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August 5, 2012              12:33 EST

Michael Phelps is not done with high-achieving even if his career as an Olympic athlete is over.

The American’s indefatigability brought him 18 Olympic gold medals, two silver and two bronze, an unprecedented total, and after he scratches a travelling itch he will set himself new objectives.

Phelps is the man who wants to teach the world to swim, who wants to lop a heap of shots from his golf handicap, who wants nothing more than to see the sport he has dominated in the past decade continue to grow and grow.

Last one? Michael Phelps says teaching children how to swim is very important to him
Last one? Michael Phelps says teaching children how to swim is very important to him

Farewell: Michael Phelps retired on a high after winning the 4x100m medley relay
Farewell: Michael Phelps retired on a high after winning the 4x100m medley relay

He is also not a man who accepts second best, as the rivals who have come and gone, lining their pockets with silver and bronze, can attest.

Just now though, Baltimore-based Phelps wants to enjoy life outside professional sport, the 27-year-old having been cocooned since his mid-teens, visiting the world’s greatest cities but more likely to be taking in the sights from a coach window than on foot. He could look but rarely touch. Now all that changes.

‘I want to travel a bunch. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do,’ Phelps said. ‘I’ve been able to see so many amazing places in the world but I’ve really never got to experience them.

‘I’ve seen the pool and hotels, every year over the last 12 years of being in the national team. I’d like to experience some things, whether it’s travelling through Europe or going back to Australia and being able to go around Australia, or South Africa – something (South African swimmer) Chad (Le Clos) and I were talking about.

‘There’s a lot of things I want to do for myself just to be able to relax, and even though I am retiring and the competitive side of my career is over, there’s a lot of things I want to do around the sport.

Dream team: Brendan Hansen, Matthew Grevers, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian
Dream team: Brendan Hansen, Matthew Grevers, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian

‘I would like to take it to a higher level than it is right now, and continue to grow the sport more and more.’

He also has a charitable foundation, aimed at encouraging positive lifestyles for American youngsters.

‘I’m going to be able to put more time and effort into that,’ Phelps said, ‘and also my summer schools. Being able to teach children how to swim and live healthily is something that’s very important to me.’

Phelps won four golds in London, after eight in Beijing and six in Athens. It is also often forgotten he raced in Sydney as a 15-year-old too, but that further underlines how swimming has been his life since childhood.

As well as two relay successes in London, including Saturday’s 4x100metres medley, he claimed individual gold in 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

Phelps could easily swim on and remain competitive on a world level between now and the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Hugs: Michael Phelps with his coach Bob Bowman after receiving a special award
Hugs: Michael Phelps with his coach Bob Bowman after receiving a special award

‘Sure, if I wanted to I could still go,’ he said. ‘But I’m ready to be done. I’m ready to retire and move on to other things.

‘Whatever route I go down I’m going to have goals. I’m still a very competitive person, so if I go out and practice more at golf I’m going to drop x amounts of strokes.

‘I’m going to have things I’ll be able to go for and try to achieve. That’s the mentality I have and the competitiveness I have, and I think it’ll always be with me.’

As a boy, Phelps was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and had a school teacher who thought he would amount to little in life. It was a prediction that was wildly off target, with Phelps emerging as a national hero, sporting nobility.

United States' swimmer Michael Phelps holds up a silver trophy after being honored as the most decorated Olympian
US swimmer Michael Phelps holds his trophy of the greatest olympic athlete of all time
The Greatest: Phelps was awarded a trophy for being the best Olympian of all time

As he prepared to mount the podium in the Aquatics Centre last night, waiting for the Star-Spangled Banner to strike up, Phelps turned to team-mate Brendan Hansen who is joining him in retirement.

‘And it was strange,’ Phelps said. ‘Brendan was like, ‘I’m going to belt the words out’, and I said, “It’s going to sound like gibberish if I do it”.

‘As soon as I stuffed up on the podium I could feel the tears start coming.

‘I said to Nathan (Adrian, who swam the anchor leg), “Oh no, there they come, it’s going to be pretty brutal”.

‘They just started coming. I tried to fight it but I just decided to let it go, and whatever happened, happened. I was just taking in these last moments of my swimming career.

‘To be able to sit here and say I’ve done everything I wanted to do in my swimming career is something that’s pretty special.

‘That’s the only thing I wanted to say when I retired. I wouldn’t change anything. I didn’t miss anything.

