Michael Phelps on what it took to become an Olympic champion

There’s a reason I swam five straight years and didn’t take a single day off. There are reasons why I swam every holiday, every Christmas, every birthday. I was trying to be as prepared as I could, and I tried to see what I could really do and what my potential was. I just really did kind of whatever it took.

- Michael Phelps on what it took to become an Olympic champion