Last summer, when Michael Phelps dominated the news from the 2008 Beijing Olympics with his record 8 gold medals, who would have possibly guessed that he would still be a celebrity today? In our 24-hour news cycle world, celebrities are made and forgotten seemingly overnight, and really, who cares about competitive swimming, anyways?
Yet, here we are in 2009 still talking about Phelps, and for good reason. Even apart from his escapades on dry land, the guy’s fun to follow and dominant in ways you only see in people like Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan. Yesterday, in a rematch of his amazing come-from-behind gold medal butterfly performance, he once again surged from behind to beat Milorad Cavic to win the 100m butterfly world championship.