USSA Recognizes Michael Phelps

Winner of 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps has been dubbed the top male athlete of the year by the United States Sports Academy. This comes after a year in which Phelps won six medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Maryland native has won more medals than anyone else in Olympic history. This is the third time the swimmer has received the award, and he remains the only swimmer ever honored by the Academy.

 

The USSA determines the winner by taking into consideration the votes cast online by the public each month. Using these votes as a guideline, the Academy chooses an athlete to recognize an athlete of the month. At the end of the year, the athletes on this short list of 12 candidates become eligible for the yearly award. This year, Phelps, Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, and Slovenian ski jumper Peter Prevc were the favorites.

 

On the women’s side, the Academy gave the award to American gymnast Simone Biles. However, another swimmer, 400m individual medley world record holder Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, ranked just behind Biles.

 

The award is only one of many given to Phelps for his performance in the previous year. Among others, he received the USOC SportsMan of the Year Award, the Golden Goggle Male Performance of the Year Award, the Fédération internationale de natation swimmer of the year, and the Swimming World Swimmer of the Year Award (World and American categories). Phelps announced his retirement in 2016.

Poor Weather in Europe? How about Swimming in Barbados?c

Europe has been all foggy and gloomy for the past couple of weeks and all forms of outdoor activities have been cut short. But what do you do if you still crave that nice cool dip in a pool? No problem, pack your bags and head off to Barbados.

 

While many parts of the world are braving the throes of an icy winter, Barbados is busking in the warmest summer Sun and a burst with wanderlust activities. Not only did this scenic Caribbean Island give us the beautiful voice of Rihanna, it also happens to house some of the best beaches in the world. Since swimming is on your mind right now, you definitely have to show up at Carlisle Bay located in Bridgetown. The beach waters are sparkly clear if you fancy a dip, then later on you can snorkel or explore some shipwrecks with the area.

 

For more explorative adventure, you have to visit the many islands surrounding the greater Barbados. We cannot name all of them but some great suggestions should be the islands of Miami, Accra, Crane, Bathsheba, Bat Beach, Silver Sands and Dover. Swim around the islands and head ashore to explore the area till sundown.

 

Though car rental is available, the best way to explore more of Barbados is on a ship tour. The Catamaran sea tour should be on your wish list; be sure to choose the snorkeling package so you can swim in the blue waters flanked by sea turtles.

 

So you don’t have to wrap yourself in heavy blankets and couch surf all day over a bowl of chicken soup. Pack your swim suit and head over to Barbados for a mini vacation. You can go back home in April when the weather is well behaved.

 

 

Two Great Olympic Champions Close Curtains on Swimming Career

If you have been a keen follower of the Olympic Games held in Rio 2 months back, you definitely know these two giants: Michael Phelps and Brittany Maclean. They are Olympic swimming champions who have done both their countries and fans proud. But sadly, they recently made it public that it’s the end of the road for them.

 

For Michael Phelps, he has been an all-time Olympic record holder since the US Olympic Team trials of 2004. Since then, he has been a phenomenon in swimming championships, scooping 23 gold medals in global Olympic championships and 13 more gold medals in individual Olympic events. At 31, he recently made a statement that his win at the Olympic championships in Rio was the last call for him. Phelps did not give specific reasons why he is stepping down but one can attribute it to him becoming a family man. He wedded his long-time fiancée, Nicole Johnson with whom they have a child.

 

Over to Canada, a 22 year old Brittany Maclean is reassigning from Olympic swimming championships as well, but hers is more of a sad story. As the first Canadian female record holder, she was not pleased by her performance in the same Olympic games held in Rio last August. In the eyes of her Canadian and global fans, she actually did a good job setting a Canadian record in both the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle games. Thanks to her, Canada walked away with an Olympic bronze medal, the first ever for the country, but Maclean felt she underperformed given the strong form she was in.

 

So as we are sure Phelps was well in his retiring years as a professional swimmer, one can only cross their fingers for the young Maclean. The female record holder said she is completing her degree in Sports management first before she thinks of competing again.

Miss CA Good Luck Charm: Michael Phelps Was Already Married During Rio Olympics

He’s considered one of the greatest and probably one of few who can really keep a secret. Swimmer Michael Phelps won his 23rd, and presumably final, Olympic gold medal of his career at the Rio Olympics in Brazil last July. Not only that, but we’ve all just learned that the most decorated Olympian in history was already competing as a married man at the summer games.

 

Phelps had quitely married former Miss California Nicole Johnson weeks earlier in Paradise Valley Arizona, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. The publication had released the official marriage document on its website, and then TMZ the tabloid let the entire world know about the covert nuptials. TMZ showed a copy of the couple’s marriage license, and suddenly, that was the hottest story around. TMZ claims that the Paradise Valley, Arizona ceremony was officiated by Phelps’ agent, Peter Carlisle. The couple now reside in Paradise valley.

 

Nicole has not directly commented on social media about being a newlywed, but she did make a hint about the union on the wedding day of June 13th. Then, she posted a photo on Instagram of herself, Phelps and Boomer, with a caption reading: “Such a memorable night with my lil fambam.” The couple’s adorable son Boomer was born on May 5th.

 

Meantime, Michael Phelps is denying the nuptials on his Facebook page, assuring his many fans, “I’m not married yet.

 

“I am not telling you the date of the wedding,” Phelps said. “That’s a super secret. You guys will know soon, though.”

 

He and Nicole are both 31. As far as adding to their adorable brood, Phelps did say this to his fans:

 

“Baby number two could be coming soon, but who knows, though?”

 

Stay tuned, swimming fans.