Veteran swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games. The American has won 28 career medals, 23 of which are gold and came in five Olympics editions, beginning in Sydney.
He was only 15 years old back in 2000 at the Sydney Games and finished with a splash at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In a recent media interaction, the legendary swimmer talked about the early days of his stellar career and what always kept him motivated to chase success like no one else in the world.
“I think every person can really define excellence in their own way, I think it really determines on what they want at the start of it, for me, when I started this whole journey, it was with a goal of breaking a world record, winning Olympic gold medal, becoming a professional athlete, those are the goals that I had as a little kid,” Phelps said in an interview with Sportslane.
“Wanted to do something that the sport had never seen”
It won’t be wrong to say that athletes like Michael Phelps are born once in a century as it requires sheer dedication, grit, and passion for the sport which is not a cup of tea for everyone.
The 36-year-old further went on to mention that he always aimed to achieve something huge in his career and he rightly did so. He revealed:
“I wanted to do something that the sport had never seen, that people had never seen, the globe had never seen. And to be able to have that opportunity, I had to be able to do things differently. I couldn’t do it in the same way that everyone had done it before, so for me to go five or six or eight years that man, I had 52 extra days a year, but also in the sport of swimming, if you take one day off, it takes you two days to get back to where you were.”