Michael Phelps

If you have been following the progress of the Olympics, one name stands out. US Swimmer Michael Phelps has been earning gold medal after gold medal. Here are two reports from the New York Post: Here is the first:
TOP OF THE WORLD
PHELPS SETS RECORD FOR CAREER GOLDS

That's it. The thesaurus is exhausted. The dictionary has just declared bankruptcy. With Michael Phelps, all the fitting adjectives have been used and re-used and worn down to the nub: amazing, astounding, astonishing, remarkable. Incredible, unbelievable, implausible, inconceivable.

It already had been an historic (and momentous and significant and otherworldly) Olympics for Michael Phelps. It is now something else, something beyond words, something beyond deeds. In the course of 80 minutes yesterday at the National Aquatics Center, Phelps not only attained history, he transcended it. And he isn't finished yet.

First, he won the 200-meter butterfly, his fourth gold medal (and fourth world record) at these Games, the 10th gold medal of his career, shattering the mark he shared for just over 24 hours with Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi and Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina.

Then - after a quick stop by the medal stand, where the familiar ditty the "Star Spangled Banner" was played once again - it was back in the pool for the 4x200 freestyle relay.
And of course, he came in first for his leg and his team came in under seven minutes -- a world record for the event. Here is the second article which outlines his diet and training:
PHELPS' PIG SECRET: HE'S BOY GORGE
Swimming sensation Michael Phelps has an Olympic recipe for success - and it involves eating a staggering 12,000 calories a day.

"Eat, sleep and swim. That's all I can do," Phelps, who won two more gold medals today, told NBC when asked what he needs to win medals. "Get some calories into my system and try to recover the best I can."
So what does he eat:
Phelps lends a new spin to the phrase "Breakfast of Champions" by starting off his day by eating three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise.

He follows that up with two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes.

At lunch, Phelps gobbles up a pound of enriched pasta and two large ham and cheese sandwiches slathered with mayo on white bread - capping off the meal by chugging about 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

For dinner, Phelps really loads up on the carbs - what he needs to give him plenty of energy for his five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week regimen - with a pound of pasta and an entire pizza.

He washes all that down with another 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.
Holy crap! My intake is about 2,500/day - I physically could not eat that much.

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