Phelps Inspired Swimmer Who Beat Him In Rio

August 15, 2016

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With Michael Phelps solidifying his name in history at the 2016 Rio Olympics , winning 5 gold medals and one silver, the silver medal quite possibly is the most Olympic moment ever.  Phelps failed to capture the gold in the men's 100 meter butterfly on Friday night. He came in second behind Singapore’s Joseph Schooling.  However it was Phelps who was more than happy to see Schooling win.  You see, back in 2008, just as the world was introduced to Phelps at the Beijing games,  Phelps went around the world and taught swimming clinics.  There he meant a 13 year old boy, who was inspired by Phelps and wanted to be just like him.  That boy was Joseph Schooling.  

But that's not the only story of inspiration Phelps conjured.  In another swimming clinic in 2006, Phelps crossed paths with 9 year old Katie Ledecky, who has won 4 gold medals and a silver at the Rio games. You couldn't have written a better story of inspiration for two athletes!  

SOURCE: The Guardian

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