Winner of eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps released his book today at Barnes and Noble bookstore in New York. The book, titled ‘No Limits: The Will to Succeed’, gives exclusive details of Phelps as a child and his quest to become the greatest swimmer in the world.
The book also quotes the fortunate incident that happened during the 400-meter freestyle relay event which gave the swimmer his second gold and helped him beat Mark Spitz’s record of seven golds in Olympics.
“After the flip, instead of swimming in the middle of his lane, he (Alain Bernard) had drifted to the left,” Phelps writes. “That meant that Jason (teammate Jason Lezak), now to Bernard’s left, could again tuck in behind him. Bernard was doing the hard work. Jason was cruising, preparing to slingshot by Bernard, that allowed him to pull out an amazing comeback victory.”
The win was the smallest possible difference possible in the event.
The book is co-written by Alan Abrahamson of NBCOlympics.com and it describes, among other things, Phelps’ difficult childhood. The guy, with big ears and scrawny build, was diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and was on Ritalin for almost a year.
“I viewed it as an unnecessary crutch,” he writes. “I had proven to myself that I could set a goal and, through willpower and being mentally tough, not only meet that goal but beat it.”
Meanwhile, Phelps has been named as the Sports Illustrated ‘Sportsman of the Year’ and can be seen on the latest cover, posing in a wet white shirt. The winner of 14 Olympic gold medals is no surprise for the coveted honor.
More photos and a video of Michael Phelps are below.
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