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‘But I don’t want to’: Michael Phelps drove his mother’s girlfriend ‘crazy’ while she did her best to teach him to swim

Michael Phelps, who retired in 2016, is known to be the most successful swimmer in history. With 28 medals, including 23 gold medals, he showcased his impeccable talent to the world. However, Phelps struggled early in his career.

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First, the legend was inspired by his two older sisters, who were also champion swimmers. While his mother, Ms. Debbie Phelps, helped him stick to class. Once, his mother asked her friend to teach little Phelps to swim, but her lesson turned out to be the story of “Stubborn Phelps.”

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Dealing with the stubborn Michael Phelps

In his book “Under the surface,” Phelps wrote the part where he drove his mother’s girlfriend insane. However, the Baltimore Bullet did so unintentionally. He was in the time of change that every child goes through in their life.

Phelps first wrote, “I’m cold. I need to go to the bathroom. Maybe if I just sit to the side and watch the other kids do it…” However, his luck and excuses didn’t work in front of Miss Cathy. Then Cathy told him “(Phelps) No luck. (Cathy) “That’s your problem, Michael Phelps. Your mother wants you to learn to swim, so you go swimming.” “But I don’t want to get my face wet.”

But little Phelps persisted in his stubbornness; he continued to write “I raised a screaming stench about it. Miss Cathy was one of many people who were determined to get the best out of me, no matter how difficult I made it for her. She finally offered me a compromise. ‘Well, you can start on your back and learn to swim like that, she said, but you’ll learn one way or another.'” His legendary success proves that Cathy’s hard work is what led Phelps to pursue swimming.

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Debbie is the heart and soul of Michael’s swimming

As Michael’s swimming career peaked in 2012, Phelps retired to try a new sport. During an interview with ESPN’s Moderator Rick Reilly talks about his sporting decisions. “What will he do after retirement” was the big question hanging around his neck.

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The Olympic gold medalist explained an old memory from his mother that forced him not to stop swimming. He said,” “Even in high school, I told my mom I was tired of swimming and wanted to try golf. She wasn’t very happy. She would say, ‘Think about it.’ And I kept ending up in the pool.” His mother’s words were inspirational and kept him swimming. Debbie’s support has played an integral part in shaping the legacy of this Baltimore hero.

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