Michael Phelps is truly a champion. The summer of 2008 in Beijing, we saw him win an unprecedented eight Gold Medals in 8 swims. Seven of those swims were accomplished in world record times.
Just less than two months ago at the World
Championships in Rome, Phelps won another five Gold Medals and a
Silver in the 200 Freestyle.
In Olympic performances alone, Phelps has attained
16 Gold Medals and two Bronze…the most decorated Olympian of
the modern games.
Michael Phelps name is among the current
World’s Greatest Athletes. His name is mentioned in the same
breath as Tiger Woods (golf) and Roger Federer
(tennis). In time, he will be listed among the World’s
Best Ever Athletes of all time. Only two other swimmers have
achieved this notoriety, Johnny Weissmuller and Mark
There have been a number of books previously
written on Michael. Sports Illustrated, The New
York Times and USA Today all produced
‘instant’ photo montage newsstand booklets after
Beijing. He has been on the cover dozens of magazines
including a record (for a swimmer) five covers for
SI. (Spitz was on three)
Michael’s personal life outside of the
water…his drunk driving arrest after the Athens Games in
‘04, his infamous bong photo that emerged in a British
tabloid and recent automobile incident get posted immediately to
the Web, emerge in the next newspaper edition and have even been
covered by sports television.
Though a sponsor or two may have left him (I
certainly don’t blame Kellogg’s) last fall, he still is
the most recognized swimmer on the planet with endorsements and TV
commercials that could not have been possible just a few short
Even his mom and his pet bulldog have been a part
of the ‘celebrity’ that Michael Phelps has become.
Unless you have absolutely no interest in the
sport of swimming or have not paid attention to the sports pages
over the past year and a half, all of this is old news.
In NO LIMITS, Phelps and
writer Alan Abrahamson take the reader behind the scenes into
There are eight chapters with the titles:
Perseverance, Belief, Redemption, Determination, Confidence,
Courage, Will and Commitment, co-paired with each of the eight
events he swam in Beijing.
NO LIMITS interweaves
these chapter headings with Michael’s own story.
Perseverance tells his childhood story of overcoming
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and being raised by a
single mom along with the road to winning and setting yet another
world record in the 400 IM.
Each chapter is unique in its revealing of Michael
the individual/athlete and his growth and history of his first 23
years of life as well as Michael’s own words regarding the
accomplishments of each of his Gold Medals in Beijing.
NO LIMITS is a
straight forward (auto)biography of a young man who has exceeded
expectations and has truly exhibited the will to