Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympic swimmer, and arguably the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. Last night, he capped off his 12-year Olympic dominance by hauling in his record setting career his 21st gold medal, and 25th overall medal.
His social media meme from Rio will also endure until the Earth is eventually destroyed by the exploding sun.
— The Independent (@Independent) August 10, 2016
Phelps has has seen rivals in individual events come and go (yes, you too, Chad le Clos), but his overall domination of the sport has sucked all the oxygen, or at least the gold medals, out of the room for over a decade.
Today in The Herd, Colin marveled at Phelps, not only because of his massive medal count, but because he is the unique example of a human being who ended up doing exactly what he was put on Earth to do.
“Michael Phelps chose the perfect thing to do in life. He’s tall, he could have played basketball. He’s tall, he could have pitched in baseball. But his DNA, he’s a human fish. He’s 6’4″, Olympians say the perfect height. His arm span is extraordinarily long. Generally, a person’s arm span is equal to their height. Not with Phelps. Significantly longer, allowing more pulling power with his arms. His torso is that of a 6’8” person. Freakishly long. Enables him to have an amazing reach. He could have done a million sports. His hands, his reach, his torso, his size. He picked the perfect sport.”
There will never be another Michael Phelps. There can’t be. Unless, Aquaman comes out of retirement.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 10, 2016