Every now and then, something extraordinary happens in our universe, something that should not happen, and couldn’t happen, but, defying all the odds, does happen!
Against all the odds, all the pundits, all the statisticians and all the prophets who declared in 1972 that no-one would ever, could ever, beat Mark Spitz’s record of 9 Olympic gold medals, Michael Fred Phelps II, born June 30, 1985, yesterday won his 21st Olympic gold medals. According to Wikipedia, these medals are in 12 different events. in winning 8 gold medals in 2008 in Beijing, Phelps broke Spitz’s record of 7 gold medals in a single Olympic games. Phelps holds the record in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, and 400m individual medley. He has won a total of 79 medals in major international competitions: 64 gold, 13 silver and 3 bronze, including the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific championships.
No sportsman, no golfer, no athlete can compare to this unbelievable statistical absurdity! If we didn’t know it happened, we would say it couldn’t happen – and yet it has happened! The unbelievable, the incredible has come true. We can safely say that the odds are that in the next 100 years no-one will match, or come close, to this record in any top level sport.
We should take a moment to think about what he has done and to tell our children that anything is possible, however, beating this record is improbable.
Congratulations to the incredible, unbelievable, Phenomenal Phelps!