without him the US could not win, but it required that the entire team perform for Olympic Gold!!

Peirsol started off the race in the backstroke. Peirsol was ahead at the turn, but not by much. Peirsol had been out-touched in the 200, and his injured elbow was a concern even though the coaches said it should not impact his performance. He was on World Record Pace, and in the lead, so it looked good so far.

Hansen leaped into the pool for the breaststroke ahead of world record pace. He maintained the lead at the turn, but Kosuke Kitojima of Japan was on the hunt. Now as they neared the next leg, Australia and Japan had pulled ahead of the World Record and Kitojima once again asserted his dominance over Hansen taking the lead. Brendan Hansen was behind at the touch, and Phelps was slow to leap into the pool not wanting to take the chance of any disqualification ruining the team’s chance at Gold.

Phelps entered the pool behind, but by only a hair. Australia, the US and Japan were all kissing the world record line, and it was way way too close to call. Michael’s pursuit of #8 could all go down the drain right here.

Phelps once again demonstrated that he is the strongest swimmer in the world. On the turn, he established his lead. Michael was ahead of world record pace and the other swimmers were starting to fall behind. But it all came down to our hero of these Olympics and the swimmer that made the win in the 4×100 Meter Freestyle Relay possible, Jason Lezak.

Jason made the surface of the water a hair in the lead, but he had the lead, and it was up to him to lose it. This is where Lezak does not lose. When it is just Jason on the line, he does not seem to have the strength to take Gold, but when it is the team on the line and history on the line, this man excels. “Team” is what Jason is all about and he once again rose to the occasion expanding the lead at the turn.

Australia and the US were both ahead of the world record, and Australia was coming on fast. But Lezak was an incredible body length ahead of the World Record and just as in his prior anchor leg, he was not about to lose. He touched first and made history for America. Phelps would now have GOLD #8. And he has his team to thank!!

16 medals, 14 GOLD!! 8 in this Olympics alone, taking the historic record away from Mark Spitz.

The team embraced and they knew they were all part of history, the Olympic tattoo on Hansen’s shoulder accentuating all that Olympic competition is all about.

Michael said after the race, “It’s the help from these guys that made it all possible, you know? It’s the relays and putting four guys together that really made it possible. This shows how much teamwork and how much togetherness we have. It is amazing to be a part of, and I am..honored.”

Michael, you are a champion, because you recognize that so many factors go into your achievement and we love you for proving once again that greatness is the sum of its parts.




Price of Gold Soars!! Phelps Takes #6, Lochte “Peirses” World Record To Take Gold over Peirsol!!

PRICE Of GOLD SOARS!!! Michael Phelps Takes #6 in Men’s 200 Meter IM

It was time for Phelps to see if he could take medal number 14 and his 6th consecutive Gold in this Olympics. Michael had to face Lochte in this race, but Lochte had just come off a race 25 minutes earlier. No one could possibly hope to race Michael after only 25 minutes rest unless they tied cinder blocks to Phelps feet.

At the end of the Butterfly, Phelps was easily in the lead already. They broke to the backstroke and it was obvious, Lochte was tired. He wasn’t going to pull Gold this time. Phelps was at world record pace…note that I just cut and paste that from every article on Phelps because it is always TRUE!

They moved to the breaststroke, and Phelps started to pull away from his nearest competitors, who both looked to be tiring. His turn into the freestyle had him leading by a full body length, and you don’t catch Michael in the freestyle.

Gold number 6 for Phelps!! World Record #6 for Phelps at 1:54.23. 1 away from tying Spitz’s record. 2 away from taking the record for most Gold Medals in history in a single Olympics held by Spitz for 36 years!

It all sounds like we know it already. It sounds like it is just a given and that it is already old news!! History is being made and this man is so phenomenal that people are in shock. It may take years before they realize what he has accomplished!

Phelps also now has 26 individual world records, tying Mark Spitz on that front.

A tired Lochte still took the Bronze only 25 minutes after winning a Gold over Peirsol. That was impressive.

USA Lochte “Peirses” World Record To Take Gold over Peirsol in Mens 200M Backstroke, 25 Minutes to Phelps?

This was an incredible race with the only two contenders, Ryan Lochte and Aaron Peirsol side by side in an American Dual.

This was to come down to the final 50 meters!! The two were head to head at the final turn and had been the entire race.

Lochte turned it on in the end and took the GOLD with a world record time of 1:53.94. Peirsol, the defending Gold medal champ, settled for Silver. Both are American Heroes and Go 1-2 for the US GOLD and SILVER. Now that is our kind of race!

Lochte, after breaking the world record and taking the Gold gets a 25 minute rest before having to face Phelps!! Would he beat them both?

What Michael Phelps is About to do… And by Golly He did!!

Here are all of Mark Spitz’s medals from the 1968 and 1972 Olympics:

* 1968 — 4×100 m freestyle relay Gold

* 1968 — 4×200 m freestyle relay Gold

* 1968 — 100 m butterfly Silver

* 1968 — 100 m freestyle Bronze

* 1972 — 100 m butterfly Gold

* 1972 — 100 m freestyle Gold

* 1972 — 200 m butterfly Gold

* 1972 — 200 m freestyle Gold

* 1972 — 4×100 m freestyle relay Gold

* 1972 — 4×100 m medley relay Gold

* 1972 — 4×200 m freestyle relay Gold

Michael Phelps current standing in Beijing 20008 Olympics:

So far: Eight finals, Eight gold medals, Seven world records, One Olympic Record.

