Michael Phelps: Referred as 'icon of the games' by IOC
Michael Phelps has been felicitated with a new honor. On Thursday International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said, “He is the icon of the games."
More information about Michael Phelps has been gathered from quite a number of sources. This swimmer from USA has won 5 gold medals, thereby setting five world records in the process, so far at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. On Wednesday he has snatched his 10th and 11th career gold medals and thus became the ‘most decorated Olympian’ of all time.
Michael Phelps is on his way to break record of 7 gold medals of Mark Spitz at a single Olympics.
"The quest to have more medals than Spitz will be something very important," "And he's keeping the attention of the public. He is a great athlete." Rogge added this while talking to the reporters of a popular news agency.
Regarding Michael Phelps, he further added, "The Olympic Games live around superheroes," "You had Jesse Owens, you had Paavo Nurmi, Carl Lewis and now you have Phelps. And that's what we need to have."
On another topic, Rogge has ignored the flap over the issue of lip-synching at the opening ceremony as "rather insignificant."