Friday, August 22, 2008

12,000 calories

The first thought I had when I read about Michael Phelps few weeks ago was the swelling pride his mum must have felt to raise a son like him. I watched several of his races in the Olympics out of curiosity after all the hype about his predicted wins. He is a real shocker in the pool!

I just learnt from the news that he was worth US$4 million before the Olympics. Today, he is estimated to be worth US$100 million and still counting, with new sponsors calling everyday, wanting a piece of him. Gosh! That guy is only 23! Of course behind all the success is his sacrifice, pain and dedication for years. But hey, it gotta be worth it! 

What is totally amusing is his winning diet! Quoted from the papers..

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches, two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three pieces of French toast and three chocolate chip pancakes.
Lunch: Two large ham and cheese sandwiches, half kg of pasta and an energy drink.
Dinner: A large pizza, half kg of pasta and an energy drink.

He deserves another gold medal just for being able to keep those 12,000 calories down in his body and still swim those incredible records in the Olympics.  

It is very sweet though to read that the first thing he wants to do when he gets back to the States is to spend more time with his mother. Aww.. 

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