Michael Phelps Quotes
"When the Australians walked out, the crowd went nuts, and when we walked out, the crowd went even more nuts. I can't describe how amazing that was. Three thousand people were here rooting for the two strongest swimming nations. I'll never forget that, and I was glad to be part of it."
"This is the first medal I've ever won in an international meet. For it to be gold is incredible. It feels great. I can't explain it."
"I always thought, it would be neat to make the Olympic team."
"There is a one woman in China that claimed she paid $50 to get my e-mail address. It was pretty shocking. I got one this morning from Scotland. A girl's requesting a signed photo of me."
"I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along."
"Being compared to Ian Thorpe, that could be one of the greatest compliments you could ever get in swimming - being compared to him and Mark Spitz."
"Every day after I wake up, I think, 'Wait... this can't be real; I'm still going to wake up.'"
"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get."
"I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming."
"I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now."
"I'm the same kind of guy before all this happened."
"I love to race the best people in the world and the fastest people in the world."
"I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible."
"I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything."
"My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.'"
"If I didn't swim my best, I'd think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy."
"Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home."
"I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future."
"Swimming is more than a once-every-four-years sport. My goal is to bring attention to swimming - to give it some personality."
"I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way."
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