Boy with Attention Deficit Disorder Who Grew Up to Make Olympic History
Rajan, Amol, The Independent (London, England)
In 1996 Bob Bowman, the head coach of the US men's swimming team in Beijing, made a prediction.
"By 2000," he said, Michael Phelps (who he was then coaching at North Baltimore Aquatic Club), would be "in the Olympic trials". "By 2004, he makes the Olympics. By 2008, he'll set world records. By 2012, the Olympics will be in New York and..."
Excepting the New York bit, Bowman - a Beethoven fan with a degree in developmental psychology - was, if anything, a little modest.
In Athens four years ago, aged just 19, Phelps did more than just compete - he won six gold medals and two bronzes. Yesterday he become the greatest Olym-pian ever when he won his 11th gold - …
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Publication information: Article title: Boy with Attention Deficit Disorder Who Grew Up to Make Olympic History. Contributors: Rajan, Amol - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: August 14, 2008. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.