Well, for starters biology has a lot to do with it. For example, his ankles bent by 15 percent more than most folks, so one can say he is hyperflexing his ankles. Not moving too far on the body, his feet are stunning size 49.5 (14) which is quite unusual for someone only 193 cm (6ft 4in) tall. His legs are quite short in comparison to his upper body, so he can stay afloat in much more streamlined position since his legs are not weighing him down. As I already mentioned, his trunk is longer than usual and his arm span is over 2 meters which is also unusually large for having height of 193 cm. And of course his hands have to be quite large, so he pulls large amount of water with each stroke.
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Thirdly, after Lance Armstrong, the American public needs another big hero which helps them through the day. So, Michael has the biggest support out there for whatever he does. I can imagine he has the best nutritionist, sports psychologist, doctor etc. etc. which obviously is not taken lightly. I would be very interested in seeing a comparison between Laszlo Cseh's life and Michael Phelps', that would be some interesting reading.
Well, do not take me wrong, I believe Michael has put in his hard work for sure, he is determined, very talented and he dreams big. Without those characteristics, he would not be where he is, but he does have a little (or more) help out there:). And here is something for you at the end.
BTW, did you know his middle name was Fred. I'd say he does look more like Fred than Michael.