BONG, BONG, BONG … A life learning lesson for the unbeatable Michael Phelps.
US swimmer Aaron Peirsol, the world record holder and two time Olympic champion handed swimming sensation and Olympic medal phenom Phelps his first defeat in nearly a year, winning the 100-meter backstroke at the Charlotte UltraSwim.
Wearing his new Arena suit, Peirsol got off to a strong start and touched in 53.32 seconds. Phelps was trailing by more than a half-second at the turn and had no chance to make that up against one of the greatest backstrokers, taking second in 53.79.
It would appear that Phelp’s off-season breathing exercises of bong hits is not conducive to swimming after all. This is actually the best thing that could happen to Michael Phelps. Learning that by slacking off and not training in a manner that he has always done in the past to make himself the best, he will not be the best.
It’s time for Michael Phelps to be responsible. You are allowed to mess up and make a comeback. America loves a riches to rags to riches story. However, Michael Phelps has to make the decision whether he wants to be America’s greatest Olympic hero for all time and set the standard for swimming that no one can beat, or does he want to be another Bode Miller.
UPDATE I: Michael Phelps Loses Again
Phelps was beaten again at the Charlotte UltraSwim, losing to French star Frederick Bousquet in the 100-meter freestyle Sunday night.