Amazing Pace: The Story of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps From Sydney To Athens To Beijing Amazing Paul McMullen

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Published: August 8th 2006

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Amazing Pace: The Story of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps From Sydney To Athens To Beijing Amazing  by  Paul McMullen

Amazing Pace: The Story of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps From Sydney To Athens To Beijing Amazing by Paul McMullen
August 8th 2006 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 264 pages | ISBN: | 6.26 Mb

A vibrant portrait of American swimmer Michael Phelps—the most decorated Olympian of all time—from an obscure and awkward 14-year-old to the most scrutinized competitor at the worlds biggest sporting eventBefore he was old enough to have aMoreA vibrant portrait of American swimmer Michael Phelps—the most decorated Olympian of all time—from an obscure and awkward 14-year-old to the most scrutinized competitor at the worlds biggest sporting eventBefore he was old enough to have a drivers license, Michael Phelps had a world record.

Before he ever took a college class or turned 20, he had earned distinction by winning 8 medals—6 gold and 2 bronze—at the Athens Olympics, the most in non-boycotted Games. Along the way, he captivated an American television audience and confounded the critics who questioned his ambition.Amazing Pace is the most revealing look we have had at this remarkable athlete based on five years of observation by respected Baltimore Sun journalist, Paul McMullen. Highlights include:Phelpss unusual training regimen which shuns weight-lifting and cross-training and concentrates almost entirely on swimming—4 million yards per year, an average of 11,000 yards per day, every dayThe impact of parental separation and remarriage on Phelps adolescence, specifically, how these affected familial support of an Olympian when it was needed mostThe emotional highs and lows of competitive athleticism, Phelps decision to turn professional at the young age of 16, and the guilt and pressure that accompanied Phelps surpassing his siblings swimming careersDramatic reporting from the 2004 Olympic Games- including the injury and personal missteps that threatened his life and career in the aftermath of his achievements in AthensMcMullens careful research adds unprecedented and dramatic context to the life of a young athlete who has achieved rock star status among swim fans, who seems remarkably cool on the outside while inside his competitive fire burns with an intensity that has rarely been matched.



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