Ripple effect

Michael Phelps has a chance to make swimming history this summer

Originally Published: March 1, 2004
By Eric Adelson

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's March 1, 2004, issue. Subscribe today!

THE NAME has come up only once, on a bus in Japan nearly three years ago. Michael Phelps had just broken his second world record, in the 200 butterfly. He was 16. After accepting all the congratulations, taking all the media's questions and rinsing out all the chlorine, Phelps boarded a Team USA bus and fell into the seat next to his coach, Bob Bowman. For a moment, the two sat in their usual ...

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