No Limits: The Will to Succeed

No Limits: The Will to Succeed

by Michael Phelps, Alan Abrahamson
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No Limits: The Will to Succeed by Michael Phelps, Alan Abrahamson

Fresh from his triumphant and extraordinary achievement at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Michael Phelps—up from working-class, born-in-the-USA roots—shows us the secrets to his remarkable success—from training to execution.

For years the world has followed Michael Phelps’s progress from teen sensation in Sydney to bona fide phenom in Athens. Now he’s a living Olympic legend in Beijing with a peerless record of gold medals. In No Limits, Michael Phelps—the greatest competitor since Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods—will share the secrets to his remarkable success. Behind his tally of Olympic gold medals lies a consistent approach to competition, a determination to win, mental preparation, and a straightforward passion for his sport. One of his mottos is “Performance is Reality,” and it typifies his attitude about swimming.

No Limits goes behind the scenes to explore the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication that catapulted Phelps into the international spotlight. Phelps shares remarkable anecdotes about family, his coach, his passion for the sport, and the wisdom that he has gained from unexpected challenges and obstacles. Highlighting memorable races and valuable lessons from throughout his career, Phelps offers candid insight into the mind and experiences of a world champion. Phelps’s success is imbued with the perspective of overcoming obstacles and doing whatever it takes to realize a dream. As his coach, Bob Bowman, says, Phelps has made a habit out of things other people aren’t willing to do. No Limits will show readers just how he does that, and will inspire anyone to follow their passion straight to the finish line.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439141724
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/09/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 789,188
File size: 2 MB

About 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.
Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter and a recognized authority on the Olympics. In 2006, he left the Los Angeles Times, where he had been a staff writer for 17 years, to write for the NBC suite of online properties, which now includes, and Since 2003, Alan has also served as a sports and Olympic analyst on NBC's television networks. Among other honors, Alan won the 2002 National Headliner Award for sports writing and was named the Los Angeles Press Club's 2004 sports journalist of the year. Alan and his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Perseverance: The 400 Individual Medley 7

2 Belief: The 400 Free Relay 57

3 Redemption: The 200 Freestyle 101

4 Determination: The 200 Fly 131

5 Confidence: The 800 Free Relay 153

6 Courage: The 200 Individual Medley 179

7 Will: The 100 Fly 189

8 Commitment: The Medley Relay 211

9 Rededication: Form Beijing to Rome to London 229

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MichaelPhelps08 More than 1 year ago
when I first opened this book and looked at the titles of the chapters I thought "wow this is not going to be good" this was due to the fact that each of the 8 chapters is entitled by each event that Michael competed in at the 2008 olympics. I thought that the book would be a series of stats and information I wouldn't understand as I am not a swimmer just a Michael Phelps fan. However when I began reading the book I realized that it was far from what I thought it would be. It was full of Michael's personal anecdotes and thoroughly detailed depictions of events in his life. It was truly intriguing and I could not put it down. This book answered every question that I have ever had about Michael Phelps. It is truly an inspiring book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read this book several times since its release, it continues to inspire me as a growing swimmer. Michael has been an inspiration for me since I started swimming competitvely at the age of 8. He shows that anything is possible and to reach for your dreams in and out of the pool. This is a great read for the dedicated swimmer or the casual reader looking for an inspirational read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a swimmer and dream of going to the Olympics some day,and am already very aware of the work,detication, and fustration swimming requires of you and others in your family. But this book takes it to a whole new level, it shows that if your serious about any sport it is a lot more about your mental strengh then anything else. And i think that thats what swimming is all about, how much you want a time or anything and how hard you are willing work to get there.
SAC-SWIMMER More than 1 year ago
I am a swimmer . I swim for Scottsdale Aqautice Club (SAC). There is so much comitment. This book really shows you if you put time and effort in to it you can succeed . When my 200 free real lay got first out of all the real lay times in Arizona we were crying we were so happy . This book really proves that in swimming winning is wonderfui!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In honor of Michael Phelp's 19th medal, I decided to buy and read this book.I finished it in less than a day and highly recommend it to everyone, especially middle and high-schoolers. It does not matter if you are a fan of swimming, or even if you are a fan of sports and the Olympics in general. Yes, Phelps goes into some pretty technical detail. But this book is far more than that. It's about setting goals and what you have to do to get there. It's about sacrifice, dealing with adverse circumstances, learning from mistakes. I thought Michael Phelps was pretty awesome for winning all those medals, but this book showed he's more than a great athlete, he's a good human being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is my idol i want to be like him someday and go to the olympics
Dt-_-113 More than 1 year ago
Michel Phelps was on his last straw, his winning streak at the peak of his carrer. He was doing amazing, breaking world records. Once he reached his eight medals in the olympic games, he was doing worse and worse. Something broke him from that losing streak, and he once again became the best olympian in the world. Michel was practicing on getting in tip top shape for his next performance. The 100m race. In his free time he would practice and set realistic goals for himself to pass during the big race. He had all of his friends supporting him in this one and he also had another world record time waiting to be broken. I think this book was great because it used very specific information on how he got ready and what he did, that's why I like it. It is like getting into Michel's head and seeing what he does. The reason I like this book, is because of imagery. Also, it has very in depth details of the races he goes through, and how he breaks the records others set. Overall, I think this book was pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I flew through this book - you feel like you are just hanging out with the guy, hearing about his life, his training, the excitement of Beijing and the respect he has for those who have helped him. It's a fascinating and insightful look inside the world of a living legend. Highly recommended even if you aren't a swimming fanatic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book fantastic a must read worth ur money it makes u like phelps even more and shows a different side of him that u wouldnt think he'd have!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is so hunky. I love u mike. From a 14 year ild girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love swimming i am a swimmer i love ryan lochte michel phelps missy franklin and all of the others. I think you should get this book if you like swimming.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book. It is so insprstional, and really keeps me going to beco.e successful in my personal career of swimming. I just had a meet this weekend, and i did not do as well as i had wanted. I opened the firsy chapter of tid book, and i was hit right then with reality. This book tecahes me to keep going in my career. It is also very statistical. It shows commitment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im gonna break michael phelps record of 18 mdls
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swim for Wichita Swim Club. (WSC) I just aged up, and last weekend at South Division 2 Swim Meet, I qualified D1s and I almost cried I was so happy. 100 yd Breaststroke is my event! (Along with the 200 breaststroke) Everyone knows how hard the age up is from 10 to 11 for the girls! All Olympic swimmers for the current USA team are my role models. Missy Franklin and Rebecca Soni espiccialy. Should I get this book? -Swimmer Forever (SwimGirl)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. This about to blow your mind
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has really helped and inspire me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Micheal Phelps is best.
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This is an amazing book i love it very inspirational i rccomend it
CourtneyMason More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, however, not being a swimmer athletically I did not understand some of the things he was describing. Overall, a good book about overcoming doubters and believing in yourself and proving the haters wrong. I recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have waited all summer for this!! GO LOCHTE AND PHELPS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago