Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/16/12

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Michael Phelps of USA in action during the Men's 100m Butterfly during Day One of the Duel in the Pool at The Manchester Aquatic Centre on December 18, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Proprietary rights have made watching Olympic highlights almost impossible. YouTube, where typing "squirrel skiing" yields a shocking seven pages of results, has no visual evidence of the entire four minutes and 3.84 seconds that was the 400-meter individual medley at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing for Michael Phelps. This is how I found myself listening to Linkin Park singing "Pushing Me Away" about 100 times recently as Phelps' first (of a record-setting eight) gold medals in Beijing played in tiny non-copyright-violating snippets on my computer screen. He produced so much amazing four years ago that details run together. All that remains of that dominance is a two-second snippet -- him alone in a frame, nobody even close as he easily wins and Linkin Park sings. There is something prescient about the lyrics, like whoever threw together this YouTube tribute to Phelps knew what was coming four years later. Because as we approach 100 days from what Phelps says unequivocally will be h...
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