The Greatest 46.00 Seconds in Olympic History

At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China (  swimmer Michael Phelps ( set his sights on breaking what many thought was an unbreakable record established by Mark Spitz ( at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany: the accumulation of 7 gold medals by one athlete in a single Olympics.  Many will remember the 2008 Games for Phelps’ achievement of that remarkable goal.  I, however, will remember the 2008 Olympics for the anchor leg of the Men’s 4 x 100M Freestyle Relay.  I will remember it not because it would become the second jewel in Phelps’ eventual collection of 8 gold medals.  I will remember it because it (and the journey of Jason Lezak leading up to it) crammed more life lessons into 46.00 seconds than I could hope to capture in a lifetime of blogging.  It is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest moments in Olympic history (  If you ever get the chance to see the entirety of Bud Greenspan’s piece on the event and Jason Lezak, I encourage you to watch it.  Unfortunately, only the second half of the segment is available on YouTube, so it will have to do for the time being:

“I remember thinking: There is no way I can catch this guy.  I just have to finish this race as hard as I can.”

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