August 9, 2008

"My mind is focused on the job that I have to do and the job that I want to do. It's just easy for me to do that. I don't know why."

A cool article about the empty head of Michael Phelps.
He swings his wings and slaps his back with a thwap once, then twice, then part-way around a final time. It is not, he says, a ploy to intimidate. It is rote, not even an afterthought, because it involves no thought.

12 comments:

bearbee said...

Zen zational

The physique of a swimmer is as close to physical pefection as one can get, imo.

The flap

Ann Althouse said...

Love the ilial Olympic tattoo visible in the pic linked at "zen."

bearbee said...

Sharp eyes. I hadn't noticed.

Christy said...

Ann, thanks for directing my attention to his fine pelvis, but I don't see it.

Palladian said...

Um, he's, a taut young thing isn't he. Very, very taut.

The only negative about male swimmers is the lack of body hair. Bummer.

vbspurs said...

The physique of a swimmer is as close to physical pefection as one can get, imo.

I agree about this being the case today.

But since the Ancient Greeks didn't feature swimming in their Olympics, and their sense of beauty influenced Western perception to this day...let us look at their sense of bodily perfection:

Zeus

Contrast this with:

Female bottom

Ancient Greek sculptors always sculpted from life, and farm boys frequently posed for their statues.

I'll pit the body of a brawny farm lad to the gay-centrefold looking body of a swimmer, any day.

Cheers,
Victoria

Zachary Paul Sire said...

They're talking about him right now on NBC...one of those cheesy produced packages. Barf.

And he's a total butterface, isn't he? Great body...but whoa, everything from the neck up is tragic.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

It's the Bruce Springsteen underbite.

Palladian said...

"And he's a total butterface, isn't he? Great body...but whoa, everything from the neck up is tragic."

You're the one who said he would screw John Edwards.

Phelps looks good when he lets his hair grow out.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Wow you really can't let the Edwards thing go! I already said I changed my mind. Edwards is gross.

Phelps isn't that bad...I just watched him win gold. WTF why aren't they wearing speedos!?!?! THe new outfits are borrrrrring.

rhhardin said...

I generally think about factoring large numbers on my daily bicycle commute.

vbspurs said...

It's the Bruce Springsteen underbite.

I hope Phelps takes a page from the Edwards/Hunter liaison and has a kid with Michelle Obama.

Underbite cancels Overbite.

(BTW, he looks like John Kerry. Poor duck)