The Baltimore Bullet. Flying Fish. MP. These are nicknames of Michael Phelps. Of course, his nicknames reflect who he is and what he’s done in his life. He has made and broken swimming records. He started breaking swimming records shortly after learning how to swim. He started swimming at seven years old partly to channel his energy. His ADHD may have started him on this path, however his skill and dedication to the sport cannot be denied. He became the Olympian earning the most medals after first becoming the youngest male to make the U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. He medaled in 2004, 2008, and 2012. His success led to him being named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2008.
Michael Phelps was the youngest of three children. His mother was a middle school principal and his father was a Maryland state trooper. Michael credits his sisters as inspiration to swim, however his father’s athletic ability can be credited as well. His father played high school and college football.
As an adult he has chosen to share his love of swimming. The Michael Phelps Foundation is dedicated to sharing the sport of swimming and to promote healthy lifestyles. He has been described as someone that shows his concern for others. He wants people he cares about to succeed. He, also, has been known to interact with children around the pool.
Swimming and Olympians can inspire you! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Enjoy a good swim.