‘I’ve had the opportunity to do something nobody else has ever done before, so I’m very happy with that.’

from:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2184043/London-2012-Olympics-Swimming-Michael-Phelps-wants-build-legacy.html#ixzz22nCDp1ox

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Michael Fred Phelps II was born on June 30th, 1985 (time of birth unknown) in Towson, Maryland according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_phelps

June 30th, 1985

6 + 30 +1+9+8+5 = 59 = his life lesson = Redemption.  Redeeming himself.  God among men.  God-man.  Man-god.

Five of Swords Tarot card

[His South Node in Scorpio could indicate that in this lifetime he is here to redeem himself after falling from grace in a previous incarnation].

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June 30th, 1985

June 30th

6 + 30 +2+0+1+2 = 41 = his personal year (from June 30th, 2012 to June 29th, 2013) = Closure.

Ace of Cups Tarot card

41 year + 6 (June) = 47 = his personal month (from June 30th, 2012 to July 29th, 2012) = Famous.  Internationally known.  Legendary.  Legacy.

41 year + 7 (July) = 48 = his personal month (from July 30th, 2012 to August 29th, 2012) = Remember me?  I will be remembered [as the greatest Olympian].  A man on a mission.  Fulfilling his mission in life.  Doing what he was born to do.

Eight of Cups Tarot card

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Michael Phelps

4938153 785371               64

 

his path of destiny = 64 = Finally.  All done.  The end of one chapter of his life, and the beginning of another chapter.

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Wednesday August 1, 2012              6:25pm EDT

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta was third-time lucky on Wednesday as he powered to gold in the 200 meters breaststroke, breaking a world record and denying host-nation Britain their first male swimming gold in almost a quarter of a century.

Propelled by a deafening roar inside London’s Aquatics Centre, Gyurta held on to beat Briton Michael Jamieson in a desperate finish, to win in a time of two minutes, 07.28 seconds.

Scotland’s Jamieson was just 0.15 seconds behind, after almost drawing level with Gyurta approaching the wall. Japan’s Ryo Tateishi, swimming in the outside lane, was third.

Three-time Olympian Gyurta had won silver in the 200 in Athens in 2004 at just 15, but then slipped to fifth in Beijing.

He has since bounced back with a storming four years, winning the last two European and two world championships.

“I managed to prove to everyone and to myself after those devastating two years after the 2004 Olympic Games that I could bounce back, and do what I dreamed of since my childhood,” said the visibly elated 23-year-old. “It is the biggest achievement of my life.”

In a race that pitted some of the greatest names in the stroke against newer arrivals, Gyurta shaved 0.03 off the record set by Australia’s Christian Sprenger at the 2009 world championships, when the now-banned bodysuits were still allowed.

Gyurta, his competitors said, had been the top challenger.

“His last 50 meters are consistently the fastest in the world,” Britain’s Jamieson said. “He’s been the man to beat over the last few years.”

The race did not go to plan, however, for the breaststroke veterans competing for a spot on the podium.

Australia’s Brenton Rickard finished seventh, while Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima ended almost a decade-long dominance of the stroke, missing out on his last crack at winning a fifth gold medal and on the elusive feat of becoming the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three Olympics.

Kitajima, hugely popular in Japan, has dominated breaststroke since the 2003 world championships in Barcelona. He went on to win the breaststroke double at Athens in 2004 and Beijing four years later.

In London he had been locked in a race with Michael Phelps to become the first male swimmer to do the three-peat.

When Phelps failed to win a medal in the 400 medley on Saturday, Kitajima got the opportunity to become the first, but he missed the podium altogether in his own first event, the 100 breaststroke, only to miss it again in his second.

Phelps has two more opportunities this week, with the 100 fly and the 200 individual medley.

“I swam my own race,” Kitajima said. “I have no regrets.”

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Daniel Gyurta was born on May 4th, 1989 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Gyurta

May 4th, 1989

5 + 4 +1+9+8+9 = 36 = his life lesson = The height of achievement.

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Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
7:42.92, Olympic Record

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Shannon Vreeland was born on November 15th, 1991 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Vreeland

November 15th, 1991

11 + 15 +1+9+9+1 = 46 = her life lesson = Historic.  Making history.

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Alyssa Anderson was born on September 30th, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alyssa_Anderson

September 30th, 1990

September 30th

9 + 30 +2+0+1+1 = 43 = her personal year (from September 30th, 2011 to September 29th, 2012) = Congratulations.  Celebrating.

