As practice shows, in recent years, the athletes’ records have become increasingly outstanding. What do you think, the reason for this is? Is this because 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 renowned Olympic champion M. Fred 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 clean. No one knows the answer to this question for sure, but we will try to clarify it. 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 was engaged in baseball and American football simultaneously. He showed significant results in swimming being the junior. Michael succeeded dramatically and in 2000 the 15-year-old promising swimmer was on the Olympic team at the Games in Sydney. He showed excellent results at a 200m distance in the butterfly style, finishing fifth.
Later there were a series of significant achievements. One of the most noteworthy was breaking the world record in butterfly at the youngest age in history. They granted him the title “Swimmer of the year” in America.
At Worldwide Championships, organized in Spain in 2003, Phelps (among his nicknames-“The Baltimore Bullet”) experienced a breathtaking triumph, having received 6 medals (4 gold and 2 silver) and set five records. Such attainments contributed to his recognition as the number one swimmer in the entire world. The USA national sports committee named him a top amateur athlete.
His plan for Games of the XXVIII Olympiad was to receive 8 gold medals with an intention to beat the previous record, which had been set by his compatriot Mark Andrew Spitz. This prominent sportsman was the absolute victor in the XX Olympiad, held in Munich (Deutschland) in 1972, having won seven gold medals. Phelps’ aspiration and enormous ambitions allowed him to approach his seemingly unrealistic target. He prevailed in 6 different styles (six gold medals) and gained 2 bronze awards. In Australia, at the 2007bWorld Aquatics Championships, Phelps achieved unbelievable results: he triumphed with 7 gold medals. He also set 4 world records.
In China at the Summer Olympic Games, held in 2008, Michael eventually beat the Spitz’s record. He climbed to the highest step of the pedestal eight times. This phenomenal swimmer got prizes at different distances (400m complex swimming, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m complex swimming, 100m butterfly, and also in relay races 4x100m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle).
Michael Phelps and Computer-Generated Shark
In July 2017, the athlete, symbolically nicknamed “Flying Fish”, took part in a hazardous and life-threatening competition. He was having a one hundred metre race in the swimming pool, into which a huge white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) was placed. This fish (also called white pointer) is notable for its impressive size and sharp teeth, which glitter inside its enormous mouth. The widely known wildlife channel Discovery broadcast this historical moment. Phelps, overwhelmed with adrenaline, showed peaks of physical capabilities. However, the predator appeared stronger. It moved faster than 8-10 km/hour (Phelps’ speed).
Michael resorted to monofin (a type of swimfin, which reminds one of a large flipper) for increasing his velocity. This stuff was fastened to both the athlete’s legs simultaneously. But this tool didn’t contribute to his superiority over the shark, able to speed up to 40 km/hour.
You may wonder: how did the champion survive and not become a victim of the blood-thirsty creature. Don’t worry. The fish’s swimming was simulated using a computer model. It was a fake. Many users criticized Michael for such a non-realistic experiment. Soon, Phelps responded to these armchair critics.
“It is easy to complain and do nothing. I was satisfied by competing with the imaginary, “shark”. If someone pretends to pull such a trick with a real one, he/she is welcome. But it is impossible to force the fish to move in a straight line,” Phelps said. He added that he would like to watch such a show.
He is not the first, who wanted to challenge a beast. Especially extreme persons have always pretended to compete with representatives of wild nature who knowingly are much faster and stronger than humans.
There are numerous reasons for such contests. Some individuals desire to become rich, others want to earn glory or just seek for spectacular performances. And many people are motivated by striving to test their capabilities. For instance, Bryan Habana, who is considered the fastest rugby player, in 2007, tried to lead in the race with the fastest land-based creature; a cheetah, but did not beat the wildcat.
Michael Phelps’ Diet
The diet of Michael Phelps was associated with legends and rumors. Its calories are equal to the caloric daily demand for 3 adults. But his nutrition couldn’t be called completely wholesome and balanced, with gigantic intake of super healthy food. He ate bread (sometimes pizzas, cakes or burritos), fat mayonnaise, energy beverages, protein bars. However, such nutrition was justified, since Phelps had an extremely intensive training regimen: six times a week. He spent five hours at the gym and swimming pool. He swam thousands of meters every week, exercised with barbels, ran and rowed miles.
The titled athlete’s breakfast comprised:
- Average 3 sandwiches, containing fried eggs, salad, onions, cheese, mushrooms, ketchup & mayonnaise
- Omelet made of five or six eggs
- A portion of oatmeal porridge with honey and berries
Three chocolate pancakes
- A couple of French toasts served with powdered sugar and sour cream
- Two coffee cups (with milk or cream)
- Half a kilo of pasta with meat or seafood and tomato or bechamel sauce
- 2 huge hamburgers, comprising ham, bacon, cheese, cucumbers, and mayonnaise
- Energy drink
- 500 gm of pasta with meat and some topping
- Large pepperoni or other pizza
- Energy drink
The basis of his nutrition is a combination of “fast” (sweet beverages, bars, cakes, sugar) and “slow” (bread, cereals, pasta) carbohydrates. It is reasoned since swimming requires a significant amount of energy, and carbs serve as a super fuel for the body, like petrol (or electric power) for a car. Experts claim that the athlete’s diet suited him. But it’s contraindicated to ordinary people. Excess carbs and saturated fats trigger the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and increase the risk of cancer.
Is the American Swimmer Clean (Natural)?
Now there is no reliable evidence that Michael Phelps takes steroids. He is regularly tested by anti-doping agencies. Therefore, most likely he is clean and doesn’t take (and didn’t take) any prohibited preparations, like HGH and Boldenone.
The Opposite Point of View: Michael Phelps is on Steroids
Perhaps the swimmer is clean, and he has never taken steroids. But some people doubt his statements. Let’s consider the following example. In 2012, the Chinese girl, Ye Shiwen, won the women’s 400m individual medley at the Olympics and showed a new world record. Shiwen 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 Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) John Leonard, an American by birth, said that the results of Shiwen look suspicious. One US swimming coach, who preferred to remain incognito, 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 president of the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA), 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.