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Michael Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his record-breaking career Saturday as the most decorated Olympian. FINA president Julio Maglione presented Phelps with a silver trophy to recognize his achievements.
Phelps pushed the United States in front to win the medley relay Saturday in the final swimming event of the London Games, after which he is retiring. At these games Phelps won four gold medals and two silvers, more medals than any other swimmer.
Last Tuesday, Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games. With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. He followed that achievement with three more gold medal performances this week, as he swam to victories in the 200-meter individual medley, the 100-meter butterfly and the 4×100-meter medley relay.
This piece includes color photographs and four videos.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/a-medley-relay-victory-in-his-final-race-phelps-claims-18th-olympic-gold/Michael Phelps was honored with a special individual ceremony after concluding his... more
Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday.
With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. His teammates threw their arms around him, as the crowd at London’s Aquatic Centre rose to their feet to witness the coronation of the Olympic king.
The record Phelps broke was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won the last of her 18 Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964. Until Phelps arrived at Olympic competition, no one had come close to breaking her record in almost half a century. Now the torch has been passed to the 27-year-old Michael Phelps from Baltimore.
This piece includes color photographs and two videos.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/michael-phelps-makes-history-wins-record-19th-olympic-medal/Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing... more
Nate Phelps, the estranged son of extremist Pastor Fred Phelps, of the Westboro Baptist Church (famous for picketing soldiers funerals and 'God Hates Fags' signs) has spoken to the Pod Delusion podcast about his experiences growing up in the Church in a fascinating interview. It starts at about 14:26.Nate Phelps, the estranged son of extremist Pastor Fred Phelps, of the Westboro... more
By John Blake, CNN
May 5, 2010 4:05 p.m. EDT
Editor's note: To accurately portray the subject of this article and his critics, offensive language is quoted.
(CNN) -- He is the leader of "America's most hated family," a gaunt, craggy-faced preacher who displays "God Hates Fags" signs at the funerals of American troops, gay men and AIDS victims.
For at least 12 years, the Rev. Fred Phelps has led his Topeka, Kansas, church on a cross-country crusade against gays and lesbians. That crusade ignited a legal battle that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
But there is another Phelps that few know. He was a "brilliant" civil rights attorney in the 1960s who would take on racial discrimination cases that no other lawyers would touch, say longtime African-American civic leaders in Topeka.
He fought for the rights of blacks, they say, with the same passion he now reserves for the condemnation of gays.
"I don't know him anymore," says Joe Douglas Jr., an African-American activist in Topeka who became the city's first minority fire department chief.
"I see him out there, and I hear the venom that comes out of his mouth. If you had asked me in the '60s if he would do this, I would have said never."
The Rev. Ben Scott, president of the NAACP's Topeka branch, says he never heard Phelps talk about homosexuals during his work as a civil rights attorney.
Phelps declined to talk with CNN about his civil rights work or his ministry. But his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, says there is no contradiction between her father's civil rights work and his ministry. That's because there's a distinct difference between gay people and black people, she says.
"You're born black. It's something you can't change even if you're Michael Jackson," she says. "God never said it was an abomination to be black."
Most of the members of Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church are members of his large family. Phelps has 13 children; 11 are attorneys. One son, Nate Phelps, is estranged from his father, and from organized religion. He is an atheist.
"He preached that we were the chosen ones but then he went out and treated people horribly," Nathan Phelps says.
His father first attracted national headlines in 1998 at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student. Shepard was tortured and murdered for being gay. Fred Phelps and his church picketed Shepard's funeral, carrying signs that said Shepard was rotting in hell.
In 2006, members of Phelps' church appeared at the funeral of an American Marine killed in Iraq carrying signs reading "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and shouting at mourners.
Phelps' church claims the deaths are God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.
The family of the Marine sued Phelps' church the next year, alleging invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy. The case went to trial and a jury awarded the family $2.9 million in compensatory damages plus $8 million in punitive damages, which were reduced to $5 million.
That verdict, however, was reversed when Phelps' church appealed. In March, Supreme Court justices accepted an appeal from the father of the fallen Marine. The court is being asked to address how far entities such as cemeteries and churches can go in restricting demonstrators' right to free speech.
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This is the suit that beat Michael Phelps! Phelps lost for the first time since 2005 to Paul Biedermann — who earlier this week broke Ian Thorpe's long-standing record in the 400 meter free. It's a miracle suit.This is the suit that beat Michael Phelps! Phelps lost for the first time since 2005... more
Monkey fighting Sammuel L. Jackson served as host at the Monday through Friday Espy Awards where Butterface picked up the award for Male Athlete of the Year. Jackson cracks a stoner joke at Butterface’s expense, and he takes it so well. Even Mama Phelps liked it–you know she polishes those gold medals AND bongs as long as he keeps those checks coming in. Those annual Soap Opera cruises aren’t cheap, and mama needs to go.