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July 31, 2012

Larisa Latynina won 18 Olympic medals in gymnastics for the Soviet Union, but she attended swimming Tuesday night. Michael Phelps was racing. He was trying to beat everyone in the pool and Latynina’s record as well. And when the moment came, she knew exactly what a great champion should do. She put on her lipstick.

For nearly half a century, no one approached the number of Olympic medals that Latynina won from 1956 to 1964. She was the first superstar in gymnastics at a time when womanly grace prevailed over teenage acrobatics. But Phelps tied her record Tuesday with a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly and surpassed it with gold by swimming the anchor leg of the 4×200 freestyle relay.

Latynina joked in recent weeks that it was time for a man to be able to do what a woman had done long ago. And that it was too bad Phelps was not Russian.

“Forty-eight years is almost enough time to hold a record,” Latynina, 77, said earlier Tuesday by phone.

Later, she attended the swimming competition with her daughter, Tatyana. They wore matching blue shirts with RUSSIA across the front and white slacks, laughing when told that she still appeared fit enough to compete.

Latynina had hoped to congratulate Phelps and present him with his record-setting medal. But her daughter and others said that Olympic rules did not allow it. It seemed a shame, a grand moment to celebrate the most prolific Olympic champions squandered by red tape.

But Latynina remained gracious, fanning herself in the hot upper reaches of the Aquatics Center. “Phelps deserves the record,” she said through an interpreter. “He is such a talented sportsman.”

Then Latynina smiled.

“Among women, I’m sure I will stay No. 1 for a long time,” she said.

This year in New York, Latynina did meet Phelps and presented him with a medal she had won in a Soviet-American dual meet in 1962. She found him “very simple, smiley, lovely to talk to.” They discussed training and, Latynina said, Phelps acknowledged that he had wearied of swimming and was ready to retire after the London Games.

She understood.

“I think a person should go for sport only as long as they get pleasure from it,” Latynina said. “As soon as they stop enjoying it, they should stop.”

As she neared the loss of her record, Latynina actually gained broader attention than when she set it. Olympic television was in its infancy in her era, the cold war raged and the Soviet Union was a closed society. It took Olga Korbut and her defiant smiles at the 1972 Munich Games to counter the grim stereotype of athletes behind the Iron Curtain.

“She kind of got lost in history,” Paul Ziert, the publisher of International Gymnast magazine, said of Latynina. When the Soviet Union broke up, “we had forgotten about her.”

“If you don’t know anything about people, you lose interest in them,” Ziert said. “You just keep track of the number of medals they won, and nothing else.”

Latynina won nine Olympic gold medals, while Phelps now has 15. If not for the vagaries of history, Latynina might have had a career in ballet instead of gymnastics. She was born in 1934 and grew up in meager circumstances in Ukraine, which was whipsawed by the brutality of Stalin’s repression and Hitler’s invasion. After World War II, Latynina took up dance as an 11-year-old. When the ballet studio closed a year later, she became an athlete.

As a gymnast, Latynina performed with a dancer’s erect posture and classic lines. Her personality was commanding. She was beautiful and unwavering in the consistency of her routines. The Soviets were dominant, and no one was more accomplished than Latynina. It was a different sport, less demanding but more elegant. Women’s gymnastics was actually performed by women instead of girls.

When Latynina won the last 6 of her 18 career medals at the 1964 Tokyo Games, she was two months from her 30th birthday. Today, many gymnasts retire by 18. Some have even been known to take so-called brake drugs, delaying the onset of menstruation. Gymnasts like Latynina celebrated their maturity instead of trying to deny it.

“She was our first legend,” Bela Karolyi, who would help pioneer the acrobatic revolution of gymnastics as a coach of Nadia Comaneci in Romania, said of Latynina. “When she stepped out on the floor, all eyes were on her. She demanded attention and respect.”

Only Latynina and another legend, Vera Caslavska of Czechoslovakia, have twice won women’s gymnastics’ most coveted prize — the gold medal in the Olympic all-around competition. So determined was Latynina that she competed in the 1958 world championships while four months pregnant with Tatyana, keeping the news secret even from her coach, telling only her doctor.

“I couldn’t say anything because they wouldn’t have allowed me to participate,” Latynina said.

She did and won five gold medals.

“I consider them mine,” Tatyana Latynina said with a laugh. “We won them together.”

