At 9:56 AM of August 13th , 2008, Michael Phelps stood behind his starting block ready to race the 200-meter butterfly final in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
He was bouncing slightly on his toes. When the announcer said his name, Phelps stepped onto the block, as he always did before a race, and then stepped down, as he always did.
He swung his arms three times, just the way he had before every race since he was 12 years old.
He then stepped onto the blocks again, got into his usual stance and leapt into the water to the sound of the starting gun.
As soon as he hit the water he knew something was wrong. [Read more...]