“Michael Phelps, 8 gold medals. You must be glad to be back in the pool, huh? Nobody gives you a hard time when you smoke the competition.
http://www.tabloidprodigy.com/?p=4275Monkey fighting Sammuel L. Jackson served as host at the Monday through Friday Espy... more
Michael Phelps and Aaron Peirsol were scheduled to do battle in the finals of the 100m backstroke at the Charlotte UltraSwim Saturday night. Phelps is a newcomer to the event, while Peirsol is its world record holder.
Phelps -- for the most part -- kept pace with Peirsol for most of the down-and-back race, but he was lacking the leg strength in the last 25 meters and settled for the silver medal. Peirsol finished in 53.32 seconds; Phelps stopped the clock in 53.79.
"It was a good swim. Aaron and I are always gonna have those races back and forth with each other, that’s how it always is," said Phelps afterward. "He finishes really well, his last 10-15 meters are really [good]. My legs probably weren't as strong as they could be."
It was Phelps' only final Saturday evening, as he scratched the 50m freestyle from his night after qualifying for it earlier in the day.
World record holder Frederick Bousquet of France took gold in the men's 50m freestyle with a time of 21.33.
But the talk of the night was the 100m backstroke. Phelps and coach Bob Bowman both seemed satisfied with his performance, despite not ending up on the top spot on the podium -- a position he’s not used to being in.
“I think it was a good race. I think if he’s gonna race Aaron he’s gotta be on even terms halfway one time and see what happens,” surmised Bowman afterward. “You don’t come back on somebody who’s the best finisher ever. You have to push him a little bit.
“There were probably three or four things in that race that he could do better, but we just haven’t had time to work on two of them. The start was not very good, I thought he came out really bad on the start. His turn was still not exactly where it should be. And he just didn’t have any legs at the end, that’s just conditioning.”Michael Phelps and Aaron Peirsol were scheduled to do battle in the finals of the 100m... more
When Kellogg's dumped its endorsement of Michael Phelps after a photograph surfaced of the Olympic gold medalist using a bong, the company was stuck with thousands of boxes of cereal featuring the swimmer's image.
No problem. The company, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, made short order of the already-printed and filled boxes, donating two tons of cereal to the San Francisco Food Bank late last month.When Kellogg's dumped its endorsement of Michael Phelps after a photograph... more
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA — Gold Medalist Michael Phelps has signed a three-year endorsement agreement with Toke-Rite Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of bongs and other marijuana paraphernalia. [more]
--TheSkunk.orgHUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA — Gold Medalist Michael Phelps has signed a three-year... more
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Despite widespread reports earlier this week, Subway is not dumping swim star and self confessed pot head Michael Phelps.
Rumors that the chain were to dump Phelps started after Subway removed links and references to Phelps from their website.
The firm said in a statement that “Like most Americans, and like Michael Phelps himself, we were disappointed in his behavior. Also like most Americans, we accept his apology. Moving forward, he remains in our plans.”
The apparent back flip from Subway comes as more people back a boycott of Kellogg’s, a company that has definitely dumped Phelps.Despite widespread reports earlier this week, Subway is not dumping swim star and self... more
Yep, Kellogg Co. said Thursday that it will drop its endorsement deal with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps following his acknowledgment he inhaled from a marijuana pipe.
They hate pot smokers and do not want to be associated with them.
Battle Creek, Mich.-based cereal and snack maker Kellogg said Phelps's behavior is "not consistent with the image of Kellogg."
If you have ever smoked weed you should probably stop using any kellog products.
Go to their site to see what products you should stop buying.
http://www2.kelloggs.com/Product/Product.aspxYep, Kellogg Co. said Thursday that it will drop its endorsement deal with Olympic... more
Steve Parry, is an Olympic swimmer, but he wants you to know that he is not Michael Phelps. Dozens of Chinese Michael Phelps fans, have mobbed the BBC correspondent believing that he is the Olympics Golden Boy, Michael Phelps.Steve Parry, is an Olympic swimmer, but he wants you to know that he is not Michael... more
Phelps is without a doubt the golden boy of this year’s Olympics, but is it actually possible for a single swimmer to win eight gold medals and break seven world records in only eight days – without help from illegal substances?
German swimmer Anne Poleska said: “I believe in wonders in sport, but there are too many of them here.”
But it's not just Phelps
Usian Bolt ran a record-breaking time of 9.69 seconds in the 100m – with his shoelace untied! One year ago his best time was 10.03 seconds.
A French sports medicine physician estimated that a person could run no faster than 9.726 seconds without doping.
Are our Olympic heroes all doped up?Phelps is without a doubt the golden boy of this year’s Olympics, but is it... more
"I wish him all the very best. I don't think he will do it, but I'd love to see it," Thorpe said.
Phelps, during the 2004 Athens Olympics won six gold medals, one short of Mark Spitz's 7-gold medal-win in Munich in 1972.
For the Beijing games, Phelps has laid out a swimming program in which he will attempt to break Spitz's record.
Thorpe argues that the competition is stronger than ever and although Phelps is good, there are many other strong swimmers out there.
In any case, swimmers rule. "I wish him all the very best. I don't think he will do it, but I'd... more