By: Dr. Rosetta Stith
In some games it’s: “‘3 strikes’ and you are out!”
Not true for Michael Phelps, a young Baltimore man who has earned three consecutive wins for the same swimming event, the 200 Meters Individual Medley. It has made him an international hero, and a shining athletic Olympic Star for the World, the United States, and his home State of Maryland.
Hats off to his wonderful and loving mother, Ms. Debbie Davisson Phelps, and his supportive family and friends for the love and support which have allowed him to grow as a young boy and a strong young man. He was enabled to face the growing changes that life brings to our youth. He developed a positive message to disregard and understand unacceptable behaviors, apologize where needed, and continue to move forward as he has done for his self, his family, and his global fans.
That was apparent from the touching moments when he was captured on television networks looking at his family in the stands for their visual support and applause.
Phelps has earned 22 Olympic Medals from three consecutive Olympic Events (2004-Athens, 2008-Beijing, and 2012-London)
His final words to his family, his fans and the sport, “ I did it!”
Congratulations, way to go Mr. Phelps!
You made us proud again as you now move on to new life ventures, chosen life paths, and your continual support to provide opportunities to teach children to learn how to swim just like you.
To me, this is a needed and valuable life lesson for them, because our children ‘must see to be’ if they are to learn, grow, see and appreciate what you have earned and accomplished.
They will want to be just like you!
I cannot think of a better person to provide and leave this path for children who want to put ‘sport’s on their list of things ’to learn and do’ so that they can be just like you!
Thank you, for all that you do, and your recent success could not have happened to a better person and role model!
- Michael Phelps and Misty May-Treanor Unveil Special Edition Wheaties Cereal Boxes (eonline.com)
- Michael Phelps: Swimming legend announces retirement; set to swim final medley of career on Friday (bazaardaily.com)
- What’s Next for Michael Phelps? (theatlantic.com)
- 10 Career Options for Michael Phelps After 2012 Summer Olympics (bleacherreport.com)
- Michael Phelps, Just a kid that loved to race (johnmwilliamson.com)
- Michael Phelps: Why Swimmer Will Compete in Rio De Janeiro Olympics (bleacherreport.com)
- Hilary Phelps, Michael’s sister, part of long family tradition (wjla.com)
- Phelps gets started on the rest of his life (sacbee.com)
- Phelps Agrees: ‘Everybody Pees in the Pool’ (newser.com)
- Michael Phelps Tries out Modeling for Louis Vuitton Post Swimming Career (fashionindie.com)