Found August 11, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
One way to tell if you’re a big deal is scoring a prime time interview with Bob Costas during the Olympic Games. As if there’s not enough going on to fill air time. Michael Phelps sat in that chair and took questions from America’s top sports guy. Bob Costas must be the top since he’s also on prime time, and we already know Phelps is at the top of his mountain. The questions started. The answers flowed. But something wasn’t quite right. When asked what he hoped to achieve in the pool, Mike referred to another Mike. Not Mark. Instead of Spitz, he wanted to be the Jordan of his sport. Why go to another sport to set a goal? The Michael Jordan of swimming? What would Jordan’s answer be to the same question? “I want to be the Muhammad Ali of basketball.” If he didn’t say that, that’s what he’s become. Iconic figures stick together, or ought to. And Phelps joins them. The swimming Michael showed all the grace of a good upbringing and manners when he added compliments to his re...
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