Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Olympics: Phelps goes out in style, wins 17th gold in 100 fly

Phelps gains another gold in the sport he elevated.

< Previous Page

"Just being here at all is a dream come true," he said. "By being here, it is my own form of redemption."

Phelps’ redemption came after finishing fourth on opening day in the 400 individual medley. Since then, he has been superb every time he leapt off the starting block.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

His shadow is so large it clouded out perhaps the London Games’ most surprising swim result. Katie Ledecky, another Maryland swimmer, won the women’s 800 freestyle Friday by routing world-record holder Rebbeca Adlington of Great Britain.

Ledecky, 15, won in 8:14.63, half a second off the world mark. Spain’s Mireia Garcia Belmonte won the silver, while Adlington got the bronze. Cal graduate Lauren Boyle took fourth for New Zealand, 9.23 seconds behind the winner.

Ledecky recalled meeting Phelps when she was 6. Then she credited him with calming her down just before the race.

She never could have imagined stepping to the victory podium on the same night as Phelps, who can’t wait to put aside the singular diet of pasta and pizza for life’s variety.

He promised to stay in shape, though. The slender 6-foot-4 swimmer also promised to remain visible.

But it’s not as if he could simply disappear like a sunset.

History’s most relevant swimmer isn’t an afterthought just yet.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.