My favorite Summer Olympics memories are from the 2008 Summer Olympics that were held in Beijing. I enjoyed watching the swimming events. I am not a great swimmer myself so I have a great amount of respect for swimmers. The 2008 Summer Olympics was very exciting to watch because of Michael Phelps.Here is some information on my memories of Phelps during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Michael Phelps’ Quest for Eight Gold Medals
My husband and I both never left the house before Michael Phelps swam in his events. We were glued to the television each time that he competed. I knew that he was going for 8 gold medals in one single Summer Olympics and I was on the edge of my seats for a few weeks while watching him compete. I would get very excited when Phelps would enter the pool area with his ear buds in his ears. He never seemed very nervous at all before a race. I loved watching his mom sitting in the stands looking so nervous. It put a huge smile on my face because I also am a mom and have a son.
The Men’s 4 x 100 Meter Relay Race
The men’s 4 x 100 meter relay race was one of my favorite events that Phelps competed in because Phelps was competing with three other men and needed the medal from that event to reach his goal. The event was held on August 17, 2008. The three other men on the United States relay team who competed were Jason Lezak, Aaron Peirsol, and Brendan Hansen. Everyone who was in the room with me while watching the relay race were sitting on pins and needles because they knew that Phelps had seven gold medals and needed the one from this event to meet his goal.
During the race, the United States team had the Australian team to fend off. We were all keeping our fingers crossed because one wrong move could have cost the team valuable seconds. In the end, it came down to the wire and the race was only decided by about a margin of victory of 30 seconds.
The team set both a world and Olympic record with their performance. Phelps captured his eighth gold medal and celebrated with his team mates. It was the last swimming event on the roster and was a fitting way for Phelps to win his last medal.
Espn reported that, “Phelps won some races by ridiculously large margins, others with the closest of finishes — most memorably, his seventh gold by one-hundredth of a second over Serbia’s Milorad Cavic in the 100 fly. Along the way, he became the winningest Olympian ever and left China with 14 career golds — five more than anyone else with at least one more Olympics to go.” I will never forget that Summer Olympics. All of the races that Michael Phelps competed in were very exciting. I can only imagine what the 2012 Summer Olympics has in store for us.