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Michael Phelps: Swimming for Olympic Gold
     

Michael Phelps: Swimming for Olympic Gold

by David P. Torsiello
 

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After his performance at the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps was left towering over every other swimmer - and perhaps every other athlete - in history. In his brilliant career, he has broken over 30 world records (so far) in various styles. Going back to the prior Olympic games in Athens in 2004, Phelps has won thirteen straight gold medals.

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After his performance at the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing in 2008, Michael Phelps was left towering over every other swimmer - and perhaps every other athlete - in history. In his brilliant career, he has broken over 30 world records (so far) in various styles. Going back to the prior Olympic games in Athens in 2004, Phelps has won thirteen straight gold medals. Phelps will look to extend this streak when the games go to London in 2012. If he were to win three or more medals there, he would break the all-time record of 18 total medals for one Olympian.

Quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary make this a book everyone will want to read.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Torsiello has written an informative forty-eight page sports biography about a dynamic swimmer. Olympic Gold Medal winner Phelps was born on June 30, 1985, in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents divorced when he was young, leaving his mother to raise him and his two sisters. At the age of seven, he started taking swimming lessons with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. At first, he had a difficult time in the water, but eventually he became better and never wanted to get out of the water. The swimming helped Phelps forget about his parents' divorce. He was also having behavioral problems and complained he could not concentrate. He was diagnosed with ADHD. Phelps tried out for the Olympic trials at age fifteen but did not qualify. It took a few years for his skills and patience to develop, but in 1996 he set a national record for his age group in the 100 meter butterfly. Phelps then started to train more vigorously. His coach told his mother he could be an Olympic swimmer. In 2000, he was the youngest member of a U.S. team since 1932 to participate in the Olympic Summer Games. He placed fifth in the butterfly. In 2003, at the World Championships in Spain, he set another new world record when he swam in the 200 IM semi-finals. He finished the meet with five medals. At the Beijing Olympic Games, Phelps won eight gold medals, breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals won at a single Olympic Game. Although Phelps has made some mistakes in his personal life, he recognizes them and has refocused on his swimming. He plans on competing in the Summer Games in London in 2012. Part of the "Celebrity Biographies" series. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766036307
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
Hot Celebrity Biographies Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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