MICHAEL PHELPS has already undertaken his p.r.-stunt race against a great white shark, which airs on July 23. This meeting of aquaman and fish brought to mind U.S. swimmer Charles Meldrum Daniels, the Phelps of his day, who revolutionized the sport 100 years ago.
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March 24, 1885 (d. 1973)
DATE OF BIRTH
June 30, 1985
6 feet, 154 pounds
6'4", 194 pounds
5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
23 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
The Human Merman
The Baltimore Bullet
Mecca Cigarette trading cards
The American crawl
The dolphin-kick turn
All freestyle events between 25 yards and one mile
All butterfly events between 100 and 200 meters
His record eight total medals broken by Spitz
MARK SPITZ CONNECTION
Broke Spitz's record of seven golds in one Olympics
Had a nine-hole course on his New York estate
Drained a 159-foot putt at the 2012 Dunhill Links
Hunted rhinoceros and water buffalo
FUN WITH WILDLIFE
Raced a great white shark
THEY SAID IT
"I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT THAT ORGANIZATION OUTSIDE OF THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE POOLS IN THE STADIUM."
NFL free-agent running back, assessing a potential—but unlikely—future employer, the Jaguars.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
An arbitrator cleared U.S. Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts after the sprinter proved that he ingested a banned substance by "frequently and passionately" kissing his girlfriend.