Michael Phelps I was recently on Chris Paul’s show How I Got Here where he spoke about his highest and lowest moments and how he became so passionate about mental health.
Phelps is a 23-time Olympic champion and is considered one of the greatest swimmers of all time. Speaking to Paul, he traced the start of his career to his two sisters being part of competitive swimming even before he got into the sport. At the age of 11, he was persuaded to take swimming seriously when he had his sights set on the Olympics. “I was swimming 5 days a week. It wasn’t always the best, but I soon got better and better.” said Phelps.
Phelps soon began breaking national age group records, breaking over 200 of them over the course of his career. “At the age of 16 I broke the record in the open age group. I knew then that I was something special.”
“I think I swam 60,000 m”: Michael Phelps talks about his path to success
Michael Phelps said he was a deer in the headlights when he went to his first Olympics at the age of 15. Not winning a medal at the 2000 Olympics fueled Phelps’ desire to win more and drove him to it 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. At the 2004 Olympics he won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals but felt he could do much better.
“At that point we had all the tools to be able to compete at this level in every single race. In that race in Beijing, I think I swam 60,000m.” said Phelps, remembering those Olympic Games in Beijing. He described himself as a blinkered racehorse who performed the same program over and over again. He spoke about the importance of maintaining your weight during these hectic Olympics and how important it is during races.
Finally, Phelps said his fuel ran out in 2012 when he retired. He’d had enough and he wanted to be a kid and explore his life other than swimming. Although he didn’t want to leave, it was the right time for him to leave. Of his 23 gold medals, he cited the 200m freestyle event of the Beijing 2008 Olympics as his favorite and best gold medal win. “My favorite is also the Viertorf. Winning the same event four times at four Olympics in a row is kind of crazy to think about. concluded the star.
Phelps spoke about his struggles with mental health as he struggled with depression throughout his career. He spoke about the importance of taking care of yourself, especially taking care of yourself.
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