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Is Phelps the greatest Olympian?

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 3:23 PM

Tuesday, Michael Phelps tied and surpassed the mark for most Olympic medals by a single athlete. As of Tuesday night he was at 19 and counting with opportunities to add to the total as the London games press on. Phelps is being declared the greatest Olympic athlete ever. You can't argue that he's the most decorated, especially with 15 of the 19 medals made of shiny gold, but is he the greatest? What do you think?


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Why not, he earned them. He's an animal. I guess it depends on what defines greatness in one's opinion.

-- Posted by Steelerfan100 on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 10:03 PM

Why is this so special? He is in multiple swimming events and styles. So duh.... he is going to build up a collection after 3 Olympics. Unlike say volleyball or basketball. They are only going for one medal. They NEVER have the chance to win 19 medals. Unless they are that fabulous where they can play for the U.S. for 19 Olympics. So really those medals don't seem so special to me and I find the commercial annoying for that reason. I will say though...he is an amazing swimmer. Wonder where the commercials are for the men's archery team that took home the silver, judo got a bronze, shooting has 2 gold's (Kim Rhode became the first US Olympian to medal in five straight Olympics and set an Olympic record hitting 99 of her 100 targets.), cycling has a gold, and there are even more that I have heard nothing about.

It just bothers me that he is getting all this attention when the sport he is in has given him the opportunity to have the honor to have that many medals. I don't see all the excitement over any other medal winners and their accomplishments (big or small). Where is their commercial about their wins? Yeah, him winning is amazing but to have that over shadow other Olympians is just wrong. I'm sure there are first time Olympians that have set records, won medals, and just plain did some amazing things this year. Or ones that tried to win medals in past years but never have that are still doing better than ever before on a personal level. Maybe even finally got that medal.

-- Posted by puppyluv on Thu, Aug 2, 2012, at 10:12 AM

He is the greatest Olympic Swimmer of all time but I wouldn't attach the title of Greatest Olympian to any one athlete. A different set of talents is attached to each activity and they all take hard work and dedication. I love watching the Olympics and wish I could see all of it.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Fri, Aug 3, 2012, at 1:34 PM

Leah if you have Mediacom you can go to On Demand and find them in the free pass section under TV Entertainment

-- Posted by spencer lover on Thu, Aug 16, 2012, at 4:26 PM


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Randy Cauthron is the managing editor of the Daily Reporter. He has been with the paper since 2003 and has worked in the newspaper business since 1993. Randy enjoys entertainment and sports. He has wife, Leah and six children living in Spencer. Randy enjoys sharing his opinion on everything from entertainment, pop culture, politics and sports.
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