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Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface

Michael Phelps: Beneath the Surface


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Eight Olympic medals, including six gold and two bronze in Athens in 2004, Michael Phelps is the current holder of six world records, and seven gold medals at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships. Phelps is well on his way to his ambitious goal of "changing the sport of swimming." But despite Michael's pre-eminence in the pool, his story is not a swimming diary but a tale of adversities overcome and redemption through persistence. This new softcover edition contains a substantial update, as Phelps reflects on his life since his record-setting performance in Athens. The Olympic star reflects on his November 2004, DUI arrest. He recalls his experiences as a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Phelps also takes readers poolside for his record-setting 2007 performance in Australia and shares his thoughts heading into the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

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A great book to read!!

As soon as I received the book in the mail, I started reading it instantly. This book talks about his beginnings from a child, to the olympics in Athens. I felt I was with him at every step of the way to his stardom, while he describes his trials, feelings, innocence, growing up and messing up, learning through out his journey. I would definitely recommend this book for everyone.

A Must Read for Any Swimmer or Parent

Although this book leaves swim training to the coaches, this book offers the incredible journey of Michael Phelps from childhood swimming to the 2004 Olympics. As a college swimmer, it was a relief to read about his training and see similarities with my own. He offers lessons for life that are necessary for any young athlete. Phelps had help writing the book, but his words and experiences are still there. This man has been through a great deal and it is incredible to read of his sacrifice in the name of achieving greatness. It is written simply and easy to read. Inspirational and any athlete can relate. I love this book.

A nice book

I think is a nice book, for the fans of Michael Phelps is really good, he shares important aspects of his life and is very interesting to see what this kid has overcome to be the best swimer in the world.


An excellent book with an inside look at the Olympic dream. Very well written and inspiring. t-minus until 2k8...

inspiring to swimmers everywhere

As a swimmer, I truely enjoyed watching Michael Phelps compete and succeed at the Athens games. So I was pretty excited when I heard he had a book out. I LOVED it!! It only took me one day. It is a really inspirational account about dedication and always giving your all. It sheds a whole new light on the sport in general, FINALLY giving it the attention it deserves. I absolutle love how Michael promotes the sport. The really great thing is that it is honest- he shares his veiws and feelings. It also wasnt a big book of times and races he was involved in. I absolutly, 110% LOVED it.

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Publisher:Sports Publishing LLC
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