Michael Phelps’ Record Breaking Performance

Michael Phelps Shows Off 8 Gold Medals
Tue, 19 August 2008 at 10:17 am

My Olympic Hero for this Olympic

My Olympic Hero for this Olympic

Swimming champion Michael Phelps flaunts his record-breaking eight Olympic gold medals on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated (Aug. 25, 2008 issue). The photo was inspired by Mark Spitz, the former Olympic swimming champ who showed off the seven golds he won at the 1972 Munich Games.

“What is the value of eight golds in Beijing before a prime-time audience in the U.S?” his agent Peter Carlisle asked. “I’d say $100 million over the course of his lifetime.”

I see the determination!

I see the determination!

That’s a whole lotta cash but Phelps still intends on competing at the 2012 London Olympics, where he hopes to add to his 14 Olympic gold medals (he won six in 2004’s Athens). “There are some times I still want to hit before I retire,” he said. “And I want to try some new events. That’s what’s keeping me going.”

And next week, Phelps will be traveling to London next week rather than stay in Beijing for the closing ceremonies. “I am going to London to do the handover for the next Olympics,” he said. “And hopefully prepare myself the way I did for these Games and be ready to compete in London.”

Other pictures include Phelps relaxing at the Speedo Sports Club at the Jintai Art Museum on Tuesday in Beijing, China.

30+ pictures inside of shirtless Michael Phelps looking speedo sexy…

Nastia Liukin Wins Gold In Women’s All-Around

Close to flawless, Liukin wins all-around gold

U.S. teammate Johnson’s strong performance earns silver
Posted Thursday, August 14, 2008 9:55 PM ET

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BEIJING —Nastia Liukin edged teammate Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold in women’s gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics Friday in an intense matchup that lived up to its billing.

Liukin finished with 63.325 points, a mere six-tenths ahead of Johnson, the reigning world champion who beat Liukin at the U.S. championships and Olympic trials only a few weeks ago.

Yang Yilin of China won the bronze.

“It’s amazing, I am kind of speechless right now,” Liukin said. “I don’t think it’s really set in, but I feel like this journey has been so long.”

Liukin paced back and forth as Johnson competed on floor, the final competitor of the day, clapping as her teammate floated high in the air. In the end, it was Liukin who soared. When Johnson’s score was posted and Liukin saw she was the winner tears filled her eyes. Her father and coach Valeri grabbed her in a bearhug, squeezing her tight for several minutes.

Valeri Liukin was a double gold medalist for the Soviet Union 20 years ago, but came up achingly short in a rivalry with his own teammate in the all-around. There would be no such disappointment for his only child.

“It’s not possible to describe how proud I am,” Valeri Liukin said afterward. “It’s just an amazing feeling.”

Liukin blinked back tears with a smile when she was introduced as the gold medalist.

“Standing on the podium and hearing `Olympic champion’ next to my name was a dream come true,” Liukin said. “Everything pays off at this very moment.”

For China, it was the first disappointment on the gymnastics floor. The Chinese won both the men’s and women’s team titles, and Yang Wei ran away with the men’s all-around gold on Thursday.

But this was no surprise.

Olympics Highlights

2008 Olympics: Complete Medal Standing

As of 8/19, 11:07 AM ET
COUNTRY MEDALISTS GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
United States see names 26 26 27 79
China see names 43 14 19 76
Russia see names 10 14 18 42
Australia see names 11 12 12 35
Great Britain see names 16 9 8 33
France see names 4 11 14 29
Germany see names 11 8 9 28
South Korea see names 8 10 6 24
Japan see names 8 6 8 22
Italy see names 6 6 7 19