Found August 23, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
OR, How About Some Miss Itminan Choudhury love for MICHAEL PHELPS, KBE The London Olympics sent athletes home with gold, silver, and bronze. Most of the thousands of participants went home with the memory of being Olympians. And it’s a good memory for most, in spite of the hierarchy: Gold for Olympic Champions. Silver for the first loser. Bronze to the last winner. Status of ‘Olympian’ for those on the national team. Then there’s a new category of Olympic Trialist? Why not? The great Michael Phelps rose through the ranks of all, dropped down, then rose again. That’s why he’s a favorite here. He could have quit on London. But he didn’t. He could have mailed it in with the greatest tank-job in history, or at least as great as teams losing intentionally for better positioning. But he didn’t. All he did was show the mark of a true champ where you do your best with what you’ve got. Olympic Gold isn’t for tankers, and neither is British Knighthood. In ...
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