Reporter interviews 15 y.o. kid who wants to win an Olympic medal – his name was Michael Phelps

Back in 2001, a reporter was sent to interview this 15 year old kid who was a swimmer, and hoped to some day win an Olympic medal with the US team. The kid’s name was Michael Phelps, and he went on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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Though the 15-year-old Phelps admits that his immediate goal is getting his driver’s license.

Here’s Wikipedia on Phelps, then the video:

Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is a retired American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (18, double the second highest record holders), Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events for a male. In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.

In a funny side, apparently Twitterers were convinced the other day that Michael Phelps had died – they’d heard the news that Fred “God Hates F*gs” Phelps had died, and confused the two, because, well, Twitter.

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  • 4th Turning

    NEW YORK—In a press release issued Friday, Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps publicly apologized to his fans and Americans everywhere after actually tasting one of the Subway sandwiches he endorses. “I am embarrassed, ashamed, and quite frankly disgusted in myself for encouraging other people to eat that bready, semi-meat-flavored amalgamation Subway attempts to pass off as a meal,” the statement read in part, explaining that most commercial shoots only required Phelps to hold sandwiches near his face, and even so, he was under the impression that those were only props. “Actually watching the sandwich being made may have been even worse than eating it. Seeing that sad man peel translucently thin meat-sheets off damp paper and place them on limp marshmallowy bread, then dump on handfuls of gray-green vegetable matter and douse the whole thing in some goop out of a tube, took days off the end of my life. Again, I cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am.” The statement concluded by stating that Phelps will no longer continue on as a spokesman for Subway, adding that he would “rather endorse eugenics than that garbage.”
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  • DRoseDARs

    Don’t do drugs.

  • Lawerence Collins

    So many possibilities..
    Same last name.
    Some people don’t pay attention.
    The continued dumbing down of people in America.

  • FatRat

    Simple enough mistake to make. One swims like a fish and the other sleeps with the fishes. lol

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    What?

  • 4th Turning

    I’m sure you’ve thought about it in retrospect also. The only real gold medal that will matter
    years from now is the one he received for Character after that soul-searing burn he got from
    our omniscient media and more than a few of your fellow blogsters.

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