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Just in time for the 2012 Olympics—prepare to peek into the mind of a champion with this newly updated edition of Michael Phelps’ autobiography, Beneath the Surface.

In this candid memoir, Phelps talks openly about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents’ divorce, and the challenges that come with being thrust into the limelight. Readers worldwide will relive all the heart-stopping glory as Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever...

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Overview


Just in time for the 2012 Olympics—prepare to peek into the mind of a champion with this newly updated edition of Michael Phelps’ autobiography, Beneath the Surface.

In this candid memoir, Phelps talks openly about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents’ divorce, and the challenges that come with being thrust into the limelight. Readers worldwide will relive all the heart-stopping glory as Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever set a world swimming record in 2001, to an Olympic powerhouse in 2008, and the most decorated Olympian in 2012. Athletes and fans alike will be fascinated by insights into Phelps’ training, mental preparation, and behind-the-scenes perspective on international athletic competitions. A chronicle of Phelps’ evolution from awkward teenager to media-savvy superstar, Beneath the Surface is a must-read for any sports fan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210635
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/22/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Phelps is the most decorated swimmer in the history of
World Championship swimming. An eight-time Olympic medalist and twenty-time world record holder, Phelps is considered to be one of the greatest swimmers in history. He is a member of the U.S. men’s swim team and will compete in the 2012 Summer
Olympic Games.

Brian Cazeneuve is a staff writer at Sports Illustrated, where he has been covering the Olympics since 1995. His freelance work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Time,
People, the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Sports, and others. He lives in New York City.

Bob Costas is one of America’s most well known sportscasters.
He began his career as a student announcer before joining NBC
Sports in 1980. Costas is known for coverage of the Olympics and can be seen regularly hosting Football Night in America. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note v

Foreword xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter 1 My Own Miracle 1

Chapter 2 close Calls 11

Chapter 3 Into the Water 19

Chapter 4 Coach Bob 27

Chapter 5 A Sister's Brave Fight 35

Chapter 6 A Big Step 43

Chapter 7 Breaking Out 51

Chapter 8 Now for the Long Haul 59

Chapter 9 Me, Second? 69

Chapter 10 The Olympian 75

Chapter 11 On Top of the World 83

Chapter 12 Coming Together 97

Chapter 13 Life as a Pro 105

Chapter 14 Heroes and Inspirations 115

Chapter 15 Down Under Again, Mate 121

Chapter 16 The Power of Words 131

Chapter 17 Five Dogs? 139

Chapter 18 Reaching Out 147

Chapter 19 I'll Follow You 157

Chapter 20 Emotional Sendoff 167

Chapter 21 Trials and Deliberations 179

Chapter 22 Time to Think 187

Chapter 23 Bad Third, Good Third 197

Chapter 24 A Team Effort 207

Chapter 25 Dreams Fulfilled 215

Chapter 26 Touring 225

Chapter 27 A Bad Mistake 233

Chapter 28 Off to Ann Arbor 239

Chapter 29 The Wakeup Call 243

Chapter 30 New Family, New Places 253

Chapter 31 Rebuilding 259

Chapter 32 Optimism Abounds 265

Chapter 33 On Top of the Worlds 271

Chapter 34 Beijing Beckons 279

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    This book is great!

    Is written well. Really explains the up and coming of Michael Phelps. Shows you the effort and decisions it took for him to become the greatest olympian of all time and change the swimming world forever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    a Awesome book

    I love to swim and he helps me on my technices.
    He also is a very inspireing person. This is a good book to read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

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    Phelps you are my heroe!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Question

    Is this similar t his book 'No Limits?' Please reply to michael phelps, and swimmers and subway, oh my!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Omfg

    Ur my idol and lso i met him and katy ledecky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Olympians

    I have met over 85 olympians including phelps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Raquel on April 1,2013

    How many pages are there

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    :)

    At my swim team, Wichita Swim Club (WSC), we are the home team of Caroline Bruce and some other Olympians. I will get to write my name on that banner in 2020! Should I get it?
    -Swimmer Forever (SwimGirl)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Awesome book

    I am a competitive swimmer. It would be a pleasure to meet michael phelps. I have been on a swim team since I was five. I have been swimming since six months. I have at least seven posters of you. I reccomend this book for tweens and up.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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