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Michael Phelps Hero's Journey
Transcript of Michael Phelps Hero's Journey
Call to Adventure
Phelps joined the North Baltimore Aquatic Club when he was 7 years old.
His sister, Whitney, was a mother of the swim team at the University of Richmond
Refusal of the Call
Phelps was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity when he was 7 years old.
In the same year, his family life changed and his parents divorced.
Phelps wanted to try golf instead of swimming
Meeting with the Mentor
At 11, Phelps began training with Bob Bobman who saw immediately that Phelps had Olympic potential.
Offers from Speedo if he matched Mark Spitz's record also encouraged him to accomplish his task.
Michael Phelps was born on June 30, 1985
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
He was born to Debbie and Fred Phelps
World of Common Day
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
When Bowman took the head coach position for University of Michigan's swim team, Phelps went with him.
Due to the status as a professional, he was unable to swim for the university, and served as an assistant coach.
Phelps placed 2nd in the 100-m breaststroke, after having gotten over a weak stroke.
The Supreme Ordeal
Phelps trained every day for a year to become the most successful swimmer.
Phelps wanted to make swimming as popular a sport as basketball.
Phelps beat Mark Spitz's record of 7 golds, the most gold medals won by an Olympian.
Seizing the Price
Michael became the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, including 8 gold.
He received a $1 million bonus after the Beijing Olympics.
A boost of publicity surrounding his pursuit was gained.
Phelps received the American-International Athlete Trophy.
The Road Back
Phelps had to face the consequences for smoking which ruined his image.
Michael Phelps decides on making his swimming comeback by undergoing drug testing twice in 3 months.
Later, Phelps announced he was retiring from his sport.
Phelps has accomplished his goal to be the "Greatest Olympian."
Phelps became more driven and worked harder as he lost.
Michael does not worry much about family issues, and he has a deep connection with his mom.
Return with Elixir-Freedom to Live
He showed the world that although he had ADHD he was able to accomplish this feat.
Michael has earned fame and set the world record for the most medals earned in the Olympics.
Phelps started swimming at Loyola High School.
Bowman told Phelps parents that he envisioned Michael observing the 2000 Olympics in Australia and winning medals in 2004.
Phelps missed the opportunity to gain 8 medals when his team was disqualified in the 400-m medley relay.
Phelps made a comeback after he breifly considered retirement because of a picture of him with a marijuana bong.
The Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union, was awarded to Phelps for being the best amateur athlete in the US.
Phelps established the Michael Phelps Foundation, which provides swim programs as well as funding for up-and-coming swimmers.
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