“I Hated My Coach”-Olympic Legend Michael Phelps Makes A Bold Revelation

Published 10/27/2021, 1:11 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps attends the Press Room at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)


Every trainee has a special bond with their coach. In order to train the athletes well, the coaches go the extra mile to make them tougher, stronger, and better. Similarly, the swimming legend, Michael Phelps, recently talked about his relationship with his coach.

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Michael Phelps is undeniably one of the greatest swimmers of all time. Even though he has retired from swimming professionally, his stories of success continue to inspire thousands and millions of people across the world. Having achieved 28 Olympic medals, he has created various records during his professional tenure of competing.

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In addition to his successful career, he is also a father of three sons, Boomer, Beckett, and Maverick. The 36-year-old American became a father in the year 2016 and yet, continued to give a brilliant performance. Striking the most optimum balance between his private and professional life, he definitely came a far way.

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Phelps and his coach

Having spent a majority of time with one’s coach, ups and downs are bound to take place. And so, in response to one of the questions about his coach, Phelps said that “There were days when I hated my coach. There were days when we got into fights, we got into arguments, we couldn’t stand what we were doing.”

“I would do things purposely to piss him off, but that’s a different story. But you know, that was just really how we worked. Like, he was somebody who was so perfect for me that if I ever were to swim for anybody else I never would have had the chance to do what I did because he challenged me in ways and forced my mind to think differently.”

SANTA MONICA, CA – JULY 19: (L-R) Nicole Johnson, swimmer Michael Phelps, and Boomer Robert Phelps arrives at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2018 at Barker Hangar on July 19, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

In addition to this he said, “You know, for me as a kid growing up, I was huge into music and music is a big part of my life and I’m a huge biggest smallest fan and he wrote a song called ‘The Sky is the Limit’.”

“And as a kid growing up, I believed that. I believed that whatever I put my mind to, I was willing to make sacrifices and if I was dedicated, that I could achieve absolutely anything.” 

Swimming star- Michael Phelps

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Even though it’s the talent and the perseverance of every sports-person, which takes them to greater heights, their mentors always have a humongous role to play. More than just a coach or a mentor, they act as a parent at times to ensure their success.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 07: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The gold medal in the 19th of Phelps career. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In the same way, as Phelps mentioned, he would not have been able to achieve whatever he did, if he did not have someone like his coach to push him and throw challenges his way to make him a champion like he is today.

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Indeed, this kind of connection with his coach got Phelps to fulfill his dreams of becoming the best. Mutually, it’s a dream come true for his coach too.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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