Well it seems this past weekend, Sluggish Michael Phelps, who, at 27, is seemingly still in the prime of his career, finishing fourth in a race that once was his signature event.was not the championship swimmer we expected in London.What a stunning turn of events this was, and in the first swimming race of the 2012 Olympics. There was Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian ever, pulling himself out of the pool badly beaten and sounding a little despondent afterward.
For the first time since his first Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Michael Phelps didn't come away from it with a medal. Hmm, let's wonder why that is for a moment? We saw Phelps fall behind the eventual winner, this weekend, his American teammate Ryan Lochte, immediately, finding himself in third place after the first 50 meters of the butterfly. He was 2½ seconds behind Lochte at the halfway point, after the backstroke leg. Things never got better from there as he ended up losing to Lochte by a whopping 4.10 seconds and missing out on the bronze medal by .34 seconds. USA swimmer Michael Phelps then reacted sadly after not placing in the mens 400 individual medley during the
2012 London Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Phelps commented that it was just a crappy race, saying that it was frustrating, that the competiting racers swam a better race than him, and swam a smarter race and were more prepared,which is why they got medals.
But think about this for a theory, Phelps is a senior member of the USA Team, a team he's to see win as many medals as possible,theres no rules saying how! Phelps job is to build up teammate Ryan Lochte, not to beat him out of the water, to let the competing teams to get over confident, then Phelps will swoop behind Lochte and do what he does well, while letting Freshman Ryan Lochte to have some of the glory.
Lets face it he didn't have anything to prove, and wasn't forced to compete, he has a solid income, Michael Phelps earns $10,000,000 per year; which means $833,333 per month, $208,333 per week or $41,666.67 per day! Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer and Olympian of all time. Even if he does not win a medal in the 2012 Olympics, which is highly unlikely, He's still the most highly paid Olympian of all time, Michael will make a lot more than that this year, an Olympic year.with an expected 100,000,000 in endorsements expected to be paid over his lifetime. That's a lot of money for a little boy from Towson, Maryland.
And thats since, Olympic superstar swimmer Michael Phelps face charges over bong scandal resulting in the centre of a drug scandal after he was photographed smoking a bong at a student party, in March of 2009, the swimming star flirted with girls and drank beer at the party. A fellow guest offered Phelps a glass bong and he started inhaling the marijuana. A fellow partyer said that it was obvious that Michael had smoked before. He grabbed the bong and a lighter and knew exactly what to do. He looked just as natural with a bong in his hands as he does swimming he was the gold medal winner of bong hits.”
Phelps then age 23, admitted to smoking the bong, and made a public apology, saying the matter was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgement. It is not the first scandal to hit the young sports star. Phelps was arrested in 2004 for drink driving and was on parole for 18 months
Even after his triumph in Beijing he grabbed headlines for his outrageous lifestyle, involving gambling in Las Vegas and flirting with a stripper.That scandal alone could have ended Phelps Olympic reign as king, but most of his major sponsors, such as Visa Inc., Speedo, luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega and sports beverage PureSport's maker Human Performance Labs, stood by the athlete following the news, even if they didn't condone his behavior. But Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal and snack maker Kellogg said Phelps's behavior is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg."
With Phelps looking much stronger yesterday, than he did the Saturday night, the Americans built a commanding lead over the first three legs of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Sunday and never really had to worry about the defending world champions from Australia.
When Lochte dove into the water on the anchor leg, he was a half-body length ahead of the field and looking to add another gold to his dominating victory Saturday in the 400 individual medley, but unfortunately for Lochte, not fast enough.
Yannick Agnel, playing the chaser role that Jason Lezak did for the Americans four years ago in this same event, sliced through the water and was right on Lochte's shoulder as they made the flip at the far end of the pool. With about 25 meters to go, they were stroke for stroke.
But Lochte, who had already competed in 1,200 meters of racing over the first two days, simply didn't have enough left to hold off the towering, 20-year-old Frenchman, one of the sport's real rising stars. Who gave everything in the last 50 , Agnel who during the last 10 meters, saw that he Lochte, was really cracking."
Agnel touched in 3 minutes, 9.93 seconds, having gone exactly 1 second faster than Lochte over the last two laps. Lochte and the Americans dropped to silver in 3:10.38, while Australia who were the favorite didn't even get a medal. Russia took the bronze in 3:11.41, edging the team from Down Under by 0.22.
Phelps settled for his 17th career medal and completed his collection of Olympic colors, adding a silver to his 14 golds and two bronzes. He also moved a step closer to becoming the most decorated Olympian ever, just one away from tying the mark for most career medals held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina.
Anyway, Phelps has five events to go, and at least he was happy to be in a medal, Sunday, referring to a fourth-place finish in his first race of the London Games.