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10 Outrageous Things About Michael Phelps Sports Fans Can't Stop Talking About

No wonder he's won so many Olympic gold medals!

10 Outrageous Things About Michael Phelps Sports Fans Can't Stop Talking About
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Michael Phelps is already a household name. Ever since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the American swimmer has already captured the attention of millions of people with his unbelievable skills in the pool and his record-breaking performances.

Do you want to know what makes Phelps such a great athlete? Read on!

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1. Michael Fred Phelps II is the most successful Olympian of all time.

1. Michael Fred Phelps II is the most successful Olympian of all time.

After all, he already has 28 medals. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won eight gold medals, which was enough to beat Mark Spitz's record of seven wins during a single Olympics event.

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2. He would swim for 50 miles every single week.

2. He would swim for 50 miles every single week.
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In order to be in top shape for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he swam for as much as he could.

3. He has so many medals that he would be ranked 32nd if he was a nation.

3. He has so many medals that he would be ranked 32nd if he was a nation.
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Michael Phelps is so remarkable that he has won more for himself and for the United States than the whole of other countries.

4. His feet size is 14 feet.

4. His feet size is 14 feet.
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They are so humongous that they can be treated as flippers themselves.

5. He began swimming when he was only 7 years old.

5. He began swimming when he was only 7 years old.
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After all, you have to start early if you want to get better.

6. He visits Johns Hopkins every year to get tested for Marfan syndrome.

6. He visits Johns Hopkins every year to get tested for Marfan syndrome.
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Marfan syndrome is a disorder in which an individual likely has cardiovascular and optical problems because of the abnormal order of his or her connective tissue.

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7. When he was only 15 years old, he already set a world record.

7. When he was only 15 years old, he already set a world record.
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This happened at the 2001 Spring Nationals. At such a young age, he was able to set the record for the 200-meter fly.

8. His ankles are as flexible as a ballet dancer.

8. His ankles are as flexible as a ballet dancer.
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In fact, he can kick his feet as if they were actually just his fins.

9. Michael's arms span a staggering six feet and seven inches.

9. Michael's arms span a staggering six feet and seven inches.
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Michael is already six feet and four inches tall, yet his arms are just extraordinarily long.

10. He has his own foundation to help promote swimming and healthy lifestyles.

10. He has his own foundation to help promote swimming and healthy lifestyles.
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It was set up after the 2008 Summer Olympics and it's called the Michael Phelps Foundation.

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