Mighty Michael Phelps facts – The Greatest Olympian in history
Fascinating facts about Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps eats around 12,000 calories of food every day, as claimed in 2008. However he has changed his diet for Rio Olympics 2016.
Michael has set up an organization named Michael Phelps Foundation, which aims in increasing the awareness of swimming as a sport and also focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle.
Michael Phelps body is designed for swimming. His long torso, long arm, big feet and short legs for his height suits for swimming.
Backstroke was the first stroke he learned because he was afraid to put his head underwater.
His wingspan is longer than he is tall. Where he is 6’4’’ tall, his wingspan is 6’8’’.
Michael Phelps still holds national records for 12 different age group events. Which he set when he was between the ages of 16 and 19.
Michael began swimming at the age of seven.
Michael Phelps swam 80,000 meters per week, i.e. 50 miles, when he was preparing for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Michael Phelps prefers wearing 2 swim caps to smooth out wrinkles, to increase the grip of goggles and to make him more aerodynamic.
In winning 8 gold medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Michael broke Mark Spitz’s record of 7 first place finishes in any single Olympic Games.