His Events:

200m free- won Gold, Aug. 12

100m fly- won Gold, Aug.15

200m fly- won Gold, Aug. 12

200m IM- won Gold Aug. 15

400m IM- won Gold, Aug. 10

4x100m free relay- won Gold, Aug.11 with Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak, and Garrett Weber-Gale

4x200m free relay – won Gold, Aug. 12 with Peter VanderKaay

4x100m medley relay- won Gold with Aaron Peirsol, Jason Lezak, and Brendan Hansen

Buy the latest issue of Sports illustrated, Michael Phelps on the cover! August 25, 2008 issue!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GREATEST SWIMMER IN THE WORLD!! Thank you for making history!!

US Dominates Swimming: Peirsol, Coughlin, Phelps Make Olympic History

Swimming was big last night

Oh Say Can You See, Olympic History, US Takes 1 and 3!! Coughlin Takes GOLD in Women’s 100M Backstroke

The 100 Meter Backstroke saw Natalie Coughlin and Kirsty Coventry likely to be in a tight race. Coughlin broke out beautifully and took a strong lead early.

Coughlin was off strong, and well ahead of Coventry, but was drawing near the lane line and needed to center herself. Coughlin turned strong holding the lead and still looked to be well in front by about 2/3 of a body length, but we have seen how in prior races that can dissipate quickly.

Halfway through the final lap you could clearly see Coughlin drifting. And the rest of the pack started to catch up. Coventry was making her push for Gold and Coughlin was just inches ahead.

At the touch, Coughlin TAKES THE GOLD!!! Coventry of Zimbabwe took the Silver and Coughlin’s US teammate Margaret Holzer took the Bronze!!!

Two more US Medals. “Oh Say Can You SEEEEEE!!!!” Olympic HISTORY! Coughlin is the first ever to defend the title successfully in the Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke in Olympic History!

Phelps Makes Olympic Medal History, Wins Men’s 200M Freestyle for GOLD!

Phelps broke out to the lead early with a strong leap into the pool and reached the turn first, but was under his record pace.

Phelps had a body length lead on the second turn, and was looking stronger as he progressed. Phelps passed World Record Pace just before the last turn, and following the turn was a full second under with 40 meters left. Not one racer in the pool was close.

Phelps was going for a World Record all the way and touched at 1:42.96 almost a full second ahead of the World Record. Peter VanderKaay of the US touched third for the Bronze.

Phelps now has 9 golds and 11 total medals in the Olympics. One more, and he will be the new record holder of total medals.

In 1972, Mark Spitz took 7 Golds. He has held that record now for 36 years. Phelps could break that record as well and has 3 Golds so far in this Olympics thanks to the heroic win of the US Relay Team in the Freestyle 4×100 Meter race.

Soni!!! No Bologna!!! USA’s Rebecca Soni takes Silver in Women’s 100M Backstroke

This was clearly Leisel Jones race. Jones from Australia left little doubt throughout the race who was going to touch first.

But Rebecca Soni put in a spectacular performance to take the Silver. Soni is stronger in the longer distance. Could we be looking at a Soni GOLD???

Peirsol “Peirces” WORLD RECORD TO TAKE GOLD. US 1-2 in Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke

Peirsol got off to a weak start leaving Tancock ahead at the first turn, but Peirsol executed a great turn, and started to pour it on. Peirsol hasn’t lost this race in 7 years!! It wasn’t going to start today.

Peirsol surged to a WORLD RECORD at 53.54. Matt Grevers had an awesome swim and received the Silver!!!

One has to wonder, what could Peirsol have done if his start had been just a tad more crisp?

This American Team is amazing! Two more medals for the US. Keep ‘EM COMIN’!!

PHOTO CREDITS: NBC and Getty Images

Hits and Misses as the Competition Continues in the Olympic Waters

Katie Hoff Heartbreaker in the Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle Final, Misses Gold

At the first turn, it was Laure Manadou of France.  But this is a very long race.  On the 3rd turn, Manadou continued to lead.  No one has defended this event in the Olympics in 80 years!

Katie Hoff took the lead on the 4th turn!!  She was spreading her lead and in the 5th turn was still in the lead and looked to be pulling away.

She turns again in the lead and had the US fans on their feet and screaming.  She has a full body length going into the final turn.  She is so far out ahead, but there is so much that can happen, and Katie couldn’t hold her lead and missed Gold by 7/100 second. Katie gets the Silver.

Sorry Katie, but we all loved your performance.

“Peirsing” the Compitition, Peirsol Takes 1st Place

USA Aaron Peirsol was behind Liam Tancock of Great Britain at the turn in Heat 6 of the Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke.

Seemingly with ease, following the turn, Peirsol overtook Tancock and touched first to win the heat.

The US is looking very strong in the 100M Backstroke and a Gold in the event is a strong possibility.  Peirsol is the defending Gold Medalist from 2004.

Peirsol holds six individual World titles and nine world records and was the first man in history to break 53 seconds in the 100 Meter Backstroke.

USA Swim Team Natalie Coughlin Takes First In 100M Backstroke

Natalie Coughlin outpaced Reiko Nakamura from Japan to take first in the Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke semifinal.

Christine Magnusun Nails Silver in the Women’s 100M Butterfly

Libby Trickett of Australia edged out Christine Magnusun in the Women’s 100 M Butterfly, taking a stronger turn after the first leg.  Christine gets the Silver Medal for the US.