The Real Story Behind Michael Phelps

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps amazed the world with his athletic abilities. He was a super hero who was on top of the world . . . or so it seemed. But behind the scenes, far from the public eye, there was a very different story unfolding. The real Michael Phelps was struggling with deep-seeded issues surrounding a complex personality and perfectionism. There were also ongoing feelings of abandonment by his father who divorced his mother when he was 9. So, even after winning 8 Gold Medals in Beijing, Michael wanted out. As he put it, "I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb waiting to go off. No self-esteem. No self-worth. There were times I just didn't want to be here." S

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