After dodging sharks and jellyfish during her swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad is now dealing with a different challenge: tough questions from her fellow marathon swimmers about the legitimacy of her achievement.
In the days since Nyad walked out of the water last week at Key West after swimming 110 miles, a stream of questions has come at her.
Could her speed have nearly doubled at one point? Did any of her team members touch her or support her? How could she have gone for hours without food or water?FULL STORY
The Olympic competition is heating up, but it’s the rivalry between two American swimmers that’s burning up the Internet.
People couldn't stop talking when Ryan Lochte took home the gold Saturday in the 400-meter individual medley, while Michael Phelps, a 14-time gold medalist, came in fourth.
The speculation about the swimmers' relationship and comparisons between the two are pouring in. Are Phelps and Lochte fierce rivals? Tight teammates? Are Phelps’ glory days over? Will Lochte ever compare to Phelps? Could Lochte be your future husband?
Take a look at what CNN commenters and Twitter users had to say:
Competition among teammates
mitzie-GA: "Michael Phelps didn't train for this event until the last minute. Too bad for him and good for Ryan Lochte. Glad to have a real competition among American swimmers. Makes it more fun to watch.
Sunny: "Lochte wins and everyone is showing pictures of Phelps. Phooey."
sharky: "If after the next six races, he still does badly, then fine, the rivalry is gone. This is one freaking race. Good grief."
Shilah: "Given what Michael Phelps accomplished in Beijing 2008, it would be difficult in my view to repeat such a performance. Every athlete reaches a peak in his or her career before they wane. Michael Phelps has already indicated that this will be his last Olympics. Take nothing away from Ryan's performance. He deserves the spotlight. He has worked so hard and consistently over the years. However, for those who are quick to anoint Ryan Lochte as the next sensation, let us start the comparisons after he wins several gold medals in a single Olympics like Michael did in Beijing."
ChrisE: "The thing to remember here is that Lochte came into this event the reigning world champion. It's not totally unexpected that Phelps couldn't throw him out of his own house. I'm more interested in the events that are Phelps' best. The next meeting might not be a blowout."
Jean Marbella (@Jean_Marbella) July 29, 2012
Kevin K.O. Olusola (@KOlusola) July 29, 2012
Phelps' glory days over?
GB : "Phelps acted like a little spoiled brat after all the glory. Now he's getting a rude awakening that he's not invincible like he had thought. Hopefully, Lochte will be more sensible in leading his life as a new champion."
Andrew: "Phelps has nothing left to prove and that is why he isn't on top anymore. But who can blame him?"
Josally: "M. Phelps is an arrogant punk (who) doesn't even want to celebrate with the rest of the Olympians from the U.S. Now how special does that make him? I love to see anybody make history, but in his case I think we've had enough of him. So I guess it's time for him to go back home an look at his medals."
boomer1959: "Phelps thought he could cruise to more gold without paying the price to be in prime condition. ..."
Or are they?
Dara Torres (@DaraTorres) July 29, 2012
No one stays on top forever
Leonore H. Dvorkin: "No one, no matter how good, stays on top forever. Phelps should be happy with what he has accomplished thus far and then try to be happy for those who will surely beat all his records some day. And remember: They're just sports, folks! No one should take any of them too seriously."
RetiredCop: "There is always a faster gun, and no one can remain No. 1 forever. I imagine that Phelps, who set the standard, is just dead tired inside, and even though trying again at this Olympics, he may just not have it inside to prevail. But perhaps he has a little something up his sleeve, as he initially decided to pass the 400-meter (individual medley) to begin with. Even if he does not perform to gold standards, he will remain the greatest swimmer of all time, for some time. Perhaps this is Lochte's time, but it cannot compare to Phelps accomplishments."
Phelps deserves a break
Michael Phelps has 14 more Olympic gold medals than you.—
Brian Zahnd (@BrianZahnd) July 29, 2012
Michael Phelps has 14 Olympic gold medals, 26 World Championship gold medals and 29 individual world records. Total bum. Let's judge him.—
Colleen Toomey (@colleenptoomey) July 29, 2012
The real story ... gold and grills
The big Olympic news shouldn't be Michael Phelps losing it should be about the guy beating him then puting his GRILL in to accept the medal!—
aaron ross (@theaaronross) July 29, 2012
And perhaps the biggest question of all - will Lochte marry you?
