This week, a video has surfaced on Youtube with then 15-year-old Michael Phelps talking to a journalist. He talked about his teen life, swimming and dream of winning in Olympics.
“I don’t really live the normal life of a teenager. I gave up a lot of things but I’m getting tons of other things that normal 15-year-olds aren’t getting. I think this is a life that anyone could dream of and I’m definitely loving it.”
At this time, year 2001, he’s a teenage swimming phenom, but no Olympic medal.
His big goal:
“I just want to get faster.”
But his coach had a much bigger goal for him:
“Obviously he went to the Olympic Games but he didn’t win a medal, and in the sport of swimming to truly be remembered as a great athlete you need to win an Olympic gold medal. So that’s the big goal.”
Four years later, Phelps captured his first Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. And he didn’t stop there. He proceeded to amass 17 more gold medals in 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Now he is retired, and still holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals.