When the whole world is writing about someone like Michael Phelps, you tend to get a lot of overlap. If youve been following the Olympics by now, you probably know the basics: Phelps grew up just outside of Baltimore, and battled ADHD as a kid. He was raised mostly by his mother, Debbie, a middle school principal. You might feel as if youve heard those details hundreds of times by now. But that isnt everything you need to know about Phelps. In fact, here are some things you never knew.
-- Kevin Van Valkenburg, Baltimore Sun
—— Kevin Van Valkenburg, 《巴尔的摩太阳报》
1 He wears two caps
This is actually something a lot of swimmers do, and its probably more psychological than anything. The goal is to make your head as smooth as possible and thus be able to move through the water faster. When races are decided by hundredths of a second, swimmers will try to get any advantage. Mostly, it simply feels more secure.
2 Erik Vendt, not Ryan Lochte, is his closest friend
Phelps and Lochte are pals -- they have a shared interest in music, women, life -- but they never talk about swimming. Theyre too competitive. Vendt, who trained with Phelps the last two years in Michigan, was one of his closest confidants during this difficult year that included uneven training and a broken wrist. Theyre also roommates during most meets.
3 He wears different suits for different events
When you watch Phelps swim the freestyle events, he usually wears the kind of Speedo LZR Racer that has straps over his shoulders and goes all the way down to his ankles. But when he swims an event where he needs to perform the butterfly stroke, he only wears the LZR Racer pants. Because so much shoulder motion is required for the fly, he feels more comfortable without something over his shoulders. Youll also see him in the relays immediately unzip his suit and pull it off his shoulders and down around his waist. Its not a vanity thing; its because the suits are ridiculously tight and most swimmers want to unzip as soon as possible.
菲尔普斯自由泳比赛的时候通常穿扎在肩膀、直抵脚踝的Speedo LZR Racer。但是当比赛中有蝶泳姿势的时候他就只穿LZR Racer泳裤，因为蝶泳姿势需要肩部大幅度运动，所以他需要不穿上衣来减少束缚。你也会在接力比赛中看到他迅速解开泳衣把肩上的部分拽到腰间去。这不是无用功，因为泳衣非常紧迫，大多数游泳运动员都想赶紧脱下。