It's weird to think that my future husband, Ryan Lochte, is now a household name...—
Swim Cap Heads (@SwimCapHeads) July 29, 2012
Ryan Lochte is my new husband!!—
Kayla! ♥ =) (@ShakShak135) July 29, 2012
Edith Camargo (@Edith_Camargo) July 29, 2012
elise petrocelli (@elissexoO) July 28, 2012
Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner Mark Spitz tells CNN he would bet on Michael Phelps if the U.S. swimmer ended up in a race against rival American Olympic hopeful Ryan Lochte in the upcoming London Olympics.
“I’m putting my money on Michael,” Spitz said when asked by CNN who he expects to see victorious at the London games. Spitz spoke to CNN in Istanbul moments after he plunged into the turbulent waters of the Bosporus, the fast-moving natural channel that divides the city in two.
Spitz was in Turkey’s largest city to promote this year’s Bosporus Cross Continental Race.
Arguably the greatest American competitive swimmer, Spitz donned an orange swim cap and swam alongside Istanbul’s Kurucesme Park, as passenger ferries and garbage collection boats churned through the congested water not far away. He was accompanied by Turkish National Swimming Team trainer Erkan Mutlu in his foray.
When asked why he believed that Michael Phelps would outshine his rival Ryan Lochte, Spitz told CNN that Phelps had “more experience.” The two U.S. Olympic swimmers are expected to go head-to-head in London in the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys.
“Any time they’re swimming together it’s going to be a great rivalry, it’s going to be a great competition,” Spitz added.
The 24th annual Bosporus Cross Continental race, introduced in 1989 by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, is said to be the world’s only swimming competition to span two continents - Europe and Asia. This year 1,200 athletes from around the world will compete in the race.
The race will begin Sunday on the Asian side of the Bosporus in the Istanbul neighborhood of Kanlica, and end in the European neighborhood of Kurucesme. In addition to the swimming competition, this year’s event also includes rowing and canoeing races.
Mark Spitz soared to sports stardom when he won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, a record broken at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing by Michael Phelps. Before he retired early, at the age of 22, Spitz had won a total of nine Olympic golds, one silver, one bronze and set 33 world records.
Self-proclaimed "rednecks" gather across the country to enjoy some fun in the mud and we've captured them on video. Watch as some swim in a mud pit, hurl hubcaps and compete in beer-related contests. One woman states "what makes it so fun is that it's a bunch of rednecks getting along."
The "Redneck Resort Mud Park" in Tennessee promises a good time for those who don't mind getting dirty. WVLT reports.
Annual Redneck Games are held in East Dublin, Georgia. Mud pit bellyflops and hubcap hurls are among the games played.
Hundreds came out for toilet seat horseshoes and pigs feet bobbing in one town's alternative Olympics. WCSH reports.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps says he'll make one more push in the pool at the Olympics in London this summer, but after that he's hanging up his Speedo.
Phelps told Anderson Cooper in an interview on "60 Minutes" on Sunday that while it took him quite some time to get back into training for London, he's ready to go for the gold again. If he can get three medals during the Summer Olympics he will be able to retire as the athlete with the most Olympic career medals.
Debbie Phelps, Michael's mother, still likes the idea of him going to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, in part because she wants to travel there. His consolation for her: "We'll go watch."
"Once I retire, I'm retiring," he said on "60 Minutes." "I'm done."
His coach, Bob Bowman, said he wasn't sure Phelps would even get to the Olympics. After a series of paparazzi photos showed the Olympic golden boy partying and Phelps slacked on practicing, everything was up in the air.
"I thought it was a 50-50," Bowman said. "I really didn't have a feel for whether he would come back or not come back."
In the fall of 2009, Bowman said, Phelps probably missed six weeks of practice. Phelps said he took a trip to Vegas, lounged around the house, played video games and did anything to distract himself from the pool.
"It was hard, because I didn't know if the passion or the fire was still inside of me," Phelps told Cooper. "And it took awhile for me to actually realize it myself. Bob couldn't tell me, my mom couldn't tell me. They couldn't help me find it."
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A para-swimmer featured in a CNN.com story last week has broken another world record, making her the world record holder or current world champion in all individual swimming events to be held in her class at next year’s Paralympics.
One of her U.S. teammates also made a historic splash at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, setting four world records of her own in a separate physical ability class.
Mallory Weggemann (pictured), 22, of Eagan, Minnesota, and Jessica Long, 19, of Baltimore, Maryland, each collected eight gold medals at the event - one of the last major meets before the 2012 Paralympics - from Wednesday to Sunday.