The Numbers Game of Michael Phelps: Why 30.02 Is An Iconic Figure In GOAT’s Career

The torso that twisted swim history - Michael Phelps with the man who help him get there, Bob Bowman - all images by Patrick B. Kraemer

Michael Phelps’ career has long been linked to special numbers, such as chasing eight gold medals in Olympic competition. The 30.02 he posted on the end of the 200 butterfly at the 2000 Olympic Trials remains a significant figure

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We got so used to him we sometimes forget the magnitude of his achievements. To do what he did at 15 and to continue for years and years on end after that is just extra-terrestrial.

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