Posted tagged ‘Munich Olympics’

Michael Phelps 10,000+ Calorie Diet

August 14, 2008

You do NOT want to try this unless you are a world class athlete, preferably named Michael Phelps.

From the New York Post:

Swimming sensation Michael Phelps has an Olympic recipe for success – and it involves eating a staggering 12,000 calories a day.

“Eat, sleep and swim. That’s all I can do,” Phelps, who won two more gold medals today, told NBC when asked what he needs to win medals. “Get some calories into my system and try to recover the best I can.”

By comparison, the average man of the same age needs to ingest about 2,000 calories a day.

Those numbers are staggering! I can not even imagine eating that many calories in one day.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Here’s Phelps’s typical menu.

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.

Dinner: One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.

Incredible. I guess you eat what you have to, to become the greatest swimmer of all time. Imagine the calories that Phelps burns. He spends at least five hours in the pool each day.

Phelps remains on course to at least equal Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals won at the 1972 Munich Games. He could eclipse Spitz’s mark this weekend. He currently has five gold medals and will participate in the finals of the 200 Meter IM on Friday morning.

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Michael Phelps Wins Third Gold Medal

August 12, 2008

He’s done it again. Three for three in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games with three world records. Michael Phelps has won the 200 meter men’s freestyle in a world record time of 1:42.96. Phelps was expected to dominate this event, and dominate he did for his 9th career gold medal.

From ESPN:

Michael Phelps won his third gold medal and record-tying ninth of his career Tuesday, breaking his own world record in the 200-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics.

He cruised to the wall nearly 2 seconds ahead of silver medalist Park Tae-hwan of South Korea, who finished in 1:44.85. American Peter Vanderkaay earned the bronze in 1:45.14.

Phelps’ ninth gold medal tied him with four others, including Mark Spitz and track star Carl Lewis, for most career golds.

Phelps is attempting to break Mark Spitz record of gold medals in one Olympics. In winning his seven gold medals, Spitz set world records in each of his races at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Phelps seems to be on his way but will have a few tough races ahead of him. Can he do it? Thoughts?

Mark Spitz Upset By Lack of Invitation to Summer Olympics

August 12, 2008

It seems that Mark Spitz is a little upset that he was not invited to Beijing to possibly be a witness to history. Most believe that Michael Phelps has a legitimate opportunity to break Spitz’s record of 7 gold medals in a single Olympics and it appears that Spitz wanted to be there to watch.

From the AFP:

Spitz said the International Olympic Committee, a US television network or FINA—the international body that governs world swimming—should have brought him to the Games this year, with Phelps making a go at his record.

Spitz became one of the most famous athletes in the world at the 1972 Munich Olympics, winning seven gold medals—with seven world records—in what many consider to be one of the greatest achievements in all of sport.

Phelps is aiming to better that mark in Beijing, hoping to bring home eight golds. And Spitz, now 58 and grey and without his trademark moustache, cannot understand why he wasn’t asked along to see the show.

As of this moment, Phelps has won two in his first competition, although his performance last night in the relay was not his greatest.

Spitz feels that it was “demeaning” to him not to be invited. While this may be the case, it may just be an oversight and there is nothing that he can really do at this point.

I think that it would have been great to see him there, watching Phelps compete and going after his prestigious record. But why should he have been invited by the IOC? Also, would his attendance have put too much pressure on Phelps to break the record? Thoughts?