*No clue if this is the most famous race ever so if I offended Swim Fans out there just let that go. It's not a big deal.
12 years ago to the day we got treated to one of the all time French collapses and this time at the hands of America's greatest 4 x 100m freestyle relay team. Suck on that France. This was their golden event and they blew a 28-3 lead on the last 30m of the last leg of the relay. This is one of those times you have to decide what's really important to you: the American victory or the French defeat? On the one hand you want to say American victory because it's more noble and I suppose more in line with "competitive grace" but at the same time those French guys really blew it. HARD. And in that respect it will always be funny watching France completely overestimate their strength and strategy. There's a 1939 joke in here somewhere I'm just not making it.
Elsewhere I'm curious what Michael Phelps does now. Will he be in the next Olympics? Or do you ride off to the sunset with 57 gold medals and a bag of sponsorship cash that yields a modest 4.9% annual return year-over-year? Personally I can't imagine it's easy to relax in retirement when you can't sit poolside. Like yeah he's the most successful Olympian of all time but is it really worth it if you can't lounge and relax at a nice pool without feeling like you have to log 27 miles in training? My answer is No but that's coming from a guy who can't tread water for more than 18 seconds, in which case I think is short enough to say that I actually CANT tread water.
Anyways, have a nice Tuesday. 12 years ago we were world champions and it would be nice to get some of that energy on today's schedule.