I have been rooting against this Phelps guy. His campaign to win every medal possible feels really greedy and self-aggrandizing.
I haven't been following that much, so maybe this a stupid question, but is is HIS campaign for the reocrd or the media's campaign. The few interviews I've seen he's seemed a bit humble. Proud and confident, but not as if he came in as the conquerer.
And I did happen to see his win last night, and as crazy as it seems to someone that doesn't live their life in such precise and minute millimeters, I can see where Cavic's fingers missed the touchpad.
Apparently Ian Thorpe said that Phelps couldn't win seven, and Phelps put the quotation in his locker so he could see it every day as he trained to prove him wrong. (This knowledge was gained by watching an interview with Phelps.)
I couldn't quite believe it either at first, but the underwater views on SI seem to show that Phelps did indeed do it. The momentum he gained on his last half-stroke propelled him past Cavic, who was gliding in on his last full stroke.
I just wish Mark Spitz wasn't being such a prick about the whole thing. I had a crush on him during the '72 Olympics (when I was all of three), which was manifested mainly by splashing vigorously in the bathtub and screaming "MARK SPITZ! MARK SPITZ! MARK SPITZ!" until exhausted or until all the water was on the floor, whichever came first.
Ah, well I'm glad to hear he's being gracious now. He certainly wasn't as of last week -- he came off pretty insulting towards Michael Phelps, and implied that he (Spitz) had never been treated with enough deference by the Olympics in particular and the world of swimming in general. Maybe someone hit him upside the head with one of his gold medals and told him he was tarnishing his own legacy.