Ahead of Weekend Racing, Michael Phelps Lands on Cover of Sports Illustrated

Michael Phelps, courtesy of USA Swimming

Michael Phelps graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, the subject of a feature by Tim Layden that examines Phelps’ personal growth since a DUI charge led to a rehab stay.

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Michael Phelps graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, the subject of a feature by Tim Layden that examines Phelps’ personal growth since a DUI charge led to a rehab stay.

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ThereaLuigi

A very good article, lots of insights.

easyspeed

Layden did a terrific job with his article. For us swim fans/MP fans, this answers a lot of questions never addressed before re: what went wrong in 2012 (yielding a relatively poor performance in London).

It also gives some insight as to Michael’s current training. As I have written elsewhere, this article supports the notion that a swimmer in his late 20s/early 30s has the advantage of physical strength and experience. The downside is more difficulty recovering and, in some cases, psychological burnout.

And we learned that it is not entirely true that Michael is training the same as 2007/2008; his volume is down slightly.

The best news is MP’s attitude is the best it has ever been. Shows how important the proper treatment can be on someone’s life. Very happy Michael realized he needed help and got it. This is great for him not just for his swimming career but as a person.

Finally- I’m a fan of Bowman’s coaching generally speaking. But, IMO, he could use a little bit of therapy too. All those tantrums and verbal tit for tat’s on his part are not very professional.

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