Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps, the star swimmer of the US contingent in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is perhaps the greatest Olympian of this time — winning the most number of gold medals in a career; achieving 8 of the 14 in the current Olympics, breaking the 7-gold-medal record set by Mark Spitz back in 1972; and breaking world records in 4 individual events and 3 relay events.

The US media coverage being given to him reminds me of the attention given to Manny Pacquiao. And with the slumping economy affecting the esteem of the US, Michael Phelps amazing year in the Olympics is a sure upper for them.

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