Recognizing Potential Stardom
As a coach, there is something that you see in an athlete that leads you to believe you are coaching something special. I’m sure that in the early stages of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky a coach knew that he/she was about to witness the start of a great athletic career. It was at East Central in their Invitational that Chris Giesting showed that potential. Taking the baton on a final leg of a 4 x 400m relay he was 50 yards behind the leading team. Before his lap was finished, he not only caught this runner but passed him. This was the first time he broke the 50 sec. barrier in the 400m. Standing on the sideline I knew he was something special. This year he just missed making our Olympic team.Katie Ledecky is just in the early stages of her career, but she already is 5 for 5 with gold medal swims. She is amazing in the fact that she can swim the freestyle from the 200m to 1500m. The only time anyone is close to her is the 200m swims. Otherwise, she not only wins but she annihilates them! Will she stay around long enough to challenge the incredible feat of Michael Phelps?Michael Phelps, at the age of 31, says this was his last competitive swim. No one in the world can challenge what he has done in the pool. His 23 gold medals which is 14 more than his nearest competitor. If you think this has been easy, just read his autobiography. Even when you are that good, not everything comes easy. Goodbye, Michael!