On Saturday, Michael Phelps failed to defend his Gold Medal in the 400 IM. He fell to fourth place and watched his teammate and rival Ryan Lochte steal his crown and destroy the field. Phelps met with Andrea Kremer after the race and seemed hard hit by the loss and his inability to medal. He talked about going into the race with the wrong plan and he looked anywhere but at the camera or at the reporter asking him questions. He seemed to the world to have slipped, if not fallen altogether.
And then on Sunday, Phelps rose again. In the final of the 4×100 Free Relay, Phelps swam the second leg and blew open a full body length lead (all six feet and four inches worth) on the rest of the field. While Lochte couldn’t hold the lead his team had built through the anchor leg, the last 100 meters of the race, Phelps burned through the pool with the fire of a champion and gave the Americans the strong leg they needed to secure a Silver Medal.
Michael Phelps is the greatest competitive swimmer in the history of the world. And this is the prediction that will prove true over the next two weeks: Michael Phelps isn’t done yet, 3 more Gold Medals are on their way.