Michael Phelps has more medals than any other competitor in the history of the Olympics. Nobody else comes close to what he has accomplished.
This year’s Olympics in Rio marks the fifth time Phelps has competed in the games since he first started in 2000.
Phelps easily won the gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly and men’s 4×200 freestyle relay.
This past week, Phelps acquired his 25th medal — and he still has two more races to compete in.
According to Phelps, he can’t believe how many medals he’s acquired over the years and how all the hard work has paid off.
“One of the things that is kind of sticking in my head more: that’s a lot of medals,” Phelps said. “We’ve got a lot of medals. It’s just insane. It’s mind-blowing to think about.”
The 31-year-old also talked about how age is catching up with him and how much harder the events are than they were before.
But he continued by saying there was no way he would let himself lose his second event of the day on Tuesday night.
“Doing a double like that is a lot harder now than what it once was,” Phelps added. “That is for sure. There wasn’t a shot in hell I was losing that tonight.”
But the controversy and unfair targeting of Michael Phelps occurred before the events began during the opening ceremony, when Phelps was chosen to carry the American flag for the United States.
In typical liberal fashion, an anchor for CNN stirred up unnecessary controversy by arguing that Phelps should not carry the American flag and, instead, the first American athlete to wear a hijab while competing, Ibtihaj Muhammad, should be the one holding the flag during the opening ceremony.
The liberal anchor said that, “America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight trying to make America great again.”
“Muhammad carrying the flag would be nearly a one-stop inclusion shop,” Kamau Bell said.
“Muhammad is an African-American, hijab-wearing Muslim woman who is also a world class fencer. Those are all groups that could always use some more love, acceptance and respect from this country.
Muhammad carrying the flag would be much bigger than your one moment. If (when) Muhammad carries the flag, that moment (and Muhammad herself) would grow into legend. We’re talking bigger than just the Olympics. It will be cemented into history.”
It was a potshot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and an unfair attempt to politicize the Olympics by using Phelps as the vessel.
Of course, Phelps took the high road and said that he was “honored” to carry the flag and that his teammates chose him to do the honors.
“I’m honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S., and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,” said Phelps.
Phelps is learning the hard way that no matter how well you represent your country and how well you perform, some people just can’t be pleased.
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