In case you haven’t heard, London will be the hosting city for the 2012 Summer Olympics! There hasn’t been much news about it, but it is right around the corner. The opening ceremonies have been scheduled to be on July 27. I’m getting pretty excited for it, the Summer Games have always been my favorite to watch and having been on the swim team in high school, you can probably guess which event I most enjoy watching. You could also guess what the main topic is here… yep, Michael Phelps, but we’ll get to him later.
Track and Field is one of the more popular events in the Olympics and at the last Summer Games Usain Bolt made quite a name for himself. He won 3 gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Although being pretty cocky, he is actually a really fast runner. He set world records in all of those races. Who is going to take on this incredibly fast man this summer? He surely can’t win every event he is entered in, can he? I must admit, I would thoroughly enjoy watching someone knock him down a notch!
Michael made himself a legend at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by winning eight gold medals. Then shortly after the Olympics, the media had gotten a hold of photos that showed Michael Phelps doing disreputable things. Michael Phelps’ performance after that has been a roller coaster ride; he “lost” his stroke, then found it, struggled again, and came back, so on and so forth. The big question is: How is he going to match his performance in 2008; or better yet, can he? It almost sounds as if he thinks he’s become the world’s greatest swimmer and has given up on progressing. The problem with this is, he’s being challenged. Ryan Lochte was basically second-best in Beijing, behind Phelps all the way, but after a recent loss to Lochte, it seems as if Phelps’ title of being the greatest swimmer is being challenged. Michael has got some serious work to do if he wants to beat Lochte in London this year. I’m not a big fan of Lochte, he seems pretty arrogant for being second-best. Sure, Michael has made some mistakes in the past, but him being an incredible swimmer is an indisputable fact.
It will definitely be entertaining to watch how these athletes will do in the games. I can’t say the same for Bolt, but I hope Phelps can do as well, or even better than he did in 2008.