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Michael Phelps: The Untold Story of a Champion

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Michael Phelps is an American sports hero, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete the world has ever known. His unprecedented eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics have made him a superstar. But his journey to Olympic immortality is every bit as compelling as his achievements in the pool. From learning to cope with ADHD to the story of how Phelps became the greatest ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Harshad Udayakumar
As far as my knowledge goes, this is the first ever book that i read.I was fascinated by the cover page and the title that involves Michael Phelps's name and i wasn't bothered who the author was.So my reading started with this particular book.This is a well written book which has fantastic incidents of Michael's life.As a child he suffered from ADHD, so his mother being a teacher handled him very well.His two sisters were also very supportive.This book involves two halves or it describes two pha ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Nikita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a terribly written biography. When I read about someone with stellar achievements, I want to know more about their life, their challenges and their motivations. This book was so superficial on all counts that I would rather have simply read the Olympics stats. Because it didn't quite achieve any more than that, IMHO. I mean, if Michael and all his family felt his time in college and going away were incredibly formative, there has to be something more than 'He learned to buy gr ...more
Tim Lindner
The book 'Michael Phelps: The Untold Story of a Champion' is about Michael Phelps' unbelieveable trip to Beijing, China, winning 8 olympic gold medals in 8 competitions he swam.
The beginning of the book is pretty much about Michael's childhood and his family. It tells about his older sisters, who also had an impressive swimming carrer and his likings besides swimming. So he was an outstanding lacrosse player and also liked to play golf.
He qualified for his very first olympics in Australia's capi
Aug 13, 2012 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked. I got about 50-60 pages in and got bored and stopped reading. The beginning had bits and pieces about Michael from his family and his coach and from him himself but nothing that I couldn't find out from reading an interview about him on or looking him up on wikipedia. The thing that really turned me off was a section talking about Michael's injuries before the 2008 games. In the book the author talks to a couple of Phelps' teammates at Michigan who don't want their nam ...more
This book was just ok. The format was somewhat unorganized and repetitive. It really did not provide much insight into Michael Phelps that could not have been obtained from simply watching coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games. Much of the book had nothing to do with Michael Phelps. It was random facts about and interviews from swimmers (and their families) of the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics. The quoted interview statements could have and often should have been paraphrased, as there was a lot of ...more
The Michael Phelps: The Untold Story of a Champion by Bob Schaller was an inspiring book about the struggles Michael Phelps had to go through in order to overcome the challenge of achieving 8 gold medals in order to, not only match Mark Spitz's record, but to beat it. I enjoyed the book because of the interviews and quotes that the author used when he had interviewed swimmers who raced against Phelps and the swimmers who swam with him in his relay. I would recommend this to any swimmer or big sw ...more
This biography was very disappointing. I felt as though the biography focused more on Phelps' teammates and family more than phelps himself. I found myself extremely bored throughout the Novel. I would not recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about Michael phelps.
Alana Aubin
Interesting content... I enjoyed the insights into the lives of Michael and other Olympic swimmers. Unfortunately the book is poorly written. It is quite repetitive and very disorganized.
Mario Hernandez
The topic is great and I did learn a few things about Michael Phelps, but this author was horrible! I have never seen sloppier writing then this. The author is so boring.
Jonathan Green
Aug 21, 2012 Jonathan Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a great story and I learned all about Michael Phelps and how he grew up and worked for a chance to be in the olympics.
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