Soundbites on Phelps' Olympic performance
Comments from the world of sports and beyond on Michael Phelps' record-setting Games.
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Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen( AP photo / August 17, 2008 )
From left, Brendan Hansen, Aaron Piersol and Michael Phelps celebrate after winning the gold medal in the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay. The win gave Phelps his eighth gold medal of the Beijing Olympic Games, breaking Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record for golds in a single Olympics.
"To be honest, I think it's probably one of the greatest things in the history of sport," Hansen said of Phelps' record-setting Games. "The world is fast at swimming now. It was not fast when Mark Spitz did the seven. It's like making the final putt to win the U.S. Open, he won the Tour de France, he knocked out the best fighter in the world in the 16th round with an uppercut. He did absolutely everything in the sport you are supposed to do and he did it with a smile on his face."