As practice shows, in recent years, the records of athletes have become increasingly outstanding. What do you think, what is the reason for this? Is this due to the fact that people have become “faster, higher, stronger” or did doping play a role? Unfortunately, most likely, the second option is correct. Perhaps the achievements of the famous Olympic champion M. Phelps are the result not only of his dedicated training and his outstanding physique but also the use of banned drugs, including steroids for sale. But maybe it’s not so and Michael Phelps is completely clean. No one knows the answer to this question for sure, but we will try to understand this below. Read on to know more!
Short Biography of Michael Phelps
The future sportsman started swimming at the age of seven. When Phelps was in the 6th grade, the doctors said that he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Before reaching the age of 12, he played baseball and American football simultaneously. He began to show good results in swimming already in the junior age. Michael’s successes were so significant that at the age of 15 he was included in the Olympic team at the Games in Sydney (2000), where he finished fifth at a distance of 200m butterfly.
A year later, in an incomplete 16 years, Phelps broke the world record in the style of butterfly, becoming the youngest record-breaker in the worldwide history. Then he was declared the swimmer of the year in his home country.
The real triumph was waiting for Phelps in 2003 at the Worldwide Championships in Spain: the athlete received 4 gold and 2 silver medals, five worldwide records. That year, he was recognized as the number one swimmer in the whole world, and also as the top amateur athlete in the USA.
Before Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, the swimmer said he would try to receive 8 gold medals and beat the record of his famous compatriot Mark Spitz, who won 7 gold medals Games of the XX Olympiad (Munich, 1972). The plans were unrealized, but the young record holder came close to their implementation: he received 6 gold and 2 bronze medals. At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships (Australia, 2007) Phelps moved further: he got 7 gold medals and 4 world records.
At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games (China), the Spitz record was beaten. Phelps climbed eight times to the highest step of the pedestal. Phenomenally talented American won prizes at 400m distance complex swimming, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m complex swimming, 100m butterfly, and also in relay races 4х100m freestyle and 4х200m freestyle.
Michael Phelps vs. shark
In July 2017, Michael Phelps, nicknamed “Flying Fish”, swam a 100m race with a large white shark. This historical swim was shown by the popular wildlife channel called Discovery. Phelps, of course, demonstrated incredible peaks of human physical capabilities, but even his maximum speed in water is 8-10 kilometers per hour, that is, slower than that of a shark.
To increase his odds, Phelps used monofin, the item, which looks like a large flipper. Monofin was fastened to both feet simultaneously. But even this tool did not bring him closer to the possibilities of a shark, which develops a speed of up to 40 kilometers per hour in short swims.
The swimming of a shark was simulated using a computer model. Because of this, many users criticized Michael. Soon, Phelps responded to the criticism of network users for a swim with a fake white shark.
“Everybody wants to complain about something. But it was fun to compete with the “shark”. If someone wants to get into the water and compete with a real huge white shark – well, you can try it. But you cannot make a shark swim in a straight line. Although it would be interesting to look at this,” Phelps said.
Phelps is not the first person who wanted to challenge a beast. People have long sought to compete with them, especially with those representatives of wild nature who knowingly are much faster than humans.
People do it for various reasons: some because of money, some want to be famous, others like spectacular shows. And many people are motivated by the desire to check how large the limits of human capabilities are. For example, in 2007, Bryan Habana, one of the fastest players in world rugby, challenged the fastest of land-based creatures. He competed with the cheetah but lost to this fastest wildcat.
Diet of Michael Phelps
The diet of one of the most famous swimmers Michael Phelps has long been a legend. The Michael Phelps diet, which by the number of calories per day is more likely intended for three adult men, does not actually contain some gigantic amount of useful foods. It includes bread, fat mayonnaise, and energy drinks. It should be noted that Phelps trained six times weekly for five hours a day, and at the 2008 Olympiad, the sportsman had to participate in 17 swimmings during 9 days.
The average breakfast of a titled athlete was as follows:
- three sandwiches with fried eggs, onions, cheese, greens, tomatoes & mayonnaise;
- omelet of five eggs;
- a portion of oatmeal with berries;
- three pancakes with chocolate;
- three French toasts with powdered sugar;
- two coffee cups (with milk).
The dinner of the Olympic champion consisted of:
- 500 grams of pasta with tomato sauce;
- two big sandwiches with ham, cheese, and mayonnaise;
- energy drink.
Dinner of the sportsman included:
- 500 grams of paste;
- a huge pepperoni pizza;
- energy drink.
Most of the diet is presented by carbohydrates, a combination of “fast” (sweet energy drinks, sugar) and “slow” (cereals, pasta, bread) carbs throughout the day. It is reasoned, since swimming is one of the sports that requires a lot of energy, and carbohydrates are fuel for our body, like petrol (or electric power) for a car. Experts say that given the overload, Phelps’s diet suited him well. But such a diet is not recommended to an ordinary person. In addition, you can get the necessary amount of fat by other ways. Saturated fats can lead to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and increase the risk of cancer.
Is Michael Phelps clean (natural)?
Now there is no reliable evidence that Michael Phelps takes steroids. The sportsman is regularly tested by anti-doping agencies. Therefore, most likely it is clean and does not take (and did not take) any prohibited drugs, like HGH and Boldenone.
The opposite point of view
Perhaps Michael is clean and he never took steroids. But some people doubt his statements. Let’s consider the following example. In 2012, the Chinese girl, Ye Shiwen, won the 400m combined style at the Olympics and showed a new world record. Shiven swam the final 50 meters faster than Ryan Lochte (the US) and showed in this gap the result of 28.93 seconds (Lochte showed 29.10). After that, Ye Shiwen won at a distance of 200 meters. Executive Director of the International Association of Swimming Trainers John Leonard, an American by birth, said that the results of Ye Shiwen look suspicious. One American swimming coach, who preferred to remain anonymous, confessed that he did not want to blame Ye Shiwen for doping, but “her results do not match the data I know about physiology.” The head of China’s anti-doping agency, Jiang Ji, was furious with Leonard’s statements. “Some people are just prejudiced, we do not question anyone, how did Michael Phelps win eight gold medals in Beijing,” he said.