Olympian Michael Phelps: 1st U.S. Gold Medalist of 2008
Olympian swimmer, Michael Phelps, has won the first U. S. Gold medal in Beijing, China.
In an interview with Michael Phelps’ mother, Debbie, she stated that he had always been a curious child, never stopping until he had an answer to his questions. He also needed something to channel his incredible energy, at eleven years of age, she introduced Michael to swimming coach, Bob Bowman, who helped Michael to develop his swimming skills. Coach Bowman told his mother, after a while, that it was time to take the next step, which was, to train to make the U. S. Olympic swim team. His mother thought he was too young, Coach Bowman prevailed, and the journey began.
Four years ago, in Greece, Michael won his first Gold medal. This year, with President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, and their daughter Barbara, Henry Kissinger, and many other dignitaries in the audience, Michael won the first Gold medal of the 2008 Olympics, for the United States. He won the medal in the 400 meter IM. He had not lost that race in six attempts. Michael had said before the race, that this race would set the table for the other races to come. Michael is trying to become the worlds greatest medal holder, he has three more to go. From the looks of things he will not have a problem accomplishing his goal. His mom, Debbie is his greatest inspiration. Michael is certainly an inspiration for all youngsters and teenagers around the world, and especially in the United States, also all his friends in Baltimore, Maryland.