Michael Phelps: Gearing Up for Gold

Olympian swimming legend will compete in seven Olympic events

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Michael Phelps is a household name. But that doesn’t mean that Phelps didn’t have to give it his all to qualify for each of his seven events in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Phelps beat Ryan Lochte by a narrow nine-hundredths of a second, with a time of 54.84 seconds, in the Olympic trials 200-meter individual medley (IM) race.

This victory came after Lochte beat Phelps twice at last year’s world championships.

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Phelps will be competing in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, the 200- and 400-meter IM for a total of four individual events and will also swim in three relay events.

With a total of 14 gold medals, eight from Beijing alone, Phelps has more gold medals than any other Olympian in history. If he wins five medals of any color in London, Phelps will be the Olympian with the most medals in history.

The domestic rivalry between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps will have to take a backseat as they are both headed to the Olympics together as US teammates and will swim together on the same relay teams.

While Phelps did qualify for the 200-meter freestyle as well, he has chosen to drop that race in London and focus on his other seven events. Longtime Phelps Coach Bob Bowman, said there wouldn’t be enough recovery time for Phelps between the 200-meter freestyle and his next event.

US Men’s Olympic Olympic coach, Gregg Troy, said, “That’s a tough program Michael swims. He’s a little older, and those older guys don’t recover as quickly….Michael will be a lot fresher as we go through the rest of the meet.”

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Review Date: 
July 3, 2012
Last Updated:
December 6, 2012