Korbut would bring circus acrobatics to women’s gymnastics with her back flips on the balance beam and uneven bars. And Comaneci would bring astonishing technical perfection to the 1976 Montreal Games. Latynina served as the Soviet coach at those Games and was later dismissed because her gymnasts could not match Comaneci’s individual supremacy.

“I don’t know why I should be blamed that Nadia was born in Romania, not Russia,” Latynina is reported to have said.

She has admitted a pang of regret that Comaneci, not herself, was named the greatest gymnast of the 20th century, telling reporters in her joking way that “Comaneci has very good P.R.”

Yet for gymnasts of a certain era and place, Latynina retains a pre-eminent loftiness.

“This is the standard we all try to achieve,” said Oksana Chusovitina, who competed for the Soviet Union, won a team gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games as the Soviet era disintegrated and now, at 37, is competing for Germany at the London Games. “She performed so beautiful and grown-up. It was less complicated, less injury for kids. I wish for it now.”

As the 4×200-meter relay approached Tuesday, Latynina reached for her lipstick and makeup mirror. It was Phelps’s moment, but it was hers, too. As Phelps pushed the United States toward victory by three full seconds and won his record 19th medal, Latynina rose to her feet and applauded.

“It was a pleasure watching him,” she said, not appearing wistful. “I wasn’t thinking about this or that. I never held onto my record like that.”

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/sports/olympics/gymnast-larisa-latynina-is-elegant-reminder-of-olympics-history.html?pagewanted=all

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Larisa Latynina was born on December 27th, 1934 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larisa_Latynina

December 27th, 1934

12 + 27 +1+9+3+4 = 56 = her life lesson = Composure.  Tact.  Grace.  Poise.

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December 27th, 1934

December 27th

12 + 27 +2+0+1+1 = 43 = her personal year (from December 27th, 2011 to December 26th, 2012) = Congratulations.

Three of Cups Tarot card

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31 July 2012                    20:28 GMT

South Africa’s Chad le Clos ended the reign of two-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps with a dramatic victory in the 200m butterfly in London.

Phelps had been trying to become the first man to win an Olympic swimming event three times in a row, but was edged out in the final stroke.

Le Clos won in one minute 52.96 seconds, 0.05secs ahead of Phelps with Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda third.

“That’s been my dream ever since I was a little boy,” Le Clos told BBC Sport.

“Michael is my hero. I just wanted to race in the final and now I’ve won it. I can’t believe it, I really can’t.”

Phelps led throughout the race but tried to glide to the wall after his final stroke and was out-touched by Le Clos.

The American, 27, had the consolation of a silver medal that made him the joint most successful Olympian on 18 medals, and he later took the record on his own with gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Final Results

 
Rank Athlete Country Medal moment Result
1 Le Clos RSA 1:52.96 AF
2 Phelps USA 1:53.01
3 Matsuda JPN 1:53.21

 

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18902357

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Chad le Clos was born on April 12th, 1992 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_le_Clos

April 12th, 1992

4 + 12 +1+9+9+2 = 37 = his life lesson = Swimmer.  Swimming.

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July 31, 2012

Allison Schmitt set an Olympic record in winning the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the London Olympics on Tuesday night, thrashing a deep field that included the previous record-holder, the defending gold medalist, the fastest qualifier and her teammate Missy Franklin.

Allison Schmitt celebrating her victory in the women’s 200-meter freestyle.

Schmitt won in a time of 1 minute 53.61 seconds. Camille Muffat of France, who had set an Olympic record in qualifying, took the silver in 1:55.58 and Bronte Barratt of Australia, the top qualifier, secured the bronze (1:55.81).

Muffat won the gold in the 400 freestyle on Sunday, setting an Olympic record, but she and Schmitt were beaten by Barratt in the semifinals of the 200 free.

Franklin was fourth, failing to add a third medal in her third final at these Games. Franklin raced in Lane 8 because she had qualified eighth Monday night, less than 15 minutes before she dove back in the pool and won the gold in the 100 backstroke.

Federica Pellegrini of Italy, who won the gold in the 200 in Beijing and silver in the event in Athens in 2004, was fifth. Pellegrini has had a forgettable Olympics; she also finished fifth in the 400 freestyle.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/sports/olympics/schmitt-sets-olympic-record-in-winning-200-freestyle.html

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Allison Schmitt was born on June 7th, 1990 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_Schmitt

June 7th, 1990

6 + 7 +1+9+9+0 = 32 = her life lesson = Winning.  Olympics.  Medals.  #1.  The best.

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