It has truly been an honor watching Michael Phelps bring home Olympic gold over the last eight years. A champion is someone who stares down his opponent and is dominant in winning, while still being gracious and humble in defeat. A champion works hard and uses his talent to elevate his sport while constantly pushing the competition to its limits just to keep up. Phelps's legacy will be as a champion.
Edward Steinblatt, Denver
Before we all anoint Phelps as the greatest swimmer of all time (The Last Lap), let's not forget the amazing Johnny Weissmuller. Before taking on the role of Tarzan from 1932 to '48, Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals in swimming (three in Paris in 1924 and two in Amsterdam in '28). From 1921 to '29, he won every freestyle race he entered. Throughout his nine-year career Weissmuller won 52 U.S. titles and set 67 world records.
Arnold Shiffrin Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Tweet and Sour
What was the point of those inane tweets from Samuel L. Jackson during the Olympics (SCORECARD)? The comments were crude and demeaning to the athletes and to the spirit of the Games. It's a shame many of the great things that happened in London were reduced to Jackson's drivel and his poor attempts at humor.
Ron Caputo, Chandler, Ariz.
I loved your article on the sacrifices made by Olympic parents (SCORECARD). U.S. swimmer Kathleen Hersey's father, Brian, should also be added to the conversation for his relentless support throughout Kathleen's career. He has traveled all over the world to see his daughter compete despite being confined to a wheelchair since the 1980s after suffering a spinal cord aneurysm. In January his wife (and Kathleen's mother), Regina, died from colon cancer. Nevertheless, Brian was in the stands at the Aquatic Centre in London, watching Kathleen finish fourth in the 200-meter butterfly.