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    Michael Phelps = class act.

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/swimming/...dream+complete

    I needed the Olympics this year. I had all but lost faith in elite-level sports thanks to pro cycling's doping scandals, $100mil/year basketball salaries, etc. etc.

    I'm sure someone is going to speculate that Phelps was juiced, but to me, this guy is what sport, ANY sport, should be all about. Incredible dedication, humility, character, determination, and teamwork.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Doc, Mikey is cashing in big time. He's endorsing everything. (Not that I blame him, nor does it lessen the class with which he has acted.) Just pointing out he's got commercials for almost as many products as Peyton Manning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indyv8a View Post
    Doc, Mikey is cashing in big time. He's endorsing everything. (Not that I blame him, nor does it lessen the class with which he has acted.) Just pointing out he's got commercials for almost as many products as Peyton Manning.
    True, but he's making peanuts compared to pro football/baseball/basketball players at the top of their respective sports. He'll never be a multi-zillionaire for all his hard work and dedication. Just feels different somehow.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    True, but he's making peanuts compared to pro football/baseball/basketball players at the top of their respective sports. He'll never be a multi-zillionaire for all his hard work and dedication. Just feels different somehow.
    Much like Lance.

    Let him make some money...he's earned it and then some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Much like Lance.

    Let him make some money...he's earned it and then some.
    Yeah, but Lance never had the same vibe as Phelps. Lance kinda ruled the peloton with an iron fist of sorts, keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. It doesn't take away from what he accomplished, but Phelps just seems like a genuinely nice guy. Just my $0.02, of course.
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    Don't forget how young this guy is now, let alone 4 yrs ago.

    About the worst you can say about him is his DUI after the 2004 Olympics, which he never tried to explain away, and I doubt many people are in a position to say they've never done something stupid when they were 19.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    Yeah, but Lance never had the same vibe as Phelps. Lance kinda ruled the peloton with an iron fist of sorts, keeping his friends close and his enemies closer. It doesn't take away from what he accomplished, but Phelps just seems like a genuinely nice guy. Just my $0.02, of course.
    one difference: phelps has come across - all things considered - as somewhat humble.

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    I live in Baltimore, I've been to his swim club. He's absolutely amazing. I believe he deserves to cash in. I look at people with the dedication to do those things with slack-jawed amazement. It requires a discipline most of us mortals do not have. I am a fan. And I totally agree, he comes across as a guy who truly appreciates his talent and the opportunities it has brought him.
    Slow, but at least still moving...

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    He's got to be able to afford those breakfasts somehow....
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    Quote Originally Posted by volleybrad View Post
    He's got to be able to afford those breakfasts somehow....
    Indeed

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    "...and, and, you know" x a lot.
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    I am highly impressed with his maturity. Anyone remember what a $%^# he was when he was younger? Remember him getting busted for a DWI, underage when he came home from the last Olympics? He has shown himself to have matured well and seems to be handling his "fortune and fame" with grace, dignity, and humility.

    I've also been impressed with Koby Bryant. He's been supportive of the other athletes in other sports and has taken every opportunity to express how honored he is to be there. Very unlike the b-ball players last time around. I've never been a fan of his, but I'm becoming one.
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    My 8yr old sis is a fan, so much so that she's asking me for swimming lessons so she can be like him. It's adorable. I could've never gotten her to actually start learning the proper swim strokes if it weren't for him.

    As for me, I'm still waiting for that speedo to slip...
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