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Eight Olympic medals, including six gold and two bronze in Athens in 2004, Michael Phelps is the current holder of six world records, and seven gold medals at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships. Phelps is well on his way to his ambitious goal of "changing the sport of swimming." But despite Michael's pre-eminence in the pool, his story is not a swimming diary but a tale of adversities overcome and redemption through persistence. This new softcover edition contains a substantial update, as Phelps reflects on ...

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Eight Olympic medals, including six gold and two bronze in Athens in 2004, Michael Phelps is the current holder of six world records, and seven gold medals at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships. Phelps is well on his way to his ambitious goal of "changing the sport of swimming." But despite Michael's pre-eminence in the pool, his story is not a swimming diary but a tale of adversities overcome and redemption through persistence. This new softcover edition contains a substantial update, as Phelps reflects on his life since his record-setting performance in Athens. The Olympic star reflects on his November 2004, DUI arrest. He recalls his experiences as a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Phelps also takes readers poolside for his record-setting 2007 performance in Australia and shares his thoughts heading into the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

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“This is a wonderful and candid inside look into the life and mind of the greatest swimmer of all time. If you are a swimmer, know a swimmer or want to understand how one swimmer’s dreams came true, buy, read, savor and share ‘Beneath the Surface.’”
—John Naber, 1976 Olympic Champion, Author, Broadcaster, and Speaker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596703520
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Phelps is an American swimmer. He holds the record for winning the most gold medals (8) in a single Olympics (2008). He has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold and two bronze. He holds seven world records and has over 20 World Championship medals. After returning home from Beijing in 2008, Michael used the well-publicized $1 million dollar Speedo bonus to start the Michael Phelps Foundation through which he hopes to encourage children to lead healthy, active lives, and to continue to grow the sport of swimming. He now resides in Baltimore, MD with his dog Herman.

Brian Cazeneuve is a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and has been the magazine's fulltime Olympics journalist since 1995. Before joining SI, he worked as a freelance writer for Time, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters and NBC Sports. In 2003, he won the Jesse Abramson Prize, a national award for excellence in track and field writing.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    Michael Phelps; Beneath the Surface

    This book Beneath the Surface by Bob Costas tells Michael Phelps's journey through this life from the beginning to where he is today. It tells you about the many hardships he went through from his parents splitting up when he was young, to his sisters eating disorder. This book lets you experience all the excitement, fear, and determination Michael has had throughout his swimming career. If you have ever wondered what it was like to be in someone else¿s shoes for a day, or have ever wondered how much Olympic athletes do to make it there, then I suggest this book for you. So learn up close and personal about Michael Phelps¿s journey to becoming and eight time gold medalist.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn't only read it because Im a HUGE fan but because I knew there was always more to him. This book had great details oh his life journey, not only on swimming but also on his personal life. Im not a swimmer or athlete but I am someone who always needs motivation. After reading this book, he gave me an uplifting motivation for self motivation. Michael's courage and hardwork encouraged me to one day become the best in what I do. So it also shows that you don't have to be an athlete of any kind to read this book. It'll inspire you in some way :).

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