BALTIMORE (WJZ) — History is made in London and it’s felt all the way back in Baltimore. Champion swimmer Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medal record, a record untouched for half a century.
Kai Jackson has reaction to Phelps’ incredible achievement.
Michael Phelps has established a legacy for the ages and his hometown of Baltimore has been cheering him on for every exciting moment.
It’s a PFF: a Phelps Fan Frenzy. Supporters gathered at Mother’s Bar downtown to watch the swimming star race. They also gathered at Meadowbrook Pool in Mt. Washington to cheer on Michael Phelps, who made history becoming the most decorated Olympian ever. It happened Tuesday when he won silver in the 200 meter butterfly. Then he and his teammates won gold in the men’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay in London.
“I think it’s great for America, for the U.S. I think it’s great for Baltimore and great for the sport of swimming,” said Jacob Danyali.
Michael Phelps has an impressive medal count and an equal amount of Olympic experience. In 2004 in Greece, he won six gold and two bronze medals. In 2008 at the Games in Beijing, he won eight gold medals. So far in London, he’s won three medals. Phelps now has 19 medals, more than any Olympian in history.
Baltimore fans watching Michael Phelps know his story and realize that his success at the Olympics comes from years of hard work and training that he put in at the pool at Meadowbrook in Mt. Washington.
“The mental game is the biggest part of it and I think he’s shown people you have to have the willpower to continue to push,” said Taylor Davis.
Phelps says these London games are his last.
Michael Phelps is now 27. That’s an advanced age for a swimmer at that level. He’s clearly not as dominant as he was in his prime, but there’s little doubt his achievements will stand the test of time.
Phelps has three more events to swim in London, giving him three more chances to add to his record medal total.